Posted: Friday, APril 26, 2013 --- 10:26pm
It was long, lingering, and down right bitter. After a painful winter, it's no surprise folks took advantage of Friday's beautiful weather.
From biking to golfing, seasonal businesses are especially excited for the arrival of spring.
"This year's opening was a little bit late” says Ryan Brinza, who works at the Odana Hills Golf Course.
Brinza says their season started at the beginning of April last year, but this year Mother Nature forced them to stay closed longer than they liked, meaning a loss in revenue.
"This is a very late start. Last year we started mid March. Now we're starting mid April. We lost a whole month” says Andrew Krikelas, one of the many golfers who came out to Odana Hills Friday. “I have an annual pass, so I like to get in as many rounds as possible” he says.
Bike store managers, like Neil Jurgella, are also thrilled to welcome back the warmth.
"It's been great! People are excited about bikes again” Jurgella tells NBC 15.
Jurgella works at Erik's Bikes in Madison. They too saw a spike in business Friday.
"Last year was so nice early on. This year's kind of been a drag” says Jessi Monk, who stopped by Erik's Friday.
And whether you're a biker, golfer, or just like to get outdoors, most seem to agree, it's about time spring sprung.
"We appreciate the fact that we're out here finally” says Krikelas.