I’ve just got back from what was definitely the best ride I’ve ever been on,
and the longest, and definitely the most tiring.
Despite my first attempt at a long ride yesterday being thwarted by a
spurious drawing pin, I was determined to try again. The original intention
was just to follow the same route I did when I fell off; instead, however,
as it was a really nice sunny evening I carried on upwards and eventually
reached the Worcestershire Beacon, over 400 metres above where I set off (I
None of the ascent was really impossible; most of it was on quite decent
gravel paths, albeit extremely steep gravel paths, generally with random
rocky bits strewn all over the place. The main problem I found was after
having to stop for some reason getting on again on such a steep hill was
next to impossible. My most successful technique was turning sideways,
getting on and idling then turning uphill on a power stroke. However this
doesn’t work if the path’s only two feet wide with a huge drop on one side!
I got lots of positive comments; cheers from some kids on a balcony at the
bottom of the hill and quite a few people on the hill itself. The best one
was one bloke saying (something along the lines of) “I’ve never been this
drunk before, I could swear your bike’s only got one wheel…” which I’ve
not heard before.
There were a few people at the very top when I got there; they were very
encouraging; most of them hadn’t seen anyone on a unicycle, let alone at the
top of a blummin’ great hill.
The way down was probably harder… I went the steeper way down the road
from St Anne’s Well; this turned out to be much harder because of the
surface being much smoother, so I went most of the way on the grass by the
Stupidly enough the only time my hands touched down after an unplanned
dismount was on a totally flat pavement, coincidentally enough right in
front a big group of people. Sod’s law…
I’ve put the route map on my website…
Now I’m going to flop in front of the telly, because I’m absolutely
Phil, just me
“Cattle Prods solve most of life’s little problems”