Today at 7AM I got up to walk the dog, and noticed it was 36 degrees. Stepped outside and damn snowflakes were coming down! The snow didn't stick, but here it is only Oct 4 and apparently winter is well on its way. I'm not ready to cover the bike yet, but its clear that riding season is almost over for me. I'm getting too old to let close to half a year go by each year without being able to ride my motorcycle, but for now I am stuck here in northern Illinois. With 4 of my 5 kids, and 8 of my 10 grandchildren living within less than 2 hours of my home I'm afraid that moving south is not a real option, but where the hell is global warming when you need it!