Monday, January 30, 2012

Fine art of doing nothing.

I've been perfecting the fine art of doing nothing and enjoying it to the utmost.  But finally at about 3 PM I jumped on the bike and rode way over East of Apache Junction.  I was gone for almost two hours, and I haven't paid too very dearly in pain tonight.

I rode so far, that I had to stop and get some fuel on the way back.  I looked down and noticed that I only had one bar on the electronic gas gauge.  I was enjoying the ride so much that I had spaced off the lack of gas in the machine.

I thought it was an anomaly that my dash temperature gauge was recording over 80 degrees this afternoon, but I just now checked and the official afternoon temp at the airport was 81.  That is the warmest that it has been out here since we came in December.  Now I know it was warmer than that while I went home for surgery, but for me, it was the warmest I have experienced.

I contrast that to last night about 1 AM when I suddenly decided that I needed to head to the campground bath house .  the wind was blowing a gale and it was barely 50.  I didn't look, but the wind was sustained at about 25 mph.  The flags were straight out from their poles, and the fronds on the palm trees were making that flapping sound where they are all stretched to one side of the tree trunk.

I had put on the new western hat, and found that it needed to be strapped under my chin in order to keep it on my head.  Needless to say I walked rather quickly and was quite glad when I arrived back in the Motorhome.

So whether its 81 and dead calm or 50 and blowing a gale, it can all happen in one day out here in the desert.  Its a really good thing that I staked down that dinning canopy with the 10 inch aluminum stakes.  Otherwise it would have been in the next county last night!!!

Retired Rod


  1. It definitely has been beautiful during the day and I love it. Our friend Paul, took his motorcycle up to Roosevelt Lake on Friday and said it got pretty cold up there. But lots of bikes out running around. Sounds like you are getting stronger all the time. That's a good thing.

  2. The wind seems to be a common theme in the southwest, I would probably leave the awning in and just use it while company was over on select days. Glad to hear your rides are not causing any discomfort.Be safe out there. Sam & Donna..

  3. Glad to hear you health is improving and slowly getting stronger.

    As for the wind we've been getting them here in southwest Ontario only thing is they bring that nasty white stuff along for the ride.

    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  4. Nice to hear your getting back to your riding, and not feeling the effects as bad. Lot's of wind over here in Corona, Ca over the weekend also.

  5. We were up at Cave Creek Regional Park this last weekend and the wind was blowing like crazy. Finally subsided Saturday night as we were able to get a couple of s'mores in before it started up again.

  6. butterbean carpenterJanuary 31, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Sure am glad your pain is easing up and the rides are more enjoyable!!
    Your new chapeau is most becoming!!
    Take it eay and have fun!!


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