Cary has been unicycling since age 10. He has ridden on and off-road in over 15 countries and 25 states. In 2012, he decided to unicycle to South America. After a year and a half, a 1100-mile training trip in the dead of winter, and much trial and error, he set the departure date. On July 9, 2013, Cary left Baltimore, MD and zig-zagged across the U.S. and down through Mexico and Central America.
Although the original goal involved reaching the southernmost point in South America, his passport was stolen after being in Colombia only a few weeks. Cary was forced to return to St. Louis, MO, where he grew up to regroup. He worked during the summer of 2014, and continued on, this time heading northwest to Juneau, AK.
After reaching Alaska and heading south, he stopped in Seattle and spent 2015 recuperating and writing his book, “The Naked Unicyclist” which will be available in 2016. During this time, he also began writing his children’s book “Luno!” illustrated entirely with his feet. "Luno" will also be published in 2016. At the beginning of 2016, his trip has taken him well over 15,000 miles through 11 countries and 25 states, and has earned him an unofficial Guinness World Record for Longest Unicycle Trip (key parts of his documentation were stolen along with his passport in the form of zip drives and GPS, so he was unable to officiate the record.)
In 2016, Gray will continue his trip down the west coast and back across the country, making his way toward the headwaters of the Mississippi River in Minnesota. From there, he will kayak down the river’s entire length, and continue along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico toward Florida. He will circumnavigate most of Florida in order to reach Miami, where he will prepare and outfit his kayak for a trip through the entire Caribbean in order to reach South America. Although this trek was made by John Dowd in 1978-79 by his crew, and repeated by two young canadian brothers Henry and Russell Graham, Gray’s passage will likely be the first solo kayaking of Florida to Venezuela. From there Gray plans to continue by unicycle in order to finish his original goal of passing through every country in South America and reaching Tierra Del Fuego at the southern tip of the continent.