Lakes nearby are still frozen, but snow is melting rapidly. And there's the sun!! NOW there are plenty of happy Finns around.
In addition to nature, there are two miracles that still make me amazed every Spring.
First is that I can ride. Really, aftet about 6 months, I always feel that I've lost my touch. Bike feels like alien technology. Then I sit on the bike, get it going....and yes, this was it. Feels immediately familiar. The same thing happens every spring.
The second is miracle of technology. Garages with any kind of heating started to get popular around early 80's. Until that, they were either sheds without heating, or cold attached garages that were heated with portable heaters if needed....for e.g. a major car overhaul.
So I've grown up knowing that bikes hibernate well in sheds, in freezing temperatures and lot's of switching around melting point.
Still, again after over 6 months, plug in the battery, press the button and voila'! The bike starts like always, runs like always and shines under the sun after the latest waxing in Autumn. It's still amazing, after all these years. If I wouldn't know better, I might be tempted to store my bikes "properly"