We broke the previous record high yesterday, so of course Cliff and I took full advantage and went for a motorcycle ride. It was already sixty degrees at 5 A.M.
The only foreseeable problem was the wind, which gusted to fifty-five miles per hour at times. Believe me, that's no fun on a motorcycle, but as I told Cliff: "If we're going to be going on a long ride this summer, we'll have to ride in wind, especially across Kansas; it's a windy state."
I will tell you that the blast of wind hitting us as we crossed the Congressman Ike Skelton bridge was frightening, and as we left the bridge, with it's barriers that had partially blocked the wind, it felt as though we were going to fly away to Illinois. It wasn't nearly as bad when we were going back home, thank goodness.
Cliff wanted to go to Scott's Bargain Barn at Excelsior Springs, a place we often use as a destination when we only want a short motorcycle ride. It's a dirty, run-down place that holds very few items of interest for me, so I took my Nook along. That way I can spend my time reading and Cliff doesn't feel rushed because he knows I'm occupied; he can spend a lot of time in that place. I took a quick look around and then went out into the sunshine to read; with Nooks and Kindles, you can read in direct sunlight, unlike the net-books and Ipads that glare in the sun.
Scott's Bargain Barn sells all the parts you'd need to build any kind of trailer, and they also sell ready-made trailers. This turned out well for me, because I stretched out on a trailer to read, using my motorcycle jacket for a pillow, and soon went to sleep. We'd picnicked at Sunnyside Park in Excelsior Springs, and I always get sleepy after lunch.
We took the motorcycle trailer with us in order to get groceries at Richmond on the way home, so we made full use of our gasoline dollars. Cliff says gas is over $3 a gallon in the city, but it was $2.97 at Richmond. When we first bought our other Gold Wing, we did a lot of grocery shopping on the motorcycle, and we didn't even have a trailer then! You'd be surprised at how much you can pack into the trunk and saddlebags of a full-dress motorcycle! I enjoyed these shopping trips, but Cliff sometimes feels it's too much trouble to hitch up the trailer for such a brief trip. So we don't do it nearly as often as we did the first year we had a Gold Wing.
Temperatures are to be in the fifties today; I may scratch out a place in the garden and plant some lettuce. Freezing doesn't bother lettuce, and it will be there to grow when it warms up again.
By the way, I noticed yesterday evening that this one super-warm, sunshiny day gave a green cast to our brown grass. Yippee!