I’ve been wanting to do longer unicycle rides for a while now. Today I decided it was the day to do just that. The plan was to ride the Mississippi River Trail (MRT) loop. I started early going up the deserted Missouri side of the trail starting near the Gateway Arch.
Going up the Missouri side happened fast. I did notice my cranks for the pedals were getting a bit loose, so I tightened them before continuing. It didn’t take long before I was crossing the Chain Of Rocks bridge.
Once across, I still had to cross another lesser bridge over the Chain Of Rocks canal for barges. This bridge had much lower railings and lots of metal grating, so I mostly walked across it.
By the time I got to Illinois, I was slowing down a ton. I didn’t take any more photos and had a rough time on the gravel section of the trail. But I eventually did finish the 26 mile trail on my unicycle. The last 1/2 mile was walking due to my cranks getting much worse! Overall, a success!
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 🙂
The kids participated in their last orchestra together until Sonora gets into high school. It was in the Webster Groves high school gym. The Niemeyer’s came out to listen to the kids. Forgot to record the concert, but had fun with friends!
The annual tradition continued this year. The group was a bit smaller, but Jake came out for the first time. We met Laura downtown as well. As normal, there was too much drinking by all, but we won’t talk a bout that. Ohh, and its the first year we made it out early enough for the parade. How about some photos…
And how about some drama… We met the girl below when she fell over next to us and seemed to need some help.
The heel of her boot was coming off, she lost her friends, and was very drunk. We had an awkward moment when we helped her zip up her coat. We were actually doing our best to be gentleman and did not want to take any advantage of her. Eventually we walked her all the way back to the Hilton hotel where she finally met up with her friends. That whole ordeal took nearly 2 hours, but was worth it to do the right thing. But it sure was nice to get home!
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.