Anyone get out for a ride on the long weekend?
You are asking about a ride on the long weekend, not a long ride on the weekend; so here is mine.
I took the bike out yesterday for a ride to the coin-op car wash. Put $7 in the machine and sprayed the bike. Came back home. Total of maybe 20 Kms. (the closer car wash is closed for renovations). An enjoyable outing, did not bother wearing the electrically heated jacket liner, and I was fine for the whole ride. I did not even take along the usual waterproof travel bag with a set of dry clothing, extra sweater, bug spray, sun screen, spare gloves, face-shield anti-fog spray, baseball cap, eyeglass cleaner, toiletry items.
At the car wash, I did get rebuffed by four sports bike riders who pretended I wasn't even there. I'm just not cool enough, or maybe 45 years too old? Or maybe it's the bike? In any case, the four little snits didn't even offer me a hit on the joint they were passing around. Oh, well.
I realized I need to lubricate my shifter and side stand pivots (and why not the rear brake and hand levers at the same time) and adjust the clutch - usually a twice-a-year bit of maintenance. Yep, good little ride. Taking longer in the telling than in the doing, damn near.