At the Old State Capitol in Frankfort, KY, on November 15, Mark Schimmoeller gave this introduction before reading from his book:


At some point during my unicycle journey I realized I could go more slowly walking than unicycling.  That threw me—for if I was making a point about slowness, why not go more slowly?  But I soon realized that my journey was also about the rhythm of my unicycle.  When I am on a unicycle, I can feel the planet under me, and I’ve got to figure out how to be on the planet—and what’s more, that’s the only task I have; I don’t, thank goodness, have to go as quickly as possible between Point A and Point B; I only need to have my arms out searching for equilibrium.

So my journey was about slowness, but also, I must admit, about inefficiency.

I should mention that at the time of my journey I also owned a pogo stick— in choosing a unicycle, I did manage to draw some boundaries.

So a unicycle for me has been a way to be playfully non-productive.  It’s been a kind of shelter from our very goal-oriented and fast society.  But you don’t have to be a unicyclist to experience this.  You can experience this listening to a piece of music, or being in the woods, or making something well.  The important thing is to discover whatever that activity is that slows time for you.