this was the plan: to ride up north and cross into the new hampshire border where i could procure some contrabands (rhymes with "tire clerks") for this independence day weekend. i'd been following the weather report all of yesterday and even though they forecasted rain, i figured there still might be a window for me to make a run for it. the weather this morning was cloudy and cold, not unlike most mornings for all of june. i was waiting for the temperature to warm up a bit, with one eye on the doppler radar. around noontime it started to rain and i knew there'd be no trip to new hampshire today. in a car not a problem, but riding a motorcycle in the rain on a cold day is a recipe for disaster. it's not worth it anyway, and wasn't like i was going to buy anything cool, i was going more out of curiosity, and to set a personal milestone by leaving the state via motorcycle for the very first time. maybe the weather will clear up later this week, but i have my doubts. now that june is officially over, the numbers reveal that we only had sunshine about 25% of the time.
so the rest of the day i didn't do anything productive, just basically lounged around on the couch, watching television and surfing the web. i was hoping maybe there'd be a break in the showers so that i could at least go out and do some location scouting for the weekend firework displays, but the rain wouldn't let up, and there was even some thundering. my mother dropped by briefly in the late afternoon to deliver some basil chicken she'd made.