Last week thick with riding temptation. Soaring temperatures, greening landscape, a rapid departure from winter. I made this picture on the way home from work and recognizing the lengthening days and expanding windows to ride. But first things first.
My Vespa is filthy and coated with the grime and grit of winter. A responsible rider would tend to his machinery and perform all reasonable and required maintenance. At least give the thing a bath.
Time for the Heidenau Snow Tex tires to come off as well. No sense in wearing the soft, sticky, expensive rubber compound away on warm, dry roads. The exhaust system should come off as well, be sandblasted and repainted. And a few more mechanical feats should be undertaken. First things first.
Our naturalized, woodland garden is coming to life and with it a wide array of trimming, transplanting, raking and digging. I made a decision to do this work before any serious spring time rides. And the house calls out for its share of attention as well. First things first.
Junior the jungle dog peeks through the bamboo grove in our garden. This running form of bamboo, Phyllostachys aureosulcata, needs a close eye to keep it from taking over the world. Spring time means some exploration with a shovel and removal of the aggressive runners.
And there is a lot more work to do. So before any major Vespa adventures I need to tend to first things first...