International Harper Day will inconveniently fall on a Thursday this year. I plan to have the ride on Saturday, 30 August. This is the weekend following my 62nd birthday and it is the day before my retirement from the University of Washington. A combination birthday/retirement ride. I again 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 51 years of unicycling for me. I got my first unicycle on my 11th birthday.
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. Remember to take your sunglasses off in the tunnel, Jeff.
We will meet at the lot just south of the Issaquah Park and Ride between 9:00 and 9:30 AM Saturday 30 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. There 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 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 the international status of this ride.