State 22 – Iowa

8/5/2019

Our last state of this trip is Iowa.

We rode earlier in the day and we got to Iowa quickly. It took a bit of searching to find parking. We were riding on trails on the University of Iowa campus. If you’ve ever been to a college campus, every parking spot is paid with warnings of being towed and ticketed any time. I didn’t want to take any chances and finally found a metered spot. With lots of quarters inserted, we were off to ride!

With us being very ready to call it quits, there were not many photos during this ride. I do remember a woman having some semi-harsh words to us. These were the first (beyond some angry car horns) of all the states we’ve completed thus far. We enjoyed the paths and wish I wasn’t hurting so bad as it was good riding.

Corvin’s Journal Entry

Our Strava entry.

Our map of completed states.

Stats:
Total Trip Miles:  120.81
Total Moving Time: 23h 52m
Total Elevation Gained: 3797‬ feet
Total Hogan UPD: 11
Total Corvin UPD: 9

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State 21 – Minnesota

84/2019

We got over the Minnesota border and the state sign was at a rest area. We used the facilities and enjoyed a roadside sunset!

And the sunset.

We got up from our motel early in the morning and struck out for the Morning Star trail.  At this point in our trip, we just wanted to get home. The uni-cycling was great, but we were spent. Every time I got on the unicycle, I fought the urge to dismount as the seat caused tremendous pain.

The trail was mostly long and boring.

It feels like we short changed Minnesota, but this is where we needed to ride to meet our goal. Maybe we’ll be back to ride again some day.

Corvin’s Journal Entry

Our Strava entry.

Our map of completed states.

Stats:
Total Trip Miles:  116.83
Total Moving Time: 23h 1m
Total Elevation Gained: 3797‬ feet
Total Hogan UPD: 11
Total Corvin UPD: 9

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State 20 – South Dakota

8/4/2019

We started started the day in a motel in North Dakota in a bit of a rain storm. When we got to the South Dakota border, it was raining and we tried to stay dry, but needed our state sign photo!

We hopped back in the rental and took off. First order of business was backtracking into Wyoming to get a state sign photo that eluded us when we went to Yellowstone to ride Wyoming. Then we headed straight to Sturgis, South Dakota. Sturgis is home of the annual motorcycle rally and today was the first official day. What better way to have fun in our trip than to unicycle among the sea of motorcycles.

Riding down the center of the party!

It would be impossible to count the number of motorcycles here!

We had to wait our turn to get our photo at this sign, but it was worth it!

I was amazed at the number of houses that had tents pitched in their yard hosting riders. I’ve always heard warnings about Sturgis. The people are rough and tough, but we experienced the opposite. People were kind and just there to take it all in. We walked up to a gas station with our unicycles getting ready to ride and encountered two gentlemen who started chatting with us. I offered one of them to try and he said maybe later that night after he had a few drinks in him. I said “I thought you Harley guys were tough!”. His buddy laughed and I offered him the same. Neither of them even wanted to try, but they enjoyed the good natured ribbing!

I experienced Sturgis as more of an idea than a location. While motorcyclists were everywhere, they just wanted to be there with each other. They shared a few moments with us in peace and for that, I will always have fond memories!

Corvin’s Journal Entry

Our Strava entry.

Our map of completed states.

Stats:
Total Trip Miles: 110.8
Total Moving Time: 21h 54m
Total Elevation Gained: 3,610‬ feet
Total Hogan UPD: 11
Total Corvin UPD: 9

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Herman’s Wedding – 8/31/2019

My brother Herman is getting married! He lives in Warsaw, Mo, but is getting married in Sedalia. Family of course came in town to see the big day. In traditional Haake fashion, we did it our way. I started off the party of weirdness when the lady at the hotel desk asked for a description of the car. The photo below is what transpired.

I got a very strange look from the lady when she saw what I wrote. Family was already there and we all started getting ready for the wedding.

It didn’t take long before we were all dressed and waiting for the ceremony to start. Before long, Nikki and Herman were up there taking their vows and enjoying their party!

After the ceremony, we retreated indoors to the barn to celebrate more!

Mom getting a little crazy!

Hanging out with uncle Mike.

Mom, Kalie, and Hannah

Dad, Me, and Corvin

Look, a truck. I would guess a Ford, but I don’t see a tow truck.

Groomsmen

Everyone except for Hayden.

Nikki and Herman entering the reception.

Somebody wrote on dad’s window…

I love out of town weddings because everybody stays in the same hotel and its a constant party. Here’s to Herman and Nikki!

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Webster Groves Flooding – 8/30/2019

We had extremely heavy rainfall near the house. Warnings were going off around the area. Danelle and I decided to dress up and go out for a walk. During the walk, we stopped and helped redirect traffic on South Brentwood blvd to allow a bus to back up and turn around safely. The driver was having issues backing up and had hit a utility pole before we stopped to help. We walked/waded through one section where the water was knee deep!

Here are some of the photos and video of what we saw on our walk. Water over the new trail. The water is up at least 10 feet here,

Looking into the creek near the bridge.

And a video to see and hear the madness.

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