Jim Shamel Run – 5/4/2019

Corvin signed up for the Jim Shamel 5k. Danelle was heading out of town that morning so it was just Corvin and myself. We got there early to get his registration packet and the lay of the race. Once I scouted out the race course, I realized it was very close to our house and Danelle could probably see him near the start. I texted her a map of where to stand and she agreed. This would be a surprise for Corvin.

He warmed up with his Webster Groves HS cross country teammates. I hung out and looked after the starting line madness, trying to stay dry.

By the time the racers were coming back near the finish of the race, Corvin was in second place overall. Talk about making a father proud!

He ended up finishing  with a 18:44 time which was his best time ever for a race!

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State 8 – Colorado

June 11, 2019

Colorado, home of the Rocky Mountains, and our lowest elevation change yet! This was also the last full state we would unicycle on this family vacation, getting the American southwest taken care of.

We wanted to camp near the Great Sand Dunes. National Park & Preserve Colorado. They are the tallest sand dunes in North America. Its hard to state just how vast the sand is. Our plan was simple. We were camped at Sand Dunes Swimming Pool and RV Park. Danelle was going to drive us out on the highway and we would ride back to our campsite. Unfortunately, we learned that one of the roads we were going to ride was gravel. We had enough gravel back in California with Mustard Cannon and decided it was best to re-route.This put us out on Colorado highway 17. It isn’t a huge highway, but it is a 65 mph speed limit and the largest highway around. Add that to the fact that sunset was upon us and Danelle wasn’t excited about our plan.

Fortunately for us, I had a flashing red light in my bag that helped identify us to oncoming traffic. With the light, Danelle reluctantly left us to start our ride. Being out on the larger highway had a benefit, we were near a UFO watchtower. We of course rode over and met Lucas Fox. He got photos and video of us riding on the highway and coming into the watchtower. If you’re into the UFO stuff, its cool, otherwise it all seems silly. I think our 7 feet of elevation change on this ride came strictly from climbing up the tower. Boy was it flat out here!

Even UFOs ride unicycles!

Corvin also comes in peace.

Talking with Lucas on top of the watchtower. We even got him to try the unicycle up there.

An epic sunset shared between father and son!

Corvin’s journal entry

Our Strava entry.

Our map of completed states.

Stats:
Total Trip Miles: 34.6
Total Moving Time: 7h 26m 36s
Total Elevation Change: 1,055 feet
Total Hogan UPD: 7
Total Corvin UPD: 2

Hogan Haake

State 7 – Utah

June 10, 2019

We were going to ride in Arches National Park. You may not have realized this, but if you’ve seen a current Utah license plate, a likeness of Delicate Arch is depicted on the license plate. After some careful planning and reviewing the elevation on Google Earth, we found a reasonable stretch to unicycle. It would provide all the views and be easy enough for me to ride. I’m pretty sure Corvin could ride any of it! I got a picture of the map to ensure that I would only get partially lost.

We topped off our water bag before we left as we expected this to be a hot ride.

We also ensured that our tires had enough pressure. Its hard to see the tiny air pump that I keep in my water bag. It does do a passable job and I’ve even used it on car tires in a pinch!

We were blessed to have Danelle and Sonora following us in the van. They took some fantastic photos and video of us.

We’re like two ducks in a row. Often cars don’t realize we’re on unicycles when riding like this till they are almost past us.

Nope, we’re not off the road. I love this shot cause the road is hidden, but I promise we’re still on it.

If you want a feel of what is like to ride

Possibly even better than the ride was the interaction we had with Brian and his wife Barbara after the ride. They happened to pull into the parking spot next to our van and saw us right as we finished our ride. We had a wonderful discussion about our unicycle project and what Corvin and I were doing. We even got Brian to try out a unicycle!

Brian talked about his retirement and how he and Barbara travel around the country. It sounds like a pretty awesome time and we’re impressed with how active they are!

Corvin’s journal entry

Our Strava entry.

Our map of completed states.

Stats:
Total Trip Miles: 29.05
Total Moving Time: 6h 21m 36s
Total Elevation Change: 1,048 feet
Total Hogan UPD: 7
Total Corvin UPD: 2

Hogan Haake

Watching The Blues with Kelly – 5/3/2019

Kelly came over to watch the St. Louis Blues play the Dallas Stars with Danelle. These ladies have been hockey fans for a long time. The Blues were playoff bound and they were excited about hockey. We didn’t have much around the house before the game, so I went to the grocery store to get some supplies.

Like the maniac that I am, I came back with lots of stuff that will break any diet. Additionally, I shopped the leftover Easter stuff and found a true prize.

We decided that the chocolate easter bunny would represent the Dallas Stars on this night. I took the bunny away to prepare it. Before I came in, I explained that the bunny represented the Dallas Stars team. Then I brought this in…

I captured Kelly’s initial reaction to this tray of doom.

The ladies got into full destruction mode on the chocolate voodoo bunny to help the Blues Win.

While it didn’t help the Blues win the game that night, it was entertaining to see them breaking apart the bunny! Nothing quite like a fun and silly night!

Hogan Haake

 

State 6 – Nevada

June 8, 2019

Our next stop was the state of Nevada and specifically, Sin City (Las Vegas).

Corvin and I wanted to do something iconic, so we settled for the Las Vegas strip. We had a hotel on the strip.  Before we got there, we agreed that we would unicycle first thing in the morning to avoid the crowds. That was a fantastic idea as the crowds were insane in the evening and would have provided little room on the sidewalks or street.

In the morning, there were still an eccentric collection of people out and about. However, we had the sidewalk and a small amount of street riding to ourselves. Mostly city workers cleaning up after an evening’s activities.

On the south end of the strip is the iconic sign for the city. There was a line of people there getting photos early in the morning. They were amused by us riding up and we had plenty of time to get our own photo. The green “grass” in the background is actually artificial turf. It makes sense as it looks good and doesn’t need maintenance.

After our ride, Corvin started working on recording our statistics.

Corvin’s journal entry

Our Strava entry.

Our map of completed states.

Stats:
Total Trip Miles: 24.35
Total Moving Time: 5h 25m 55s
Total Elevation Change: 876 feet
Total Hogan UPD: 7
Total Corvin UPD: 2

Hogan Haake