The perfect end to the Weekend (ahhh!)

MUni Weekend Report, Part II:

Yes, we were about to run the Adventureland Singletrack Race when we found out
Jack had gotten hurt. It seems the group hadn’t been at the Trials area for five
minutes before Jack did a drop down off a boulder (about 4’), then continued and
went to do another drop, where his unicycle stuck in place when he expected to
dismount, causing him to be thrown forward. He landed with one foot between two
rocks, and immediately exclaimed “I think I broke my ankle!” I got this from
watching the video taken by Geoff Faraghan.

Unfortunately, Jack’s instant diagnosis was true. Everybody went to the hospital
with Jack, so Trials was done for the day. One rider (forget who it was)
commented that his favorite quote of the day came from the nurse. Jack was
describing what he was doing when he got injured, telling how he unicycled off a
4’ drop. “On purpose?” was the nurse’s reply.

so Jack is unfortunately sporting five screws in his ankle at the moment, and
many weeks before he rides again. But he was in good spirits when I saw him on
Sunday, cracking jokes as we took a group picture in front of an old tractor,
saying he should stick his foot in the spokes.

Meanwhile, we ran the Adventureland race, with less contestants than the
UMX, but they had a good time. Then we left people enough time to get to
their respective places and wash up before going to the main cabin for our
group dinner.

I entered the cabin to the smell of garlic bread, lasagna, and home baked pies.
Yum! Fortunately I also had enough time to shower and help get the house ready
before the guests started arriving. The dinner went very well, due to the hard
work of Jacquie and Jaimie Dillard, Jody Arnold (desserts), and the many others
who helped out in the kitchen. There was enough to go around but not too much!

While eating, more videos were shown. We saw the recent Ripley’s Believe it or
Not clip of Kris Holm, several clips of Peter Rosendahl on Guinness World
Records, commercials for Unicycle.com, scenes from Scott Bridgeman’s upcoming
video, and yet another screening of Universe.

After dinner, it was time for awards and swag! Prizes were donated this year by
UnicycleSource, Dan Heaton, and John’s good ol’ garage. First place winners got
first pick from the pile, which included safety gear, T-shirts, a UNICON X
poster, two copies of Universe, a box of Clif bars, tires, Butt’r, and much
more. Prizes were then given out to the people who helped with dinner and with
running the events. Lastly, we did a random drawing of registration forms to
give away the rest. Nobody had to do a Sumo contest to win a prize.

I don’t know how many people were in the large living room of the Lucerne cabin,
but we all seemed to fit fine though at one point Bruce Bundy was seen to climb
the stone fireplace chimney all the way to the ceiling! The cabin, which is
really a fully furnished house, worked great with three big bedrooms downstairs,
a laundry room, another bedroom upstairs, three bathrooms, and lots of seating
in the living-dining room.

Later in the evening, Jeremy Shafer put on a little show. He showed us some of
his juggling (up to nine balls!), and also his amazing electronic, programmable
glo balls. But apparently Jeremy’s greatest interest isn’t juggling, it’s
origami. At first I though he was kidding, but he brought out a little wooden
box filled with the most amazing folded pieces of paper I’d ever seen. Several
of these were made from single dollar bills, including a guy on a unicycle and a
guy on a giraffe. He also had a functioning Swiss army knife, a man folded from
a map of a labyrinth, and several others, all created from single pieces of
paper. I will post the pictures soon.

Sunday morning dawned with packing up and cleaning up of the house for
check-out. People were amazingly efficient and helpful, and we were done early!
Tim Bustos commented to me on the cooperation of all the people in there. He had
gotten up early Saturday morning to see people bustling about the upstairs,
stepping over some of the sleeping bodies, and nobody making a sound.

Bruce Bundy organized a group again to go ride trials. I hope somebody will
write about it so we will hear about that group’s experiences. The rest of us
headed for Spooner Lake to ride the famous Flume Trail.

Because the Flume had been advertised as a long ride at high altitude, not
everybody elected to do the whole ride. Also since the ride starts with a
relatively constant 1000’ climb starting at 7000’, many were turned back early.
We got pretty spread out on the climb up to Marlette lake, but we all joined
together there for a group photo. I think we had about 22 riders there (not all
are in my pictures).

The weather was perfect, the sky was perfect, and the scenery was even better.
Though the Flume is not a very technical ride, it is so worth going there for
the view. The main part of the trail goes along the steep mountainside,
overlooking Lake Tahoe from about 1500’ above the lake’s surface. The trail is
sandy, and surrounded by lots of white rocks, some of which you have to duck to
go under! I will try to get my pictures up on Ofoto this week. Nathan is working
on his as well.

I think the riders enjoyed the last part of the trail also, as it descended
toward lake level. The trail is a wide road, sometimes thick with sand. The
sandy spots probably wouldn’t be rideable on level ground, but they’re lots of
fun going downhill. Tim Bustos described it as being like surfing.

We all came out into the Ponderosa Ranch parking lot. We were worried about some
of the stragglers, and wanted to make sure everyone got out okay. David Maxfield
apparently turned left at the last T instead of right, and possibly got a ride
back to Spooner Lake for his car. He was the only one I didn’t see. Then we kept
waiting for Loretta Ehlers and Scot Cooper. Scot is an animal, bringing his MUni
giraffe to Mr. Toads, Northstar, and the Flume! But alas, a giraffe is a lot
tougher to ride on technical trails and sand, and he was often delayed by
looking for spots to mount. Loretta was just tired, and walked most of the way.
How was a Floridian to know what riding at 7800’ is like? Thank you Scot, for
staying with Loretta. I drove up the road to see if they had come out the other
endpoint of the trail. Nope. I had to continue up the road a ways before I could
turn around. On my way back, there they were. I pulled off the road in front of
them, before they even knew what was happening!

Then we all said our goodbyes and headed to our various airports or other
destinations. Some are still in the area, and others had to be back at work this
morning. I headed home with Jacquie, Jaimie, and Tim Bustos. We stopped in
Crystal Bay to watch Jacquie put $20 into the Elvis slot machine, and eventually
walk away with $230!

I hope you all had a great time, and that you’ll write about your experiences.
Thanks again to everyone who helped out, pitched in, volunteered, and otherwise
was a part of the 5th annual MUni Weekend’s success. What about #6? Joe
Stoltzfus is looking at Sun Valley Idaho for next year. Due to the biking season
on the ski slopes up there, the next MUni Weekend may be in early July. There is
also the possibility of an additional MUni Weekend here in CA, to keep up the
“California MUni Weekend” tradition.

Write in your stories!

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

“In the walk of life sometimes you are a dog, and sometimes you are a hydrant.”

  • Anonymous

Re: The perfect end to the Weekend (ahhh!)

----- Original Message ----- From: John Foss <john_foss@asinet.com> To:
<unicycling@winternet.com> Sent: Monday, September 25, 2000 8:27 PM Subject: The
perfect end to the Weekend (ahhh!)

> MUni Weekend Report, Part II:
>
> Yes, we were about to run the Adventureland Singletrack Race when we found out
> Jack had gotten hurt. It seems the group hadn’t been at the Trials
area
> for five minutes before Jack did a drop down off a boulder (about 4’),
then
> continued and went to do another drop, where his unicycle stuck in place when
> he expected to dismount, causing him to be thrown forward. He landed with one
> foot between two rocks, and immediately exclaimed "I think I
broke
> my ankle!" I got this from watching the video taken by Geoff Faraghan.
>
What is Jack’s last name?

Despite this mishap, I hope that everybody realizes that John, Kris, et al, are
getting more positive free publicity for unicycling than we ever gotten before.

Alberto Ruiz