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Old 2011-07-07, 06:09 PM   #1
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STP On A Unicycle 2011

The STP is this Saturday and Sunday: July 9,10 2011. I picked up my Registration Packet yesterday at the Seattle REI Store. I trained harder this year and participated in more events to this point than the last 2 STPs. I feel ready but, it is a very long way to go in a day and a half on a unicycle. 204 miles this year. I will need to ride my unicycle just over 100 miles Saturday and just over 100 miles by Sunday evening.

I’m on the Team of Owain's Army Rides the STP to raise money for SEATTLE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL FOUNDATION - You can make a donation by visiting my FirstGiving page: http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraise...thestp?fge=ask
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Old 2011-07-07, 06:38 PM   #2
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Here are some other pictures and highlights from the 2010 STP.

http://www.marathonfoto.com/index.cfm?action=site.login

Type: Last Name- Williams Bib-7007 Event-Seattle To Portland Bike Classic 2010

There is an online local news that did a story here:

http://www.b-townblog.com/2010/07/26...-on-one-wheel/

Thanks again to Bruce Dawson and Joe Meyers:

Bruce Dawson who did the 2005 STP because he did something that amazed me and resonated at a time in my life when just walking was incredibly painful and the toll from radiation therapy had stripped any hope that I would ever function well again or hope to attempt something as epic as riding the STP on a unicycle.

The story Dawson posted and the images were seared into my mind and remain iconic still. Incrementally I allowed myself to hope that I could work toward making the STP on a unicycle a possibility. I was inspired enough after reading Dawson’s 2005 STP On a Unicycle story that I projected some faith that I might be able to do more than I had ever thought possible with so much less than I ever actually had. At that point in my life that small amount of hope was one of the most valuable things I had ever possessed

Joe Meyers because he helped me with every aspect of distance riding with things he had learned from doing the STP and other challenges. He climbs hills on a 36” unicycle like a terminator, which is inspiring. Anyone that rides with Joe Meyers can count themselves fortunate. Having Lana Meyers on your UNI team is a good advantage also.

When I crossed over the finish line of the 2010 STP I drafted Bruce Dawson and Joe Meyers. Hopefully I will cross over the 2011 STP on a unicycle again.
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Old 2011-07-07, 08:28 PM   #3
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Go Straightarrow!

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The STP is this Saturday and Sunday: July 9,10 2011.
It's your turn to carry the tourch!
Go!
Ride!
Have a great time!

We are preparing to start a tour July 16th, White Rock, BC to Crescent City, CA.

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Old 2011-07-08, 12:49 AM   #4
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Good Luck Also Joe

Thanks Joe, I will roll out no matter.

If anyone feels inclined here is a link to help Seattle Children's Hospital:

http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraise...thestp?fge=ask
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Old 2011-07-08, 01:19 PM   #5
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What time are you starting? I'm with a group of 6 bicyclists, we're heading to Castle Rock for a 135 mile first day.

Maybe someday on Uni.
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Old 2011-07-08, 02:52 PM   #6
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Fly on Straight Arrow!

Best of luck to you on the journey. You're an inspiration to many. You picked a fine charity to represent too.

Aloha.
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Old 2011-07-08, 03:01 PM   #7
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Thanks Joe, I will roll out no matter.

If anyone feels inclined here is a link to help Seattle Children's Hospital:

http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraise...thestp?fge=ask
You'll do more than roll out. For hours and hours you'll roll and roll until you roll in with the torch still burning.

Don't forget to do a three minute sprint ride today for carbo loading, and rest up. Enjoy!
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Old 2011-07-08, 03:54 PM   #8
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Old 2011-07-08, 05:50 PM   #9
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Thanks

Thanks for the good thoughts everyone, I will need some luck (all I can get , actually). A lot can happen in the crush at intersections, and crossings, bridges.

I don't do the PSV thing, so hopefully the Unicycle treats me good another year.

The plan is to "have fun", yet remain laminar, stay focused and mission specific, then cross over.

Here is a link on YouTube where I think I am doing those things pretty good while climbing the steepest "Hill" on the STP: I appear at 2 minutes 20 seconds into the video.


Steve: I roll out both days @3 am, you will pass me at some point on Saturday early on and maybe even Sunday. Maybe take a picture for me, those are nice to get back for some day when get too old. I will PM my cell #

Really looking forward to the good weather and the ride, especially the section of bike trail near Yelm, hopefully the finish line in Portland comes much too soon.
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Old 2011-07-09, 03:50 AM   #10
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Rock the STP!

Kevin, you will dust this one. Train that hard, and know that it will carry you through. Very inspiring...I've done a lot of distance riding, but have never seriously considered being able to do that one. Taught you well, Obie-Joe has.

Donation made and will match from my company. Do it!

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Old 2011-07-09, 04:54 AM   #11
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Thanks Tom

I hear the MS-150 is harder than the STP, and you did really well event wise and the fundraising you put together was top tier.

I have yet to meet you in person Tom, but I hear about you at different events, like the MS-150. You were one of the very top fundraisers also which is not a small accomplishment, 6-8 thousand dollars raised is really good for one guy.

I enjoyed the write up from last years MS-150. It was one of the best written unicycle stories yet. I'm not sure it translates really well to everyone, but I understood it and the humor.

Thanks you again for the support and hopefully we can all ride together on IHD (International Harper Day) We should be careful not to make too many "Star Wars" references around Harper. We may encounter a "Balrog" in the deep tunnel on the Iron Horse Trail and it may be nice to have our own version of Gandalf to deal with trouble of that magnitude.
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Old 2011-07-10, 10:30 PM   #12
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Should be close to the finish now! GO Kevin!
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Old 2011-07-11, 03:43 AM   #13
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If you guys remember Mike Clark at all from the DVD Defect he did the STP on his bike. He took off in the 2nd heat (15mins after the first) and came in to the finish line 7th overall... 10 hours. he may have been the fastest rider!
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I heard you got to Centralia before we arived, and we probably left Castle Rock before you came through.

One of our faster riders said he saw a uni on the trail leading to the Tenino mini stop, but I did not see any uni's this year.

Let us know how you did!
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Old 2011-07-11, 01:48 PM   #15
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What on earth is a 'bash bar'? From the newspaper article.

I'd love to hear about the training for this kind of thing, it's so unbelievable. No wonder you get cute drunk women chasing you

Kevin, I hope it all went well in the weekend.

Cheers

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