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The Arizona Trail on Unicycle: Day 17, Three Glass Beer Bottles on Easter

April 16, 2017 Brr… another cold night. It is deceptive in the evenings as the warmer setting sun makes you think it might be a warm night. But camping at almost 7000′ in the high desert makes you wish you had brought a portable space heater up the mountain with you. I just don’t know where I’d plug it into.  The riding was mostly flat, but rocky. That meant a lot more walking than we would usually like. Rebekka would always prefer to ride over walking, as long hours on her feet was starting to give her some pain.  At... [read more]

The Arizona Trail on Unicycle: Day 16, Found Trash

 April 15, 2017 We did our morning routine and started early, about 7 or so. The day before had proved to be so difficult, and we had no idea what was in store for us. My Vans are really inappropriate hiking shoes, but my get were holding together pretty well, but I feared another 20 mile hike would start to give me blisters.  We left our river campsite and hiked about three miles away and I spot a plastic Pepsi bottle. Now, up to this point I have seen zero trash on the Arizona Trail so I was astonished to... [read more]

The Arizona Trail on Unicycle: Day 15, Hike a Bike…I mean, Uni

April 14, 2017 A 20 mile hike would be hard for me. Throw in a heavy backpack and pushing a fully loaded unicycle and you have one tough day.  I woke up at my usual time of about 5:15AM. It was a little rough for me to sleep at night as the road was close by and there was a lot of noise from it. I guess it is hard for a country person to sleep with the sound of cars when they are used to the sound of nothing. Animal sounds should be okay, but the loud howling from... [read more]

The Arizona Trail on Unicycle: Day 14, It’s My Birthday

 April 13, 2017 Camping at the RV park in Payson was nice, but we had to get to our next destination, Pine, by 4PM before the post office closed in order to pick up resupply packages. We were going to have to do some more wilderness bypasses again and wouldn’t be back on the trail until Pine. So, we got up extra early and rolled away from camp by 6:30.  It was also the start of my last year in my 30’s. Next year will be a new decade for me, so I should make the most out of this... [read more]

The Arizona Trail on Unicycle: Day 13, The Welder

April 12, 2017 It was supposed to be an easy 10 miles or so from where we camped on the side of the dirt road to the next town of Payson that we had planned on staying at. We weren’t 100% sure of the route, but we continued up the dirt road and kept an eye out for our turn.  Eventually we saw a service road number 47 and turned down it. Later we discovered that we should have kept going on the main dirt road further to a different number 47 road! This road seemed to head in the... [read more]

The Arizona Trail by Unicycle: Day 12, The Day of the Push

April 11, 2017 A 15 mile hike pushing a unicycle is hard work. Add on 5 miles of riding and it makes for one long day. The views and scenery should make up for it, but that didn’t happen on this day.  I woke up at about 4:45AM hearing Rebekka’s alarm. She usually hits snooze 2 or 3 times, but once I’m up I’m up. So I got out of bed and started cleaning up my tent at about 5AM. It was freezing the night before and my tent was full of frost, particularly the area under my outer rain... [read more]

The Arizona Trail by Unicycle: Day 11, Shade and Cracks

April 10, 2017 Yesterday was effectively a rest day. More accurately, it was a “drink beer and rest day” while waiting for the Visitor Center to open.  We packed up a little late because the Visitor Center didn’t open until 8am, but we got there about 15 minutes before to plug some gadgets in to the outlet on the outside of the building and let them juice up. I ran in and got my food package as soon as they opened and organized a few things. We all had too much food, so we rode down to the marina to... [read more]

The Arizona Trail on Unicycle: Day 10: The Unexpected Rest Day

April 9, 2017 We got up and rode (I mean, walked…) the mile from the lake back to the dirt road and started continuing along the bypass. All the loud people from the night before were snoozing, and we were polite and quiet.  The road basically followed small rivers with some gentle up and down terrain. We rode most of of it, and eventually hit a huge damn indicating we were at Lake Rosevelt.   The lake has a visitor center that we had shipped our food resupply packages to. Jamey had called to see if his arrived, but they... [read more]

The Arizona Trail on Unicycle: Day 9, The Hang Man

April 8, 2017 We woke up and got an early start and were rolling by about 7AM. We chatted again with our neighbors and gave them some demo riding while Jamey bummed some coffee from them. Erick from Phoenix arrived at our camp spot to join us for the day on his 26 muni.  So the four of us made a turn off our dirt road and onto a paved road and rolled away. The road was rather boring up and down. I had my short cranks still on the unicycle and I would fly down the downhills. Erick was... [read more]

The Arizona Trail on Unicycle: Day 8, Cops Called on Us

April 7, 2017  We left the “hotel” a bit early so we could get to the Superior post office right as they opened. On the previous day, the hotel owner was so kind to let us use her backyard for camping, and her personal shower, so we gave her $40 and a nice thank you note.  Not only did we want to get to the post office early, but we also wanted some good coffee. So we added in some time to go by a coffee shop that Google said would be open 30 minutes before the USPS. Unfortunately google... [read more]

The Arizona Trail on Unicycle: Day 7: Mexican Food for Dinner

April 6, 2017 As you may recall, we camped in a wash about two miles up from the river. A solid ten mile hike straight up hill awaited us and I it was nice to cut off a few miles in the morning as the previous days hike was pretty grueling in the hot sun.  Our plan was to get up at about 5am to get an early start at about 6:30. I was out of oatmeal and had some Ramen style noodles for breakfast instead. The salt tasted great and it was nice and filling.  The plan went dead... [read more]

The Arizona Trail by Unicycle: Day 6, The Easy 10 Miles

April 5th, 2017 We camped by the road last night which was good and bad. It was good because the access was easy, we had pizza delivered, and it was relatively flat. It was bad because there were cars and trucks driving by at 3:30AM on the way to work. And the train. If the train itself wasn’t load enough, it would also blow its horn right before the crossing, so if we managed to sleep through the normal train noise it would for sure wake us up when it blew its load honker.  The morning pack up went normal... [read more]

The Arizona Trail by Unicycle: Day 5: Did somebody order a pizza?

April 4, 2017 Wind howling through a 15 foot cactus makes an interesting sound. I imagine the wind is screaming in pain and wishing it never encountered the cactus. At least, that is how I felt when I tried to get a bit of cactus off my shoe. I wished I had never encountered the thing! This one specific cactus plant in the desert sends out little cacti bombs that stick to anything in their path. I tried to remove one with my hand. That was a mistake as it just stuck to my fingers and I had to pull... [read more]

The Arizona Trail by Unicycle: Day 4: Going Commando

April 3, 2017 My upper butt was incredibly sore from the past few days so I started my day a little bit earlier than Jamey and Rebekka so I could take it easy. That meant a little bit more pushing and less riding to let my bottom heal. I also decided to nix the riding shorts for the first hour and just left everything air out a bit. I wished I had brought two pairs of riding shorts so I could swap to a more comfortable pair. So I flipped on my phone and discovered I had descent reception. I... [read more]

The Arizona Trail by Unicycle: Day 3, The Unicycle Savior

April 2, 2017  Snakes in the bed!  I tend to have a reoccurring dream that there is a snake somewhere in my bed. I’ll be sleeping and all of a sudden start tearing covers off the bed looking for a snake that I swear is there. I’ll flip on the lights and start a serious snake hunt trying to find the damn thing. It seems so real to me, but of course there really isn’t one around and I just am having an “interactive dream”, as I call them. I do this in some sort of semi dream semi awake... [read more]

The Arizona Trail on Unicycle: Day 2, Into the White

It Saturday, April 1, 2017 We woke up to no wind, calm skies and a slight overcast. This should be the recipe for a good day in Arizona, right? Well, think again… Jamey, Rebekka and I hit the road instead of the trail to continue up and over Mt Lemon. (I think that was the name). Apparently this is common for bikers and AZ trail racers as the trail up is super technical and steep. Andy again took our bags to the top of the mountain in his car to save us some energy. I still had a pretty full... [read more]

The Arizona Trail on Unicycle: Day 1, The Mountain Lion

March 31, 2017 The Mountain Lion  This isn’t what you are thinking. Well, I hope you are thinking about a unicyclist getting chased by a mountain lion on some tiny dirt trails, frantically waving their arms to try to escape.  But that isn’t what happened. Instead, my day started at 3:40 AM with the alarm blazing. I force my hand like putting it through a hot fire and turned it off.  Lexi graciously got up with me to drive me to the airport. We hit the road by 4 AM and after a short bit up the road we saw... [read more]

Unipacking last training ride

One last hill climb before I head out to the Arizona Trail!

Unipacking: Designing Panniers for a Unicycle: Prototypes

After a bunch of research, and making a new handlebar, I decided to start up on some prototype unicycle panniers and bags. First I just strapped my tent under the front bar; this was a quick hack:       It won’t work at all as it rubbed way too much on my legs. Next came some cardboard prototypes:       This allowed me to get a general feel for what sizes would work.  What material should I use to make the bags? At first I went to a local Beverley’s Fabric store, but this left me empty handed.... [read more]

Unipacking: Designing Panniers for a Unicycle: Research

In April 2017 I’m planning on riding the Arizona Trail via my unicycle. This will involve unipacking: carrying all my supplies for a self supported off road adventure over the course of hundreds of miles. First I needed a better custom handlebar that is more comfortable for long distance muni riding. In “Creating a Custom Unicycle Handlebar Part 1” I talk about my goals for the handlebar and compare it to some old designs. In Part 2, Fabrication I have a video of me fabricating the new handlebar. Definitely watch that if you are interested in creating your own designs. I... [read more]

Unipacking: Custom unicycle handlebar, part 2

In my last post, I talked about the setup and why I want to make a new handle bar for my KH26 geared mountain unicycle. Here’s a video detailing the construction of it:  

Unicycle handlebar evolution over time

Here’s a few pictures that go with my last video and post: My previous KH26 handlebar that I had made:   Older handlebars:     Post modifications, and experimenting with strapping a tent under it:         The tent here doesn’t work; it is too large and rubs on my legs. Continue on to newer posts that will talk about a custom bag I’m making!

Unipacking: Creating a custom unicycle handlebar, part 1

I’ve been making custom unicycle handlebars for over 10 years. I’ve refined the shape quite a bit over the years and I always have been tending to go wider and wider, and more mountain bike in style. Some of my original designs include the “Unibar”, which I fabricated from old bicycle handlebars: The old bike handlebars were really strong, but the metal base plate added a lot of weight to the overall design. I also didn’t really like the angle very much. Check out a few more pictures and the Sketchup 3D file: Some other experiments I’ve done (this isn’t... [read more]

The Arizona Trail on Unicycle

I’m in the process of preparing for my next big trip: The Arizona Trail on Unicycle. The Arizona Trail splits the state almost in half with an 800 mile vertical line from Mexico all the way to the top of Arizona. My friend, Jamey Mossengren, spearheaded the idea to do the trail. I’ve always loved doing adventures, and this sounded absolutely epic.  I’m going to coin a new term: unipacking. Unicycle + Backpacking = Unipacking. Biker’s already have a similar term: Bicycle + Backpacking = Bikepacking.  This differs from bike touring in that it is all offload, and the setup is... [read more]

Photography: Nepal Wares

I took this picture back in April of 2015 when I was in Nepal on a unicycle tour through the Annapurna mountain range.  Vendors with portable shops would setup their items to sell alongside the main pathway in the little villages. The night before it had snowed a ton, and we had to turn around and head back down the pass instead of completing the entire circuit. I remember the morning in great detail as it was my birthday. This picture was taken on the way back down to lower elevation.  I hope to go back one day to finish the... [read more]

Adventures of Corbin: Japan, Starring Lexi

Late last year, Lexi told me that she wanted to go to Japan. I’ve always wanted to go to Japan and I figured this would be an awesome opportunity for me to go check out the country. I imagined I would eventually go with a my friends Nathan and Grace, who have a strong connection to the country and would love to do some type of cycling adventure (particularly, uni!). But that hasn’t panned out, and this was a great time to go. Lexi had images of skiing in super light powder in Hokkaido, and that was her primary goal.... [read more]

Plug Bug: Crash update.

Back in October 2016 my electric VW bug was rear ended: I was super sad, and I’ve had to deal with the insurance side of things. In the end, the bug has been declared “totaled”, but I was able to buy it back for a small amount of money. I’m hoping to fix it up and get it running again – but the rain in California needs to let up before I can do any work.

Chesapeake 16LT Kayak: It hits the water

In October 2016 I got a wooden kayak kit. In February 2017 it finally hit the water! It took a little longer than I expected, but I’m happy with the result! Here I am taking it in the water for the first time. I worked from home this day and quickly left for the Santa Cruz harbor as soon as I was done. It was a dark and stormy day, but I still wanted to try paddling in it. Lexi gave me a hand getting it in the water, and I took off. The kayak handles awesome. This is the... [read more]

Chesapeake 16LT Kayak: Part 14 – Finished.

Happy days are here! Actually, most all my days are happy days, but the kayak is done! I installed the seat and hatch straps. The seat is just some foam glued in, and in the picture below you can see a brick holding it down while it dries:   Later I added some elastic tie downs; I left things a little long so I can later tweak it a bit. The next problem I had was where to keep it. I fabricated some quick brackets out of old 2x4s and screwed them to my wall. I then topped it with... [read more]

Chesapeake 16LT Kayak: Part 13: Wet sanding

I did some wet sanding on the kayak after the first coat. The directions say to use 400 grit, but I wet sanded the first two coats with 320, and then switched to 400 for the next two coats. I grabbed my Go Pro Hero 5 Black and set it up to do a time lapse while I sanded. I edited the footage using my 27″ iMac using Final Cut Pro X. It chugged a bit, as there were a TON of pictures to process, but it wasn’t too hard to create a short little video. Griffin Hammond has created... [read more]

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