Monte Sano State Park
Huntsville Alabama Trail Review
The MB trails in this park have gotten very good reviews. The camping looks good. Location convenient to PUC and MUC and Knoxville and Atlanta. Of course, the invitaion is open to any and all riders.
Details being worked out. Count on 10 - 20 participants from Memphis (at least 8 uni-riders).
Last year, Keith (chirokid) and I met at Zilpo Recreation Area in eastern Kentucky, Daniel Boone National Forest. We met in late April and had decent trails in spite of lots of rain on Friday. We found great trails, some pretty easy and through very nice woods and some very technical. The set up of the park roads made it easy to do all downhill runs for with easy shuttles and parking for shuttles.
Keith and I highly recommend it as an option. It had no trail use restrictions. I noticed the area you posted has restrictions on the use of muddy trails. It would be a bummer to not be able to ride do to rain. This is especially important for people who are coming from further distance.
As you can tell, I am SHO NUF interested. You said 10 - 20 people from Memphis and 8 uni riders. Does that mean there will be non-rdiers who will just be camping? Any family action happening here?
And most importantly… Tom, will you be making any unicycle pancakes? I assume you’ve been practicing on your griddle at home.
Bill, I definately encourage families. In fact, I’ve invited a couple of families we camp with who are not riders. On trips past, we’ve had several trail joggers who were easily able to keep up. And of course, Mountain B*kers are welcome.
The NASA Space Museum is in Huntsville. It is extremely cool. You won’t believe how small John Glen’s booster was. It really took guts to strap that on your back.
This time we’ve chosen Monte Sano SP in an attempt to attract lots of attendees. (Campers, logde/hotel stayers, runners, b*kers, MUniers, campfire tenders, Space Museum goers, chefs…)
Zilpo sounds great. I know that we can russle up at least 3 riders from Memphis (maybe more) for a wknd there this summer.
I’m hoping that SHONUF 05 gets double or triple the attendance we had at FURECUS 04.
As for the logo: I see SHONUF as a southern japanese warrior in the tradition of Shogun. I hope our Graphic Designer (Brian.Slater) is reading this.
4 other MUCsters
Several Members of Plateau Unicycle Club
1 ro 2 Memphis camping families
we may be close enough to entice unicycle.com to send representation.
I’m getting info together. I know that the park has some excellent stone cabins. And, as always, we can double or triple up in the campsites. Campsites with water and elec are 16.50/night. That’s it for now.
I think there is a chance my family (wife and daughter) may come with me to SHONUF. I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to make it myself. I have contacted Eddie Kmet of Plateau Uni Club and told him about this post for the weekend.
Good idea to pick an area that offers activities for non-riders.
Oops! I just looked up the Monte Sano SP on mapquest. That’s a 10+ hour drive for me. Don’t know how that will impact my ability to come to the weekend. That’s full day’s travel each way. I doubt if my family will want to travel that far for a weekend.
Will anyone be riding on Friday afternoon? Or will everyone be doing a weekend only? Will there be any riding on Sunday afternoon? At FURECUS everyone had to cut out early and no riding occure on Sunday.
Any chance of changing the location to something further north? That’s one of the advantages to Zilpo Recreation area in eastern Kentucky.
Downgrade my status from the plan on attending list to the maybe list.
I know you can’t change the location just for me. And will understand if it stays at the same location.
Hey Bill Drive down with me, I bet we can make it in about 7hrs or so…
I’m always down for a good road trip, I have no idea what my plans are for that time of the year yet, but It sounds like it could be a deffenate possibility for me to make the drive, hell, I’ve never really been to alabama. Theres a good first time for everything I guess.
7 hours is still a days drive. I’ll consider riding with you only if you pay for the speeding ticket(s). Haven’t you heard about those southern state cops? They will put you in prison and throw away the key! Haven’t you ever seen Smokey and The Bandit?
Shame on me for throwing out that “northern” humor. Will ya’ll forgive me?
If I go down, I’ll be pulling my pop up camper. You need to stay within a reasonable speed when pulling a camper, even if it is a small one. Getting into trouble with a trailer behind you is not pretty. Don’t want to go there.
I spoke with Memphis Mud this afternoon and we suggest doing both the SHONUF and a later gathering farther north. We from western Tennessee and the Mid-south can make the drive to eastern Kentucy but without the families for a gathering a little later in the year - perhaps in June.
Wow! Reading these Sho-Nuf threads is making the adrenaline start to rush! I can hardly wait to see everyone again plus maybe a few more. I am THERE, wherever THERE might end up being. All options, dates & times, sound good to me, barring any unforseen disasters. Hope to bring some PUC’sters with me. Thanx Billham for bringing my attention to the plans!!