Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Happy Solstice

The days start getting longer, at least for those of us in the Northern hemisphere, sorry Geoff and Raftnn, no sympathy from me as I read your blogs of you two riding, enjoying summer and posting pics of Pohutukawa - the NZ Christmas tree.

However, this day is of great significance to us motorcyclists North of the Equator, it means the clock has turned, we have rounded the corner and started our way towards Spring. The sun returns and stays with us just a little bit longer each day, warming the earth, melting the snow and ice.

Sure, it's the first day of winter and the beginning of a new season, but in Oregon we start every calendar year as cold and wettest, then Spring is warmer and wet, Summer is just plain hot and dry then in the Fall it is back to wet. With 7 months of the year being wet, the short dry season is all we have to look forward to.

I looked outside to the sky last night before heading to bed and it was too cloudy to bother staying up for the lunar eclipse. I did hear today that the sky in our area did clear up. Of course photos of last night's event are all over the interweb this morning, I stole these from Huffington Post

Sure hope you photographers got some great photos as I always look forward to all of your great work.

Wishing everyone a Happy Solstice, a Merry Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Happy Holidays and Season's Greetings.


  1. Troubadour:

    think of it this way, we have something to look forward to.

    THEY, on the otherhand are going downhill . . .

    Wet Coast Scootin

  2. I know it was the Solstice, but it was dark when I rode to work and dark when I came home again today. Ah, but soon it will be light when I leave in the morning.

    Have a great Season of welcoming the return of the light!


  3. I am sure that when Geoff and I are in the depts of winter we shall be envying you!

    Have a great one, and I hope you get some fine weather to at least get in a couple of rides.


  4. Only 400 years 'till the next lunar eclipse on the solstice. We had clouds as well though I did get a brief glimse of the red moon between the clouds.

    Merry Christmas to you and Trobairitz!


  5. C'mon spring! Nice pics of the eclipse, I missed it too.

  6. Love what you've done to the place, and really like the header! Nicely done.

    It seems that all us riders have been biding our time, waiting for this day to come. Happily I rode to work and not a rain drop fell on my ride. Nice way to celebrate the day.

    Happy Solstice to you and Trobairitz!

  7. Oh dear Roger, how about we post a few pictures of rain and gales in NZ? A thousand apologies Troubador, completely insensitive of us to post sunny days!

    Well, happy solstice and a wonderful festive season to you and Trobairitz - let's hope that you both get those bike farkles that you've no doubt been dropping unsubtle hints to each other about!

    Oh, and if you ever want a winter break, come to NZ. We can guarantee a warm welcome, comfortable beds, great food and COLD beer!

    All the best,


  8. You should have stayed up, the eclipse was pretty cool. But then again, the weather is always better in Philomath.

  9. Even I was depressed by your description of Oregon right now. Happy Solstice, anyway!

    It's nice that the photo of your bike on the header doesn't disappear when the page is loaded. Did you create the avatar for Bolty's blog?


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