This thread is for telling your experiences of the CA Muni Weekend. I’ll start off, from the organizer’s point of view. Based on the feedback I got, and through the critical eyes of the guy making the plans, it seems to have been a rousing success, with lots and lots of happy people telling me they really enjoyed the trails, and the weekend.
It all started for me on Thursday, with running around doing last-minute things, like picking up the shirts, and then people arriving at the house. We watched some videos, but not the coveted Universe 2, which had not yet arrived. It came on Friday.
On Friday we organized ourselves into many cars heading down to Rockville Hills Park. A TV crew was to meet us at about 11:00am, so we decided to not ride very far, and wait for them. Never wait for TV people. Their schedule is constantly changing, and you never know when things will really happen. I thought it was news, but they were from a 1-hour show called Good Evening Sacramento.
They wanted to get lots of footage and do lots of time-consuming interviews. It ate up a lot of time, while we hung out in the Quarry area of the park. I hope it comes out great! It’s supposed to be shown next Wednesday evening, and they estimated something like a 10-minute spot, which is a huge amount of TV time. They got a shot of everyone (about 40 of us) riding down the trail past their camera, which I told them I don’t think anyone else has (on broadcast-quality tape).
So then we went back to the parking lot for lunch, and Lloyd Johnson pulled out his Trials toys from the back of his pickup. After lunch, we headed off to see the trails in the park. Everyone seemed to want to stay together, so the less experienced riders had a hairy time of it as we toured the most gnarly trails in there.
Several people showed up at Rockville that I was not expecting, including a small group from San Jose called the One Wheeled Willys! It was one man and several kids on Schwinns and Torkers, getting a crash course in MUni. But they seemed to have a great time on both Friday and Saturday.
At the center of the park is a lake. Jack Hughes decided to try it out, so we watched him ride into the lake as far as he could, which was about up to his sternum or so, before falling the rest of the way in. Then we noticed the “No Swimming” sign. And the geese were very angry. From there we proceeded to an area called the Rock Garden, with very rocky sections of trail, allowing multiple lines through it. Very fun! We stopped at the edge of a cliff to take some group photos. Then we rode some more rough & tough trails to the north end of the park, down a steep, stepped descent, and back toward the parking lot.
Nobody seemed real interested in setting up games at Rockville, so we opted to save that for Saturday afternoon.
My original plan for the group dinner was to do it at Mana, the best Sushi place in Sacramento (Jacquie and my opinion). But we switched that to Mark & Monicas because they had the big screen, and a better group price for a meal. So I figured I could still invite whoever wanted Japanese there on Friday.
Good thing I called ahead, around noon, to ask about it. They told us not to come until 8:30, so the place wouldn’t be so crazy busy. Then they would be able to serve the estimated 20 people I was bringing. 8:30 is pretty late after a day of riding, but I invited everyone to my house to watch some more videos (still not Universe 2) and hang out. There were more than 20 people crammed in my living room watching all sorts of old unicycle videos, getting showers, and squeezing into the hot tub.
8:30 finally rolled around, and something over 35 people showed up at Mana. Woah! We squeezed into their back room, and also used the two big tables in the back of the restaurant. It was a little confusing, but the food eventually got to us, and it was sooo good! I hope people enjoyed Mana.
That was Friday. Saturday in the next post…