Monday, August 13, 2012

Harrisburg Vacation

The family and I spent four days at in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, meeting up with some relatives for a reunion.  Since muni riders are hard to come by, I made some plans to meet up with some riders during my trip.

On Saturday I took an excursion to Germantown, Maryland to do some muni riding with a few riders from that area, Chuck and Claude.
We rode at Black Hill Regional Park and Hoyle's Mill Connector, about 11 miles.  We were all feeling somewhat spent, but because I had driven so far, I pushed to ride more.  So we drove back to Chuck's house, refilled with water, and rode to a trail not far away.  We added another 5.5 miles to our ride.  I had a great time.

I had ridden with Claude in the 2011 Fat Tire Challenge, but racing and riding with someone are two different things.  I like riding together as a group better.  He's a very strong rider and throws some tricks into his ride too... like occasionally riding with one foot.

Chuck hasn't even been riding for a year yet, but he's already quite impressive.  In places I was sure he'd UPD, he rode like a pro.  Nice riding Chuck!

Back at Chuck's house, he treated us to some homemade pizza!  It was SO good.

Monday was our last day in Harrisburg.  On our drive home we made a stop at Danville, PA to meet up with Sundy, a unicyclist from Mocanaqua, PA.  He drove a bit and met me at Geisinger Trails, so I wouldn't have to drive too far off my path to home.
It's a small world.  Back when I had my Schlumpf hub built into a wheel, the bike shop owner told me about a local unicyclist.  I remembered he said his name was something like Sonny, but that was the last I heard of him.  It turned out that Sundy was him!  He had previous gone to school in Rochester at RIT.  He's an experienced unicyclist, but hasn't been riding muni and this was an opportunity for him to get into it.  He happens to be deaf, but could talk very well.  He was able to lip-read and interpret my gestures enough to communicate.

For someone who hasn't been riding much, he did very well.  Geisinger Trails turned out to be very hilly but I enjoyed the challenge.  We rode the Bear trail and managed not to get too lost.

Thanks for the ride Sundy!

Muni at Black Hill Regional Park - 2012-08-11

Muni at Geisinger Trails - 2012-08-13

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