Steaming

Chris and I snuck out for a wet ride in Joaquin Miller, with a bit of Dimond. It cleared up nicely and we had some beautiful steam coming off the meadows and trails. With Dragon and Ricardo not around, Chris had to take Best Biff for himself. At the end of Palos Colorados the creek was running down the trail, maybe 6-8 inches deep in places. Fortunately we’d brought unicycles, so we didn’t need to get our feet wet.

Chris in the meadow

Chris on the stairs, about to win Best Biff

Helping out kids in Honduras

We were contacted last year by Christina, who works for AJC Children’s Foundation, an NGO which runs a school in San Francisco de Yojoa, Honduras. Someone gave a unicycle to the kids at the school, and several of them learned to ride and were really excited about it (as they should be!). Christina wanted someone to help her get more unis for the kids.

We worked with the California Unicycle Association, and Unicycle Latinoamérica to donate three new unicycles to the program. And now a bunch of the kids are riding and doing parades! We’re hoping to see them at a future U Games.

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Aussie Aussie Aussie! Oy oy oy!

For our last ride of 2015 we had a visit from Down Under: Dave was in town from Sydney, and looking to hook up with some locals. No better thing to do than to take him up to Joaquin Miller for the tourist loop (Sequoia Bayview/Big Trees up/Chaparral/Sinawick to the overlook). Dave managed to win Best Injury, tweaking his ankle on Chaparral, but couldn’t beat Dragon for Best Biff (of course). The view was great and fun was had by all.

More riding to come in 2016!

Dave on the skinny

Chris

Dragon

 

 

Fall

Nate was in town from Phoenix, so we popped out for a couple of fun rides, a quick one on Whipsnake on Thursday, and then an epic one on Braille Trail on Sunday. We marked the last day of fall with a lot of falls. Nathan’s got some video on Brailled, though he didn’t manage to get any of Dragon. (Every season is fall for Dragon).

Dust in the wind

On a hot day late in the season, Joaquin Miller was extremely dusty, but fun as always. We had some firsts on Chaparral, me cleaning it on 29/137, and Chris cleaning it on 24/125. We like brakes. Josh cleaned the new Upper Palos Colorados trail alignment, and immediately vowed never to do it again. Dragon won Best Biff by getting acrobatically tangled with his unicycle on the bench at the end of the bonus trail.

The heat sapped our motivation, so we only did one loop, but it was nice to be back home.

Josh's MUni in a cloud of dust

Joaquin Miller MUni

Another grand opening

Marin is doing a lot of stuff for bikes these days, and we’re along for the ride. After being the featured entertainment at the opening of the Marin Bicycling Hall of Fame, we went up to crash the Stafford Lake Bike Park grand opening.

Stafford Lake is a park way up in Novato that frankly doesn’t get a lot of usage, partly because its trails are all wide and boring, and the weekend parking fee is $10. But now Access4Bikes has worked with the county to build a great bike jump park, and for the grand opening, admission was free. So we hauled up there to see what we could do.

The dual slalom track was probably the most fun; fast and intense. Dragon won Best Biff there with extra points for spectator value. We also had fun on the intermediate jump track, and Josh really like the kiddie track for getting some air.

Stafford Lake also has an expedition disc golf course, which turned out to be quite cool, and a nice change from the intense crowds on the bike tracks.

It’s a long way to go for a playground without any decent natural trails, but it’s pretty cool for a built-in two sport day.

Stafford Lake Bike Park grand opening

Ashley and Jim on the dual slalom course

Josh getting some air

Disc golf at Stafford Lake

 

MUni Weekend

Just realized I never posted anything about Seattle MUni Weekend. It was a lot of fun, with a mix of bike park features, long epic rides, and nice scenery. Berkeley-related folks there included me, Ashley, Harrison, and Olof, and we got to ride with old friends Noli, Tomas, Steve, An’So, Nate, and Jason, among others. Good weather, and great riding, except when Noli destroyed his unicycle and sprained his foot on a 5-foot angled drop. Ow. I got a point for being the only person to make the 5km climb on Saturday with no dismounts (on my 29er, even).

Many thanks to Noli and Jason for hosting; see you back in CA next year!

On the big obstacles

On the big obstacles

I-5 Collonade

Tiger Mountain MUni

Tiger Mountain MUni

Seattle MUni Weekend day 3

 

 

Pretending to train

In our final (and almost only) training ride for MUni Weekend, we headed out to Tamarancho for the full loop. That ride is always more tiring than you’d think it should be; it’s long, it’s all up and down, and it’s always a bit more technical than you remember it as. And, I suppose, now that we usually go down Endor, the big downhill is not technical but is pretty intense to ride.

Ricardo and I got some pretty good flow on some of the berms; still not 100% solid but we’re getting faster. Dragon won Best Biff falling off the side of the trail toys, but also got a point for getting up and over the fat log up there. We met a youngun on a bike who hung with us for an hour or so; we’re hoping he’s another unicyclist in the making.

On to Seattle!

Ricardo in the woods

Dragon on the drop