He's not your typical Interstate 80 road warrior.
There's his costume of charcoal knickers, a burgundy tie and matching stockings. Get closer and you might hear him singing Tony Orlando tunes.But the main reason Michael Gabrick draws stares from motorists and toots from truck drivers is his chosen means of transportation - a high-wheel bicycle, circa 1885.
Pedaling briskly east in the emergency lane, Gabrick traveled from the Utah-Nevada border to Salt Lake City in about 12 hours Thursday. He's shooting for Boston by the first week of June.
No, he's not raising money or calling attention to any particular cause. And it's all right if the Guinness Book of World Records never hears of him.
"I'm doing this because I always wanted to cross the United States on a bicycle like this. I would be the fifth person to do it on one of these bikes solo," he said.
Just a lark.
The 33-year-old resident of Fountain City, Wis., does hope to complete the trip in a record 40 days.
There won't be any welcoming crowds or beaming sponsors at the other end. Only personal satisfaction, aching muscles and some interesting stories for fellow antique bicycling enthusiasts in a national club known as the Wheelmen.
Gabrick left San Francisco April 23. When journalists happened upon him Thursday afternoon in Tooele County's western desert, he had traveled 651 miles in 10 days.
But some time was lost to rain and heavy winds that topped a snowstorm in the Sierras' Donner Pass for fierceness.
"You should have seen me. It was blowing so strong I had to grab on to a steel post and hold on tight," he said. "Donner Pass was a breeze compared to this."
Winds are a critical factor for the big 52-inch front wheel. The smaller rear wheel, in turn, must rotate about four times for each revolution of its front partner.
The original high-wheel bicycles, also known as penny-farthings, were made between 1877 and 1892 and are a valuable collection piece for some enthusiasts.
Wearing 19th-century clothes is part of the show.
Gabrick's road bike is a replica of an original Columbia Expert, a model available in the 1880s.
If he makes the 3,347-mile trek to Boston by June 1, Gabrick said he will have surpassed the record of 441/2 days set by Jack Castor of Arizona in 1984.