Monday, April 30, 2018

Maybe I'll Leave the Studded Tires Installed

Welcome to Spring-time in Alaska. I'm sure there is a Monty-Pythonish song there somewhere. Or at least that seems to be how most people felt about this mornings snow. It isn't that unusual. Back in 2012, it snowed while riding to Anchorage near the middle of May. But short memories must be why we choose to stay in Alaska.

Yesterday, I was in the garage contemplating removing the studs from the Ural tires as well as swapping tires on the Prius. I guess the snow today must mean it's too early and I have a two-week reprieve from that task.




On Sunday, I had a rather odd encounter with another rider. He pulled up next to me on his flat black Harley and after the normal beginning-of-the-riding-season pleasantries, he asked why I had the led lights in the front turn signals flickering. After I said to make it more likely to be seen by other drivers. He then asked, "Why would that be a good thing?". Then the light changed and he took off.  I was sort of at a loss...

10 comments:

redlegsrides said...

Begging?

Bluekat said...

If it was 70F everyone would live here - lol. Well maybe the bears and moose would scare off a few!

RichardM said...

Thank you! That's what happens when you blog on your phone...

RichardM said...

Maybe... Remember, with climate change (that's the pc term I think), Alaska will be the new Florida. Oceanside condos on the North Slope, hang gliding tours off of Denali,...

redlegsrides said...

As to the HD rider's comment re "being seen a good thing".....sometimes you gotta wonder what runs around other people's brain.

RichardM said...

Yes, I couldn’t figure out what he was thinking. With the black jacket, black jeans, black bike and tiny aftermarket turn signals, I think that maybe “under the radar” was the goal.

Lynne Goebeler said...

Hmmm, maybe the birds didn't know better...do they leave again when it snows?

RichardM said...

I'm sure the birds were at a loss today. We had measurable snow this morning that actually hung around for a while. Bun, no, they don't leave for a little bit of snow. Just when the lakes start freezing again....

Geoff James said...

Same problem in NZ Richard with rider visibility issues. I hate to show bias but over here, most HD riders seem to adopt the "badass" image even if they happen to be bankers or lawyers Mon-Fri. This means wearing inappropriate gear, riding inconsiderately and all the other stuff which goes with that.

RichardM said...

Rider visibility doesn't seem to be important to most riders around here. Black leather seems to be the norm and hi-vis is unusual.