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It had been a hot week, not only in Spain but all across Europe with 40-degree temperatures across France and many other areas.  Taking this into consideration an early start was called for to get some long-awaited biking in.  Waking in the early light at 05:30, setting off on a bike ride was the last thing on my mind however I had promised myself that after a couple of months off it was about time to get back on the horse so to speak.

Saturdays are usually full of work and family stuff and rarely anything motorcycle related.  This week would be no exception, with an hour or so of work in my workshop, cleaning the swimming pool, then a shopping trip, followed by more work and finally a late lunch.  At around 4 pm though it was all done and the GSXR started to call me.

It's been a funny old week weather-wise, I've been wearing shorts most of the week as it's been quite warm but then towards the end of the week it started to turn a bit cooler and then the forecast turned to thunder and lightning.  It reminded me of being in the UK in 2001, (the second year of GSXR ownership), for most of the short UK riding season the weather was great from Monday to Thursday and then rained until Sunday evening meaning no biking at the weekend.  The GSXR only did about 150 miles in the whole year, 100 of those were taking it to be serviced, not good.

I can't quite believe it has taken me so long to get out on the bike this year, its the 13th of January, I must try harder.  It's not for the want of trying though, but family and work often get in the way, thankfully as I don't live in the UK anymore, (17 years in Spain) the weather generally has little to do with it.

Over the course of the year, Spain has quite a few National Fiestas (Bank Holidays) and I tend to forget about them until a couple of days before.  Usually, this means I don't have time to organise anything and another bonus biking day goes by without turning a wheel.

This week was no different and I had to be reminded by my lovely wife on Thursday evening that Friday was a fiesta and I should really get out on my bike again.

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