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 🙂
Likely to be the last warm Sunset Race of the year, I made sure to get out there early and get a short unicycle ride in with the sunshine!
When I got back from my ride, I was in time to see JoJo getting her boat down from on top of her van. A feat that most need to see to believe!
What you can’t see in the photo are the steps in the side of the van she used to get up there. Either way, its a long way up for transporting a boat!
I drug Corvin out for his longest unicycle ride ever on the MRT (just over 8 miles). We probably walked a mile, but it was still worth it to spend time with him and get better riding.
Just after the half way point, we switched with me on the 29″ and Corvin on my 36″. I love seeing him cruise at speed and did my best to keep up with him.