Lars Clausen toured extensively by bicycle before taking it one step further; He dropped a wheel, and took up a kickass unicycle challenge.
Clausen took to the road and explored the United States. Not just some States, but all 50 of them. His unicycle trip took him from the West Coast to the Statue of Liberty and back again. His spoke-by-spoke travels started on April 22, 2003 with Inupiat Eskimos in Alaska and continued through Native American lands from coast to coast, finishing after 205 days on November 12, 2003.
Clausen shares the adventure and soulfulness of pedaling the roads of America in search of his country and himself in his book One Wheel-Many Spokes: USA by Unicycle
From Amazon comes this book excerpt:
With his trip Clausen raised millions of dollars for a struggling tribe of Eskimos, but he also managed to experience the kind of adventure most people only dream of having. A Lutheran pastor who had spent four years among Alaska’s Inupiat Eskimos, Clausen decided to take a 4,000-mile unicycling tour from the Pacific Northwest to New York and back to the West Coast to help the Inupiat by publicizing their needs and raising money (he also wound up breaking a couple of Guinness world records in the process). It was the sort of trip many wouldn’t dare attempt on a regular bicycle, much less a unicycle, but Clausen’s unsinkable good nature and sunny outlook jumps out at readers from practically every line of his book. Clausen doesn’t go out of his way to explore (he’s always got too many miles to finish by day’s end), but he frequently relates encounters with locals who offer money for his cause or a place for his entourage to park their RV overnight. And then there’s the food: unicycling is grueling work, allowing Clausen to indulge at every diner and ice cream stand he comes across, resulting in some rapturous culinary descriptions. Clausen is generally less effective when he tries to meld a portrait of post-9/11 America into the book; although well intentioned, his thoughts are unoriginal and sound canned. His true passion lies in traveling and his deep connection with and empathy for native peoples
The book gets many raving reviews. Here follows an examplary one:
What a great story. Very well-written and easy to read, with plenty of description, Lars Clausen weaves the story of his unicycle trip across the country, his family support, his personal theology and his passion for life.
As a person who lives in Nome, Alaska… I found this book to be an excellent description of not only life here on the Seward Peninsula, but also of many other places around the country.
Clausen writes about his ups and downs and not just on the trail. You will find yourself rooting for him and his family as they patch together their RV and follow a path through all 50 states.
Quotes from Mark Twain, histories of Native American people, lots of food descriptions and true determination make this a wonderful read for anytime and anywhere