Day 8: Friday, 7 August 1998

MUni on Arthur's Seat

The lake we raced around
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.

The lake we raced around
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 before.

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.

Public Show

About to break the juggling record
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.