Unicycling Across Canada

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Unicycling Across Canada

  1. 1. Unicycling Across Canada Monday, February 22, 2010
  2. 2. Background • Philip Schleihauf • Male • 18 Years Old • 6’2” • 140 lb • Unicyclist Monday, February 22, 2010
  3. 3. Unicycling • Seven Years Experience • One Previous Tour: Ottawa to Kingston • 250 km • Four days • Self-Supported Monday, February 22, 2010
  4. 4. Invisible Children • Operates in Northern Uganda • Ending the Longest-Running war in Africa • Freeing, Protecting, and Rehabilitating the Child Soldiers of the LRA Monday, February 22, 2010
  5. 5. Unicycling Across Canada Monday, February 22, 2010
  6. 6. Training 10 Weeks Riding Research Persuading Parents Monday, February 22, 2010
  7. 7. Snow Most cycling paths in Ottawa are snowed over until late spring Monday, February 22, 2010
  8. 8. Train Ticket Purchased six days before departure Monday, February 22, 2010
  9. 9. Small Tent Purchased three days before departure. Most of the planning was a bit last-minute. Monday, February 22, 2010
  10. 10. Toronto Train Changeover Unicycle Tune-Up Monday, February 22, 2010
  11. 11. Bedford Unicycles • Checked in for a Tune-Up • Unicycle was Falling Apart • New Hub, spokes, cranks, seat, much more • Thanks Darren! Monday, February 22, 2010
  12. 12. Broken Hub The bearings broke upon removal Monday, February 22, 2010
  13. 13. Wheel Rebuild The bike shop where my wheel was rebuilt with new hub and spokes. Monday, February 22, 2010
  14. 14. Train West Monday, February 22, 2010
  15. 15. Northern Ontario A bit of a shock to wake up finding the landscape blanketed in snow. Monday, February 22, 2010
  16. 16. Toronto to Vancouver Four nights. We stopped for several hours each day so I was able to ride a bit and keep in shape. Monday, February 22, 2010
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  20. 20. Black Bear The only bear on the whole trip. Monday, February 22, 2010
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  23. 23. Ferry to Victoria They charged the extra “bike” fee, but I still had to carry it with me. Monday, February 22, 2010
  24. 24. Victoria, BC One Week to Prepare and Get in Shape Monday, February 22, 2010
  25. 25. Bike Paths Victoria’s bike paths are incredible. Packed gravel or paved, and the landscape is beautiful. Monday, February 22, 2010
  26. 26. Pacific Ocean Monday, February 22, 2010
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  28. 28. Fraiser Valley, BC Four Days of Easy Riding Before the Mountains Monday, February 22, 2010
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  30. 30. Surrounded by The route to Hope, the town on the edge of the mountains, is remarkably flat. Mountains After the second day the mountains in the distance almost surround the valley. Monday, February 22, 2010
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  32. 32. First Newspaper My first article was arranged for the morning I headed out of the valley and into Article the mountains Monday, February 22, 2010
  33. 33. Rocky Mountains Monday, February 22, 2010
  34. 34. Road out of Hope The highway splits after Hope into the number 1 Transcanada, and my route, the number 3 Crowsnest highway. This photo was just after that split, showing the beginning of Hope Slide, and mountains looming in the background. Monday, February 22, 2010
  35. 35. Lunch Break Part-way up Hope Slide Monday, February 22, 2010
  36. 36. Snow Just a little into the mountains and I hit one of my biggest concerns, snow. Monday, February 22, 2010
  37. 37. Hope Slide These signs are only posted at the tops of big hills, never the bottom. It’s almost nice to see them, confirming the tough climb just completed. Monday, February 22, 2010
  38. 38. First Night Camping It was a challenge to find dry ground. Monday, February 22, 2010
  39. 39. Misty Morning It started raining halfway through the night, and kept up well into the fifth day. Monday, February 22, 2010
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  43. 43. Allison Pass I had read that this pass is one of the toughest. Not because it’s demanding, but because it’s the first. I didn’t realize I was climbing it until I got here. Monday, February 22, 2010
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  45. 45. Leaving Manning After four days in the mountains, I finally left manning park, the most remote stretch Park of the trip until Northern Ontario. Monday, February 22, 2010
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  48. 48. Camping in Luxury Someone left a smouldering fire, some pots and pans, cutlery and mugs, and chairs in this forestry reserve. My tent is in the background on the right. Monday, February 22, 2010
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  50. 50. Osoyoos, BC One thing that struck me in the mountains was the diversity of landscapes. Monday, February 22, 2010
  51. 51. 30 km Uphill Steep uphill for 20 km out of Osoyoos, mostly uphill for another 10. I had gotten warning of it in Osoyoos, where I took a rest day. It was the best pass of the trip. Monday, February 22, 2010
  52. 52. Frozen Lake After Manning park, there was little trouble with cold temperatures and snow. Only at high elevations was it cold enough to be a problem. Monday, February 22, 2010
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  54. 54. Blueberry-Paulson Pass By far the toughest climb. I left much later than I should have, and was assured it would be easy. Monday, February 22, 2010
  55. 55. Paulson Pass Many hours later and over a kilometre higher, I made it over the pass and found the ski shelter where I spent the night. Monday, February 22, 2010
  56. 56. Nelson, BC Monday, February 22, 2010
  57. 57. Kootenay Lake I took Highway 3a through Nelson, which added a bit of distance but bypassed a mountain and brought me along Kootenay Lake, one of my favourite rides. Monday, February 22, 2010
  58. 58. Camping on Another case of listening to drivers’ advice. It was difficult to find anywhere not Kootenay occupied by houses or cottages, and I got stuck here for the night. Monday, February 22, 2010
  59. 59. Emu I was offered a place to stay in Wynndel, just before Creston, BC. The woman had two emu at that time. Incredible creatures. Monday, February 22, 2010
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  62. 62. Cranbrook, BC The ride into Cranbrook was the best of the trip to that point. I did two short days’ worth in one. Monday, February 22, 2010
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  65. 65. Mountains and 23-photo panorama taken on the way to Yahk, BC. River Monday, February 22, 2010
  66. 66. Horses Zoom of a region of the 23-photo panorama on the way to Yahk. Monday, February 22, 2010
  67. 67. World’s Biggest Now decommissioned, this truck used to work 24/7 in some kind of mining Truck operation Monday, February 22, 2010
  68. 68. Unicycle and pack for scale Monday, February 22, 2010
  69. 69. Crowsnest Pass Highway 3 crosses the AB/BC border at the summit of the Crowsnest Pass. Monday, February 22, 2010
  70. 70. The Prairies Monday, February 22, 2010
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  74. 74. Mountains to Prairies The change is pretty abrupt. Monday, February 22, 2010
  75. 75. Long, Straight Roads Monday, February 22, 2010
  76. 76. Saskatchewan I started averaging about 100 km each day after entering the prairies, taking away most of my time energy for photography. Monday, February 22, 2010
  77. 77. Snowstorm Saskatchewan got dumped with snow the day before I crossed the border. The storm had closed the highway. Monday, February 22, 2010
  78. 78. Second Unicyclist • Dave Cox, from Newfoundland • Left a few weeks after I did, caught up in SK. • Rode together to Regina, after which he went back to AB for a girl... Monday, February 22, 2010
  79. 79. Salt Flats Monday, February 22, 2010
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  81. 81. Rocket Stove • Dave showed me how to make a small stove out of two pop cans • Finally, I could have warm meals when camping Monday, February 22, 2010
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  84. 84. Ontario Monday, February 22, 2010
  85. 85. Welcome to Ontario Ontario’s welcome sign was . . . disappointing. Monday, February 22, 2010
  86. 86. Ontario’s second welcome sign, on the other hand . . . Monday, February 22, 2010
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  88. 88. Road to Thunder I rode three days with Brian and Emilie on their “Tour de Support” from Calgary to Bay Thunder Bay. Monday, February 22, 2010
  89. 89. Upsala, ON Bryan, me, Emilie. Monday, February 22, 2010
  90. 90. Handlebar Drops I added handlebar extensions in Thunder Bay, making the ride much more comfortable from that point on. Monday, February 22, 2010
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  94. 94. Sleeping Giant Monday, February 22, 2010
  95. 95. Terry Fox Memorial Monday, February 22, 2010
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  97. 97. More Cyclists I ran into a lot of people crossing Canada on bicycles. These two were heading west. Monday, February 22, 2010
  98. 98. Wawa, ON Monday, February 22, 2010
  99. 99. Lake Superior Monday, February 22, 2010
  100. 100. Montreal River Hill Monday, February 22, 2010
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  102. 102. Sault Ste. Marie Monday, February 22, 2010
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  104. 104. Almost Home • North Bay • The first sign showing Ottawa Monday, February 22, 2010
  105. 105. Mosquitos Monday, February 22, 2010
  106. 106. Ottawa Monday, February 22, 2010
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  108. 108. Final Stretch About 20 cyclists joined me for the very last leg of the trip. Monday, February 22, 2010
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  114. 114. The End Ottawa, ON 4700 km Monday, February 22, 2010

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