Unicycle Mechanic – 4/2/2017

I came across a stranded motorist. He had a flat tire and drove on it way too long. By the time I saw him, the shredded tire had cut through several wiring harness on his car. I used band-aids from a guy that stopped to help prevent any additional electrical shorts from the wires touching.

I recommended he get the car towed to prevent further damage, but he decided to drive it with the spare to a mechanic… Hopefully I don’t have to change too many more tires when riding!

Hogan Haake

Monarch-Chesterfield Levee Trail – 1/29/2017

It was super cold outside, but I really wanted to get outside. I thought I would try something new, so I headed to the Monarch-Chesterfield Levee trail. It starts in Chesterfield, MO near the Hardee’s Ice Rink/Taubman Prestige Outlets. Unfortunately for me, It was right around the freezing mark with high winds. Being pigheaded, I rode anyway for about 1 mile before giving up. Additionally I was having trouble mounting “The Big One” and had a bunch of hockey players watching me fail.

I started on the right side of the map with the circle going left for the short windy part of the ride.

Not wanting to give up, I drove to St. Louis Premium outlets just down the highway to ride on the bridge across the river. I decided to take my 29″ unicycle that I was more familiar with for this ride. The Missouri River looked peaceful, but I know how cold it is right now!


On the west side of the river I was too tempted not to ride down and be on the Katy trail for a short bit.

And after this building, I went back to the van to warm up and go home on this short but interesting ride. I’ll be back to this trail!

Hogan Haake

Mississippi River Trail – 1/21/2017

It was a warm perfect day to go out and unicycle. I’ve been waiting to get outside and get more distance. I decided to visit the Mississippi River Trail (MRT). I started at the normal parking lot.

I thought it would be fun to start with a detour to the St. Louis Arch, so I went south first. I rode there and got a few photos of the arch.

I rode around the top of the arch for a bit and helped some tourists with a photo. It wasn’t long till I was riding back to where I started to continue on the MRT. One of the most fantastic things about the trail is all of the industry there. Today, I got to view the very top of a mobile crane that had not been lifted yet. Two things interested me. First the mini weather station and second that the wheels on top were made of plastic!

Back on the trail, I had to stop again when I came across the Grossman Iron and Steel plant. I’ve often seen their trucks around the city, but never knew what happened to the junk they haul.

These trucks go to the plant where they crush the metal and turn it into something else. I’m not sure what, but it was awesome to watch!

Maybe a half mile north, the path for the McKinley Bridge came up. I decided it woudl be fun to ride over into Illinois and see what was going on.

This side of the river didn’t disappoint either! There was a lot of to see including massive conveyor belts and steaming oil containers!

I ended up near some military stuff and found this sign most entertaining!

Nothing like being protected by an “ALARM SYSTEM”. I’m not one to break into stuff, but this is one sign that wouldn’t deter me!

I find it important to not just ride but to experience things as I go along. This trip was a complete success. I ended up going just over 18 miles!

Hogan Haake