-41 degrees and a frozen dog

Every summer, while out riding in the extreme heat over 100 degrees, you’ll hear many other people “complaining” about how hot it is outside.  In response, I tell each of them to appreciate it because colder weather will appear in just months.  Many people reply that they cannot wait.  Well, for all of you naysayers of warm temperatures, your wish has been granted no matter where you live in the United States.

It’s currently 8:39 in the morning, here at the Crossroads of America, in the glorious state of Indiana.  Scanning through all the local channels on the tube, each reports that it is currently -13 degrees with a windchill of -41.  Looking out the front window, I see a  four foot drift blocking the end of the driveway.  The dogs had to use the bathroom earlier, so I already played that little boy from A Christmas Story (not Ralphie) and bundled up like the Michelin Man…all to make a pathway through large drifts in the backyard to carve out a spot for the impatient dogs to go.  By the way, it is cold enough for a German Shorthair Pointer to freeze to the ground if they stand still more than ten seconds emptying her bowels.

Worn out from being a canine Popsicle

It’s so cold, you can take a cup of boiling water outside, throw it up in the air, and it immediately turns to snow.  Go try it…if you are having the same temps we are right now.

It is unfortunately way too cold to work in garage today on the Ultra.  The electric heater would not keep up with the temperatures I would like to have; heck, our gas furnace is barely able to keep the Winter Freeze from entering the house.  So, not continuing work on the Harley will just have to wait.  I did manage to get the Zumo 660 weatherproof GPS installed and permanently wired into the bike several days ago, but that is the extent of the work since the bike has returned to my garage (blame the football games on TV…they kept distracting me from working).

So, time to bundle up again, and see what the snowblower can do with the large drift in the driveway.  If I complain how cold it is, will that make summer come back any sooner?

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