Spring Forward

Mar 23, 2013 View Comments by

Spring Forward-wp

A form of precipitation meteorologists call a “wintry mix” blankets the ground as I write this blog on a cold Wednesday morning, but memories of the weekend before last are still on my mind. Temperatures had soared to seventy degrees that Sunday, and the weekend marked the long anticipated change to daylight savings time. I went on a solo ride to Ohio Amish country on my V-Strom that Saturday, which was the cooler of the two days, and headed south to Burr Oak State Park on Sunday for a dual-purpose ride on my KLR 650.

I’d been invited to an ADV Rider event on Saturday, but felt that the semi-thawed dirt roads might prove to be more work than I was up for. Memories of last spring’s ride on two-inch deep slime were all too fresh in my mind, and I wanted the roads to dry out for at least one more day before I tackled them. Several hours on the V-Strom satiated my need for a “spring opener,” and although the leafless scenery wasn’t quite up to summertime snuff, it was a good ride.

Sunday’s ride with my wife Sharon and two other couples was the highlight of the weekend, however. We met at Flint Ridge near Brownsville and headed south towards Burr Oak with my friend John DeVito leading the way on his DR650. John has a remarkable knowledge of the area’s backroads, and several times we found ourselves on remote roads that had more in common with trails than streets. A couple of small water crossings, a bit of mud, and a trip across a barricaded (for cars) covered bridge rounded out the fun. A late afternoon stop at Kasler’s Country Kitchen in Trimble provided an opportunity to talk about upcoming plans as we enjoyed a fried chicken dinner and blackberry cobbler with ice cream. I think I’ll be adding this one to the “RoadFOOD” list!

Enough of what we did…what did you do on the unusually warm weekend that coincided with the change to daylight savings time?

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