Sunday, January 13, 2013

Still cold here..

The national weather service is calling for 24, 24, 25, and 30 for the next four nights...  We had 28 last night and for an hour 27...  All I measured here at home was 30 but that is with the sensor on the back deck which is covered...

So it only took me about a minute to think that I didn't want to lay here at night and wonder if the motorhome was freezing and breaking stuff...  The peace of mind alone would be worth a couple of gallons of the pink stuff...

I wondered if RV antifreeze was sold here in Arizona....  But I went to the local Wal Mart I was greeted with a big pallet full of the stuff in the automotive section...  Wow.....  I bought three...!

In the storage lot, I took off the water filter canister and found a small ice cube swimming in the water...  I tossed it!  After only a little while with the pickup hose and some judicious running of the pump at all faucets, the pink stuff is in...!!  And now I can sleep better....  Even if I didn't need it..!

As the afternoon wore on it didn't get much warmer as I waited for it to get at least 50...  Remember I usually wait for it to be 60 to go riding the bike...  The 60 degree temperature thing was going to need revising today...  But I didn't think it would be clear down to 50....

Well 50 was going to be all we would get to today and if I was going to go, it was now or never...  I had a long sleeved T shirt on under everything else so I was good to go..

I only went about 4 miles to the Home Depot where I purchased a spade drill bit..  While inside it warmed me some so I was good to go again..  A couple of more miles and I was over to Wendy's  for that small burger..

By now, I was accustomed to the cold, so I rode a while longer and then headed for the house..  I was riding quite slowly working on my control of the bike at speeds of about 15 miles an hour.   Anyone can ride fast in the higher gears but keeping a 900 pound bike upright and under control at 10 mph is a harder skill.

I received an extended brake pedal in the mail yesterday and installed it this morning, so I was using this for the first time today as well.  So the cold wasn't going to stop me..

I'm watching the game in Denver as I write this, and I looked up the Denver temperature which was 3 degrees...  So me worrying about 50 doesn't seem like much of a big deal.....

Retired Rod


  1. Hope you drained the water tanks and heater as well. Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  2. The sun shining through our window sure does feel good but it's cold outside. I about froze just watching that game.

  3. Great game in Denver last night - hope today's are just as good. You're right about getting familiar riding a bike at slow speeds as it is much more difficult to control them. Not that I'd know anything about big 900lb suckers but I did have a Yamaha 450cc for a while.

  4. My face would freeze riding in 50 degree weather. I never thought about it before, but it makes sense that it would be more difficult to control a bike at slow speeds.

  5. butterbean carpenterJanuary 14, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    Howdy Rod,
    With a full-face helmet your face don't get so cold.. Keeping that BIG booger up at slow speeds is a trick, but just keep your mind in the middle and both feet firmly on the floorboards, until you stop rolling!! I could keep my Goldwing vertical at 4mph,but was doing some twisting on the handlebars!!
    Sure do hope it warms up out there, soon... Aren't you glad you didn't go to Q-city!!


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