A pitch black night.
Newly laid street with virgin pavement.
No houses yet; no street lights.
I can see nothing and nothing can see me.
Been here before; know the drill.
This time I shall try out my single LED uni light (Range about 5 ft).
In the darkness ahead lieth a waiting monster.
Three meters of fresh concrete
protected by a miniscule twig for a barrier.
The intrepid unicyclist approacheth…
…expecting nothing but good pavement.
What the…? The LED has seen something.
Reaction delay reduces the range from 5 ft to 2 ft.
Now the moral of this note is to make sure you can pile off the back of the uni when you have to. Never mind the being graceful bit.
Dismounting from the front would have been a disaster. And a running front dismount doesn’t bear thinking about.
i used to dimount out in front with the unicycle behind then i figured it was a lot easier to come off backwards, that way you don’t have to swing the unicycle around so it is in front of you. im gonna get a set of LED lights and ride around, that would be so cool and yes i agree, one light is better than no light.
The neat thing about wet concrete is that when it dries it tells a little story. You can see if maybe a bird hopped across it, or a dog stepped in it, or maybe one set of tracks follows the other.
I’m imagining the locals trying, in years to come, to figure out how the imprint of a single wheel and sprawled rider in full UPD came to be embedded in their pavement. That would surely be a story worth telling