Thought I would make a post to see if there would be any interest or future interest in this ride:
I think it would be cool to complete the skyline drive on a unicycle (shenandoah national park, VA). I have always wanted to do this, but never got around to it. Skyline Drive is a 105 mile road that goes through shenandoah and it is curvy and has rolling hills (probably a lot like nova scotia will have).
Four options for skyline drive are:
- completing the 105 miles in one day (this would be very very tough considering the elevation profile)
- bringing a backpack and packing a lightweight sleeping bag and bivvy sack and doing about 60 miles the first day and then sleeping in a 3 walled wooden shelter that are found in the park.
- cheating and having my sister act as a support driver so we wouldn’t have to carry a sleeping bag or food during the ride.(probably the safest bet) This way, we would still camp out in between riding days.
- same as #3 but maybe staying in a motel or lodge somewhere halfway.
#2 or #3 would definitely make for a fun adventure, and I could probably get a friend or two to join on a bike.
My sister just moved out down to Fishersville VA which is close to Shenandoah, and another unicyclist, Phil(PDC) lives out near some part of the park as well. My guess is that I could stir up some interest in the ride and make it happen. The sooner the better since it is getting colder outside.
The plan would be to go in on the North entrance and come out the South entrance on Skyline Drive. I would probably drive down from the DC area and park somewhere by the north entrance, and then have my sister or someone else pick us up at the south end of the park.
Anyway, this is all tentative(I am sort of just looking into it now), but it would definitely be fun and good training for Ride The Lobster. I would need some time to plan and look into where on the map the free shelters and the lodges are and some time to secure my sister as support.
Possible unicyclists that I can think of that might be interested(let me know):
me, Nick (MD), Frank from Richmond, Phil from central VA, and maybe other riders(PA, NC, etc) if I get interest.
possibly my friend on a bike.
I am going to look into this, and see what weekend would work best. It would probably be too short notice to have people come down this weekend, so possible weekends would be: oct 27th-28th, Nov 3rd-4th, Nov 10th-11th, or …later? The weather is perfect right now so the sooner the better. Also, things to consider…if instead of riding on sat/sun, we did fri/sat or sun/mon, there would be a lot less traffic to deal with on the ride, this is harder to do though since people would have to take off work.
For those that are interested:
What weekend would work best for you, and what option would you prefer? Also, could you take off a Friday or Monday sometime (to cut down on traffic on Skyline Drive).
Also: If you are interested, but don’t think you will be able to complete the full distance let me know as well. Things might be able to be worked out to accommodate this.