State 4 – Arizona

June 6, 2019

We were really excited to ride in Arizona. Its our fourth state of the trip.

We booked a campsite on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon back in February, so I knew it was coming for a while. What I didn’t know/realize was how high the elevation would be. The north rim is around 8,700 feet above sea level. I knew that there would be dramatic elevation changes due to the Grand Canyon being there, but not that it would start so high. The elevation didn’t bother us standing still, but I’m sure it had and effect when I was riding up hill.

We started in the parking lot of the North Kaibab Trailhead. This is the trail used for people that want to do a rim to rim hike of the canyon. For anybody that wants to hike down into the canyon, its the place to be and it was fairly busy.

At one end of the parking lot is a pen for asses…

See, we fit right in.

All of the mules behind us are about to make a trek down into the canyon with passengers on their backs.

We rode the road down to the visitor’s center to get a quick view. Even though we had seen it before, its awesome every time.

With smiles on our faces and those driving around us wondering what two unicycles were doing, we rode back to the campground we were staying at. But not before trying another photo op. The sun was in the wrong location, but we made the most of it.

Corvin’s journal entry

Our Strava entry.

Our map of completed states.

Stats:
Total Trip Miles: 15.78
Total Moving Time: 3h 34m 58s
Total Elevation Change: 650 feet
Total Hogan UPD: 4
Total Corvin UPD: 1

Hogan Haake

State 3 – New Mexico

June 2, 2019

There is no question when you enter the state of New Mexico on I-40. The sign spans over the whole highway letting you know exactly where you are. For people like us trying to document our journey, a large in-your-face sign like this is easy to spot and document!

We were interested in riding in the town of Tucumcari, NM. We read about this town having a large number of murals painted on buildings. The plan was to drive into town and find some murals, then ride randomly around and explore. If you’re really lucky like us, you’ll stumble upon the map mural to show where all of the paintings are located.

While we did have the map, they were easy enough to spot if you’re moving and Corvin and I opted to explore.

The detail at the lumber company was amazing.

When did we get to a lake?

This is more of what I was expecting.

This town had the feel of a ghost town. The murals kept people coming in to view them and bring in some commerce. But this town reminds me of the movie Cars. Its the one that got bypassed when the interstate highway routed people away from. This town is actually part of Route 66. Corvin mentioned in his journal how he was counting cars for the first part because there were so few.

Corvin’s journal entry

Our Strava Entry. It was a low point for distance, but we spent a ton of time filming us riding by different places.

Our map of completed states.

Stats:
Total Trip Miles: 11.64
Total Moving Time: 2h 42m 47s
Total Elevation Change: 350 feet
Total Hogan UPD: 1
Total Corvin UPD: 0

Hogan Haake

State 2- Texas

June 1, 2019

Our second state, Texas came very quickly behind the first.

In fact, it was later the same day. Texas is the largest state we plan to visit on this trip. Our plan was to ride at the bottom of Palo Duro Canyon. This is the second largest canyon system in the United States. When we got there, there was a 24 hour bicycle event going on. As we entered the park, we were warned that most of the park and its trails were closed to the public due to this annual event. We were a bit frustrated by this news as we wanted to spend more time in this park and explore. It also limited the amount of uni cycling that we could do.

Corvin and I decided that the best thing to do was pretend that we belonged and ask for forgiveness. As we took off, we encountered several bicycles and support vehicles along the road. Smiles were seen from almost every vehicle as they were already bicycle friendly. Corvin and I went right past the first road checkpoint for the event without a suspecting glance that we didn’t belong there.

Corvin’s notebook entry

Our Strava map. Its worth noting that the Strava time is moving time, not the full amount of time that we uni-cycled. We consider from the time we get out of the car to the time that we get back in to be the time we spent uni-cycling.

Map of our completed states

Stats:
Total Trip Miles: 9.07
Total Moving Time: 1h 51m 59s
Total Elevation Change: 336 feet
Total Hogan UPD: 1
Total Corvin UPD: 0

Hogan Haake

 

 

State 1 – Oklahoma

June 1, 2019

I mentioned in a previous post, Corvin and I are attempting to unicycle all lower 48 states for at least 1 hour before he graduates high school. We live in St. Louis, but Oklahoma is our first state. You might be asking? We kicked off a 2 week family vacation to ride 8 states. Oklahoma was on our way, so we started here. How fitting that the state sign had two of the letter “O” that we could replace with unicycle wheels!

Our ride was on the semi-flooded River Parks East trail. Its located on the east side of the Arkansas river near downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma. We took this photo on the path, its only the start of the flooding we saw.

The Arkansas river was really moving. We heard lots of noise from this low head dam.

It seems like everybody wants to unicycle these days. I didn’t have the heart to tell this big guy that it only counts if he uses one unicycle.

Here at the end of our ride, I wanted to make my own bicycle art.

Here is a photo of Corvin’s journal entry for this ride.

Our riding statistics from Strava.

And finally, our map of completed state(s).

I’ll have to work on the video we recorded of this ride, but this is our first official documentation of our ride progress. Lots of additional unicycle riding to go!

Stats:
Total Trip Miles: 4.26
Total Moving Time:0h 56m 46s
Total Elevation Change: 100 feet
Total Hogan UPD: 0
Total Corvin UPD: 0

 

Hogan Haake