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Today, when I went past the bank in downtown Hudson, the sign said 102 F. I think it was a little high, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the actual temp was 100 F; it sure as hell felt like it.

It’s summer; it’s supposed to be hot. I don’t care for temps in the high 90s with the humidity over 50%, but I’d rather have this than sub-zero temps with ice and snow. And even with the high temps, I did close to 100 miles running around on the Roadster.

It’s been an eventful and enjoyable week. I helped Ernie work on his Suzuki, met Kathryn for brunch (that lasted almost 3 hours - we couldn’t stop talking!) Met up with the Wednesday night crew for pizza at the Chateau, went over to the shop for the day and had some fantastic pizza from a new joint called The Bridge. (It’s right across from Hardley-Ableson of Boston). I’ve spent a good bit of time riding around and rekindling memories. I rode past my apartment in Fitchburg, then, I rode past my old house in Leominster. I went by Medtronic today, even though I knew nobody was working. I had an Italian sub for dinner the other night. I got it with oil & vinegar, tomatoes, pickles, onions and hots. That’s the way a good Italian should be made, and it was heavenly.

I tried to send five pounds of Kayem Natural Casing Franks back to Cincinnati, but the airline that the USPS was using rejected the package, so it came back. The good news is that I got my postage back. The $20.00 I spent on the dry ice is gone, and so is the money I spent on the hot dogs. UPS wanted $200.00 to ship the package, so I won’t have the Good Stuff waiting for me in Cheviot. I will have five cans of B&M Bacon&Onion Baked Beans along with three 16 oz. jars of Cain’s Sweet Relish, though. That’s what will fit in a medium Priority Mail flat rate box. David received those at his shop on Saturday.
I threw my back out the other day and It comes and goes. I’ll be fine for a little while, but then, my lower left back starts locking up. It happened while I was changing oil in the Roadster at the shop, and one of the guys there has been having trouble with his back, so he gave me a little tablet that helped tremendously. I never felt high, but the pain sure dimmed. That allowed me to ride in rush hour traffic for an hour returning to Hudson.

I’ve met up with and spent a little time with a bunch of folks; Jackie, Happy Pat, Johnny Donut, Kevin, Roland, Stephanie, Little Carol, Slow Bob and a few more. It was great to see them all.

Today, I went to the laundromat and washed my sleeping bag. It really needed a good washing. It’s been so hot, and I’ve been sweating so heavily, that it was developing a pretty strong stink. Hopefully, I’ll have time (and my back won’t stop me) tomorrow to set up the tent and wash it out with the garden hose. I wanted to do it today, but my back was hurting too bad.

New England is really pretty in the summertime; kinda like Upperstate New York; but a little nicer. (I’m not biased. Much.) I spent most of my riding today on very back roads. The ones without numbers as well as some with numbers. I went by Erikson’s Ice Cream (now in their 85th year!) and got a Sundae. Their own Strawberry ice cream, hot fudge and marshmallow – nothing else. It was delicious. I also rode over to my favorite waterfall and watched it for a few minutes. I rode past the farm in Sterling that has the Llamas and saw a couple out in the pasture. Went by Central Mass. Powder Coating. They’ve done a few small parts for me in the past and always treated me fairly. In short, I was checking out all the good memories from times past.

I was hoping to head out on Tuesday morning, but the weather forecast is for rain showers starting tomorrow afternoon and continuing through Tuesday night. I’ll keep an eye on the various weather sites and make the call as the time gets closer. I could have left Cheviot a day earlier than I did, but I waited because of the forecast. Well; I’ll just have to play it by ear.

I’m glad I decided to make the trip.
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You win the heat contest. It was only 82° here yesterday, although it gets a lot hotter starting Thursday.

Thank you for sharing!
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Forecast today in upperstate NY is light rain until mid afternoon.
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