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Training and raining

Training goals for the last weekend before the event: Have fun, get a good workout, don't get hurt. It had rained all week, so Mount Diablo, which would normally be on the schedule, was out, based on our experience last year with bay mud out there. We did Dimond/Joaquin Miller last week, so we went for Soquel Demo, which has two grinding climbs, good drainage, and skippable injury risks.

All in the family

The latest in our Family MUni series featured our first father/son combo. Scott and Matthew came over from Mill Valley, and Scott's wife Tracy hiked along with Nancy. Scott won Best Biff on one of the chutes, Matthew did a line on the way back that he wasn't willing to do on the way out, we got to see the Oakland DEVO middle school mountain biking team, and everyone had fun, which is of course the whole point. I'll continue to try to do one of these rides monthly, to give newer and less gnarly riders a chance to try things out.

Going epic

One of our standard epics that still works in the wet is the Dimond/Joaquin Miller combo. I always love this ride for its contrasts. You start in flatland Oakland, and just by rolling through a playground wind up in a forested canyon. It's not exactly a wilderness, but it's really impressively secluded for such an urban ride.

Prescott Circus showcase

Jimbo and I went to see UPLIFT! Prescott Circus' 2018 showcase at Oakland Tech. The show was fun, with really high production quality and good energy, and a great live children's band, the Oakland Spirit Orchestra. And their unicycle act was solid enough to perform in place of their usual walking globe. Afterwards, Jimbo and I played around a little with a basketball, which the kids were really into.

Getting on the train

We're planning to hit the Southwest at the end of this month. I'm heading out there by train, along with Owen, and we also need to train, as in, get ready for 5 days of MUni in the desert. So Owen called a ride in Berkeley, and we got a good crew to crank all the way up to the top by the Steam Trains.

Checking out Bernal

I'm a pretty dedicated Oaklander, which means I don't get over to the West Bay that much. But Colin and Bevan offered to host a ride in Bernal Heights Park, where I've never ridden, and it was a gorgeous day, so a few of us made the haul over. 

Wine Country MUni non-weekend

Upper-crust schools in California get "ski week" off in February, which meant that Chris had some time on his hands. We decided to take a mid-week break up in the wine country, trying a new trail near Calistoga (Oat Hill Mine Road), possibly its first unicycle descent. After camping at Napa Bothe, we headed over the ridge to ride our standard loop in Annadel.

Party in Rockville

We had our biggest ride in a long time this weekend, with a dozen people coming from places as far away as Santa Cruz and Auburn. It was a beautiful day, cool and crisp, and we did a ton of sessioning.

Berkeley MUni

I happened to run into Owen with his MUni on campus a couple weeks ago, and this weekend we got together to do a ride in Berkeley. I got to show him some of the trails near campus, and he got to show me how a trials guy rides MUni.

Ed Pratt’s Grand Départ

We sometimes ride on roads, but not like Ed Pratt. He's been on the road, solo, unsupported, for over two years, starting at his home in southwestern England, and intending to travel around the world in an unbroken line. He's just arrived in the States, and set off from Fort Point to cross the final continent of his trip.