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I'm 27 years old and originally from St. Louis, MO. I am currently unicycling through North and South America. I have broken the world record for longest unicycle trip, and hope to have doubled it by the time I finish. I've already ridden well over 15,000 miles on one wheel. This year I have a planned segment to kayak from Minnesota to Venezuela (www.caryoutthere.wordpress.com/kayak/)
I am a very passionate and lively person. I'm an artist, writer, rock-climber, and cross-country unicyclist!
To follow my progress: CaryOutThere.wordpress.com or "Unicycling the World" on Facebook
I am open-minded and fully accepting others' personal philosophies, but I'm a laid-back buddhist who believes in empowerment, healthy eating, environmental stewardship, and keeping overpopulation in check.
I believe in the power of humanity and the power of the universe in all its constituent parts and forces.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I like to connect with both similar and dissimilar personalities. I enjoy showing people around when I stay in a place long enough, and I enjoy being shown around!
All my experiences have been wonderful EXCEPT for one (strange, but funny. Below is the full explanation):
I have one VERY negative CS experience, as you can see in my references (The negative one written in Spanish) - he greeted me at his door WITHOUT PANTS OR UNDERWEAR, and his t-shirt did little to cover up. I thought he was taking a nap or something, but that's how he remained for the 24 hours I was there - HALF-NAKED. We're both men, and it was "his house," as he said, but this is just not appropriate for having a stranger in your house. Because this made me very uncomfortable, I acted defensive and did not have as much to talk/share with him.
Translated to English, his review of me said something along the lines of "it was his worst experience in years, I opened a package of plastic containers, like glad-containers (in the kitchen, and because he had told me nothing, and had said "I will not cook for you, this is not a free motel"). Upon leaving, I had some extra of my food in that container, and I absentmindedly brought it with me. When he brought it to my attention, I gave it back, along with my food.
The guy was very strange! Haha, but I survived and I know now that if someone greets me without pants, I will turn around and walk away.
Unicycling (long distance and trails), rock climbing, yoga, swimming in winter, food and nutrition, art, and traveling.
- rock climbing
Music, Movies, and Books
post-rock, jazz, electro-tango, and world
Kurt Vonnegut, David Foster Wallace, Margeret Atwood
The Brain that Changes Itself, The Handicap Principle, The Circle
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
One time I was in Thailand without money, and a canadian friend who I had just met lent me $100 when I asked! It helped me get to a place to have money sent to me from home, and I paid her back a couple weeks later. I believe in the power of good. I have three unicycling world records (as yet unofficial): farthest distance in one hour (30.61 km) and longest continuous ride without stopping (172.16 km), as well as Longest Journey (17,000 km and counting).
Teach, Learn, Share
I like meeting people who can show/teach me new things.
What I Can Share with Hosts
I will cook for you! I can make art for you! I will share stories and help with any reasonable requests you have!
Countries I’ve Visited
Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, England, Germany, Honduras, Indonesia, Ireland, Malaysia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Northern Ireland, Panama, Scotland, Singapore, Thailand
Countries I’ve Lived In
Mexico, Panama, Singapore, United States