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Bernie Sanders Fan Will Ride Unicycle From Vermont to DC

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Washington just can’t get enough of Vermont politicians these days, it seems. A supporter of Senator Bernie Sanders, who is running for the Democratic Party’s 2016 presidential nomination, plans to show his fandom for the self-professed “democratic socialist” by riding his unicycle from Burlington to DC.

Peter Corbett, a native Burlingtonian who currently lives in Massachusetts, plans to start the one-wheeled, 550 mile journey on Sunday, according to Seven Days, an alt-weekly newspaper in the idyllic Vermont burg. He plans to ride 25 miles per day until he reaches the White House, and hopes to be joined along the way by people using “cars, motorcycles, unicycles, ‘fast pogo sticks,’ and whatever else they can use to keep up.” (What, regular cyclists can’t be Sanders supporters?)

Corbett will ride while decked out in full Sanders campaign regalia, plus a “Lil’ Bernie” doll, a likeness of the Brooklynite-cum-Vermonter similar to a Funko doll. He aims to arrive at the White House by the first weekend in December.

Sanders’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment about its one-wheeled superfan.

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Benjamin Freed joined Washingtonian in August 2013 and covers politics, business, and media. He was previously the editor of DCist and has also written for Washington City Paper, the New York Times, the New Republic, Slate, and BuzzFeed. He lives in Adams Morgan.

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