International Harper Day Ride 2014

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.

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  • Greg "Thunderhooves" H.

    Tomorrow I'm going to buy Discover passes. Before that I need to know how many bicycles, how many unicycles, how many cars or trucks, and how many people already have Discover passes. So far I know that Anton will have a Dodge Durango with a bike rack and that he can haul 5 people and already has a Discover pass.

    August 27, 2014

    • Noli

      Are you for sure going to have an extra Discover Pass? Or will I have to run to Fred Meyer in the morning to pick one up?

      August 29

    • Greg "Thunderhooves" H.

      Yes. I have one. I think we're covered.

      August 30

  • Michael P.

    Dang. Sorry, I can't go tomorrow. Family things have come up for Saturday. I've been wanting to go every year for the last 3 years too. Well, there's always next year, see you there.

    August 29

  • Brandi

    My cousin came into town unannounced so I will have to miss this year. Happy belated birthday Greg!

    August 29

  • Michael P.

    Do we have an idea of about what time we'll be back at the park & ride after the ride?

    August 28

  • Bruce D.

    Also...

    If Maria and I are able to make it to IHD would I be able to borrow a Coker or equivalent for me? Maria would ride my Coker, and all my other long-distance unicycles are out of commission or inappropriate. Something sized for a 6' 1" rider would be perfect.

    August 28

  • Bruce D.

    I have a discover pass, but Maria and I will likely not be able to attend. We need to do a last-minute visit to the grandparents before I drop her off at university. Sorry. We will miss the trip a lot.

    Sarah got on a plane this morning with Helen, going off to University of Ottawa. Crazy.

    August 28

  • Michael P.

    I'll likely be there solo with my small pickup truck. I already have a Discover pass.

    August 28

  • Noli

    Bruce Dawson signed up. So the "international" part is covered, right?

    July 25, 2014

  • KennyCason

    Since I live in Snoqualmie I'll meet you at Rattlesnake.

    July 16, 2014

    • KennyCason

      Sadly I am unable to attend this year. :-(

      August 15, 2014

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