Day 8: Friday, 7 August 1998
MUni on Arthur's Seat
We first raced around this lake, then up and down a section of the mountain.
At last, my day in the sun. Except of course that, while it had been
mostly sunny all week, it rained all morning and the grassy mountain
was all wet. No one seemed to mind the rain much, but the slippery
grass, interrupted only by slippery rocks, made a difficult riding
surface, especially uphill. Most folks there were able to deal with
it ok though, and I was having enough fun that I didn't care much.
Up the mountain
I was clever enough to buy new (longer) cranks before our fun on
Arthur's Seat, but not clever enough to have brought my knobby tire.
In fact, I was too clever; I went so far as to change from my knobby
tire to my old smooth one just for the trip, so I could ride it inside
if I wanted to. As it turns out, I did very little riding inside
(though the hockey practice was great fun), and thanks to my longer
cranks and slick tire, all I could manage to do going uphill was spin
out. That's actually kind of neat though. I'd never spun out
The newspaper photographer we'd invited took lots of photos I never
saw, including one we staged where I held someone's umbrella and
Roger's cell phone while riding down the mountain. Going down was
easy enough that this really wasn't a big deal, but it was fun to set
it up and have my picture taken. The rest of the riders were down
already, and they called me from another cell phone while I was
riding. Laughs all around.
About to break the juggling record
At the public show, we shattered the record for most people in one
place simultaneously each juggling at least three objects.