Unicycle Pirate Canal Pub Crawl
Yesterday was the annual Unicycle Pirate Canal Pub Crawl here in the UK.
Arrrrrguably the best event of the year - and probably the most British.
^ The motley crew at the start (minus those who joined us later)
This year was the usual route of Leighton Buzzard to Berkhamsted along the Grand Union canal, with pubs seemingly surprisingly unaffected by COVID (somewhat to the annoyance of us who had stocked up on tinnies before we set off) aside from some slightly unusual ordering setups for some of them.
We did pass on drinking at one pub due to our slow progress and the busyness of their establishment, and were turned away from the Rising Sun (meant to be the final pub of the day) - partially no doubt because they were a little short on space with COVID restrictions, but also partly because we were a group of >20 rowdy unicyclists carrying a bottle of rum and various tinnies, dressed like pirates looking (and probably smelling) rather worse for wear after 17 very hot miles.
There was an unprecedented demand for support services this year with two replacement unicycles being brought along for; a 19" that was just a little too slow, and a 24" that (no doubt due to the heat) had decided that its tyre was no longer small enough to stay on the rim.
Other highlights of mechanical failure included an inevitable puncture (on a bicycle - it’s always the bicycles!), and one saddle that snapped completely in half, thankfully only a relatively short distance from our finish point.
Despite all of this, the clues were all found (eventually - fuelled by beer we forgot what we were looking for and rode past quite a few), leading us to the buried treasure consisting of a bottle of very drinkable (in a COVID-safe pour-into-mouths manner) rum and a selection of roasted peanuts - expertly hidden away from prying eyes in the event’s now traditional locked pirate chest.
At the end of the day the event gained an impromptu convention vibe as we chilled out in a local park juggling, chewin’ the fat, drinking tinnies, and shredding the local skatepark well past sunset.
We said our goodbyes to those who were heading off home or to hotels, with the remainder of the crew heading back to the campsite to collapse into our tents after an excellent day.
Cheers @Eddbmxdude and family for all of the work they put into organising it. I for one will definitely be back again next year.
[Hopefully others can add photos because I didn’t really take any]