New Audiobook—Slowspoke: A Unicyclist's Guide to America

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If you’ve ever yearned to slow down, let life’s winds wobble you, and devote yourself to the act of anticipation rather than immediacy, then learn to ride a unicycle. Or, you could follow the thoughtful and guiding principles of  author, homesteader, and unicyclist Mark Schimmoeller in his latest book Slowspoke.

Now available as an audiobook, listen along as the author reads from this inspiring, and engrossing, tale that blends cross-country unicyclying, finding one’s true love, and learning how to fight for what is truly important in your life, and that of your family.

Even for those of us who have never experienced the peculiar pleasure of seeing the world from atop a unicycle, Schimmoeller’s book and the life lessons it contains are relatable no matter how many wheels get you from place to place. His memoir is about more than a cross-country trip on a unicycle; it’s a meditation on a way of life that Americans find increasingly rare: one that practices a playful, recalcitrant slowness.

See what we mean by listening to the following sample of the audiobook that is now available at Audible. Narrated by Schimmoeller himself, he describes setting off on his journey and what he packed—books, food, and money for along the way. Enjoy the ride, the slow, slow ride.

Peppered throughout the book are what Schimmoeller considers his “guiding principles”—moments of often humorous, pithy advice on how unicycling is inherently connected with the nature of slowness and the art of getting there, no matter where “there” exists. Fifteen of these principles from Slowspoke: A Unicyclist’s Guide to America are listed below.

In Schimmoeller’s characteristically unassuming way, these best practices appear to be for fellow unicyclists, but truthfully he is reminding us that it isn’t the means of transportation that matters. These ruminations on the importance of mindfulness end up speaking to each of us, if not as literal unicyclists, then as travelers traversing often rocky terrain without stopping to enjoy the view.

15 Life Lessons from a Unicyclist

(adapted from Slowspoke: A Unicyclists Guide to America by Mark Schimmoeller)

  1. Relax the emphasis on arrival.

  2. In squandering time you demonstrate its availability.

  3. Unicyclists must become devotees of anticipation.

  4. If you find yourself looking up at the sky instead of at the terrain in front of your wheel, it’s likely you have fallen.

  5. Don’t go on a straight road unless you can curb your desire to get someplace.

  6. Adventure begins only from a feeling of security.

  7. Motion without consideration of beginnings and endings can shelter a unicyclist from time and speed and progress.

  8. The art of unicycling is knowing, in part, when to give in to desire.

  9. It doesn’t make a difference one way or the other if a unicyclist takes a break.

  10. The act of falling partway plus corrections equals movement.

  11. The simple act of reducing your velocity…could eliminate a significant number of sharp turns in the world.

  12. It’s conceivable that someone could study wobbliness long enough to discover a corollary of strength.

  13. When it comes to attracting the opposite sex, don’t compete with bicyclists.

  14. There are limits, too, to slowness on a unicycle…The pace should inch just ahead of sorrow.

  15. A unicycle is who you are. For whatever reason, you are not any other form of transportation. You are a unicycle. Please love yourself.

Read The Book

Slowspoke

A Unicyclist's Guide to America

$17.95

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