Protest Board Up – 6/4/2020

George Floyd was killed on 5/25/2020. Since his death, there have been multiple protests about the way police have treated people. Today, there is a planned protest near my house. I was out and about earlier in the day and noticed that a few local retail establishments had their windows boarded up. Also during my drive, I saw 2 military Humvee with some strange looking equipment on top. With the previous violent protests, I didn’t want to be around in case somebody decided to do something stupid.

However, Corvin and I decided to go back out and unicycle around to see how many locations were boarded up. The protest started at 6, and we would be home by 5pm to stay out of the mess.

Here is the general map of where we went. Brentwood, Missouri at the intersection of I-170 and I-64. The red circled areas are the main locations in the photos below.

Walgreens, at the corner of safe and boarded up!

At least they told us why they are closing early.

Used to be a cleaners, currently vacant. Not sure if it was worth boarding it up.

Gas station up the street from the action.

REI had recently been looted with a broken window, so I’m not surprised that they boarded up their building.

Local furniture store.

Whole Foods

Interesting how they even got the upper windows.

This is the Macy’s at the St. Louis Galleria. From the outside, it doesn’t look boarded up, but get closer and you can see the inside doors are boarded.

Guess they were not worried about their upper windows.

An expensive “dollar store”

This target is in the shopping center where the protest is meeting.

The workers are putting up boards day of. Hope they finished in time.

Back at the gas station for a quick beverage before heading home.

Hogan Haake

Corvin on the giraffe unicycle – 3/21/2020

We purchased a giraffe unicycle that is 5 feet high. It got the needed repairs and was ready to ride, but we wanted to wait till Corvin was out of his sports seasons to ensure if he got hurt it didn’t interfere.

You’re unlikely to see video of him solo mounting this unicycle as its significantly harder than a normal unicycle! I have to help him get up. However, once he is up, its easy and he is riding like normal.


October – 2019

Corvin had his birthday and wanted to meet friends out for dinner. Several Cross Country members came out to Malone’s to eat with him.

Here is Corvin on his first attempt of our 5′ giraffe unicycle.

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Another Unicycle – 10/9/2019

I just want to come clean, I own 6 unicycles. All of various sizes. But Corvin and I are addicts. So we fell to temptation and purchased another unicycle. But this one is different from all the others. Its a 5′ giraffe (tall, and requires a chain drive). We only needed to drive a 6 plus hour round trip into Illinois to pick it up. I would say it was cheap, but it required repairs from The Hub Bicycle Shop. We won’t talk price, but it was still cheaper (if you don’t include gas for the drive) than a new one.

To  help you understand the size, the one of the left is a UDC Titan with a 32″ wheel. The one on the right is the new giraffe. Stay tuned for posts about success riding or hospital visits 🙂

Hogan Haake