Just a quick posting. I have been telling people that my lackluster emails are because I keep this site updated and current with the news and events of what is happening...
A week or two ago I headed down to Windsor. I have to make mention that I took the bike down and I encountered a few firsts on it.
The first thing to note, and I am under no allusion that others will enjoy these stories because they aren't that interesting - however, since I am documenting my travels.... It started to rain on my motorbike and I actually pulled over and put on my rain gear. This was a first. Usually I soldier on and get wet. This summer when this happened to me on the way up to North Bay I said never again. Never will I not stop and put on my rain gear. So, I stopped as soon as it was raining, put on the gear, and drove off. It stopped raining within 5 km.... However, I drove on for another 30 or so and stopped at a gas station. I was just about to get on the 401 to rip the last 100km towards Windsor. So I gassed up and took off the rain gear. A guy filling up beside me said, "You don't want to do that."
Not taking his advice was a big mistake. I took off my rain gear regardless. And what do you know.... By Chatham it was down-pouring. Just raining cats and dogs. One of the scariest things I have ever done in my life happened next.
Since I recently professed to never ride in the rain without proper clothing, I pulled over under a bridge on the 401 to put my gear back on. This was a horrible idea. Changing on the side of the 401 was not wise. The rain was coming under the overpass sideways - I was still getting soaked. And the cars and trucks whizzing by was terrifying. So, ya. I made it to Windsor safe, but wet and beaten a bit. No matter. It was straight to Biblioasis Bookstore to visit with Alex.
There was a lot of confused looks in my direction as I walked in for Alex's 40 minute seminar and reading from his Giller Prize nominated (2011) Light Lifting. What could I do except sit back, have a cold beer, gather my wits, and listen to Alex. As usual, he did not disappoint.
I went to Windsor to celebrate with some friends the University of Windsor's 50th Anniversary. To make a long story short it was enormously anti-climatic. There is a worker's strike on campus and as a result there was an abbreviated schedule of events. Well, Alex and I made the best of what there was to enjoy, and hung out a lot with Jason Petro, and then some other great guys at the football, and the Dominion House on Saturday night for some pints.
Anyway, it was a decent weekend all in all. No pictures.... It was not a great weekend on the bike, however, any weekend you get home safe and sound from being on two wheels, that is reason enough to be thankful.