“I knew my wife, a veterinary nurse, would take care of me if I acted like a wounded animal”, so writes Kyle deMilner after taking a spill on Day 1 of his qualifying unicycle ride for Ride The Lobster at Valley Forge.
But he made it, despite the added pain of steep grades, some head winds, saddle soreness and muscle fatigue. Though his GPS was not working his iPod was used to do some data entry and number crunching. Ingenious!
Day 2 started out tough. First, he had to get out of bed. Once out, he unicycled in incessant rain. His next mistake was to phone kid brother Max for sympathy — the same brother that unicycled six New England States in almost a month of rain, unicycleMax. After riding for one hour in that rain his “respect for that kid multiplied by a thousand”. Day 2 was lonely and cruel, but again he made it, making it “the hardest, most physically demanding thing I’ve ever done”. Kyle felt great for accomplishing this challenge and “looks forward to riding the lobster even more than ever”.
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