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A novel way to appreciate the rainforest

January 26, 2009

A novel way to appreciate the rainforest

In a low impact, Atlantic to Pacific off-road unicycle ride following Camino de Cruces, STRI research associate Roland Kays along with Steve Relles, Brad Stratton and Perry Woodin

In a low impact, Atlantic to Pacific off-road unicycle ride following Camino de Cruces, STRI research associate Roland Kays along with Steve Relles, Brad Stratton and Perry Woodin from Albany, NY and Vince Le May from Montreal, Canada, crossed the Isthmus of Panama in a four-day trek from Monday, January 12 to Thursday, January 15.

The photo above, taken by Christian Ziegler, shows Kays in the Old Pipeline Road along the Panama Canal.

The aim of the excursion is to create awareness on the beauty and fragility of tropical ecosystems and the importance to conserve and study its habitats.

The group won the 2008 Evolution of Balance Award from Kris Holm Unicycles following the trans-isthmian route of Spanish plunderers through 50 miles of tropical forest. It's the shortest land route, one used centuries ago by pirates and conquistadors, to get from the Caribbean to the Pacific, and back.

You may watch Kays and friends crossing the Isthmus through its really tough forest trail in YouTube.

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