Patrick Thomas on TV - Completes Unicycle TransAm in NYC!!

Discussion in 'Road Cycling' started by Cycle America, Sep 17, 2004.

  1. Got this exciting news from Max Chen yesterday. The UniMan DID it!!
    WoW!!
    ========================================

    Just got off the phone with Patrick. He's about 80
    miles west of Manhattan.

    The big news is that he will be on Inside Edition
    tomorrow 9/17/2004. Hey Patrick, if you get this in
    time, could you give a plug for the NBG too? After
    hearing your concerns about safety over the last
    month, I think this would be a great opportunity.

    So I'm not sure when Inside Edition airs in the Bay
    Area, maybe channel 4, maybe 5 ish? But the interview
    will be at 11am eastern time. His friend Ade is
    joining him for the interview.

    Anyway, sounds like he'll be pedalling across George
    Washington Bridge with a few other unicyclists.

    He is already thinking about doing it again soon,
    before life catches up to him. But this time with
    full vehicle support and funding. Maybe through Make
    a Wish Foundation. One complaint he has about the two
    organizations he is fund raising for is that they have
    poor to nonexistent tracking methods. No one has any
    idea how much money he has raised for them.

    Basically he reflected on how unprepared he was this
    time - how much he has learned about proper equipment
    and proper directions. Also he is done with
    this meditative spiritual solo stuff and ready for
    some friendly company. This trip has been like a full
    time job, often doing overtime. He legs are "like
    timber blocks."

    A few anecdotes so far:
    In Lancaster, OH he rolled into town when there was a
    wedding, bicycle race, motorcycle convention, and
    rodeo, which meant no vacancies anywhere. So he slept
    just outside the Holiday Inn between the fence and
    some bushes. At 3:30 in the morning he was woken up
    and told to move. A couple squad cars even came up.
    At this point, he had a three month beard and was
    wearing sweatpants (and he's black) so it didn't look
    good for our hero. But the situation was explained
    and things turned out alright.

    He has slept in 24 hour post office lobbies and even
    the back of a pickup truck at a dealership. ahh,
    that's the life.

    So he's almost done and has only one broken spoke and
    a fresh new tire (4th).

    He should be back in the SF next Monday evening. He
    starts teaching again Tuesday. Looking forward to
    connecting again with Don Loomis, Martin, Faye, and
    me.

    -Max
     
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  2. Muttley

    Muttley Guest

    Just noticed this.

    Seems a pretty amazing feat.

    How come no one responded ? Was it because he was on a UNIcycle?

    Anyway, well done Patrick!

    Hope you made a good wodge of money for the causes you were supporting.

    >Got this exciting news from Max Chen yesterday. The UniMan DID it!!
    >WoW!!
    >========================================
    >
    >Just got off the phone with Patrick. He's about 80
    >miles west of Manhattan.
    >
    >The big news is that he will be on Inside Edition
    >tomorrow 9/17/2004. Hey Patrick, if you get this in
    >time, could you give a plug for the NBG too? After
    >hearing your concerns about safety over the last
    >month, I think this would be a great opportunity.
    >
    >So I'm not sure when Inside Edition airs in the Bay
    >Area, maybe channel 4, maybe 5 ish? But the interview
    >will be at 11am eastern time. His friend Ade is
    >joining him for the interview.
    >
    >Anyway, sounds like he'll be pedalling across George
    >Washington Bridge with a few other unicyclists.
    >
    >He is already thinking about doing it again soon,
    >before life catches up to him. But this time with
    >full vehicle support and funding. Maybe through Make
    >a Wish Foundation. One complaint he has about the two
    >organizations he is fund raising for is that they have
    >poor to nonexistent tracking methods. No one has any
    >idea how much money he has raised for them.
    >
    >Basically he reflected on how unprepared he was this
    >time - how much he has learned about proper equipment
    >and proper directions. Also he is done with
    >this meditative spiritual solo stuff and ready for
    >some friendly company. This trip has been like a full
    >time job, often doing overtime. He legs are "like
    >timber blocks."
    >
    >A few anecdotes so far:
    >In Lancaster, OH he rolled into town when there was a
    >wedding, bicycle race, motorcycle convention, and
    >rodeo, which meant no vacancies anywhere. So he slept
    >just outside the Holiday Inn between the fence and
    >some bushes. At 3:30 in the morning he was woken up
    >and told to move. A couple squad cars even came up.
    >At this point, he had a three month beard and was
    >wearing sweatpants (and he's black) so it didn't look
    >good for our hero. But the situation was explained
    >and things turned out alright.
    >
    >He has slept in 24 hour post office lobbies and even
    >the back of a pickup truck at a dealership. ahh,
    >that's the life.
    >
    >So he's almost done and has only one broken spoke and
    >a fresh new tire (4th).
    >
    >He should be back in the SF next Monday evening. He
    >starts teaching again Tuesday. Looking forward to
    >connecting again with Don Loomis, Martin, Faye, and
    >me.
    >
    >-Max
     
  3. Zoot Katz

    Zoot Katz Guest

    Mon, 20 Sep 2004 17:12:22 GMT,
    <[email protected]>, [email protected]
    (Muttley) wrote:

    >How come no one responded ? Was it because he was on a UNIcycle?


    >>Hey Patrick, if you get this in
    >>time, could you give a plug for the NBG too? After
    >>hearing your concerns about safety over the last
    >>month, I think this would be a great opportunity.


    For myself it's because the message was posted under one of the coma
    king's aliases. His agenda is to get bicycles off roads and onto bike
    paths.
    --
    zk
     
  4. Muttley

    Muttley Guest

    On Mon, 20 Sep 2004 21:19:14 -0700, Zoot Katz <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Mon, 20 Sep 2004 17:12:22 GMT,
    ><[email protected]>, [email protected]
    >(Muttley) wrote:
    >
    >>How come no one responded ? Was it because he was on a UNIcycle?

    >
    >>>Hey Patrick, if you get this in
    >>>time, could you give a plug for the NBG too? After
    >>>hearing your concerns about safety over the last
    >>>month, I think this would be a great opportunity.

    >
    >For myself it's because the message was posted under one of the coma
    >king's aliases. His agenda is to get bicycles off roads and onto bike
    >paths.


    Ah, I see.

    Wasn't aware of that.

    Is that because he's a driver who hates bikes, or does he have some other
    purpose?
     
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