Kicker: Unicycling through Maine

NICK EICHER, HOST: Hundreds of cyclists pedaled their way across the state of Maine this month raising money for the American Lung Association.

The 180-mile trek is challenging for any cyclist. But for Hugh Sharp it was even more impressive. 

It took him a little longer than the others to cross the finish line. Understandable. He did it on one wheel.

REICHARD: Yay! A unicyclist!

EICHER: It’s amazing you can ride one of those. But can you imagine 180 miles?!

REICHARD: I cannot, but I tip my cap!

EICHER: Hugh Sharp is a nurse and he pedaled in honor of his father, who two years ago died from lung disease, COPD. 

Sharp says unicycling is a family affair.

SHARP: All three of my kids, Milo, Otto and Cleo learned.

His youngest learned when she just six! This was before she could even ride a bicycle!

REICHARD: That’s impressive!

EICHER: It’s The World and Everything in It.

(Photo/Shawn Patrick Ouellette, Press Herald)

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