International Harper Day will inconveniently fall on a Wednesday this year. I plan to have the ride on Saturday, 31 August. I chose the weekend following my 61st birthday because, if I did, Tom Blackwood promised to renounce his US citizenship thus ensuring the continuity of the international status of the ride. Tom will buy citizenship in whatever country will offer it to him the cheapest...probably Canada or Zimbabwe. (Also, I have a friend coming in from Arizona that week who will ride a bike on the outing like a big sissy.)
This will also mark 50 years of unicycling for me. I got my first unicycle on my 11th birthday. I wonder if I can ride another 50.
We will ride the Iron Horse Trail from Hyak to Rattlesnake Lake which is about a 22 mile ride down a 2% railroad grade. You only have to pedal to maintain balance it's so easy. There is a 2.3 mile long, pitch-black, dark tunnel right at the beginning of the ride. If you haven't gone on this ride before you must realize that you will need a unicycle and a VERY bright light. My hair is getting so white that I may be able to illuminate most of the tunnel, but not all of it.
We will meet at the lot just south of the Issaquah Park and Ride between 9:00 and 9:30 AM Saturday 31 August. To get to the lot, take exit 15 on I-90 to SR-900 (Renton Road) southbound. Go about four blocks and turn left onto Newport Way. Then, turn right into the driveway to the parking lot. Lots of free parking and it's easy to find people. Then we consolidate unicycles, riders, and vehicles and drive to Rattlesnake Lake to drop off a shuttle car. Finally, we haul all of the riders and cycles to the Hyak trail head of the Iron Horse Trail and we RIDE, BABY, RIDE back to Rattlesnake Lake.
If you are a non-US rider who can attend this event, please notify me as soon as possible so we can attempt to maintain Blackwood's tenuous, if not questionable, citizenship.