The Adventure of Loving your Unicycle
"I hope to dispel the belief that unicyclists are only performers," Sky told us during his trip, which he rode solo and self-supported. "I carry only seven pounds of gear, only what I truly need. There's a strong correlation between the weight one carries in his pack and the weight of his responsibilities."
An example of his strategy for minimizing weight was his tentless sleeping arrangement: a 14oz Montebello thermal sheet, similar to what rock climbers carry for bivouacking, along with a 6oz sleeping bag cover and a 10oz sleeping pad.
"Unicycling is a combination of muscle memory and reflexes,"he added."Anyone can learn to ride. It just takes an incredible amount of persistence. You don't really ride a unicycle as much as you control it. When gravity is putting pressure on you [on downhills], then you have to put back pressure on your pedals, which can ruin your knees. Going uphill you just have a positive force against you, which you can kind of fight against. That's much easier than resisting gravity." Sky averaged an impressive 70 miles a day, clicking along at a nearly 14-MPH pace and pushing as high as 20mph for short distances on flat ground.
"For me, the struggle is mental,"he said."I can't coast down hills and take a breather. If I lose focus for even a second, I fall off the back of my unicycle."