World Record Ride For Recovery

While I wish Tyler Bechtel the best of luck, and hope that it achieve’s both of
his goals - riding across the USA, and raising squillions for charity, I must
pick up on one point:

On Tue, 16 Sep 1997 13:05:55 -0700, ejbagai@teleport.PLUG.com wrote:

>If he completes this journey, it will be the first ride completely across the
>United States, and the longest continuous unicycle ride anywhere in the world.

This isn’t true.

The “Been There, Done That” Unicycling web page
(http://www.unicycling.org/unicycling/btdt/btdt.html) gives brief details about
a number of extremely long unicycle rides - including across the US, across the
UK, around the world, around the perimeter of North America, etc.

A particular interesting one in this context is the story of Keith Cash of
California, who rode across the United States of America, from Los Angeles to
Boston, over a six month period in 1981. His own, very readable, story is
available on the web (http://www.unicycling.org/unicycling/tales/kcash.html).

For general information about unicycling, see the Unicycling Page
(http://www.unicycling.org).

Julian Orbach .sig is busy composing the longest continuous rec.sport.unicycling
post to be propagated across the world.

Re: World Record Ride For Recovery

Nice to see the spirit of adventure is not dead. All the best to Tyler. It’ll be
a great achievement if he makes it. Reminds me of “Run Patti Run” a true story
about a girl with epiplepsy who decided to run across the US to raise money for
epilepsy sufferers.

BTW does any one no what route was taken on the round the world ride and does
any one have details on unicycling the length of New Zealand? I think NZ has
been done before but I’m not 100% certain.

            o Peter Bier - computing student o O o pjb10@waikato.ac.nz o(|\o
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Re: World Record Ride For Recovery

On Wed, 17 Sep 1997, Julian Orbach wrote:
> Eric wrote:

> >If he completes this journey, it will be the first ride completely across
> >the United States, and the longest continuous unicycle ride anywhere in
> >the world.

> This isn’t true.

> The “Been There, Done That” Unicycling web page
> (http://www.unicycling.org/unicycling/btdt/btdt.html) gives brief details
> about a number of extremely long unicycle rides - including across the US,
> across the UK, around the world, around the perimeter of North America, etc.

Sorry, I should have made that: “If he completes this journey, it will be the
fastest and longest continuous ride across the United States.” I could probably
phrase it in a couple of other ways, too, but I doubt that anything short of a
detailed comparison of all comparable feats would be completely satisfactory.
Maybe just " . . . it will be a world record."

Assuming things go well, Tyler plans to get to Tampa in about ten weeks without
interrupting the journey for anything other than a rest day or two. This is less
than half the time anyone else has taken, and I believe it will be a longer
total distance than any other uninterrupted journey – especially if he
continues to Miami.

If it takes much longer than that, or if he has to interrupt the journey for
long periods of time, then the trip won’t be considered continuous and his feat
will be remarkable but not necessarily a “record.”

Tyler tells me that when he talked to Foss about what to call his attempt, Foss
said to say it was the longest and just not mention earlier feats as they would
just confuse the attempt to raise funds. the Shriners.

I’ve read Keith Cash’s page and the rest of the “Been there–Done that” page,
and recommend them to everyone interested in true spirit and heroism. Tyler’s
ride will not be like Keith’s – in some respects harder, in some respects
easier, but in any case it will be different.

This is the problem in trying to compare non-standardized feats. Tyler’s will be
longer and take less time (we hope), and so set a “record” of some kind. This
takes nothing away from what Keith did, and is not intended to. I don’t want to
pick nits here, misrepresent Tyler, or take away anything from anyone else.
Thanks for helping me do that.

=Eric

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