State 13 – Wisconsin

July 7, 2019

Our last state for this weekend unicycle trip is Wisconsin.

The plan was not so simple. We woke up early and got breakfast. We normally ate breakfast at the hotel, but today was going to be something special!

We were going to meet a friend at a ferry dock and pick up a boat to help transport across the country. We would bring it from Michigan to St. Louis where somebody else would pick it up and continue its journey. We got the boat loaded up and all of the details we needed for the next leg.

Next we would load the Lake Express Ferry and go across Lake Michigan with the van and end up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to unicycle the downtown area. We got in line for the ferry, got the van inspected and then went to the ticket window. I told her our name for the reservation. She came back and double checked our reservation. When she came back again, she explained that the ferry was full and our reservation was for 11pm. Frustrated, I asked for a refund and we decided to leave. We drove a short ways and pulled over to re-group.

I decided we would drive to Racine, WI and unicycle where we had previously planned before we learned about the ferry. An extra 90 minutes to the trip and way more driving than I thought I would!

There isn’t much in this world more annying than toll roads, and we got to experience many of them.

While all of this may sound horrible, the unicycle riding turned out fantastic. Once we got the van parked and started riding, all of the annoyance from the day vanished! We ended up riding out on a man made rock and concrete structure used to make a protected harbor. We did lots of climbing around and riding through the water!

Who knew that missing the ferry would turn out to be such a blessing. This is the number 1 ride we’ve done thus far in all of the states!

Corvin’s journal entry.

Our Strava entry.

Our map of completed states.

Stats:
Total Trip Miles: 64.34
Total Moving Time: 12h 57m 47s
Total Elevation Change: 1645 feet
Total Hogan UPD: 9
Total Corvin UPD: 4

Hogan Haake

 

 

 

State 12 – Michigan

July 6, 2019

Michigan is the next state in our path.

We talked with a local resident before the trip and were tipped off to the Kal-Haven Trail. Its a thirty plus mile trail going from the coast of lake Michigan east past Kalamazoo. As we drove to the trail, it was raining lightly. We had perfect riding weather for the trip so far. Our drive was going west from Kalamazoo on highway 43. We stopped at a Subway and dashed inside trying to avoid the rain. There we ordered two foot long sandwiches. The goal was to split one before we started, and the second at the half way point of our ride.

It didn’t take long before we got to South Haven, MI and the rain was stopped with clear skies. Its amazing with a 30 mile drive will do for the weather. In the parking lot, we prepared for the ride. Mostly a pre-ride video, and loading the water bag with supplies. They had a very nice bike fixing rack with attached tools in the parking lot.

It didn’t take long before the trial got interesting. It paralleled the black river. We chatted with a boat and saw them again later when the river and the path met again. We also had to divert around a flooded section of the trail that Corvin rode through on our way back out.

The trail quickly turned to packed earth and chat. Very similar to the Katy Trail in Missouri. We stopped and played at the iconic covered bridge that is in most of the photos of the Kal-Haven trail. There are several minutes of video trying different camera angles as we rode across. Then we finished heading out 5 miles on the trail. Near our turn around spot, we passed by a large building. We realized quickly from the smell that it was full of hogs. I love bacon, but its very hard to get past the smell of their poop!

We enjoyed our half way sandwich after we got clear of the hog building and could breathe again. While this trail is similar to the Katy in Missouri, its high on our list of rides. The tree canopy made the ride wonderful! You should visit the Kal-Haven trail if you’re ever in the area.

Corvin’s journal entry.

 

Our Strava entry.

Our map of completed states.

Stats:
Total Trip Miles: 60.44
Total Moving Time: 12h 11m 34s
Total Elevation Change: 1542 feet
Total Hogan UPD: 8
Total Corvin UPD: 4

Hogan Haake

State 11 – Ohio

July 6, 2019

We traveled to Dayton, Ohio for our next ride.

We had trouble getting the photo of the state sign as the first one we passed was on a river border. We’re in the middle of the highway to grab this one. Not our favorite place to be, but it worked. We picked Dayton due to the large network of bike friendly paths along the Mad River in town. Not only were they nice to look at, they were in great repair, perfect for riding.

For as much as I remember liking this location, I didn’t take many photos during the ride. You’ll have to wait till we come out with the videos before seeing what its really like.

Corvin’s journal entry.

Our Strava entry.

Our map of completed states.

Stats:
Total Trip Miles: 49.95
Total Moving Time: 10h 23m 34s
Total Elevation Change: 1381 feet
Total Hogan UPD: 8
Total Corvin UPD: 4

Hogan Haake

 

 

State 10 – Kentucky

July 6, 2019

Next up on our fast weekend trip was the state of Kentucky.

Where we crossed into Kentucky had the state border of a river. This meant that the state sign was on a busy highway, making it difficult to document. we drove more than 30 miles out of our way to find this state sign. Now it is early morning and we’re about to ride through downtown Louisville.

Thanks to our early morning arrival, we were able to park right across the street from the Louisville Slugger Museum and get some photos.

Its a baseball town for sure, but we’ll stop with the baseball photos.

Corvin and I upgraded several local statues to make them more authentic.

You should ride your unicycle over there!

When we stopped to look at this old car, I was surprised how large the old wheels are. The unicycle on the left has a 32″ tire and the one on the right a 29″ tire.

I’m a fan of docked bike sharing. You know where to pick them up and drop them off. We spent some time being silly around these stations.

Even on a unicycle, you have to bring tools. My seat came loose during the ride. This is me lining it back up before tightening it back so I can continue riding.

Corvin’s journal entry

Our Strava entry.

Our map of completed states.

Stats:
Total Trip Miles: 44.5
Total Moving Time: 9h 22m 34s
Total Elevation Change: 1308 feet
Total Hogan UPD: 8
Total Corvin UPD: 4

Hogan Haake

State 9 – Indiana

July 5, 2019

Corvin and I set off on a long weekend trip to unicycle a few states. Our first state for this trip and our ninth completed state of the trip is Indiana. We drove through a massive thunderstorm with close lightning strikes on the way out. I was worried that we would have to ride in the rain.

Possibly more frustrating for me was that I  forgot the cell phone holder that screws on to the tripod. This was going to make getting photos of us at state signs more interesting. I didn’t fully edit the photo below because I wanted you to see the white at the bottom. I put my cell phone under the windshield wiper arm to hold it in place. Then with my van holding the phone in place, I started the timer and ran back to the sign!

We picked the French Island Trail in Newburgh, IN as our location to unicycle. It was going to be right next to the Ohio river and a lock and dam. Generally trails near rivers are flat and easier to ride. It would be a great warmup for this trip. The trail turned out to be not quite flat, but easy enough for us to ride. Its worth noting that I was using a new unicycle for this trip. After the first 8 states, I decided to upgrade. I find my Coker 36″ (The Big One) unicycle a bit too large. I have issues mounting in and hills are very tough with it.

I follow the Facebook group “Unicycle Chat” and many people spoke highly of the 32″ unicycle as the best of 29″ and 36″ ownership. I went to my favorite unicycle place, Unicycle.com and ordered my UDC Titan 32″ unicycle just for this trip. This isn’t the place for a full review, but I’ve been nothing but satisfied with this unicycle! Its good enough, I wonder if I’ll ever ride my 36″ again!

Here is a shot of Corvin and I doing our best to get quality video shots of our ride. Editing of videos starting from the first state should start in the next month.

While we were out riding, we noticed a father and son with a very nice DSLR camera obviously taking our photo. We don’t mind. On the ride back to the start, we saw them again and stopped. We had a fantastic talk with Evan Ref and his dad. I’m still holding out hope he will email me a photo that he shot. Either way, we got Evan to try a unicycle and he was almost good at it. Definitely an athlete.

Here is another shot on our way back before a long hill so I could still smile.

Corvin’s journal entry

Our Strava entry.

Our map of completed states.

Stats:
Total Trip Miles: 40.07
Total Moving Time: 8h 25m 41s
Total Elevation Change: 1229 feet
Total Hogan UPD: 7
Total Corvin UPD: 2

Hogan Haake