Bob Across America

Bob Mueller is unicycling from Portland, Maine to Portland, Oregon to raise money for the American Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund.

Bob’s Friday

Bob here! I haven’t had much of a chance to blog yet, what with the daily12 hours of unicycling, 3 hours of eating, 8 hours of sleep and the hour spent admiring and trying to identify the smorgasbord of beautifully arranged roadkill conveniently set out along our route by overly generous motorists. I started the day off with a fast Tim Hortons calorie fest and we quickly made our way to our starting place about 18 miles outside of Randolph, NY.

I was slightly less pleased than Laura at the immediate  two and half miles of steep downward hills we encountered, but the miles went fairly quickly and we arrived in little valley a short bit later. We took a break while I argued with Annah about the route via text. While stopped, we met Jeremy, a local blogger and website technician for the Cattaraugus County Department of Economic Development, Planning and Tourism. After we discussed the trip,  he graciously answered all our questions about the local area,  gave us information about possible places to eat and took a couple quick pictures for his blog. We wished Jeremy a Happy National Doughnut Day (new favorite holiday) and kept moving.

After rolling along for a few miles and conversing with some gorgeous bovine creatures at a local dairy farm, we were met along the road by two of Jeremy’s coworkers, Deb and Joseph, who had come out to give us a goodie bag, cheer us on and let us know they had contacted the local Red Cross chapter and some news stations. After saying goodbye, we kept on rolling – completely convinced that this county housed the nicest people we’d met so far. We made it to the glorious town of Randolph around noon and met up with Bob Beach, who works with a local paper that wanted to run a story about us, after pictures and trip discussion we met up with Annah and Jeff Laumer, the Emergency Services Director at American Red Cross Southwestern NY chapter,  and headed to Oregano’s for lunch (thanks for the suggestion Jeremy!). Jeff had been up since 3am helping a family whose house had burned down.  It was great to hear first hand what the Red Cross is doing, locally and nationally. Set up with some brand new Red Cross shirts, we set off to try to conquer another 42 miles before the end of the day.

About 10 miles further up the the road we stopped at a gas station to refill the dwindling Gatorade supply when we were approached by Tim, a native of the area who convinced us he had never seen anything quite like the 36 inch unicycle. Upon further talk he admitted that although our cause was great it was the still one of the stupider things he had ever heard and told us about the many enjoyable ways we could be spending the summer. Fantastic!

We continued on and rode hard for a couple of hours determined to reach Corry, PA before dark. About 25 miles out I noticed my unicycle was getting exceptionally bouncy and realized my tire was leaking. We managed to cover the last 2o miles stopping to pump up the tire every three to five miles. Total mileage for the day was 62, and we were quite pleased to grab some food and call it a night.  I want to thank everyone for all the support, thoughts and donations! It’s been hard to acknowledge it all with the limited internet and battery situation but it’s greatly appreciated.

P.S. The tire has been successfully repaired! Also, more pics and videos of the trip are coming soon!

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  1. Mike

     /  June 5, 2011

    now Bob across america is becoming Blog across America, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    seriously though i enjoyed hearing the trip from your perspective!



  3. Kadee Reynolds

     /  June 6, 2011

    Go Muellers!!! Making Mainers & all proud-to-be-Americans proud!! Now, call your mother… she misses you 🙂

  4. Hello Bob and Laura!
    Blog post from the day you were passing through is at

    Funny post and don’t listen to Tim. How many people can say they traveled across the country by bicycle for a great cause. You are having so many interesting experiences and Tim, like most of us, is jealous of team BAA.

    I still haven’t celebrated National Doughnut Day 8( so can you two compensate for me?

  5. Kathy Shumsky

     /  June 11, 2011

    Greetings from Corry! My sister and I were thrilled to see you and Laura come up the hill. It’s quite an incline. We wish you a safe and exciting journey across America. We’ll be following you and plan on sending a donation. Good luck.

    Kathy and Loretta

  • 2014 Update

    Welcome to the online chronicle of Bob Mueller's 2011 unicycle journey from Portland, Maine to Cohasset Beach, Washington. The display order of the posts has since been reversed for your chronological reading pleasure. Thanks for browsing and enjoy!

    ~ Annah

  • Donations are accepted online through the link above, or by check payable to:

    The American Red Cross
    2401 Congress St.
    Portland, ME 04102

    Don't forget to reference Bob Across America! Thank you so much.

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