|But yesterday the trails in Illinois were calling to us and we answered.|
|It seems it was turtle day. This is turtle #1.|
|This is turtle #2.|
|Turtle #3 was catching some sun on one end of this pond, while.....|
|Turtle #4 was doing much the same thing on the other edge of the pond.|
In addition to turtles we saw deer, wild turkeys, and a white heron, but they all escaped the camera. We think we may have spotted a bobcat as well, but aren't certain. Heather did get a photo, but it is of Loch Ness monster quality, so not very helpful or conclusive.
|And, on the way back across the Mississippi River I took this photo of the Arch just for you (you know who you are).|
Today was Billie's day. Today Billie got her Spring bath. Chris over at Everyday Riding is on a seven week moto adventure which has already taken him to Alaska. He isn't fooling me. I'm thinking the real reason he took this trip was to postpone cleaning off the winter grime from his Ural. The stuff we spray on our bikes to keep them from becoming rust buckets does its job, but the Spring cleaning is no fun.
I'd like to think I've been busy and not practicing avoidance. That said, I will admit the springtime bath is not my favorite job.
|This I can't blame on the ACF-50. This is caused by my lazy self not lifting my leg up enough when I mount Billie. Yep, those are boot scuff marks.|
|This is winter grime....|
|And, so is this.|
It was much worse last spring. This winter was very mild and I had only a handful of "chemical days"--those days the road crews spray "ice melt" on the roads. Still, the grime builds up.
|Gone are the smudges.|
|The chrome is shining|
|The grime is gone for now.|
|And, notice no rust on the wheels.|
|And here she is, ready to get dirty again.|