Led Zeppelin’s ‘Whole Lotta Love’ Helps Unicyclist Conquer a Volcano
Yes, you just read that headline correctly.
A 51-year-old man from Aspen, Colo., has set a world record after riding to the top of the 13,796-foot Hawaiian volcano Mauna Kea on a unicycle -- and with a whole lot of help from Led Zeppelin.
Mike Tierney became the first person to accomplish that feat last month when he completed the arduous, day-long journey after a large breakfast of bananas, papaya, eggs and pancakes and a steady diet of Zeppelin played through his headphones. As he reached the summit of the volcano and thus the end of his voyage, he summoned his last energy reserves -- and cranked up 'Whole Lotta Love' -- to help him to the top of Mauna Kea.
“I couldn't believe I had done it,” Tierny told The Aspen Times. (Editor's note: the fact that a person who dedicated so much time to a goal like this came from Colorado will come as no surprise to anybody who ever lived there.) “I remember feeling, ‘This couldn't be any better. This is nirvana.'"
So, he's a Nirvana fan, too?
"I was on top of the world. Literally," Tierney remembered about his journey. "It was total elation. I could've kept on going, but I'm glad I didn't have to.”
And if he did have to keep going, there's always some more Led Zeppelin. 'Misty Mountain Hop?' 'Over the Hills and Far Away?' 'Your Time Is Gonna Come?' So many options...