Dale and Paul did most of the heavy lifting early today on the Bartram and took out about 28 trees between Petersburg and West Dam then came over to Bartram West and took another 16 between Petersburg and the gravel road at the 3 miles mark. Daniel, Chuck, Susan and I finished up with a scouting ride from Wildwood and ultimately took out another 12 trees. So at least as of tonight the primary 18 miles of Bartram is clear - 56 trees removed!
There were signs all over the place and put on people's cars about the shutdown and if things are not handled by midnight folks will have to vacate the corp land in the morning!
The trail is in great shape! A few seepage areas here and there but they will just have to be managed until the water levels drop a bit. Again looks as though riders are staying in the middle of the trail so all should be well once the spots dry up.
(6/11) rode Bartram from Washington Rd just past Pollards. Between WW and the first bridge one non-rider w/ many branches. Going thru WW about half way on the rack-n-ride similiar non rider. Keg was in awesome shape.
"The more I study nature, the more I stand amazed at the work of the Creator" -Louis Pasteur
We rode Peterson to Wildwood today and ran across the tree Brian mentioned above -
Between Daniel's folding saw and my hand loppers we managed to get it at least cleared so that people can either stay on the trail and ride the tree (should be a bit of a challenge) or stay on the trail and dismount and carry over. Not sure when it will be removed but in the meantime.............thanks to Lee who lent a hand getting things cleared!
Rode West Dam to Lake Springs loop to Petersburg and back Saturday. Carried bike over dead looking tree not far from Lake Springs Road headed toward Petersburg and another carry over about 1/4 of way in going ccw on lake springs loop. Blackberries in the field nearer to Petersburg are prime time!
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The blueberries in May were excellent along the Bartram Trail but initial tasting of the blackberries tells me the lack of water is producing berries that aren't as tasty as they should be - and if we don't get some rain the muscadines that will be ripe in August will be small, few and not as tasty either.
cleared downed trees and large debris from Wash. Rd through Wildwood and to the 1st bridge on New Bartram. A couple of riders reported 2 more trees down between the bridge and mile marker 11.5 but I don't know where. Lots of trail debis from the storm Wed. night (and probably more from tonight).
rode the 'Burg to West Dam this morning. 7 trees down. 5 trees are close to the 1 to 1.5 mile mark. (just west of the sail club road) 2 of those are tree tops, the other 3 are large diameter ones. The other two are close to Lake Springs, one going toward West Dam just after you get back onto the singletrack about 200ft. The other going toward the 'burg just after you cross the dirt road that leads to the cabins/trailers. Both of these are large diameter also, 20"+
Paul was heading toward Wild Wood when I got back to the 'Burg trail head. I did not ride Lake Spring Loop.
Rode West Dam to Petersburg last night. Trees as down between mile 0.5 and 1.5 and another at 2.2. Some storm debris on the rest on the trail. Cleared what I could. Looks like some people are creating go arounds on a couple of the trees. Going to ride Wildwood section tonight.
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