The IHD ride on the IHT is set for Sunday, 28 August. Coincidentally, it’s on my 59th birthday.
All are welcome to attend. This is a fantastic route on a rails-to-trails conversion. The ride starts with a pitch black, 2.25 mile long tunnel. It proceeds for about 25 miles on a constant 2% downhill grade to Rattlesnake Lake Park. The trail crosses three railroad trestles each elevated about 100 feet with spectacular views. On this ride you pedal to maintain balance and that’s about all.
God created the Coker to do this ride.
Historically, I have taken bicycles up in my truck with the Cokers. I will not be doing that this year. Bicycles are an incredible pain and take up an enormous amount of room. If you want to go on the ride on a bicycle, ride it up to the top or find some way to transport it.
I worked for eight years in an unground gold mine and another year and a half in an underground power house. I know what being under 1800 meters of rock feels like when the cap lamps go dark.
The dark and I are old friends.
Last weekend I rode over Sasquatch tracks several times on the North Cascade crossing near Diablo. Always tracks but never any scat.
We will meet at the Issaquah Park and Ride at 10:00AM. We’ll do some unicycle and people shuffling there. Then we’ll go straight to Rattlesnake. Why don’t you PM me and we can exchange phone numbers. That way we’ll know if you’re there and how many vehicles we’ll need to bring. If you’re willing to be the shuttle vehicle at the end of the ride we’ll bring fewer cars from Issaquah.
We may have picked up a few more riders. The Arnold family is frequently represented on this ride and Scott is going to try to again make it up with his son, Luke, this year. Also, a friend of my son has expressed an interest in attending and DeKoekkoek has already consented to loaning his Coker to him.
John “JC” Childs
We may have Flat George, Flat GILD, and Flat Irene on this ride, too.
Wow. Fantastic ride today. We had 14 unicyclists and then were joined by a guy on a 26" MUni just before we entered the tunnel. My only photos were taken with my phone and suck. Here are two, first Noli coming out of the tunnel just after Miles and I emerged.