State 34 – South Carolina

3/17/2020

This ride started off boring and uninteresting. We were riding the Swamp Rabbit Trail in Greenville, South Carolina. The trail is 22 miles long and I hoped that I had picked the right section to ride. Once parked, we wanted to get going as the rain was scheduled to show up. After a few missteps, we got going the correct way on the trail that I had mapped out for us.

This plane was along the path and we stopped to check it out.

Shortly after encountering this plane, the path started getting urban. We enjoyed the increased number of people out using the trail. Then we came to what we were looking for. The creek/river was dammed up and had some fantastic water features to look at!

Looking from up high at some of the water features.

Loving the rapids.

Here is the most cool bridge. Its curved the whole way over the waterfall!

Corvin getting ready for a video.

Here is a great view of the bridge. When this office building is complete, it will have an amazing view!

Its hard to describe how peaceful this is.

We stopped to get a few tacos before heading back.

These were delicious!

After the tacos, we rode promptly back to the car to avoid the impending rain. This was definitely one of our higher up rated rides!

Corvin’s Journal Entry

Our Strava Entry.

Our map of completed states.

 

Stats:
Total Trip Miles:  189.73
Total Moving Time: 36h 36m
Total Elevation Gained: 4989 feet
Total Hogan UPD: 15
Total Corvin UPD: 9

Hogan Haake

State 33 – North Carolina

3/16/2020

We had an early ride planned before a full rest day!

We were riding just outside Raleigh, NC on the Neuse River Trail. It looked interesting on the map with a few bridges that would be fun to cross.

Parking was interesting, not because there was not enough, but because it took two tries to find the entrance to the lot. Once there, we began right away crossing a bridge and riding along the river. I nearly rode over a baby turtle that was not as wide as my tire!

We stopped several times to film and enjoy the river and wetland next to it.

It was refreshing to listen to the water flow by.

After our ride finished, we walked over to check out the sand beach.

You’ll have to wait for the video to come out to see the fun this ride really was as we didn’t take many photos. However, there is more to this state. My good friend Steve’s parents live in Statesville, NC and I tried to pay them a visit. While they were not home, I still commemorated the visit!

We had plans to spend the full next day in North Carolina as an off day. I have wanted to climb Chimney Rock for a long time. I was in the area and this was my chance. Unfortunately, when we got there, a rock slide blocked the parking lot. And due to growing COVID-19 concerns, they didn’t want to shuttle people in there to see it. It’ll have to be another visit!

Corvin’s Journal Entry

Our Strava Entry.

Our map of completed states.

Stats:
Total Trip Miles:  185.37
Total Moving Time: 35h 38m
Total Elevation Gained: 4742 feet
Total Hogan UPD: 15
Total Corvin UPD: 9

Hogan Haake

State 32 – Virginia

3/16/2020

I’m not sure what to think when the signs tell me, Virginia is for lovers.

We started off with hotel breakfast and then drove directly to High Bridge Trail State Park. Here, our goal was to encounter a very large bridge and ride across it. It probably would have been better if we had a drone and some dramatic music. But first, we parked and decided to follow the signs to the bridge.

This lead us on a leisurely ride until we got to the bridge. There,we were struck by the length and height of the bridge.

Its one heck of a long way down!

We sat on this outcropping and took in all the scenery.

I think Corvin sees me!

Eventually, we rode across the whole 2,400 feet of the bridge. Going out and back the distance of the bridge is nearly one full mile! Eventually, we decided we would go down under the bridge for a different view. One more path to follow and we were under.

I can’t begin to imagine how long it took to place all of the layers of bricks!

Corvin’s Journal Entry

Our Strava Entry.

Our map of completed states.

Stats:
Total Trip Miles:  179.17
Total Moving Time: 34h 31m
Total Elevation Gained: 4631 feet
Total Hogan UPD: 15
Total Corvin UPD: 9

Hogan Haake

State 31 – Delaware

3/15/2020

Our second riding day of this trip and we’re now in Delaware.

Its a small state, so we were not surprised by a small state sign. Or maybe we were not on a major highway and this was the best that we had. Either way, it was still a bit cold in the morning. This was the only state where Corvin planned the ride for the whole trip. We rode on the Michael Castle trail along a canal. This may sound small, however, it is connected to the ocean a few miles away and was in fact quite large. The trail was nice and flat making the riding very easy.

Corvin is the mastermind that got the unicycles balanced against each other.

A look down the trail we were riding.

Corvin probably wondering why his dad was stilling for time.

Corvin’s Journal Entry

Our Strava Entry.

Our map of completed states.

Stats:
Total Trip Miles:  174.77
Total Moving Time: 33h 36m
Total Elevation Gained: 4487 feet
Total Hogan UPD: 15
Total Corvin UPD: 9

Hogan Haake

State 30 – Maryland

3/14/2020

Our thirty state and third in a  single day. We were pushing our stamina and daylight, but we wanted to get this ride done. When we left, there were concerns about the Corona virus, but we left for the trip anyway. Getting done faster and getting back home seemed like a good idea.

There was snow for the state sign, but it was just very drizzling rain by the time we got to our riding location. We were at the Paw Paw Tunnel Trailhead.The plan was to ride north about a mile to the tunnel, then go through and see the trail on the other side. Come back and ride the other direction on the trail to meet our distance and time goals. It was our second tunnel this day.

When we got there, I was worried that we encountered another closed tunnel, but there was a way through. If you’re curious, go read about the Paw Paw Tunnel’s history.

We walked the unicycles through the tunnel using our cell phones as flashlights. The path wasn’t smooth and it would have been a bad fall down to the water if we fell the wrong way. We found a hole in the bricks on the inside of the tunnel. We counted 8 layers of bricks used to make up the tunnel. This is a heck of a lot of work. Add this to the fact the tunnel is 3,118 feet long. It took a while to walk all the way through. We were both amazed with the quality of the finishing around both sides of the tunnel.

On the far side, a wooden walkway stretched a long distance. We were amazed that somebody thought it was a good idea to put a train track through this area!

Once we got back to the parking lot, we needed to keep riding to get our distance and time in. Here is another interesting part of the path. Again, lots of stone work on the side to drain water.

When we finished our ride, we were exhausted. We finished our third state in a single day. We were cold and wet and just wanted to call it a day. In fact, we were so tired, I left the tracker on and logged 37 miles back to the hotel for the night…

In order to compensate for this mistake, I went to Google Earth that night and measured the distance we rode. You can see in the photo from Corvin’s Journal our actual values.

Our incorrect Strava entry is listed above.

Our map of completed states. You’ll have to look close as its a smaller state.

Stats:
Total Trip Miles:  168.47
Total Moving Time: 32h 35m
Total Elevation Gained: 4456 feet
Total Hogan UPD: 15
Total Corvin UPD: 9

Hogan Haake