Every riding season here in the north we recognize that there is that last day of tolerable temps, the last day we can ride comfortably and enjoy the open road without having to worry about road salt, freezing temperatures and all that jazz. You never know for sure which day it will be but if I were a betting man I would guess that today was that day. Temperatures were in the low 60's at peak today and the riding was fine. As the day worn on the wind picked up and future forecasts call for lower temps and rain and then... ugh, snow. For my last full day of riding I chose to explore, riding the back roads and highways from Topsfield to Ipswich, Essex to Peabody and Gloucester to Rockport. It was a great day with enough time to take a few photos of the graying days and barren trees. I don't have much of a narration on this ride out so, I hope you enjoy the photos!
Canadians are a hearty bunch.
More leaves on the ground than in the trees in most parts of Massachusetts.
I've shared so many photos of the Ninja over the last two plus years but I always seem to find another angle or setting I really like.
I'm standing on the grounds of a canoe outfitter, they have a prime spot along the Ipswich River. Someday I plan on paddling these waters.
Up in Rockport amongst the working boats.
The most photographed building in Rockport, I'm only adding to it's status.
Lunch at Farnham's Famous Clams. You can keep your nobody clams, I'll take famous clams any day!
The swanky interior of Farnham's Famous Clams.
Eating my lunch from Farnham's Famous Clams outside along the salt marsh. My famous clams are actually halibut. They are very, very good.
My dining partner didn't have much to say but kept staring at my food and hopping around. He looks well fed and I'm not sure he can actually fly anymore.
While my bike isn't packed away for winter I'm doubtful there will be another day like this until spring, at least not one I'll be able to take advantage of. So my fellow riders, if you got some nice weather get out and enjoy before you have to pack up for winter. See you with more ride reports in 2015.