Apparently jugglers are fantastic at organising things…
I had a really good time despite the grim weather on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning - it turned out my efforts at seam sealing my old tent weren’t that successful
I got there mid-afternoon on Friday, registered, put up my tent (in the dry, which I wasn’t expecting after seeing the rather pessimistic forecast :)), drank some beers, chatted and generally relaxed. Then we all gathered in the conference room for the evening, had a unicycle concours competition, decided not to have a marathon race but a more casual road ride instead. Played with a giant wooden puzzle the Buff man had brought. Dropped a giant wooden puzzle piece on my foot. Drank more beer.
Saturday morning was still dry and a few of us set off on a road ride down to Wareham and back, with a few little detours, which ended up at a very pleasant 16 miles. Liam is still using SPDs on his coker and still has all his limbs intact. Got back, ate some food, watched some trials, played around with GK’s Schlumpf 29er, then the rain and wind really set in. I spent some time attempting to minimise the porosity of my tent before giving up and just moving all the bedding away from the worst of the drips. Then another evening in the conference room, with the video competition, UUU meeting, raffle and the like.
Sunday morning, woke up in a soggy sleeping bag in a pool of water, with water dripping onto my face… OK, well at least it wasn’t too cold. Stuffed the tent into a couple of bin liners, shoved it in the back of the car and off to the muni venue near Puddletown. By this time the rain had stopped and ten of us had a fun time playing in the bomb holes and singletrack for a couple of hours. After slipping on some “ice” (Dan thought I was mad…) I discovered my hub had finally given up the ghost after four years of abuse. I expected the axle to snap at one of the ends (it’s a square-taper hub), but what actually failed was the attachment of the flanges to the axle, so the flanges just rotate about the axle like a free-wheel. Bummer. A few of us had some entertainment trying to ride it, then I jogged my way back following the group, apart from a short stint on Kevin’s old KH24 when he fancied a rest. We eventually made it back to the car park after a few wrong guesses at where we came from (we weren’t lost, we were exploring…)
So, a very enjoyable weekend - thanks to Anna and co for organising it. I met lots of people I sort of knew but hadn’t actually met before, and a few more I didn’t know at all. Tried some things I hadn’t done before (although my muni didn’t appreciate that :o), and generally had an excellent time. Shame about all the rain on Saturday, but you can’t have everything.