Dylan and Lauren organized a great MUni weekend on a shoestring budget. They provided two fantastic (huge, inclusive, delicious) meals for the weekend which required an enormous amount of preparation that Lauren did pretty much single handedly. One of the trails was closed for the Saturday ride and they were able to setup an alternate ride with a guide by 10:00 AM on ride day. That’s pretty impressive under-pressure scrambling if you ask me.
Even beyond that, though, Dylan and his family were willing to open up their backyard and home to the use of a bunch of strangers. This kind of hospitality made it easy for folks on limited funds to stay in a central area and, more so, stay together somewhat to make organizing a little easier. Unicyclists seem to always be that accommodating.
I had a chance to meet new people! Greg Moore, Booger (Brian), Dale, Justin, Byron, Caroline, Chex (Mike Carroll), and of course Lauren just to name a few. I got to see Kris, Dan, Dylan, Jeff, Mike (who Rocks) again and ride with my local boys, Jon McClintock and John Childs. I apologize for any and all omissions. All of them were vicious, nasty people like most unicyclists. There was such a huge variety of interests and backgrounds represented there and not anywhere near enough time to explore them all.
Then, there was the riding. Watching Dan, Dylan, and Jeff take apart the driftwood at the beach trials barbeque was as awe inspiring as the rainbow that followed the brief shower there. During the rain there was the cooking of and endless supply of skewered goodies and oysters with Thai BBQ sauce. As the light showers continued we were entertained by the freestyle antics of some of the most talented riders around on trials unicycles.
Seeing John Childs tackle elevated skinny after elevated skinny on the trail rides was as rewarding to me as watching Kris, Dan, Dylan, Justin, and Jeff make the impossible appear to be second nature. That is, when I could catch up to them. I spent alot of time using the heel of my hand to close my gaping jaw and the rest of the time brushing dirt off of myself from the many spills that some seem able to avoid. I also got to try things I would not otherwise get to do.
Doing short trail segments with new people like Chex, Dale, and Booger was as instructional as always. It’s always nice to see someone slightly better than you doing the stuff that you’re just ready to start trying yourself. The learning process is clearer than watching it done by someone to whom the skill has become too easy.
Many thanks to Dylan and his family for their incredible hospitality. Many thanks to Lauren for her Herculean efforts at organization. Many thanks to all of the participants and new friends that I have made because, without them, these events could not and would not exist.