A big snow storm was headed this way and scheduled to start around 11am. I headed out at 10:30 for a ride around the cemetery. After the earlier thaw I expected the roads to be bare, and for the most part they were. Early in my ride I noticed the same issue with cornering that I highlighted in the last entry, but more on that in a moment.
There are several stop signs between my place and the cemetery. One of my practical goals for learning how to rock is to be able to wait in place at stop signs and other sketch intersections while I take a good look for traffic. I didn't try this on the trip out this morning. Instead I did slow approaches which gave me a reasonable amount of time to look up and down the street. Hopefully later this summer I'll be able to actually stop and look carefully so I don't get clocked by something I don't notice at first glance, like a bicycle for instance. By the time I was half way to the cemetery the snow started falling, and the wind was out of the north east - a sign of a potentially tough storm. I had a good time in the cemetery, particularly tackling the steeper bits. I'm trying to even out my cadence, and today the tune in my head was a new jig I learned yesterday called Statia Donnelly. It kept me reasonably consistent, although I had to slow it down and really emphasize the beats on some of the steeper bits.
My return trip on 4th street past the coffee shop drew some thumbs up from folks in cars maybe wondering why anyone would be out on a unicycle in the snow. On the way home I noticed that the corners weren't giving me the trouble that they do on dry pavement. Maybe the coating of snow that had sifted down since I started my ride was providing the contact patch between tire and road just enough squish and squirm that I wasn't rolling over on the shoulder of the tire. It felt just fine, and even quite secure on sharp corners.
In front of the house I tried to simulate stopping at a stop sign. I had to stop anyway because I have a skating rink of ice where my driveway meets the road and there was no way I was riding across that slick surface. I was able to do one rock back and forth, and then had to do reasonably controlled dismount off the back. On the one hand I could tell the wheel had more mass that the 24" when I tried to rock, but on the other hand it wasn't as heavy as I thought it would be. I think there is potential for stopping at stop signs. Sounds like a reasonable goal for early summer anyway.