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In training for the Unicycle Across Minnesota: the long way! Below is are the entries that take me from 0 miles to over 100 miles.
(Ride Distance / Total Distance Since May 1)

100 mile club!

Over 200 kilometers!
May 23: FLake to Ulmer's Cabin (29.43/125.82 mi)
May 22: Lost in White Bear Lake (31.46/96.39 mi)
Over 100 kilometers!
May 19: Mornin' Stroll in Open Space (7.62/64.93 mi)
May 13: Goin' Fishin' (6.39/57.31 mi)
May 9: Airport Loop - Flyin' Fast (18.51/50.92 mi)
May 8: Around Turtle Lake (5.40/32.41 mi)
May 2: Gateway Trail (17/27.01 mi)
May 1: Minnehaha Falls (10.01/10.01 mi)

May 23, 1999: FLake to Ulmer's Cabin

Start Time: End Time: Total Time: Computer's Time:
13:55 18:15 4:20 2:42:12
Distance: Ave. speed: Ave. with rests: max. speed:
29.43 mi 10.8 MPH 6.8 MPH 24.5 MPH
Unicycle Ridden: M-DM-D: Total Dist.:
Coker 36" - 150 mm 5.44 mi 125.82 mi
Temperature: Weather:
60°F Cloudy, light rain for quite a while and some heavier. Heavy wind from the west.
Rode with:
Kato, Cameron, Kris, Ryan, Ashley, Irene, Jamey, Schwartzy, Connie, Neil
Route:
From Flake (Forest Lake High School), went east on 97, then north on 96 where it later joined with 8 and we rode to Taylors Falls. Then I rode up the hill in the St. Croix Valley, then got a ride up to where the others that didn't go up so that I could finish with them to the end which was at the Ulmer's cabin.
Comments from non-unicyclists:
Lots of horns.
Notes:
Another 30 miler. The first few miles I felt sore muscles in my thighs, but after a while that went away and I was cruisin'. I got a new maximum speed of 24.5 MPH (39.4 km/h). WOW! I didn't know I was going that fast, but I was in the lead and takin' easy so that I didn't get to far in front of anybody else. On a hill Kato passed me up maxin' out at 18.9 MPH, so I decided to catch up and keep pace with him. I think during the time I was catching up was when I got my maximum speed, but it didn't seem like I was going that fast. I drank plenty during the ride and afterwards I ate a lot along with everyone else. Going into the wind really sucked and when we stopped to wait for the slow group, we got cold from the wind.

After the ride we played around at the Ulmers cabin... only one person got wet after seeing a bottle rocket firecracker about to go off a couple feet in front of her.

May 22, 1999: Lost in White Bear Lake

Start Time: End Time: Total Time; Computer's Time
11:20 14:30 3:10 2:45:11
Distance: Ave. speed: Ave. with rests: max. speed:
31.46 mi 11.4 MPH 9.9 MPH 17.3 MPH
Unicycle Ridden: M-DM-D Total Dist.
Coker 36" - 150 mm cranks 8.12 mi 96.39 mi
Temperature: Weather:
73°F Sunny, Blue sky, slight wind from the south.
Route:
North on Lexington, then east on I, north on Hodgson, east on Cty. Rd. J past movie theater to some lake. Went south on the street next to the lake. Got on another path that went 'round White Bear Lake. Went through the townstreets of White Bear Lake then west on 96 on the sidewalk. Then south on White Bear Ave and got lost. Got disorientated, found Cty Rd. E and went the opposite way of home (get extra miles that way!)... turned around and went towards home on E... I eventually got onto Cty. Rd. F going west. Then I turned north onto Hodgson, west on 96, through the community center area and back home.
Comments from non-unicyclists:
Kids in white rusted truck yelled "Faggot!", I didn't respond, but came up with this comeback in case that happens again: "Sorry, I'm not Bi!"… OK, so they both aren't the same meanings, but it's along the same lines (You do get the pun, don't you?). At the first gas station a guy said, "nice way to get around!" There was also 2 guys, a girl and some clapping as I passed by. Lots of typical reactions from motorists: thumbs up, slowing down, waving, horn honking... I got the "doo doo do do..." circus stuff once from a guy in the bleachers at a baseball game.
Notes:
Longest ride yet. I got two M-DM-D of 6.83 mi, from my first and second stops… odd that they were the same. If I could keep my shorts dry, I'd be ridin' with no discomfort.

May 19, 1999: Mornin' Stroll through Open Space

Start Time: End Time: Total Time: Computer's Time:
9:30 10:08 0:38 0:38:06
Distance: Ave. speed: Ave. with rests: max. speed:
7.62 mi 12.0 MPH 12.0 MPH 15.9 MPH
Unicycle Ridden: M-DM-D: Total Dist.:
Coker 36" - 150 mm 5.38 mi 64.93 mi
Temperature: Weather:
59°F Sunny, slight wind from the south.
Route:
North on Lexington to the Ramsey County open space. Throught the open space to County Rd. I and then through Shamrock park back to the open space and returned to Lexington. Went Southeast on Lexington to Hamline Ave and through the neighborhoods back to lexington and then to home.
Notes:
Feel the burn!?!

May 13, 1999: Goin' Fishin'

Start Time: End Time: Total Time: Computer's Time:
18:47 19:32 0:45 0:35:09
Distance: Ave. speed: Ave. with rests: max. speed:
6.39 mi 10.8 MPH 8.5 MPH 19.4 MPH
Unicycle Ridden: M-DM-D: Total Dist.:
Coker 36" - 150 mm 4.60 mi 57.31 mi
Temperature: Weather:
53°F Wet, cloudy, not raining, little wind.
Route:
South on Lexington to Shoreview Mall (got fishing liscense), then east on 96 and turned off by Library and past the park and eventuall to Tanglewood, then north on Hodgson, and west on Cty Rd. I, then south on Lexington to Home.
Comments from non-unicyclists:
It was a dead wet night and nobody around.
Notes:
It seemed like I was going slow.

May 9, 1999: Airport Loop - Flyin' Fast

Start Time: End Time: Total Time: Computer's Time:
13:25 16:10 2:45 1:50:48
Distance: Ave. speed: Ave. with rests: max. speed:
18.51 mi 10.0 MPH 6.7 MPH 24.0 MPH
Unicycle Ridden: M-DM-D: Total Dist.:
Coker 36" - 150 mm 2.92 mi 50.92 mi
Temperature: Weather:
70°F Nice, hot, clear sky, some wind.
Rode with:
Kato, Kris, Cameron, Andy, Ashley, Connie, Jake, Jamey, Dedra, Colin, Heather, Irene
Route:
Airport Loop (started at Minnehaha Falls and looped around the airport)
Comments from non-unicyclists:
The usual… nothing special.
Notes:
Nice loop, I got the maximum speed of 24 MPH on the smooth rode that parallels the airport runway. I had to catch up to Kato (world champion racer). I think I was going into the wind then too.
Photographs
Airport loop: posing under the Mendota BridgeAirport Loop: Under Mendota Bridge Near the end of the ride we waited under the bridge for everyone to catch up... then we went up a steep hill to get onto the bridge.
Photo by Jamey Mossengren.

May 8, 1999: Around Turtle Lake

Start Time: End Time: Total Time: Computer's Time:
20:15 20:42 0:27 0:26:55
Distance: Ave. speed: Ave. with rests: max. speed:
5.40 mi 11.8 MPH 12.0 MPH 17.4 MPH
Unicycle Ridden: M-DM-D: Total Dist.:
Coker 36" - 150 mm 5.40 mi 32.41 mi
Temperature: Weather:
54°F Nice, no wind, sun about to set.
Route:
Around Turtle Lake - north on Lexington, east on Cty Rd. I, south on Hodgson, west on Tanglewood, north on Lexington.
Comments from non-unicyclists:
Clapping and car horns.
Notes:
Nice easy ride… I expected the average to be higher because every time I looked down it was 11 MPH or higher, sometimes at 15 MPH.

May 2, 1999: Gateway Trail

Start Time: End Time: Total Time:
13:10 15:30 2:20
Distance: Ave. with rests:
17 mi 7.3 MPH
Unicycle Ridden: Total Dist.:
Coker 36" - 150 mm 27.01 mi
Temperature: Weather:
78°F Sunny and hot.
Rode with:
Lindsey, Colin, Preston, Cameron, Peter, Connie, Kato, Neil, Irene, Mike Owens, Ashley, Kris, Jake, Andy
Route:
Gateway Trail - started at Arlington Ave. and rode to a small park.
Comments from non-unicyclists:
A lot of people that we rode by, but no strange comments, just stuff like "Cool" and "Are you guys a club…"
Photographs
Group shot before the ride.Gateway Trail: Before Shot This picture is a 'before' shot of everyone that went on this ride (except Andy, the photographer).
Photo by Andy Cotter.

May 1, 1999: Minnehaha Falls Flying Overhead

Start Time: End Time: Total Time:
17:30 19:30 2:00
Distance: Ave. with rests:
10.01 mi 5.0 MPH
Unicycle Ridden: Total Dist.:
28" DM - 125 mm 10.01 mi
Temperature: Weather:
73°F Nice and sunny.
Rode with:
Andy, Colin, Ryan, Kato, Cameron
Route:
Minnehaha Falls… Started near the falls and went up to the Fort Snelling Entrance where planes sometimes fly over when landing in the airport. Then we rode back and hung around the falls for a while.
Notes:
28" seemed slow… maybe shorter cranks would help, or just ride the Coker.

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