Saturday August 29 I decided to take the motorcycle to visit my sister. It is about two hours and forty-five minutes one way from Leduc, Alberta to her place. Rather than go out for dinner I bought steaks, strip-loin which is what they like, and beer. I suggested it since her husband likes to barbeque and is good at it. It left me free to visit and drink beer. They supplied the salad and vegetables. Red wine was also had since I like red wine with my steak.
The trip back on Sunday was not as fun. It is a four lane highway between Edmonton and Calgary. It was not warm and very windy. I think that was the worst wind I experienced on a motorcycle. I was surprised I did not see a few vehicles blown over. Some vehicles were driving under the speed limit with their hazard lights on while they were fighting with the wind. I got a little concerned a few times when I was hammered by some severe wind gusts and fought to keep the bike in my lane. I caught up to a highway truck and stayed close to try to escape some of the wind.
I made it home and was very chilled. I took a hot shower to warm up. This is not supposed to be August weather. I thought I would feel more beat up than what I was. I was more tired than anything.
Today I had the bike in the shop for an oil change. I had it in early, thirty minutes early, for my appointment. They did not get to it until over an hour after my appointment. I got it checked out for one last long trip this year for the upcoming Labour Day Weekend. It will need a few things that can wait. Actually this will be my only trip that will be an overnight trip this year. It has been a poor year for having a motorcycle in Alberta. Rain in May, June, and July. August has been the only decent month.
After this there may be a few short trips but it will be set to be stored before the end of October. I am optimistic next year will be better. A number of my plans and trips got scrapped. I am sure that is true for a lot of us.