Sometimes you just have to get out of the house and explore. Corvin and I wanted to go for a unicycle ride and it seemed just warm enough at the house. We packed the unicycles and headed downtown to the Mississippi Riverfront Trail. We got out of the van, unloaded and started to ride.
It didn’t take long to realize that we should have worn pants! The wind made it nearly unbearable to ride, but we didn’t give up. We rode south of the Gateway Arch and back to the van for a grand total of about 1.5 cold miles.
After that, we packed back up in the van and cranked up the heater. But I wasn’t about to let the drive go for nothing, so I decided to just drive north near the river. Corvin learned a new meaning of poverty and “bad” neighborhoods. I tried to use this as a lesson for how fortunate we are in our lives and how the people are not bad.
I found 2 of 3 standpipe water towers in St. Louis. Essentially, they are 100 year old towers that were large tubes for water to rush up to help regulate water pressure. When the pressure went up, water would travel up the tower instead of rushing out of a person’s tap at different rates. They used to be very common and now are extremely rare.
Got to love history right in front of you. Hopefully the city will maintain these 3 historic structures 🙂
What a super cold month! So cold in fact, there were pipes bursting all over town. One popped in my office building giving us some unexpected time off…
I tried to turn my driveway into an ice rink.
On a few of the warmer days, I got in some unicycle riding.
My parents came in town for Corvin’s Jazz concert. It was a pretty decent concert.
We had a break in the cold so Corvin and I were able to get in a unicycle ride. Its always hard to ride after you’ve been away from it for a while.
We got to explore part of a new trail going in near our house and had a great time together.
We participated in our first Moonlight Ramble this year. Its a 10 to 20 mile bicycle (and now unicycle) ride through downtown St. Louis starting at midnight. The original date for the ride was while we were on vacation but due to weather concerns, it was postponed. It got postponed twice more due to political unrest and rioting for the Jason Stockley verdict. Eventually the event happened though Sonora was on a Girl Scout camp out and could not join us.
In order to be ready for the Moonlight Ramble, we had to decorate the two bikes and one unicycle for the trip. I prepared early purchasing 1,000 glow sticks online. We only used about 10% of them, but it had the desired effect!
Once we got to the ride, we walked around to find a nice place to start. I received a lot of looks for pushing around a giant unicycle. We ended up finding Dave from our volleyball team and hung out with him and his family.
Once the ride started, it became clear to me that I would have to wait to the end. With a group of around 10,000 people, it started and stopped a lot in a short period. This made it difficult to mount and dismount and I decided to go to the side and wait for the crowd to pass. That meant that Danelle and Corvin went ahead without me.
Within a half mile of the start, I stopped to help somebody pump up their tire (good thing I carry a pump). I eventually got into a rhythm as the crowd thinned out. I would pass most people going up a hill and be passed by the same people as they coasted back down the hill. It was a hard long ride, but fun to be out and see so many people smile!
Here is a video I took in the middle of the ride on the unicycle followed by Corvin and I finishing the ride.
I would like to say that we stayed for the after party, but Corvin and Danelle had already taken naps earlier in the evening and we were all beat!
After two days at a conference, I was ready for a break. So I planned for one accordingly. The DevUp conference was conveniently located in St. Charles MO, not far from the Katy Trail. Some will argue that its too rough for a unicycle, but I find the chat and hard packed dirt trails perfect for a smooth ride. Combine that with it not being too busy with users and its a perfect destination. I had it in my mind that I would ride after the second day of the conference, so I packed accordingly. With the conference winding down on the second day, I ran out of sessions that piqued my interest. Shortly after lunch, I headed out to the trail. With a bag full of food and water, I set off to see how far I dared ride. It ended up that I went from the St. Charles boathouse all the way to I-64 bridge and back. A route of almost exactly 25 miles.
I won’t lie to you and say it was easy, but its the next step towards farther riding. I would like to be able to ride 40 miles or more in a single day and I think I’m getting closer. Having music playing with a high tempo certainly helped. I know I was riding well because I had my first every mile where I averaged 10 mph and it was towards the end of the ride! And some photos 🙂