Protest Board Up – 6/4/2020

George Floyd was killed on 5/25/2020. Since his death, there have been multiple protests about the way police have treated people. Today, there is a planned protest near my house. I was out and about earlier in the day and noticed that a few local retail establishments had their windows boarded up. Also during my drive, I saw 2 military Humvee with some strange looking equipment on top. With the previous violent protests, I didn’t want to be around in case somebody decided to do something stupid.

However, Corvin and I decided to go back out and unicycle around to see how many locations were boarded up. The protest started at 6, and we would be home by 5pm to stay out of the mess.

Here is the general map of where we went. Brentwood, Missouri at the intersection of I-170 and I-64. The red circled areas are the main locations in the photos below.

Walgreens, at the corner of safe and boarded up!

At least they told us why they are closing early.

Used to be a cleaners, currently vacant. Not sure if it was worth boarding it up.

Gas station up the street from the action.

REI had recently been looted with a broken window, so I’m not surprised that they boarded up their building.

Local furniture store.

Whole Foods

Interesting how they even got the upper windows.

This is the Macy’s at the St. Louis Galleria. From the outside, it doesn’t look boarded up, but get closer and you can see the inside doors are boarded.

Guess they were not worried about their upper windows.

An expensive “dollar store”

This target is in the shopping center where the protest is meeting.

The workers are putting up boards day of. Hope they finished in time.

Back at the gas station for a quick beverage before heading home.

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May 2020

We’ve finished the third full month of COVID-19 in the US. We’ve done a decent job of keeping socially distant, but sometimes Corvin and I just need to get out. So we go on unicycle rides!

We went out to Jo Jo’s place near the St. Francis river to help her dismantle an old barn. Mark found a large black rat snake that he caught and relocated before continuing our work.

Speaking of wildlife, we’ve been taking groceries to Danelle’s parents to keep them out of stores and safe. When visiting their house, we check on the baby birds in the carport.

In the spirit of staying socially distant I have not gotten my hair cut. I got it up in a small bun to annoy the girls.

And finally, what would the Internet be without a cat photo. They sure like having the window open!

Mark’s Birthday – 5/30/2020

With Covid-19 in full swing, we have not seen much of our family. Mark had his birthday and the idea was to do a drive by birthday. We offered to hang out for the hour outside and help entertain Mark. To assist with this, Hogan the T-Rex came by.

Its always important to get in a nap when you can.

Grandma Carol came by and the T-Rex tried to eat her.

We made the most of a birthday party while maintaining our distance. I think having us around make Mark’s day!

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Creve Coeur Lake 5K – 6/2/2020

Melissa has been talking about nothing but boat racing since she signed up for the MR340 this year. Danelle and I are also signed up to be in the 10 person boat with her. She wants to get all the practice paddling in that she can so she is fully prepared for the race.

Today, her goal was to rent a canoe from the people at the lake to support them and get practice time in. I was able to make it out and joined her in the rental canoe. We participated in the 5K race around the lake. I’ve seen this group online before, but it was my first time participating with them.

Its a different group that I paddle with for the Sunset Race. This group comes out weekly to race and get better. Then they stand around in the parking lot and talk about life, boats, and racing. Here are a few more of the people involved.

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State 35 – Georgia


This is the last state in our spring break trip out to the east coast. We were tired and ready to get home, but first, one last state. We were heading to Panola Mountain to ride. While not a mountain like the rockies, it was going to provide enough elevation to require some walking on my part. Corvin is a monster and would ride up anything he could at this point!

It wasn’t an extremely memorable ride. The path was nicely paved and wide. Part of it is the pattern that the last state of any large trip we have taken tends to be like this. We did get to ride along some nice wooden walkways going over water and they were nice. But it was just an exercise to get our distance in before heading home. I wish I could say something more about it.

Corvin’s journal confirms it was the hardest ride he has done to date. Probably due to the fact that he didn’t walk up any of the hills except when he was with me.

Corvin’s Journal Entry

Our Strava Entry.

Our map of completed states.

Total Trip Miles:  195.14
Total Moving Time: 37h 43m
Total Elevation Gained: 5483 feet
Total Hogan UPD: 16
Total Corvin UPD: 9

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