Hannah likes the St.Louis Blues and wants to see them in person. So we got tickets so she could see a game in person. As an added bonus, my mom came in town with her. I wasn’t going to let mom miss a good time, so we had lots of parallel plans to keep us busy!
Hannah and Danelle
Left to Right: Danelle, Hannah, Laura Berlin
Danelle had some things to do, so we took a side trip to Grafton, IL twice. There was an event, something like Tugboat Days going on. So there was a river tug available for tours. We went up Saturday and found out the tickets had sold out. Not one to let something that get me down, we took a minor tour of Pere Marquette State Park and the fantastic views it offered.
It was decided that we would go back early Sunday morning and see the tug before mom went home. So the next day, we took the ferry out to look at the tug.
And because it was Sunday, we all got the tour. Here are some photos of a tugboat.
One of the twin 16 cylinder engines.
Twin generators always on for power.
A few spare parts.
From the pilot house looking back.
Looking from an upper deck down to the front
Wires used to tie the barges together.
Selfie of our group
The boat we’re about to tour
From the tour, it sounds like life as a deckhand is mostly about scraping paint and re-painting all day. Maybe I don’t want that job 🙂
Our family has made it a tradition to do interesting things for Halloween. This year was no exception. Here is the way we left the house in the morning.
Corvin the unicycling clown.
Sonora dressed as a kitty.
Ohh and add in Dad, the unicycling bear to make it complete!
Every day should start this awesome!
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 🙂
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.