This winter has been brutal. Snow has been measured in feet, and has covered the ground and roads for months. Even if you could brave the frigid temperatures, the roads were dangerous to a single track vehicle. They were covered in ice and snowy patches, and they were peppered with potholes and frost heaves and general damage from salt and plows. As soon as there was a day when the roads were passable, the Dakar was pressed into service. Hand guards were much appreciated, and it felt great to head out for a while. I headed to visit my friend Moe to see his new race car. That is another tale in itself. Overall, a bit chilly, but a great day out.