Yes Emily

Yes Emily, girls can ride motorcycles!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

If It Isn't The Cold, It's The Heat ...

August 2016 - the average temperature without a humidex reading has been 29.2⁰ and with no rain since June a severe drought has been declared. So many wells have run dry and so many crops have withered in the fields. At my house we’ve sacrificed the garden and flowers for household water, we’ve been lucky.
Finally Mother Nature let us know she hasn’t forgotten us. This morning I woke to rain and for the third time in a week I sat happily on the porch with my coffee, listening to the rain on the steel roof watching the grass get green again. Rain, real rain and cool temperatures. Suddenly it dawned on me I’ve acclimatized to the heat. It was 22⁰ and there I sat wearing a hoodie and a down vest: if it wasn’t pouring rain, it would be a perfect day (temperature) to dawn the riding gear and go for a ride.
Well, this is Canada and it seems if it isn’t the cold that has us complaining, it’s the heat and that’s my story. And other than house cleaning, what do you do when it's raining, catch up on your favorite bloggers. (Oh, the orange buckets; they're part of my rain bank. I'm saving, just in case.)

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Small Town Stuff

I think this is what summer was meant to be. Just a small town girl on a ride from small town to small town. 
Westport ... 
A small tourist town with too many things going on and way too much traffic for me today.
 But I'd promised to stop by the annual show and shine event
to meet up with Ken and his shiny Lotus.
Though the heat dome has lifted and temperatures of 20 C have me running for my sweater, standing around in full riding gear under the sun still felt too hot. I needed to catch a bit of breeze and headed up Foley Mountain. Instead of stopping at Tims for coffee in Perth I turned right.

Rideau Ferry...
(another small town on the Rideau River) for a bit of a walk along the public dock.
From Rideau Ferry it was on to Smith Falls and a quiet county road that lead me to

I haven't been to Athens in a very long time.
 Athens is a small town famous for its murals ...
 all depicting life a century ago.

The Old Mill is now a bakery and museum.

BMW Triumphant and I stopped at this same park last fall with a view of the single lane, historic bridge.
 On my way home I had to stop in 

Seeley's Bay 
another small town on the water...
And back in time for a walk down the road to catch the sun setting through the trees over the lake.
It's amazing how many small towns you can find if you head out to nowhere and take 250 km to get back home. 
(Thanks Dave: it has happened to me!)