August 2009 Newsletter Jul 30, 2009 8:56:35 GMT -5
Post by imnav8r on Jul 30, 2009 8:56:35 GMT -5
2009 SORBA-CSRA Officers
Paul Farrow – President email@example.com
Alice Hale - Vice-President
Susan Collins – Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org
Barbara Drawdy – Treasurer email@example.com
Many of our members participate in events that others of us can only dream of (Shenandoah 100 – a 100 mile offroad race, Off-Road Assault on Mount Mitchell, Assault on Mount Mitchell, some absolutely insane road biking events that go well beyond the standard century rides, the La Ruta de los Conquistadores in Costa Rica, a multitude of triathlons, adventure races, etc. I wonder how many people would be interested in hearing about these events our members are participating in. If you are either a participant in these events or someone interesting in knowing what other people are doing send Angela Allen a quick email. I'm not talking about having a brag section, but rather more of a What People are Doing section/thread since it takes your imagination to what is possible. This may be something we want to add to the forum and/or the newsletter! Let Angela hear from you!
Note from Glenn Kansanback of the USFS on vandalism at FATS:
I just wanted to give everyone a heads up that we have had some vandalism at Forks trailhead. The main entrance sign is gone, and some other directional signs were bent up as they tried to remove them. I will be writing an incident report for law enforcement in the next day or so.
Bill, Paul, please share with your people that if they see people doing bad things at Forks and can pull a license plate number we may be able to use that information.
Natural Resource Specialist-Recreation
Sumter National Forest
Long Cane Ranger District
810 Buncombe Street
Edgefield, SC 29824
August 1st - IMBA/SORBA NMBP Tent at FATS - The IMBA/SORBA NMBP tent will be set up at the FATS trail head parking lot Saturday from 9:00am till 1:00pm. We'll be there to provide information about how you can become a member of IMBA/SORBA and the NMBP if you're not already. Stop by and say hello! UPDATE: Postponed due to wet trail conditions at FATS. Will wait for a dry weekend.
August 2nd - Explore The Trail Series Ride – MODOC - Meet at Stevens Creek (Modoc) trail head (SC 23) at 9:30am. This ride is for members and non-members so bring a friend. Weather and trail conditions permitting so watch the website! Contact Angela Allen if you need directions!
August 6th – Canal Crown Time Trail Series - 3rd in the series for King/Queen of the Augusta Canal Trail is coming soon. This has been a tremendous series and fun for all. Sign up time is 6:45pm at the bottom of the stairs near the pumping station: racing to start at 7:15pm. Follow this link for all the updates, photos, and who the contenders are! Come out and cheer the riders on to victory or ride a few laps yourself. andyjordans.com/page.cfm?pageId=257
August 11th - Monthly Chapter Meeting - Tuesday August 11th at 7:00pm for dinner – the meeting starts at 7:30pm, upstairs at Nacho Mama's on Broad Street.
August 15th – Ladies Ride – Meet Saturday, August 15th at 9:30am at the Petersburg Trailhead of the Bartram Lake Trail weather permitting. Contact Barbara Drawdy if you need further information - firstname.lastname@example.org
The storms that continue to develop in the late afternoons have definitely impacted the trails with trees down periodically. The trails are drying much more quickly this time of year, but please be conscious of trail conditions and ride responsibly so we can preserve our trails. Watch the corners! The slippery pinestraw in the fall turns to slippery sand in the corners this time of year. Checking the sorbacsra.org website and forum will keep you up to date on most trail conditions in the area!
FATS – Trails are in good condition. There are still a couple of trees down here and there. Lowell Dorn removed some trees down on Big Rock and Tower. Thanks Lowell!
Turkey Creek – Trail in good shape but there are some trees down and there is overgrowth.
Wine Creek- Good condition but there are trees down.
Horn Creek/Lick Fork - Trail in great shape, tree down at the 5 mile mark.
Hickory Knob – Trail in great condition. Michael and Barbara Drawdy have been keeping this trail clear with their camp, saw, and ride weekends! Thank you!
Canal Off-Road - Trail is in good condition. There is also a section of trail that is eroded and essentially unrideable but alternate route has kept the loop viable. Canal Crown Time Trial Series has 2 stages down and 2 to go!
Modoc – In good condition at last report. Several trees removed off the trail.
Long Cane Horse Trail– Great condition at last report.
Baker Creek – Getting minimal traffic.
Keg Creek – Great currently 2 or 3 trees down.
Bartram Trail (Lake) – Trail in good condition. Dale Parrott has made sure the trees down on the extension, main trail and loops have been removed.
ORA Trail - Good condition. Some wash out in Clown Corner.
Issaqueena – Great condition.
If you do work on the trails please let us know, all work is greatly appreciated and we want to recognize your efforts! Please print your name whenever possible on the volunteer forms. Cursive writing is hard to decipher at times.
July 25th – Modoc (Bridge of Death) – Thanks so much for the work to reposition/repair this bridge – Jon Taylor, Dale Parrott, Mark Hanna, David and Joseph Thibodeau, Mark Yarbrough, Charlie and Jackson Mock!
Canal Crown Time Trial Series – Thanks to Drew Jordan and Dustin Gaddis for setting up this TT series, and of course to those folks who come to lend a hand during the each of the series!
Thanks to all the folks who routinely do work on the trails we ride. Whether it is stopping for a moment to remove obstacles on the trail or an unscheduled work party with chainsaws, etc., and everything in between, your work is appreciated!