I work out of my home office. Sometimes I don't get out much, especially with the bad weather we've had in Dallas.
So today we have a reasonably warm day (it's 53 right now), so I decided to go for a quick ride to pick up a book at the library. What could happen?
Well, my alley way (we have rear facing garages) was mostly ice except for the sides. That was a bit scary. Had to drive off in the dirt right next to the concrete a couple of times. Kept my feet down.
Then there were patches of snow and ice on the roads in the shade. There were always good spots though, so no big deal as long as I kept my speed down and focused on the road. Except for just right before the library where I had to be in the right lane: I did maybe 20 feet on ice. Not good. Bike wobbled the whole way.
But when I got to the library, the ramp to the parking lot was not entirely clear. But I found one path up and was fine. Then I got into the lot and all of the spaces were just packed ice. I looked forward to the exit ramp thinking I would just head home, and it was ice too.
So I slid into one of the spaces, and found a dry spot to put my stand down and did a bit of breathing.
Went in, got my book and tried to come up with a plan to get out. There was a possible lane out if the three spaces to my left happend to all clear at once, which didn't seem likely.
While I was pondering another route out, a gentleman walking his dogs asked me about my bike. He said he followed me through the ice and was impressed with my skills. I thanked him but things were different from my perspective (I've been riding less than a year).
Anyway, after chatting with him for 10min, amazingly, the last car in the spaces to my left pulled out. I immediately hopped on my bike an walked it to the last space. I then got off and scouted out the exit ramp (down hill into the street). I thought I saw a slushy, rather than icy path (about 6" wide). So I gave it a shot.
No slippage, I made it out okay. Had a slow and careful ride home. And never want to ride in ice or snow again.