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.

Farewell, New Hampshire

This is the day that should see us safely across New Hampshire and into Vermont. It’s been a very beautiful few days, naturewise – there is no end to the lovely mountains and trees and lakes and quaint lakeside towns and cottages. The rain has very gradually slowed, even to the point of sun peeking through the clouds yesterday afternoon! Here is a shot of their Thursday morning start, below a beautiful country house.

Time to unicycle up that mountain!

Bob and Laura have been adjusting well to the hard work of unicycling and biking for hours a day. Bob is experiencing some minor aches and chafing, and we’re being very careful to address them. It would be very sad indeed for him to be laid low by excessive irritation to a certain unmentionable area.

They are also sleeping extremely well from all the hard work. I am sleeping well from all the cough syrup I’ve been slugging for a bad cold.

We’ve spent two evenings and mornings in a very hospitable Subway in Plymouth. The employees have taken fairly well to the two grungy athletes and the greasy techie who have set up camp in their establishment to charge camera batteries and write blog posts. Particularly a friendly fellow named Chris (hi Chris!).

To be quite honest, I didn’t expect the electronics to be such a hold on our schedule and arrangements. Bob is intent on shooting the entirety of his ride on his GoPro camera, which means we often need 4 hours with 2-3 electrical outlets for his stuff alone. In the meantime, I’m trying to keep my phone and laptop alive in order to write these delightful missives and do the necessary mapping and trip research. We’re going to have to think of something for the later parts of the trip, when there won’t be Subways and Dunkin Donuts every 50 miles. A generator, maybe? We’re open to ideas.

An expected setback that hasn’t materialized yet is a lack of adequate restrooms. Whenever there is a need, something just magically appears:

Humbly top-rated for 200th consecutive year!

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  1. Gabe

     /  May 20, 2011


  2. Jammin' Jim

     /  May 20, 2011

    Do you have an inverter to plug into the DC outlet in the van? there’s a couple outlets.. but only while the van runs 🙂

    • Annah

       /  May 20, 2011

      Haha, Mom said she and dad charge their phones straight off the van battery, but we’re all too freaked out from the first day to try it. The van is gonna be a big fancy generator on wheels soon enough!

  3. 🙂


  4. Auntie

     /  May 20, 2011

    Bagbalm, Bob, bagbalm will cure anything

    • Annah

       /  May 20, 2011

      I totally agree. I wish I had not left mine at home, but petroleum jelly is currently substituting… Bob cites minor improvement.

  5. Avis (the Godmother)

     /  May 21, 2011

    I am glad things are moving along. Love teading about the adventure, Stay well and safe, I love all 3 of you!

  6. Grandma

     /  May 21, 2011

    I’m so proud of all of you! And, yes, you need to get bag balm….that takes care of all sorts of things.
    We are in the process of passing the web address around to all our friends, relatives and acquaintenances….
    Keep on keepin’ on! Love & prayers, grandma

  7. Organmaster Masterorgan

     /  May 21, 2011

    Is it just me, or does the smiley 🙂 look vaguely sinister?

  8. Dad

     /  May 21, 2011

    Check this article on Bagbalm.

    In the meantime – way to go guys and gals!
    Love Dad

  9. Meredith

     /  May 21, 2011

    Way to go guys! Be safe, and have lots of fun.

  10. Sinister Minister

     /  May 21, 2011


  11. I’ve had good fortune with A&D diaper ointment, but Ken prefers Anti-Monkey Butt powder.

  • 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

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