So, my mom asked me what I was doing with my life the other day.
“Are you going to get back into school? (I dropped out for financial reasons) Are you going to move to New Hampshire? (My friend and his wife are renting a house) Are you going to stay here and work? (I work in a pharmacy and kind of hate it) Or is there some other option I don’t know about?”
“I was kind of thinking about riding a unicycle from Canada to Mexico, then writing a book about it,” I told her, only half serious. I’d been on a few rides on my 24" where I didn’t really want to turn back and go home, but, eventually, I had to. The fantasy of some 3500 mile uni-trek was lively in my mind.
“Better yet, you should ride from Maine to Mexico!”
“Well, I was going to take the long way to Mexico…”
“I think that’s a great idea, Max. If you’re ever going to do it, you hsould do it now.”
So, I have my maps, I’ve circled Eastport and Imperial Beach, but I don’t have a uni that can handle the journey. I’m sort of looking for recommendations here. My first thought was to build a 26" with an air saddle and a suspension seat post, but my brother said it would be foolish to do it on anything other than a Coker.
Now, I know there are tons of Coker enthusiast out there, and they are, without a doubt, the most road-worthy unicycle on the market. Myself, I’ve never even seen one up close, much less ride one, so I can only imagine the feel of one of those beasts. My reservations about getting a Coker for this trip are as follow:
- A unicycle so purpose built for distance may seem like cheating.
- I’d have to cross the Rockies and the Appalachians. Doesn’t seem like climbing would be it’s strong suit.
- If the tire (probably) and tube (certainly, many times) are ruined, I think I’d be stranded somewhere for a few days until a replacement is delivered.
- They’ve got cotterless cranks. Fine for commuting, but I think I’d feel more comfortable on the road with a splined set up.
I have similar feelings about a 29" or, really, anything larger than a 26. Of course, the trouble with a 26 is trying to cover as much ground as you can before your crotch gives out for the day, and you’re in a tent somewhere sitting on your instant cold pack.
I’m staring this down for 2006 if unicycling properly motivates me, or 2007 if I’m still committed to the cause. This is, in my mind, step one- equipping myself with the proper vehicle. After this comes the financing, but I’ll concern myself with that later. Your thoughts?