Over the weekend I had a chance to chat with Gracie Sorbello. Gracie, along with Matt Burney, was the first person to unicycle the Great Divide Route (GDR). As far as we know, she and Matt are the only people to have ever ridden or even attempted the GDR by unicycle thus far.
I left the conversation feeling more confident about my approach and more fearful of my seat. If there was one thing to take away from what Gracie said, it would be to do whatever I can to make my seat… I don’t know… not a seat? As a hiker, I get the impression that I should equate a ‘comfortable’ unicycle seat to an ill-fitting, blister inducing, soggy pair of boots. The seat aside, I was relieved when Gracie agreed that viewing the trip more as a long-distance backpacking trip than a bicycle touring trip would serve me well. I’m in the mindset that this is a backpacking trip, but with a wheel that will let me go faster, most of the time. Those CDT hikers will be sooo jealous!
So thank you Gracie for taking time out of your weekend to talk with me. I’m sure I’ll have plenty more questions for you as the summer approaches.
If you’d like to check out their adventure, “Divide by One,” Gracie has a great blog at divideby1.blogspot.com/
And Matt has made an awesome documentary of their trip that I’ll put below. Or watch it on Vimeo at: http://vimeo.com/17852073