Wednesday, February 08, 2012

A Winter’s Ride

What better way to start the riding year off than a 680 mile ride to Albuquerque—in the winter—with road temps averaging in the mid-40s.

I'm heading to a conference to present a paper on Women Motorcycle Riders, and I can think of no better way to travel up there than on a bike.

Of course, it is going to be a cold ride....

Now I do know there are a few people who I’ve told about this ride who think I am completely crazy. I can’t say that Susan is too happy about my taking the trip either. But I dove head first into the planning for this ride a few weeks ago, and I’ve prepared myself the best I can to keep warm on this trip.

Or at least I think I am fully prepared. I’ll know more after my first stop today somewhere between Lubbock and Clovis, NM….

I’ll be wearing double-layers of everything—long underwear, t-shirts, socks, 1 sweatshirt, 1 leather jacket, and full rain-gear to keep the warmth in my body. I’ve got a balaclava, and may put my mask on top of that. I’ve got insulators for my gloves. I’ve got a full tank of gas. I’m mentally prepared for this trip.

My plan is to ride as far as I can today. My goal is Lubbock, Texas. But if I still feel good, I’ll stretch out and stay on the road for another two hours to Clovis, New Mexico.

What I’m looking forward to are the sights and the sounds of the road. I imagine I’m going to be the only bike on the road out there, but if I meet anyone else, I’m sure we’ll have some good conversations.

Flickr pictures to follow daily.

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