What’s Lurking On The Winding Road

Going on a ride through the winding roads? Motorcycle rides through a forest road or a country lane are one of the best things about life. Hearing the rustle of the leaves as you rush by, the sound of your machine echoing among the bark, and the amazing views you wish everyone could see. These are just some of the things you look forward to when putting on your helmet. Unfortunately, it’s not always going to end with sunshine and roses. The winding road has some secrets that you ought to know about so you don’t get caught off guard.

Piles of leaves

Those leaves on the road make your journey look prettier than it would be otherwise. However, they can act as a lining between your tires and the road. It can feel like you’re riding almost on ice when it’s been raining and the road is covered in leaves. So what you can do is try to weave a little, while staying in your lane, to avoid leaves that seem to have grouped together. They might be laying on top of a puddle or perhaps they have just accumulated other due to the tire patterns left by cars. And most of all, slow down and have your fingers waiting on the brakes.

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Nighttime curse

Riding in the evening or a night is particularly sketchy when you don’t know what to watch out for. You have to realize that drivers might not be able to see you even when you have your headlight on. When riding through the winding road, your one headlight won’t be able to send light around corners and thus, drivers may only see you when you have turned the corner. If you ever feel tense about taking a corner, feel free to flash your lights and use your horn to let an oncoming driver you’re coming.

Overtaking dangers

On winding roads, people suddenly turn into expert drivers. They become less patient and they have a dose of energy making them think they can overtake while taking a long turn. This can result in horrible consequences for you as a rider. Winding roads open and then narrow suddenly without warning. If you have been involved in a motorcycle crash due to a car cutting you off or nudging you on such a road, then you should fight for your right to be paid. You could have been killed, so a legal team will fight for your compensation money, and make sure you don’t lose revenue due to taking time off work.

Loose rocks

Winding roads often have loose bits of debris in the middle of the road. This is because they’re in the countryside, where the wind blows harder and the rain dislodges soil and rocks. So, always keep one eye on the road ready to swerve and avoid getting into a tailspin.

The winding road is perfect for motorcycle riders. It’s where you can test your skills, enjoy the sights and take time away from your work duties and chores at home. But always be on your guard, so you return home in one piece.

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

Halloween at Union Station!

All Aboard! The Union Station Halloween Experience brings family fun to the fall season in St. Louis, October 9 – 31.

Created for children 12 and under and their families, the Union Station Halloween Experience is a themed walking journey through the historic railroad terminal’s stationary rail cars. Each train car features a spooky theme including pirates, witches, dark creatures and a candy wonderland. 
Guests can purchase tickets and start their Halloween journey inside a huge tent filled with a not-so-scary maze, a series of boo-rific decorated rooms and a big barnyard where guests 12 and under receive a free pumpkin.
Onboard the rail cars, characters read a story with clues and interactive elements to solve the Riddle of the Werewolf. Kids get a special treat at the end of the journey.

The Union Station Halloween Experience is open daily, October 9 – 31 from 1 to 9 p.m. with the last ticket sold at 8 p.m.

My two kiddos LOVED the Halloween Experience at Union Station. It was just the perfect amount of scary for them. My son is six and he was holding my hand so tight while walking through the spooky maze. My daughter is ten and wasn’t as scared but just loved how everything was setup.

With a magic show, a balloon artist, and much more, the first part of the Halloween Experience was already worth checking out. The second part, which consists of going through several train cars that are decorated with some crazy Halloween flair was just as fun. Listening to the story and putting together the clues provided a unique experience that kids and adults should really enjoy.

Ticket options allow guests to incorporate package deals with Union Station’s other attractions, adding a visit to the St. Louis Aquarium and the 200-foot-tall St. Louis Wheel at a reduced price.

Timed tickets for the Union Station Halloween Experience are $20 per person and may be purchased on site or online at: https://www.stlouisunionstation.com/halloween-train-ticketing.

With normal Halloween plans changed due to COVID-19, the new event has been created with guest safety in mind. Just 12 people will be admitted to each train car at a time to allow for appropriate social distancing. Masks are required and family groups will be seated separately. The train cars and tent areas will be sanitized throughout the day according to Union Station’s strict safety protocols.


STAY AND PLAY
Hotel room packages with Halloween Experience tickets start at $150/night for families that want to continue the Halloween fun with an overnight stay at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel after the event.
Parking for the event is $5 per car.

ACTIVITIES ON THE PLAZA
A fall festival market tent will house shopping and activities on the Purina Performance Plaza. Halloween items will be for sale, including decorating kits for pumpkins distributed during the event. 

Fun festival-style food and drinks will be available on the Plaza and Soda Fountain, Union Station’s popular retro diner, is adding Halloween Freak Shakes to the menu.


HALLOWEEN ON THE WHEEL
Scan the skies for witches and ghosts from the top of the St. Louis Wheel. The 200-foot-tall observation wheel at Union Station will be lighted in Halloween color themes during the event and a scary soundtrack will play on the Plaza. Hourly fire and light shows will entertain families on the Union Station lake. 


UNDERWATER SCARES
The St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station gets in on the Halloween fun with underwater pumpkin carving. The Aquarium’s talented divers will create Jack o’ Lantern treats for the fishy residents of Shark Canyon. Carving demonstrations will take place on Saturdays and Sundays during dive shows at 11 a.m. and 1:30 and 4 p.m.

The Union Station Halloween Experience is located under the historic train shed at 201 S. 18th Street, St. Louis, MO 63013.

Go Skateboarding Day is June 21st!

Mark your calendars and grab your board because June 21st is Go Skateboarding Day!!! You don’t need to go to a skate park specifically, maybe it’s just a parking lot near your house, or your sidewalk or patio. Just watch out for those pesky no skateboarding signs!

Our little family isn’t the best skateboarders. We try and fail a lot, but ya know what, that’s okay. At least we are trying and just having fun and I think that is what ultimately skateboarding is about. Just having fun, especially with the people you love.

I would list the various skate parks here in the St. Louis area but I have no idea which ones are closed still due to covid-19 or which ones have opened up. So I will leave that up to you to decide on where you are gonna skate. I know the park near us is still closed, so we will be checking out some other spots. Be sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram to find out where we will be skating and if you are up for it, join us!

A Little Family Camping

With everything going on in the world right now we had to get away for a night. So my wife called around and we got a campsite, packed our bags, loaded up the van and took a drive south.

We typically go camping in larger groups, family, friends, people we barely know… But this would be our first time camping with just us, no extra people, nobody else is responsible for bringing anything extra, we had to make sure we packed it all and had a plan for everything.

I would say we were pretty successful for our first camping trip with just our little family. We even brought our little Pork Chop with us and that pup was amazing as can be! I’ll admit I was a little worried about how he would behave and if we would be needing to hold his leash the entire trip, but nope, he was a very good boy and had the time of his life.

Swimming, smores, and so much fun kept this St. Louis family sane during our little family camping trip. I am still amazed at how well we all worked together in making sure this little trip turned out to be successful. From the small things like saying please and thank you, to playing a few rounds of Mario Party, which I was winning until mom somehow mysteriously glitched the game.

All in all it was a fantastic camping trip that I cannot wait to do again. Sometimes you just need to disconnect to reconnect once in a while to get yourself back to where you need to be. After being on lock down for a several weeks and now the protests, we just needed a break from the real world, and this break delivered a sense of renewed energy in our family. I cannot ask for more, except if we can do it again, maybe for Father’s Day. I guess we will just have to see what the world has planned for us and of course if there are any camp sites available.