Day 3 – 59 miles. Total in 3 days 168 miles on one wheel.
Still hanging in there, the biggest physical challenge I’ve taken on.
Within first 4 miles, I had raw skin in a very bad spot. Thankfully, medical car had some moleskin. It got me thru the day. Also, brake started rubbing on the uphills, so I was working extra hard — but rode entire route, all hills non-stop. It was a long tough day, yet our “easiest” 56.6 miles (but a number of us did extra miles because one of the signs came down).
Lots of single lane bridges, farmland, Amish & Menonite horse-drawn wagons. Most coming the opposite direction and giving me a smile and a gentle wave. Tried to chase one down that was ahead of me, but he turned before I caught him. They seem to appreciate the oddity of the unicycle, which is consistent with their lifestyles which emphasize simplicity. You know a home is Amish when all of the clothes on the clothes line are black 🙂
Got in the shower and let out a yelp as the water and salty sweat hit the raw area of my crotch. Put ice on my knees; stretched; ate dinner. We’re at a church camp, Camp Andrews, and the girls who served us sang hymns as they washed the dishes. After dinner I gave them a quick demo on my unicycle which they loved.
Decided to switch back to 165mm crank length — tomorrow is 65 miles with lots of hills. Also, Gabe the mechanic helped me adjust the brake. I decided, if I have to I can crank through on suffer the raw skin, but I’ve got to do what’s best for my knees/legs to have shot of getting through the next two days (65 miles and 70 miles).
Jim (Camp Andrews in a room full of folks typing away on their laptops sucking up the bandwidth making it painfully slow 🙂
P.S. My GoPro died. My Sunnycam Glasses simply don’t work. So, I’m not taking photos/video — but lots of people are taking photos and video of me. You can probably see some on the Climate Ride page