Ed: What do you think’s gonna be tough about it? Bobby: The tough about is you’re going through the desert. Ed: Hmm. Bobby: Okay? Death Valley, Nevada, whatever. Bobby: You’re gonna see miles and miles, Bobby: Nobody’s there! ♪ I’m riding on a one man wheel powered custom built analog 36″ unicycle across the ♪ ♪ U S A ♪ ♪ I never know what the hell I’m gonna get myself into todaaaaaaaaaa ♪ My name’s Ed and I’m riding a unicycle around the world. Join me on this series, as I attempt to cycle 4,000 miles across the United States of America. Bobby: Okay, sound I start? Ed: You should start yea. Bobby: I should start okay. Ed: I’ll get you riding off into the sunset. Bobby: I’m riding into the sunset. The sun is already almost there. Okay. Ed: See ya man! Bobby: Bye! Bye Ed! Ed: After saying farewell to Bobby, that evening not wanting to camp in the freshly planted rows of almond trees, I asked if I could pitch my tent in the garden of a family’s home. They very kindly agreed. The next morning, I carried on pedaling through the many acres of farmland that surrounded Bakersfield. Wow, the landscapes changed I was in the mountains yesterday! I haven’t had all that much flat riding. But today I’m heading to place called Bakersfield, and I’m staying with a guy called Brian. But before I met Brian, I still had about 40 miles to cover. Making the most of the quiet road I found myself on, I decided to have another attempt at capturing some unicycle drone shots. I took the Spark up, parked it in the sky and then mounted my unicycle. This time, I’d give up on the disappointing automatic tracking function, and fly the drone manually while also trying to keep my balance. What could possibly go wrong? Once I felt steady, I pulled out the controller from my back pocket and attempted to keep myself in frame. It kind of worked. Until inevitably, I became just a little bit too confident. Almost hit a telegraph pole or a electricity pole or whatever you call them. That wasn’t so good. I think I was very very lucky there. That evening, I arrived in Bakersfield. Brian, who had been following me online had come out on his bike to see me in the last few miles. Ed: Brian what do I need to know about Bakersfield? Brian: We have a lot of crazy drivers here. Ed: Really? Brian: Yes. Ed: Because this was the last major town I’d see until Las Vegas, I planned to take a couple of days off the unicycle, and follow Bobby’s advice of preparing myself for the long desert crossing ahead. The first job was to fix my tent zips. Having problems with this tent recently. And no, the problem wasn’t that it pitched itself automatically. That’ll be amazing wouldn’t it? No. The real issue was The runner no longer held the door shut, resulting in many irritating insects finding my face during the night. I first tried borrowing a pair of pliers and squeezing the runners back together. All right, that didn’t work. The next idea was Brian’s, lubricating the zips with silicon. Look at this! Look at this. It’s good! Hopefully that holds for a little bit. The second job was to try and fluff up my sleeping bag. I’ve been getting a little bit cold in my sleeping bag recently. So I’m hoping that by throwing it in the dryer, And kinda of knocking it up, that it knocks the down back into shape, and hopefully I’ll have some warmer nights. Thirdly was to make the long hours in the road ahead more comfortable. Now, it’s not something that I speak about all that often, But saddle sores have been a constant struggle for me over my entire around the world tour. Chafing, swellings, infections you name it, I’ve probably suffered it while unicycling. I’ve tried a variety of different saddles, even ones that I’ve modified myself to reduce the pain. But nothing’s really worked, and I’ve always had to deal with a certain amount of discomfort on the road. For whatever reason, on this leg across the US the chafing had become particularly bad, and I just needed a change. Luckily for me the USA branch of unicycle.com was on my side. And as soon as I told them the issues I was facing, they quickly sent me out a new saddle. So this is the Kh Fusion Zero. This is my old one. This is the new one. It’s quite a big difference. Obviously this one’s a hell of a lot flatter. So I’m hoping the profile this one Will just sort of help my bum out a little bit and just give me a bit of a change because I’ve been really struggling recently. So, I’m hoping This will give me my bum a little bit of a rest. We will see. And with the new saddle installed, the next day I loaded up the panniers, and I was all set to leave Bakersfield. But not before giving my unicycle a quick weigh in. Ninety pounds! My unicycle is currently 90 pounds. That’s about 41 kilograms, and that’s very very heavy! Really packed up with a lot of food yesterday. That’s the reason it’s got so much weight on at the moment. The good news is that that weight will soon be reduced as I eat more food, But we’ve got probably two weeks of desert riding towards Vegas coming up, heading towards Death Valley, And there’s a lot of nothingness in California in this stretch. So that’s the reason I put so much food on the unicycle. And with that, I thanked Brian for generously opening up his home to me, and I was finally ready to head off towards Death Valley. Oops, one second. Heavy unicycle. Let’s try that again. And now, I was ready to head off towards Death Valley. In order to get to Death Valley, I need to go on the 178 from Bakersfield, and that takes me northwest through a canyon! Which looks absolutely stunning. I’m just coming out to it now. And… Oh my… ♪ When you and I first met I was standing in the rain ♪ ♪ I was coming home from Portland trying to catch the last train ♪ ♪ You mistook me for a lover when I asked your name ♪ ♪ Never stopped for long though, let me explain ♪ ♪ Oh, every time there’s a moment I can’t speak ♪ ♪ …about talking in her sleep ♪ ♪ She goes on and on like a broken record ♪ ♪ On and on like a guitar ♪ ♪ Tried so hard just to say that I love her, she just keeps going on and on and on and on and on ♪ ♪ On and on and on ♪ I’m regretting buying so much food. 41 kilos! I’ll remind you, that’s what that weighs. We’re not even halfway up the gorge, And I’m losing the sun, It’s gonna drop behind the mountain pretty soon in the next 10 minutes. There’s a turn off to the right in about three miles. So I’m trying to get to that and I’m hoping somewhere there There’ll be a good place to camp. But yeah, losing the sun That sun is gonna disappear pretty shortly. Shattered from the day’s climbing and conscious of how dangerous this road seemed, I stepped off the unicycle and pushed it the final few miles in search of somewhere to sleep. Don’t want to wait every week for the next episode? Head over to Vimeo, and watch the entire 4.5 hour series from San Fran to New York right now. You’ll find the link in the description. Thank you! Now back to the episode. Now I don’t know about you, But when I think of cowboys, This is what I picture. A slightly dodgy bunch of shabby gun-slinging cattle herding men, straight out of the old westerns. That night, a mile or so off the main road, I spotted a small campfire up in the hills. Soon after introducing myself, I was handed a beer and invited to sit around it by this friendly group of modern-day cowboys. The nights of sleeping in rough and bivy sacks were gone it seemed, To be replaced at least in this case, with gigantic heated caravans. They were all a little bemused by my unconventional form of transport, but very supportive of my trip and happy to trade stories. Leroy told me a little about his time as a rodeo. Leroy: Doing what you’re doing, this is the time to do it. That’s the time to do it. Ed: I think so, yea. Leroy: Cause you know, we got kids and the wife, you know, that shit ain’t gonna happen. “You’re gonna what?” Ed: I’ve got no ties you know? Which is nice. Leroy: Yea… Right on. That’s cool, you know I When I was rodeo and I did a little- but you know here in the United States But just getting out of your element is… It’s fun. Once you get out there you know? There’s some shitty people out there, but there’s some good people too, you know? I mean… Ed: You were rodeoing? Leroy: When I was younger yeah, out of high school. Hank too. We rode bulls and team roped a little bit. I never did try the bucking horses, though I just weren’t that talented. Ed: Any injuries? Leroy: Oh yea. Shoulder, knee Knocked all my teeth out, yea. Ed: Yea. Hank: Yea, me too. Ed: Well, are they all erm Leroy: I mean these are teeth, but they’re they’re not mine. Ed: You nicked them from someone. Leroy: Yeah when I was younger. Ed: And how long have you been doing this? Leroy: All my life, yeah ranching all my life. Cowboying. I don’t know anything different. I’m just- But… I like I like this You know. We awoke to light snowfall. Last night, I’d said I was happy to set my tent up by the fire, But seeing the ice on the ground the next morning, I was very grateful these guys insisted I take one of the caravan spare sofas. I packed up my unicycle, while the guys prepared themselves and the horses for the day’s cattle drive. Leroy: Get you one of these you’ll be in New York in no time at all. Won’t even break a sweat. doggo! ʕ•͡ᴥ•ʔ Ed: While putting on their chaps, I noticed Richie holstering a pistol. I asked him why he carried it. Richie: No, yeah for like real dangerous cattle. Yeah. But, we don’t have to do that very often. Maybe a couple times a year. Ed: Soon, we were all just about ready to set off, Me eastwards towards the desert, and the ranchers into the snow dusted hills to herd their cattle. Thank you very much! Alright, see you Leroy! Good luck with it! As I continued my journey, I felt very honored that our paths are crossed. Before beginning in my unicycle ride across the States, I’d only hoped to have authentic experiences and meet honest people. So far, the USA had certainly delivered and Camping in some woods with some cowboys, well, I just don’t think it gets any more authentically American than that. Thank you all 80 of you that are currently supporting me on Patreon! You support what I do and the production of my content, and in return you get to see my videos a week early! So I think that’s a pretty good deal. And I want to say a particularly big Thank you to Elijah LeJander, Marc Parris, Mark C, Andrew Thomas, Kelli Jackson, Kentaro Sekino, and Derek Donovan. You’re all supporting me on the third tier. I record this segment every week. So if you’d like to be involved in this little segment, Head over to my Patreon page, and you can find more information there. Thank you very much! The next day, I arrived at the base of Bird Spring Pass. This is where I’d be crossing over my final section of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, and officially entering the Mojave Desert. I knew the next few days were going to be brutal, but I was looking forward to it. ha ha ha ha ha Ohhh! Okay, you mark my words, This is gonna be a mistake. I thought Bird Spring Pass was going to be paved, It’s not paved! And it’s probably possibly gonna be 25 miles until I see another paved section of road. I’m too stubborn to turn back, so I’m just gonna head down this this path. It’s gonna be a lot of walking. Yeah, this is gonna be a mistake. This is gonna be a massive mistake. But to see how I get on traveling alone through the Mojave Desert, you’ll have to come back next time. If you’re feeling impatient, and can’t wait for next week’s video, You’re in luck. Because the next episode is available right now on my Patreon. And if you’re feeling really impatient, you can head over to Vimeo and watch the entire ‘Ed Unicycles the USA’ series from start to finish over there. Your support is greatly appreciated. ♪ Well, this old thing ain’t built for speed, but I love my trusty dusty steed ♪ ♪ It’ll get me around the world soon, then I’ll try a full moon ♪ ♪ I know my route is roundabout, but I sure as hell don’t have a doubt ♪ ♪It’ll get me where I’m going as long as the wind is blowing ♪ ♪ I’m well aware of dangers out there and it’s not that I don’t care… ♪

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

Related Post