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Man Rides Unicycle to/from Work

Man Rides Unicycle to/from Work



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Sammy Linebaugh ReportingGas prices got you down? Sammy Linebaugh met a man whose childhood passion is saving him big time at the pump.

Richard Terry is a regular guy going to work, only his transportation isn't exactly typical.

Man Rides Unicycle to/from Work

Richard Terry: "In high school I rode to school, in college I road to school, so when I got a job and started working, that's the way I transported myself."

Up and down Avenues streets the Salt Lake lawyer commutes the mile plus to his office riding his unicycle. He's done it for 30 years. He's so good at it, he even held our camera to give us the view from where he sits.

Karen Terry, Richard's Wife: "Every single day, this is his car. That's how he gets to work. He rides in the wintertime even when it's icy, he rides that."

Richard: "Every so often you'll hit a sheet of black ice and you don't see it and you'll go shew, straight out and sometimes the briefcase will go, and you'll just kinda go flat out."

Karen: "One of the things we've had to do is find good umbrellas that won't invert in the wind."

Rain or shine he rides. It's a speedy eight minutes from door to door.

Unicycling, he says, is a lot trickier than you might think, so we gave it a shot.

Sammy: "Definitely harder than it looks."

Richard: "If you slalom ski or water ski, it's very similar. A lot of times I'll go up in the high Avenues and just come down, and it's just like skiing."

Sammy Linebaugh: "You ever gotten a speeding ticket?

Richard: "No, but I've had two policemen pull me over, riding on the sidewalk. And the one actually issued a ticket, but the prosecutor wouldn't prosecute, and I set it for trial and the prosecutor said, 'No, I'm not going there.'"

Meanwhile, Richard Terry keeps getting there his own way. The courthouses are within walking distance. Terry says, on the rare occasion when he needs to drive someplace, he takes the company car.

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