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So, now that it is snow and ice (and idiot car drivers who don't slow down), i am looking for ideas on what you guys do for fun during the winter months when you cannot ride? Don't give me any of that nonsense about work and family, I said for fun......
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Read Books, Cook, Clean House, OK I am kidding on one of those... R
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Come visit me where it's HOT. Supposed to be almost winter and i'm sweating to death. Good time to detail the scooter fully. Read,start a hard puzzle,learn a language,drive yourself nuts,learn to cook etc etc. I was really good at driving myself nuts, so then i moved here. Good luck.
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In Winter, all I do is dream of Spring! We can get a few rides in from time to time though.
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During the cold winter months I ride the wheels off my PTWs! Laughing emoticon
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Hope for more oil threads and pray for a melt off on the streets. Mid winter breaks in temp, even a 15-20 minute ride makes things better. This year is the hardest in 6 for me. I and to buy expedition type mittens to stay warm. If my legs were better I'd love to go X country skiing. I always loved my skinny skis and winter in the woods along the Mississippi River bluffs.

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Ski! Proper ski areas aren't really in Iowa but they do have them.

http://skicentral.com/iowa.html

The experience of skiing is close to that of riding a Vespa. It's a great sport and really keeps you excited for the snowfall.
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As long as it's freezing, might as well get more snow so I can take the kid out cross-country skiing, and the family out snowshoeing a few times. Otherwise it's hang around the house more, and do a bit of woodworking....need to make that bed I promised my wife 10 years ago.
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Scroll saw fun
Prototype X rated whirligig in progress.
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hunt the Internet endlessly for gear...

i don't have any cold weather hobbies.
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I'm in southern california. So there is little to be said for the seasons. I ride year around as my scooters are my sole form of transportation. In the winter I use rainy days as good time to detail the scooters, necessary maintenance, and ordering far too much riding gear online.
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Big respect to my northern brothers and sisters, winter can be a bitch, especially after the new year, when it seems like April will never come. We plan to travel in January and February, then come home to enjoy Springtime in the Bluegrass.
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I was riding last week and then the snow, slush and ice hit the DC area. I have a Termoscud to install, heated grips and a tall windscreen. Hopefully, when it hits about 40 during the day and there isn't much ice, I'll be back to commuting to work at least part of the time. I refuse to surrender to winter, I make my sneak attack rides whenever the weather permits.
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Re: Looking forward to Spring
coolcatlaw wrote:
So, now that it is snow and ice (and idiot car drivers who don't slow down), i am looking for ideas on what you guys do for fun during the winter months when you cannot ride? Don't give me any of that nonsense about work and family, I said for fun......
It was 24F here in NYC this morning. Luckily, the little bit of snow we got is gone, so I rode to work.
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I am looking forward to spring and I live in Florida. I ride every day but prefer 80 F to 55 F.
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What is this foreign word "winter" you refer to?

Razz emoticon

Best,
SDG

Ok fine growing up in NY and Chicago I faintly recall a reference to the W word.
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Re: Scroll saw fun
tomjasz wrote:
Prototype X rated whirligig in progress.
Now that's craftsmanship. Razz emoticon

Of course you'll share your progress, no?
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Missing daylight
We had the same temps as the North Pole this week and still under a wind chill warning here in Winnipeg. I agree with Ravenlore - Stay indoors and surf for parts to continue restoration on my '63 VNB.

Presently @ -34C (-30F) with the windchill and the sun set at 4:30pm. Forgot to plug my car in Sunday and thus it wouldn't start Monday.

The best part of yet...January and February are our coldest months and spring won't arrive till at least the end of May.


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"Winter" here is a time for the permanent residents of the Island to share time socializing a bit. Weather may not be great, but no demands of tourism to keep the working folks on the job 14+ hours/day. Thus, trips to the market, etc, are leisurely and a chance to "catch up". Cafes are also a good place to meet and chat. Rain and high winds may make riding a chore on occasion, but the ability to enjoy more social time makes up for it a bit. The winter rains turn the island a beautiful green, something that we permanent residents can enjoy, while the "brown of summer" is for the tourists.
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The doctor told me I can start riding again in March, so I'm not going through the frustration of wishing I could ride if the weather would just co-operate.

It's a done deal. Knowing that, I'm dealing with it by...

Coming up with ideas and making preliminary plans for next year's touring.
Picking up little odds and ends to add to my camping gear.
Ordering up a few items for the bike to have ready to install come warmer weather, and replacing worn out stuff...I could use a new pair of riding gloves.
...And doing a lot of reading. Much more than usual. I have a stack of books I'm going though, and I think my Kindle is about to overheat. Razz emoticon
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SDG wrote:
What is this foreign word "winter" you refer to?

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Right?? 8) I just recently erased it from my vocabulary!
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judy wrote:
...learn a language...
Learn italian language...
In winter i have few jobs to be done in the fields of my farm so i have much free time; i dedicate to my previous old job (mechanical designer) and study ways to build my scooter accessories and other items.
Fault of my heritage, my grandparents were near Maranello ... my last name is Ferrari; are branded.
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Attila wrote:
judy wrote:
...learn a language...
Learn italian language... ...
Close. I've decided to learn Latin.
No good reason at all. Just for the helluvit.
I have three books on Latin on my desk, two of which are rather fearsome-looking.

I think l'd better start by hunting up a copy of "Latin for Dummies" first.

I'm also thankful that Mrs. Menhir is a bookseller. 8)
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ATTILA i will learn a bit. When i finally get to Italy i'm looking forward to hitting you up for one of your famous pizza's from your famous oven. 8)
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Well, I stand the cold and wet as long as I can. Then I go visit friends in SW Florida. Excellent winter riding weather! So good that I keep a scooter down there for winter visits.
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