Remarkably this was my first official ride with the Dragon Riders in about a month! Since my last ride to the Bassin de Chambly, Quebec, the group has ventured outward to such destinations such as Americade, The Mohawk Nation of Akwesasne and bike week at Laconia. This is not to say I haven't been riding at all, on the contrary actually. In between trying to figure out why Serenity was just not that into me I have been on several unofficial Dragon Rides with a couple of people including Steve and Bobby the Bobber. I also have been meeting up with some noobs for one on one rides; an opportunity for cyclists with learners licences in Quebec to get a chance to practice their skills without the pressures of group riding.
The rain stopped as quickly as it had begun and the sun was out in full force. By 08:30am the streets were already dry and I was already feeling uncomfortably hot in my Belstaff leather jacket. I set off to collect my learner, Fuad and his Kawasaki ER-6N motorcycle. By the time we arrived at our meet up point at Moe's Bar and Grill, nearly everyone had arrived including a few strays who cancelled their plans for today to join our motley crew on account of, ahem, rain.... riiiiggghht! It suited me just fine as it had been ages since I had the chance to ride with some of these lovely fellas.
This included some familiar faces to you by now such as Bobby the Bobber and his H-D 48, Raffi and his BMW K1300GT, Emil was on his reliable 1984 Yamaha Maxim 400, Michel sneaked into the ride unaccompanied on his Ninja 400R (cheeky bugger!) and Steve was on his chromed Yamaha Road Star! I also had the pleasure of meeting for the first time two new fellas. This included Geoffrey and his Kawasaki Vulcan 800 and Richard, who stole the show today by showing up with a brand new Suzuki M109 that he had just collected this very morning! Is there anything more exciting than taking your very first road trip with your new bike the same day that you collected it?
His Kawasaki 800 is BEGGING for
a Blue Collar Bobber Kit!
His Brand Spanking New Suzuki M109!
Living in Montreal, Quebec, it's easy to forget that Canada has one of the lowest population densities in the world averaging at just above three people per square kilometer! It's not until you leave the city that you are reminded of the fact that Canada is predominantly devoid of human structures as you ride along coming across the odd town, house and of course the many farms that make the backbone of this nation. With a population of just over thirty four million people compared to the United States for instance with a population of just over three hundred and eleven million it's something to think about when your riding a bike that could possibly leave you stranded! Lakes and rivers abound, however, and you can appreciate why the Quebecois only have to go an hour or so outside of town to consider themselves on vacation.
Baie Missisquoi Bay
|Our Fearless Leader, Steve |
Who got lucky in a way every man would love too today!
|Serenity on a well deserved break!|
He's laughing now but wait
until he finds himself lost and alone....
|Chevy Nova on Steroids...|
|Large Wheels Save Lives?|
|Venise is littered with mountains and scenic routes ideal for motorcycling.|
|An Electric Chopper...|
|Raffi - The Godfather|
Bobby the Bobber -
(Apparently Raccoon Eyes Are all the Rage for H-D Owners Now!)
Photo © Steven Houle
|For All You Nay Sayers Out There:|
Its Non-Alcoholic Lemonade of Some Sort...
Photo © Steven Houle
|Ladies of the Evening....|
Someone from somewhere once said that "four wheels move the body and two wheels move the soul." If riding can be described as a spiritual experience than I suppose I would go as far as to state that I adhere to "church of two wheels". As July slowly creeps up I find myself already dreading the day I have to put Serenity away for the winter, although, probably to her relief. There never seems to be enough time in life to do the things we love, so when we do get a chance it's all the more bittersweet. There was nothing particularly special about today itself. Still, I find myself ending the day thinking that somehow I will probably remember it for the rest of my life. It's the little things that remind us of how precious time is, especially when spent in good company.