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Colorado Trail on a Muni (Mountain Unicycle)

On August 25th, 2015, my birthday, I started an epic solo muni (mountain unicycle) adventure riding the entire Colorado Trail self supported. It's 500 miles (805km) long with an average elevation of 10,000 feet thru the Rocky Mountains with 90,000 feet (27,400m) of climbing. I averaged 25 miles a day taking 21 days to finish.

It was much much harder than I originally thought but so happy to have done it as it was beautiful and life changing. I know that if you were in the bar when I finished, almost all of you would buy me a beer...instead of buying me a beer, I ask that you please donate that $5 to the ALS so they can try and come up with a cure. If you can donate more, awesome, if you can only donate $5, that's perfectly fine and I thank you as it means you care and I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart. http://tinyurl.com/ob996bb

Check out my blog and make comments or ask questions if you want. I will continue adding days each day as I find time. Life is beautiful, get out there and travel, explore and do something crazy. Life is way too short to sit there and do nothing.


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Day 21: A Happy Ending

Posted by Jamey Mossengren on December 5, 2015 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (2)

My alarm went off at 5am bright and early. Wrote in my journal until 5:30am and got up. Tried to be quiet while I was packing up to not wake anyone else up but Mike, the tour guide, was already up to get coffee and breakfast started. A few of the guys were out and about by the time I left at 6:45am, my earliest start yet.


I had decided to skip breakfast to save time and get rolling. Said my goodbyes and thank you's to whoever was up and left. The sun was just rising and it ...

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Day 20: Crazy Mt Bike Gang Made Me Do Tequila Shots

Posted by Jamey Mossengren on December 5, 2015 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (2)

When I woke up it wasn't too cold nor was my tent damp with condensation so that was nice. Made breakfast and hot chocolate while I sat and enjoyed the view. Two bow hunters walked over the bridge so I waved and they waved back.


Check out this video...probably my favorite video of the trip cause it was by far the coolest campsite yet!


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Day 19: Just When I Thought It Couldn't Get Better...It Does

Posted by Jamey Mossengren on November 30, 2015 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (2)

I wanted to get a super early start so that I could hitch a ride into Silverton ASAP to get my resupply box at the post office. I had no idea if they were open on Saturdays but was hoping. Alarm went off at 5:30am. Wrote in my journal for a bit and then got up.

 

Wasn't as cold as it usually is so that was nice. But when I got out of the tent one of my flip flops were missing. I had left it outside my tent with my shoes and water (CamelBak). I found it like 10 feet away next...

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Day 18: Home On Wheels

Posted by Jamey Mossengren on November 30, 2015 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

When my alarm went off it was way too cold to get up. Thought I hit snooze but accidentally turned it off. This meant I kept sleeping until the hot sun heated up my tent and woke me up. The first time I was actually warm when I got out of the tent!

 

It was 8am and I was behind schedule. I wanted to leave by 7:30am so that I could try to ride the 30 miles to the highway which would take me to Silverton. Hurried and hit the trail at 8:30am.

 

Today there wer...

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Day 17: First Aid Kit, Highest Point, Elk & Moose

Posted by Jamey Mossengren on November 29, 2015 at 1:10 AM Comments comments (0)

It was so nice waking up warm and in a bed. It wasn't nice sleeping with people who snore. But it was totally worth it and I loved that I didn't have to pack up a wet tent.

 

John was up as well as another guy who was hiking the CT. We asked if he needed a ride to the trail and he said that would be much better than trying to hitchhike. I ordered a breakfast bagel and cappuccino from the coffee shop next door and we loaded our stuff into Hannahs' car.

 

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Day 16: People are Awesome, Restoring My Faith In Humankind

Posted by Jamey Mossengren on November 28, 2015 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Brrrrrrr. Another cold morning. Instead of my tent being wet this morning it was frozen. When I opened up the door little snowflakes fell down on me instead of raindrops.

 

Packed up, made breakfast and started climbing. Up I went until I got to where the sun was and it felt so nice to start to feel warm. Pretty soon I was hot so had to stop and take off my layers.




 

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Day 15: NO BRAKES!

Posted by Jamey Mossengren on November 28, 2015 at 11:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Waking up in the morning is always the worst and hardest part of the day. Cold and everything is damp. Today was no exception. But I wanted to get an early start as I had a lot of climbing today and would be above tree line for a good portion of the day.

 

Was packed and on the trail by 8am so off to a good start. 3 miles in at a trail-head I saw a toilet. Wasn't in my data book but I'll use it anyway. Filled up my water and continued on.

I love signs like this as it...

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Day 14: Crazy Fast Hiker, Turtle Head & Bridge Out

Posted by Jamey Mossengren on November 24, 2015 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Woke up at 5:30am as I had to catch up for two days In my journal. Laid in bed writing until 7am. I could hear most everyone else was already up and moving. Ate my breakfast skillet and the group left camp around 8am. I had to finish packing and left 20 minutes later.

 

I figured I would catch them in no time but it took much longer than I thought. They are fast hikers. An hour into the trail I eventually caught up to the group while they were resting at the top of a hill. I...

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Day 13: Rocks, Hail & Group Camping

Posted by Jamey Mossengren on November 23, 2015 at 11:50 PM Comments comments (2)

Wanted to do a lot of miles today so I woke up early and was on the trail before 8am. Was a wee bit chilly but dressed warm. My fingers were exposed though and those got pretty cold. Eventually it warmed up and I was able to take off layers.




 

A few miles in I understood why they call the Rocky Mts the Rockies. The trail had rocks everywhere. Big ones, loose ones, small ones, sharp ones, sl...

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Day 12: Best Sunset Ever

Posted by Jamey Mossengren on November 21, 2015 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Woke up but heard sprinkles so kept sleeping a bit longer. Finally decided to get up and was on the trail by 8:30am just a tad behind schedule. I decided to skip breakfast so I could make it to highway 50 where I knew I got reception so I could call my dad.

 

Rode the 2 miles I had already rode and made it back to the highway. Immediately called my dad and he answered. I asked him what was going on and he explained he had this weird bump in his side so he went to get it chec...

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Day 11: I Heart Sub Culture Cyclery

Posted by Jamey Mossengren on November 20, 2015 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)

I was planning on sleeping in but automatically woke up at 7am cause that's what my body is used to. Was a bit hungover but nothing a hot tub and some Advil wouldn't cure. Threw all my disgusting stinky clothes in the washing machine while I relaxed in the hot tub. My clothes smelled so bad that I had to put all of them in the closet the day before so they didn't stink up my room.




 

While ...

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Day 10: Thou Shall Not Kill

Posted by Jamey Mossengren on October 28, 2015 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Turns out that today would be the most miles I would do in a day at least so far...36.4! I knew when I woke up that I had to do this many in order to make it to the highway that would take me to Salida, my halfway point and resupply town. I really wanted to get there so I could get a room at a motel, take a shower, soak in a hot tub, drink a beer and have a delicous burger. So I woke up as soon as it started getting light out and was on the trail by 7:45am. My earliest start yet.

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Day 9: Man's Best Friend

Posted by Jamey Mossengren on October 27, 2015 at 1:15 AM Comments comments (0)

It rained most of the night and I was dreading having to wake up and ride in the rain. I was so happy when I woke up that it had stopped. Everything was still wet and I didn't like packing up my soaking wet tent but didn't have a choice. Took advantage of the toilets before I left (6 for 6!).

 

Gave my neighbors back the bottle of rum as I only drank half of it. Thanked them again and started to climb. I knew I had three big climbs today so it was nice to make it to the top ...

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Day 8: Rum & Coke

Posted by Jamey Mossengren on October 19, 2015 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Today was the complete opposite of yesterday as I rode almost every section and walked very little. After breakie I cruised along, passed the Mt. Massive trailhead and then came to the Mt Elbert trailhead. Of course I had to use the outhouse that was at the trailhead. 5 for 5 now!

 



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Day 7: Wilderness Or Not? That is the Question...

Posted by Jamey Mossengren on October 18, 2015 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

The morning came and it wasn't nearly as cold as others. I got up and had a lot of repacking to do so that took awhile. I had asked Amy to stop at REI and buy a footprint for my tent in case it rains. I also asked her to pick up a foam accordion sleeping pad as I was so sick of blowing mine up and taking two or three times to roll it up to get all the air out. I'm really thankful that she was able to do this as this helped make my trip much more enjoyable.

 

Made hot cho...

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Day 6: Death & God

Posted by Jamey Mossengren on October 18, 2015 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Like usual it was super cold and hard to get out of bed. But I knew Mike had hot coffee waiting for me so packed all my stuff and went to his van. Not only did he have coffee but he made pancakes and had bananas, apples and nut bars. Really hit the spot as it was nice having some real food to start the day.




 

Thought I'd mention it here that Aspen Mike has been one of the main guys who ins...

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Day 5: I Hate Mountains

Posted by Jamey Mossengren on October 5, 2015 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (1)

Another freezing cold morning with everything covered in dew. Knew I had a huge day so forced myself out of bed at 6am when the sun started to rise. Dressed warmly, packed my wet tent and was off by 7:30am. My earliest start yet.



Video Fail. My camera didn't focus in on the amazing view but it looked like the above picture.


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Day 4: Stupid Fires

Posted by Jamey Mossengren on September 25, 2015 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Brrrr Brrrr Brrrr. When I woke up it was freezing. Like literally my unicycle had frost all over it. Plus my tent and most my gear was soaking wet due to dew. :( I forced myself out of bed.



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Day 3: Out of Body Experience

Posted by Jamey Mossengren on September 20, 2015 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

I'm writing this at the end of day 3 and it's by far been the best day yet! Let me explain....I originally wasn't looking forward to it as I knew it was going to be a long tough day with lots of elevation up and down. My first real test.

 

Woke up at 6am as I wanted to get an early start. Laid in be for a bit and then made some breakfast skillet in a bag, packed up and started walking uphill. I knew I would be walking for the next 6 miles. Was able to ride a few sections but...

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Day 2: My Backstory

Posted by Jamey Mossengren on September 17, 2015 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Alarm went off at 6am. Hit snooze until 6:45 and sat in bed planning the day. Got up made some oatmeal, packed tent and rest of the gear and took off at 8:30am.


Me in the morning with my whislte and Spot Gen3 Tracker nearby in case of an emergency and some of my gear hanging up to dry. Notice my unicycle tattoo?! I might need to add some touring gear to it. ;)




 

My seat w...

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