Yesterday was a beautiful day here in the Pioneer Valley -- mid-fifties, sunny, blue skys, snow melting away...
I had managed to get the Victory Vision out of the big garage the day before, wrestling its sizable bulk over a stubborn, slow-to-melt hump of compacted snow and then across about fifty feet of soft, muddy dirt. But it was worth it.
I took a lovely ride on the Victory yesterday, keeping an eye out for the treacherous layer of sand still on the roads (residue from winter sandings by our Highway Department, a must for safe travel in these climes during the snowy part of winter), and enjoying what seemed to be -- finally! -- the arrival of spring. I stopped beside a beaver pond on the way to take this shot of the Victory with evidence of the large volume of snow still hanging around.
I rode up to Shelburne Falls to get coffee at McCusker's, after which I strolled over to the "Glacial Potholes" viewing area. I always like to look at these rock formations, especially when there is dramatic water flow happening.
Here's a panoramic view of the dam and most of the glacial potholes, along with some of the winter ice still clinging to the rocks. (I recently discovered a very useful "photo-stitching" tool for the Mac called "Panorama Maker 4", which is probably the best of all such tools I've tried so far. I used it to create this image, as well as the one from a few posts ago of part of the UMass campus.)
All well and good, and I rode home yesterday envisioning riding to work today on the Victory. But... here's what greeted me outside my kitchen window this morning.
Arrghhh!!! At least it is not a huge amount of snow... and warm temperatures are forecast for the next several days. Still... aaarrgghhh! -- PL