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Iím sure youíve read of those wackos that go swimming in ice water in January somewhere up north...we have something similar here in Texas...except by "we" I mean "I". Um...and no offence to the whackos if you are one. Iím sure those long months of cold and darkness do strange things to the mind...heh heh...
Well, itís kind of tradition...January 1 of each year, regardless of the weather, I go for a ride. I dunno how it started, but my current theory is that it was something myself and my roommate (Hi James! I'm pretty sure this is your fault!) came up with about 25 years ago...on a January 1...and I expect, directly after consuming a rather large amount of alcohol (anti-freeze) in celebration of the new year.
Over the years, the alcohol consumption has markedly tapered off...but the stupid tradition somehow hasnít managed to. Ya know, tradition. Ah well, if you gotta have traditions, they may as well involve riding...or sex...or...rather...riding AND sex...hmmm...
But I digress.
Anyway, Iíve ridden in temperatures as low as 6 degrees, and twice in the ice, but in the case of the ice, it was only to the end of the driveway and back. I did make 25 miles in a snow storm once...and that was basically to see what kind of expressions I could find on folks faces in town. It was almost worth it, and at least the cops were nice about the whole thing.
Once I had to ... ur ... acquire a bike to ride on January 1. I was between machines at the moment. Test drove a Harley that year, I did. They thought I was nuts too (it was 24 degrees and sleeting), but at least the cops were nice about the whole thing. Iíd have bought the damn thing too, except I didnít have enough money left for the down payment after I made bail. So much for great customer service.
So...as to todayís Polar bear ride. Well, 74 degrees and balmy. Couple hundred miles in the breezy Texas winter. I got sunburned. Found about 70 other machines to meet for lunch (Hey to the Southern Cruisers and Texas VRCC).
Riding on January 1, 2005...in my shirt-sleeves. Jeans and a t-shirt. January 1...
Gotta love those Texas winters.
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