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Special Early Christmas Presents

The weather here in Jersey is a bit warmer than usual for mid December and so I had to make a choice today. Should I finish off putting the outside decorations and lights up or go for a short ride on the 750? Well my phone showed 70 degrees and a chance of that moving higher so the bike came out since doing the lights during the daytime is difficult since you can't really see the total scene till it gets dark right? That makes sense to you people I am sure. I grabbed the leather jacket and gloves and off I went. First stop was for fuel. Latest price here is $1.69 so I filled up for less than five bucks. (Christmas present number one.) I hit the road and decided to take a quick look for something the wife was asking for that I couldn't seem to find. The first store I went into had it and no lines to check out so it was just ten minutes taken away from my riding. (Christmas present number two.) Riding was beginning to get a bit warm so I stopped and removed the liner from the jacket and got rid of the gloves. The temperatiure was now up to 72 degrees. Traffic was very mild and enjoyable which is a shock this close to the holiday. (Christmas present number three.) I put on about seventy-five miles and came back home to be greeted by the wife that stated she was surprised to see me back so soon. She then asked if she could help me with the outside decorations. I figured I better do it myself and show I was making a real effort as I know she still has a few things to do like bake more cookies.

So riding in mid December with cheap gas, shopping completed, 72 degrees and no traffic, plus a happy wife. How good can life get? Yes Christmas came early for me this year. I hope others were able to enjoy this special time of year.

and always remember, "Ride until you rot!"
**Really not sure if the Big "C" is back right now
but having to face the fact that this is a lifetime routine
going forward. Five operations done and it still continues.

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Dec. ride, check. Got 50 miles yesterday, burnin' that seafoam.

74 - check

Light traffic - check (missed the HAZMAT spill by an hour or so)

Cheaper gas - check, $1.79 - 1.82

Happy wife and shopping done... uh-oh.

4 out of 6 ain't bad for me.

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Dec. ride, check. Got 50 miles yesterday, burnin' that seafoam.

74 - check

Light traffic - check (missed the HAZMAT spill by an hour or so)

Cheaper gas - check, $1.79 - 1.82

Happy wife and shopping done... uh-oh.

4 out of 6 ain't bad for me.
If we put that record to a vote here among the guys I am sure you would be considered in the positive. Four out of six ain't bad. (Isn't that a song?) Any way, you just have to enjoy it while it lasts because the weather, price of gas, traffic patterns and wives can change at a moments notice and sometimes without a notice. Enjoy to all and keep riding as long as you can.

and always remember, "Ride until you rot!"
**Really not sure if the Big "C" is back right now
but having to face the fact that this is a lifetime routine
going forward. Five operations done and it still continues.

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At least for now, gas should continue dropping, oil has been pushing down through the $30 range in the past week or two.

Yep, it's a song ... 2 out of 3 ... I must be just below average by Meatloaf's standards.

I stayed away from our mall area, busiest road in our state and usually goes bumper to bumper for a few miles this time of year. Been a long time since I ventured through that for Christmas. It's fun in the summer traffic though, seven lanes of dodge'em.

100% rain tomorrow, colder next weekend, and the days are still getting shorter!

But if this is an El Nino winter, I like it! We've had only two nights in the teens, lots of days over 50 . Compared to last year, this is totally easy!



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My trip wasn't on the VN 750 (it's still for sale and spends most of it's time in the garage) but on the Honda ST1300. 200 miles to South Georgia to see my daughter and grandson. I'll return on Tuesday, should be about 8 hours in the saddle all total. The weather couldn't be any better, with slightly cooler temps forecast for the end of the week. People are complaining the warm weather doesn't feel like Christmas. Maybe not, but I sure prefer it over cold and rainy.

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The weather here in Jersey is a bit warmer than usual for mid December and so I had to make a choice today. Should I finish off putting the outside decorations and lights up or go for a short ride on the 750? Well my phone showed 70 degrees and a chance of that moving higher so the bike came out since doing the lights during the daytime is difficult since you can't really see the total scene till it gets dark right? That makes sense to you people I am sure. I grabbed the leather jacket and gloves and off I went. First stop was for fuel. Latest price here is $1.69 so I filled up for less than five bucks. (Christmas present number one.) I hit the road and decided to take a quick look for something the wife was asking for that I couldn't seem to find. The first store I went into had it and no lines to check out so it was just ten minutes taken away from my riding. (Christmas present number two.) Riding was beginning to get a bit warm so I stopped and removed the liner from the jacket and got rid of the gloves. The temperatiure was now up to 72 degrees. Traffic was very mild and enjoyable which is a shock this close to the holiday. (Christmas present number three.) I put on about seventy-five miles and came back home to be greeted by the wife that stated she was surprised to see me back so soon. She then asked if she could help me with the outside decorations. I figured I better do it myself and show I was making a real effort as I know she still has a few things to do like bake more cookies.

So riding in mid December with cheap gas, shopping completed, 72 degrees and no traffic, plus a happy wife. How good can life get? Yes Christmas came early for me this year. I hope others were able to enjoy this special time of year.
good for you! glad to hear about it!


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If we put that record to a vote here among the guys I am sure you would be considered in the positive. Four out of six ain't bad. (Isn't that a song?) Any way, you just have to enjoy it while it lasts because the weather, price of gas, traffic patterns and wives can change at a moments notice and sometimes without a notice. Enjoy to all and keep riding as long as you can.


ain't that the truth!


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At least for now, gas should continue dropping, oil has been pushing down through the $30 range in the past week or two.

Yep, it's a song ... 2 out of 3 ... I must be just below average by Meatloaf's standards.

I stayed away from our mall area, busiest road in our state and usually goes bumper to bumper for a few miles this time of year. Been a long time since I ventured through that for Christmas. It's fun in the summer traffic though, seven lanes of dodge'em.

100% rain tomorrow, colder next weekend, and the days are still getting shorter!

But if this is an El Nino winter, I like it! We've had only two nights in the teens, lots of days over 50 . Compared to last year, this is totally easy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PP7NkWU2JVM

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I hate to break this to you............but winter hasn't even started yet!

not to worry, we still have 4-5 more months of winter to deal with.

if it goes vroom or boom, I LIKE IT!

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My trip wasn't on the VN 750 (it's still for sale and spends most of it's time in the garage) but on the Honda ST1300. 200 miles to South Georgia to see my daughter and grandson. I'll return on Tuesday, should be about 8 hours in the saddle all total. The weather couldn't be any better, with slightly cooler temps forecast for the end of the week. People are complaining the warm weather doesn't feel like Christmas. Maybe not, but I sure prefer it over cold and rainy.
I'll even take cold and rainy over cold and icy

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Nice,I have yet to put my bike away 1reason is the unseasonally warm weather and2,dont know if the garage my neighbor let me store it last year is going to be torn down,3rd reason is lots of Dr. visits.......so hoping to find a garage space soon. My bro says I can put in S.C. anytime,litle far for me. Enjoy!!😃
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I hate to break this to you............but winter hasn't even started yet!

not to worry, we still have 4-5 more months of winter to deal with.
Yes but the past two years by this time we were below zero and pushing snow. Some people are mowing their grass around here. I did get a late Dec. ride in 2013, but 2 days later it was -10.

Supposed to get back in the 60s next week. Snow flurries today though!

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