I am hoping you can contact me with an unicyclist I met in Baker, Oregon
back in 1978. I was riding cross country with a friend east to west on
bicycles and met a unicyclist riding west to east. The date would have
been late July/early August of 1978. He was riding a custom Jim Merz
Sorry, not me. I spent most of that summer hanging out at the youth club and going to rock and roll clubs and heavy metal discos in Nottingham, UK. Oh, and not doing any school work. Good luck, though.
Wally Watts, a Canadian unicyclist, traveled the world on a unicycle in the late 1970s. He crossed the United States heading west to east in 1978. His journey was chronicled in a number of issues of the Newsletter of the Unicycling Society of America. Unfortunately it is sketchy on details regarding his itinerary.
What I can say is that he arrived in New York City on or about October 8, 1978. His plan was to set off for New York from Los Angeles. Nothing I have found indicates that that’s where he did set off from. And I don’t know what if he did that would mean in terms of passing through Baker, Oregon. He was riding a 43" unicycle with a solid rubber tire that he himself it is reported to have constructed.
Thanks to all who have replied. Although I have never met Jim Merz
in person, I did own a Merz custom touring bike. I have been in contact
with Jim … in fact, that is the reason I am trying to find this cyclist.
I also recall reading an article somewhere on the net, but cannot find
this article now.
If anyone does hit on some additional information … please reply to
this post … and again, thank you!!
This is not the same unicyclist I am looking for, but it is very interesting
to see yet another person riding cross country that same year. The
individual I am looking for rode from west to east, not east to west.
This gentleman also was traveling farther south. Wouldn’t you love
to see two guys riding cross country on unicycles in opposite directions
cross paths some where in Kansas!