PLEASE NOTE: The Unicycling Unicorn is currently muni-packing (mountain unicycle backpacking) the entire 700 mile Oregon Timber Trail and plans to finish towards the end of July. He will have limited internet access during this time but will try and get back to you as soon as he can. In the meantime feel free to follow his adventure here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLpW_00MJSYL5fMBbo3SNywEnY7PR2ZtKI. A more detailed blog will be posted here after he finishes.
Superior Hiking Trail (SHT) With My 2 Best Friends (Search SHT Day -3 thru Day 21)
On September 9th, 2016, I started hiking the Superior Hiking Trail (SHT) with my 2 best friends, Ragged (a human) and MacGyver (my golden retriever dog). The trail starts in northern Minnesota at the Canadian border up by Lake Superior and travels down to Duluth for 255 miles (410km's).
We decided to do it in the fall to get some of the beautiful colors of the trees changing and so there would be less mosquitoes. Took us 21 days to finish and it was hard work but so much fun. Check out my blog about it and make comments or ask questions if you want. Life is beautiful, get out there and travel, explore and do something crazy. Life is way too short to sit there and do nothing.
Colorado Trail on a Muni (Mountain Unicycle) (search Day 1 thru Day 25)
On August 25th, 2015, my birthday, I started an epic solo muni (mountain unicycle) adventure riding the entire Colorado Trail self supported. It's 500 miles (805km) long with an average elevation of 10,000 feet thru the Rocky Mountains with 90,000 feet (27,400m) of climbing. I averaged 25 miles a day taking 21 days to finish.
It was much much harder than I originally thought but so happy to have done it as it was beautiful and life changing. I know that if you were in the bar when I finished, almost all of you would buy me a beer...instead of buying me a beer, I ask that you please donate that $5 to the ALS so they can try and come up with a cure. If you can donate more, awesome, if you can only donate $5, that's perfectly fine and I thank you as it means you care and I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart. http://tinyurl.com/ob996bb
Check out my blog and make comments or ask questions if you want. Life is beautiful, get out there and travel, explore and do something crazy. Life is way too short to sit there and do nothing.
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Thursday, Sept. 15th, 2016
So, I haven’t mentioned it yet but my iPhone battery was running very very low and my solar panel charger wasn’t working or just wasn’t getting enough sunlight as the trail had lots of shade. Plus, we were walking N to S so our backs weren’t into the sun. Unfortunately, this meant I woke up to a dead phone. ☹ Not cool especially since it was my only way of taking photos, plus it was what I used to write my blog.Read Full Post »
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Wednesday, Sept. 14th, 2016
When we woke, we learned that we had camped with six ladies. Made small talk over breakie and enjoyed the views of the river.
Back on the trail we followed the river for a bit and then continued on to Pincushion Mtn. Met lots of older folks hiking along the way and saw a huge, almost perfect mushroom.
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Tuesday, Sept. 13th, 2016
Today would be the first and only day we would actually walk along Lake Superior. When we made it there, all three of us decided to get refreshed by having a quick dip in the lake. It was freezing but felt so good to have a quick bath.
The trail followed the beach for a mile in a half and we thought it would be easy and flat. It was flat but not ...Read Full Post »
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Monday, Sept. 12th, 2016
Did our usual routine of waking up, making breakfast, packing our tent and gear and then hitting the trail. Made it to Devils Kettle Falls which was really cool. I saw a YouTube video last year (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ul1b_3eH9sA) about it as it is one of the mysteries of the world cause the river splits in two here; half the water goes into a hole and they have no idea where this water goes.
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|Posted by Jamey on November 24, 2017 at 9:10 AM||comments (0)|
Slept much better the second night and felt so nice to rest our bodies. Both Ragged and I had very sore hips when we woke up and it hurt to put the packs on but we had to make it to our next camp so off we went.
We were starting to get our trail legs and even though we were sore we could tell we were getting stronger. We also had an order down that worked pretty well. Ragged led, followed b...Read Full Post »
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Saturday, Sept. 10th, 2016
I didn't sleep that well as I was tossing and turning all night. Plus MacGyver took up a lot of my sleeping pad and tent…he’s a big dog! It was about 8:00am and Allie & Pop were cooking breakfast.
Chatted with them while we made breakfast and packed up our stuff. By about 9:30am we were ready to roll so we said goodbye to them and hit the tra...Read Full Post »
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Friday, Sept 9th, 2016
Wanted to wake up early to organize my stuff but since we didn't fall asleep until 2:30am I slept until 9:00am. Was so nice to have more than 5 hours of sleep. Organized a bit, left some booze at the trailhead and went to do another food drop...hopefully faster and smoother than last night.
Found the trailhead and went looking for a branch. Didn't take too long to find one and about half an hour later it was hung and we were on our...Read Full Post »
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Thursday, Sept. 8th, 2016
Slept for 3 hours and tried to get up and start driving again but it wasn't happening so I stopped and slept for another 2 hours. This means I would be late but I was already behind schedule so what's another few hours.
Tried making some of that time by speeding some more. My Waze works pretty good by other users reporting when they see cops so you know when they are coming. Well not this time as I cruised into MN as there was an officer hidi...Read Full Post »
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Wednesday, Sept. 7th, 2016
My alarm went off 5 hours later at 5:30am as I wanted to get thru Denver before rush hour. After driving 30 feet I felt a thump thump thump and so I got out and saw I had a flat tire. Fuck.
I had two choices; call AAA and have them come out to fix it or put the spare on and drive to nearest tire shop. I chose the latter and regretted it a bit as I had to take a bunch of things out to access the jack plus it took me awhile to figu...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Jamey on October 24, 2017 at 11:25 AM||comments (0)|
Woke up bright and early so I could make it to LA around 11am and avoid as much traffic as possible. Still ended sitting in like an hour of traffic but got puppy dog and headed to my family friends house in Fullerton.
When I arrived they weren't home but they were kind enough to leave a key for me so I could get my stuff and take a shower. The shower felt so good since I hadn't taken one al...Read Full Post »
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Monday Sept. 5th, 2016
Let the adventure...aka 52 hours of driving to the start of the Superior Hiking Trail...begin. It all starts in Black Rock City at the last day of Burning Man (craziest and coolest festival I have ever been to) which they call Exodus. 70,000 people leave and all need to get onto a single lane highway…so the traffic is crazy…like 10 times worse than LA traffic during rush hour!. I ended up leaving at noon and it took 6 hours to drive 4 miles...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Jamey on December 5, 2015 at 7:00 PM||comments (2)|
My alarm went off at 5am bright and early. Wrote in my journal until 5:30am and got up. Tried to be quiet while I was packing up to not wake anyone else up but Mike, the tour guide, was already up to get coffee and breakfast started. A few of the guys were out and about by the time I left at 6:45am, my earliest start yet.
I had decided to skip breakfast to save time and get rolling. Said my goodbyes and thank you's to whoever was up and left. The sun was just rising and it ...Read Full Post »
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When I woke up it wasn't too cold nor was my tent damp with condensation so that was nice. Made breakfast and hot chocolate while I sat and enjoyed the view. Two bow hunters walked over the bridge so I waved and they waved back.
Check out this video...probably my favorite video of the trip cause it was by far the coolest campsite yet!
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|Posted by Jamey on November 30, 2015 at 8:00 PM||comments (2)|
I wanted to get a super early start so that I could hitch a ride into Silverton ASAP to get my resupply box at the post office. I had no idea if they were open on Saturdays but was hoping. Alarm went off at 5:30am. Wrote in my journal for a bit and then got up.
Wasn't as cold as it usually is so that was nice. But when I got out of the tent one of my flip flops were missing. I had left it outside my tent with my shoes and water (CamelBak). I found it like 10 feet away next...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Jamey on November 30, 2015 at 7:00 PM||comments (0)|
When my alarm went off it was way too cold to get up. Thought I hit snooze but accidentally turned it off. This meant I kept sleeping until the hot sun heated up my tent and woke me up. The first time I was actually warm when I got out of the tent!
It was 8am and I was behind schedule. I wanted to leave by 7:30am so that I could try to ride the 30 miles to the highway which would take me to Silverton. Hurried and hit the trail at 8:30am.
Today there wer...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Jamey on November 29, 2015 at 1:10 AM||comments (0)|
It was so nice waking up warm and in a bed. It wasn't nice sleeping with people who snore. But it was totally worth it and I loved that I didn't have to pack up a wet tent.
John was up as well as another guy who was hiking the CT. We asked if he needed a ride to the trail and he said that would be much better than trying to hitchhike. I ordered a breakfast bagel and cappuccino from the coffee shop next door and we loaded our stuff into Hannahs' car.
Up w...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Jamey on November 28, 2015 at 11:25 PM||comments (0)|
Brrrrrrr. Another cold morning. Instead of my tent being wet this morning it was frozen. When I opened up the door little snowflakes fell down on me instead of raindrops.
Packed up, made breakfast and started climbing. Up I went until I got to where the sun was and it felt so nice to start to feel warm. Pretty soon I was hot so had to stop and take off my layers.
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|Posted by Jamey on November 28, 2015 at 11:15 PM||comments (0)|
Waking up in the morning is always the worst and hardest part of the day. Cold and everything is damp. Today was no exception. But I wanted to get an early start as I had a lot of climbing today and would be above tree line for a good portion of the day.
Was packed and on the trail by 8am so off to a good start. 3 miles in at a trail-head I saw a toilet. Wasn't in my data book but I'll use it anyway. Filled up my water and continued on.
I love signs like this as it...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Jamey on November 24, 2015 at 12:30 AM||comments (0)|
Woke up at 5:30am as I had to catch up for two days In my journal. Laid in bed writing until 7am. I could hear most everyone else was already up and moving. Ate my breakfast skillet and the group left camp around 8am. I had to finish packing and left 20 minutes later.
I figured I would catch them in no time but it took much longer than I thought. They are fast hikers. An hour into the trail I eventually caught up to the group while they were resting at the top of a hill. I...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Jamey on November 23, 2015 at 11:50 PM||comments (2)|
Wanted to do a lot of miles today so I woke up early and was on the trail before 8am. Was a wee bit chilly but dressed warm. My fingers were exposed though and those got pretty cold. Eventually it warmed up and I was able to take off layers.
A few miles in I understood why they call the Rocky Mts the Rockies. The trail had rocks everywhere. Big ones, loose ones, small ones, sharp ones, sl...Read Full Post »