State 14 – Oregon

August 1, 2019

Today is the start of another epic unicycle trip. Okay, it started yesterday in St. Louis, Missouri. We caught a plane and flew to Denver, Colorado. There, we slept overnight in the airport until  we could catch our flight to Spokane, WA. Its a long nervous story with us both getting middle seats in both our flights. A delayed flight, and worrying that our packed unicycles and bags would make it.

After lots of worry and a ton of travel, we finally made it to…

I’ve heard amazing things about the beauty of Oregon. We were looking forward to uni-cycling along a river. Unfortunately for us, the road had an average of 12 inch shoulder and a 60 MPH speed limit. This had cars and trucks buzzing by us while we rode. Only a few got very close, but that does nothing for your nerves.

Partly due to poor planning and the sheer remoteness from our home location, this state is by far the worst ride we have done. And with luck will remain the worst as we plan better for the future!

Corvin’s journal entry.

Our Strava entry.

Our map of completed states.

Stats:
Total Trip Miles: 70.52
Total Moving Time: 14h 01m
Total Elevation Change: 1756 feet
Total Hogan UPD: 9
Total Corvin UPD: 4

Hogan Haake

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