Q: How do you stay atop that thing?
A: What I tell most beginners: “Pedal in the direction that you’re falling. ”
Q: Where’s all your stuff?
A: In my 22L Backpack. I’m a minimalist, so I carry as little as necessary.
Q: No way all your stuff is in that bag.
A: Where else am I gonna put it? I do keep my water and tools attached to my unicycle. That helps alot.
Q: Do you stay in Hotels or what?
A: I stayed in a hotel my second night, but that’s because I rode 65 miles with very little training and accidently stuck myself right next to the Richmond International Airport. I was so sore I couldn’t ride any further. One other time, I was riding in 100+ degree weather all day an needed somewhere cool to sleep, otherwise have a heat stroke. Since then, no hotels. Couldn’t budget them even if I wanted to. I enjoy stealth camping and couch surfing.
Q: What’s that thing sticking out from your seat?
A: That’s my touring bar. It helps me stabalize at higher speeds. It acts like a giant lever.
Q: Why are you doing this? Do you have a cause?
A: I wish to dispell the belief that unicyclists are only performers. Many see unicycling as a function limited to the circus. On the contrary, it can keep you healthy and occupied trying to advance your skills.
I have been meeting alot of people during both of my long distance adventures. I also want to promote a more open, less fearful society.
Q: How are you funding this trip?
A: I worked all winter installing carpet. I’m now living well below my means to get to Oregon. All donations are appreciated.If you have enjoyed reading my blog during my ride across the country, please consider donating to my savings so that I may create another blog during my hike from Canada to Mexico in 2011.