Spring is here

2004 Sportster

2004 Sportster with saddle bags

One month and we go from snowboarding to hitting the roads on the motorcycle. It’s got nice pretty quickly here in Minnesota, I heard it’s the first March in many years that we didn’t get any snow. Didn’t actually spend the time to look up whether that was true, i’ll assume it’s true.

Put some saddle bags on the bike this year so I won’t have to ride around with my backpack all the time. That should help my neck and shoulders not feel as worn down when riding … sounds pretty whiny to me, haha. Looking forward to some more nice weather to keep this bike out of the garage. At 49mpg it’s great to take to work.


We went snowboarding on Sunday (Feb. 28) at the Hyland Park ski area. We got some night passes which go from 6pm-9pm, so that seemed like a reasonable amount of time for our first try at this.

First up was watching some snowboarding training videos. We felt the ones at www.snowprofessor.com were pretty good. They do a good job of making it look easy, hah!

We rented our snowboards and strapped them on to head out toward a slope, the training videos say to just do the training at the bottom of the hill so we walked over toward a hill that wasn’t very busy.

We spent about an hour and a half at the bottom of this hill constantly walking up a short way, riding down, then falling in our attempts to stop. We were both pretty much ready to head home because of the falling and walking, but instead we went inside to get something to drink.

While in the concessions area we noticed a map that pointed out a training area (rather than using the bottom of the most difficult run). The training area had a walking escalator to get you to the top of the hill, and the slope wasn’t as steep so we were able to practice our stopping a bit easier.

We ended up staying the whole three hours and left with plenty of bumps and bruises from falling, but we’ll still probably try it again.