Fullmoon ride report

Last Saturday was a nearly full moon, and even though the weather was less than
perfect, we managed to make good use of it. 5 riders met in the Oakland Hills
(California Bay Area) in the late afternoon: Brett Bymaster, our local guide and
Bruce Bundy, Geoff Faraghan, Will Murray and myself. The first few miles in a
local park were mostly steep up through the Redwood trees. Brett had picked a
suboptimal starting point from a warm-up point of view: mount up and start
climbing steeply! We reached the top at the new Chabot Observatory just at dark.
Since the fog was thick, we didn’t go in and look through the 20" telescope -
Brett had enjoyed a fantastic view of Saturn the night before. Will had had
enough as this was his first big MUni ride, so he headed down on the bus.
Welcome to the club Will!

We headed north on some interesting and challenging single track trails. It got
more challenging when Geoff’s light gave up leaving us with one light for four
riders, so we rode the wildest sections one at a time. As we headed back up to
the ridge, the fog lifted and we had some moonlight, going most of the time sans
light. The trail we picked was very narrow, up and down, and it was amazing no
one rode off the edge. The moon was on and off, but under the trees it was pitch
dark. We turned around at a nice viewpoint and rode a somewhat different route
back, which seemed to go on for a long time. Those little crashes where you fall
down for no real reason started occurring more often. At one point, there was a
little ditch across the trail, and each of us, one by one, crashed. Sometime
near the end, Brett claimed he was actually tired. If you know Brett, you know
how amazing this
is. Then again, 3 days later, my muscles are feeling almost normal.

Map/profile of the ride: http://www.movaris.com/nathan/maps/joaquinmiller.jpg
Stats: 10.7 miles, 2300’ climbing, 4:20, no equipment problems!

We had dinner afterwards in Berkeley, and over Ethiopian food and honey wine,
hatched a great longer term goal: summiting Kilimanjaro on MUnis! Preliminary
research shows it’s been done on bikes in 1986 and inline skates in 1998, but
not unicycles. It may turn out the be impractical due to regulations, in which
case we’ll pick a different high peak. It will be hard to hide the unicycles as
the inline skaters did when passing the rangers. Great photos at
http://www.inlineskate.com/Africa/kiliphoto1.htm

Riding at night is really great - if you’ve never tried it, just go out for a
short ride next Jan 9 or so - you’ll love it!

—Nathan

RE: Fullmoon ride report

> Brett had picked a suboptimal starting point from a warm-up point of view:
> mount up and start climbing steeply!

Actually that’s what I would describe as the dictionary definition of a “Brett
Bymaster warmup”. Similar rides Brett likes to start with a great warmup: Salmon
Falls, Dike 8, South Yuba… :slight_smile:

> The trail we picked was very narrow, up and down, and it was amazing no one
> rode off the edge.

I’m still sad I missed it, even though!

> Sometime near the end, Brett claimed he was actually tired. If you know Brett,
> you know how amazing this is.

An epic ride, by anyone else’s definition.

Glad you guys had fun! Hope I don’t miss the next one.

> hatched a great longer term goal: summiting Kilimanjaro on MUnis! Preliminary
> research shows it’s been done on bikes in 1986 and inline skates in 1998

At least MUnis can ride on the snow, unlike the skates. Have fun you guys, I
think I’ll be busy that “weekend”…

So where do we want to do a January group ride?

John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone http://www.unicycling.com

There are two rules for success in life: Rule 1: Don’t tell people
everything you know.

Re: Fullmoon ride report

Wow! That’s hard-core. More riders than lights, in the fog, through the
trees, 10 miles, 2300’ of climbing. And it was very generous of you to share
your light.

Night riding is a blast (and it’s even more fun when everyone has a light
<g>). I had a fun short night muni ride last weekend. Yes, it’s the first week
of December in Washington and the weather has been good enough to play
outside on the trails. But I think that’s almost over. Last Saturday night I
snuck into the back of a state park near my parents place to spend a little
more than an hour riding round and round a short loop of single track trail
that is open to bikes. (The park is only open for daylight hours during the
Winter so shhh… <g>). The exposed roots on the trail were wet and slippery
which made things unpredictable and fun. With luck I’ll get to do the same
ride over Christmas.

john_childs

>From: “Nathan Hoover”
[snip]
>Riding at night is really great - if you’ve never tried it, just go out for a
>short ride next Jan 9 or so - you’ll love it!
>
>—Nathan

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