I've been rocking back and forth inside in the lab too long. But I really haven't had the opportunity to get outside, until today that is. The main roads were clear pavement, but the side roads ranged from hard pack up to maybe 2" of loose old snow. The loose old snow was the worst - it was like riding through sand, only slipperier.
I headed to the cemetery, but couldn't ride more than maybe 50 feet without a dismount. I had lots of mounting practice. Maybe I was imagining it, but I think I have way better low speed balance now as a result of the idle practice, and my mounts are quite secure. That was a pleasant surprise. Once I hit some downhill sections I could ride the snow without too much problem. The ride home was on one of the more major roads with bare pavement. I did take a detour down a steep hill and up again, just for the challenge and exercise.
It sure was nice to get out again.