We got a lot done today but it definitely rained sometime during the night and the trail was great (no dust) but the humidity was through the roof!
I found this retractable rake (Black and Decker) at Big Lots for under $8 and it was a great tool to have today.
I was pulling the BOB (you need to pull with a hardtail) but Daniel had plenty of gear as well!
These were the kinds of tangled messes we found along the way (we started at Wildwood and headed east)
The final result!
We met up with the crew of John and Bryan at about the 14 mile mark. This tangle of trees, etc was tough but in the end as you can see in the second photo the sawyers prevailed.
Finishing up and getting ready to head back to the truck.
Daniel and I decided to walk west from Petersburg to catch a tangle of trees down in about the first 1/2 mile. Had heard there was a big tree down just past the gravel road as you are climbing the hill within about half a mile of Lake Springs to so decided to take care of that one last tree. What we found was a big mess - the following photos were all taken at the last trees we worked on. It was tough, very hot, very humid and a lot of work. As you can see from the final photo we managed to get it done before we melted!
Looking east towards Lake Springs in these first two photos -
The rest of these photos are looking west back towards Petersburg!
Mark it was such a last minute decision for us to go that we really didn't have the time to set up a formal work party at that time. Asking for another sawyer and spotter was just a shot in the dark for us and in this case it worked out.
Sounds like we could have had another full team with you and Brian W and that would have been perfect. If the two of you don't mind getting that last minute call please send us your telephone numbers email@example.com and we'll be happy to reach out just in case you have the time to come join us.
No the entire trail was not covered, our primary goal was to do from Petersburg west to Wildwood only because we had good info on that section.
We had some additional info on that one big tree about 1/2 mile out of Lake Springs headed west and an easy way to get to it so we picked it up before heading home not realizing that was the biggest mess of day.
Not sure about the loops or Lake Springs to West Dam. But we knew we wouldn't have the time to check them out, we ended up being there from 8:30 to 3:30 as it was!
There are about 4 trees down on old bartram all of them are between the dam and lake springs. There is another tree down past Petersburg. All of them are NOT riders and will require a chain saw.. I marked their locations with my gps I will post their exact locations when I get home.
Thanks so much Michael, knowing the location is so helpful because sometimes we know a shortcut in and can take a stray tree out here and there without a full blown work party if we have that information!
well I was hoping that when I downloaded my ride from the gps that it would show where I marked the trees.... But it only showed one. If I remember correctly there were three trees down in the first mile from west dam, and one more just below the lake springs loop. The last tree was between Petersburg and the big power line crossing (33 39' 25.0" n 082 16'05.5" w).
I did not ride the lake springs loop so I'm not sure if there are any more.
Just returned home, took out the three downed trees within the first mile from West Dam heading west. Also the one about 1/2 mile in heading from Lake Springs towards West Dam.
Would liked to have gotten to the one heading from the gravel road at about the 9.5 mile mark on the west side back towards Petersburg but game called due to darkness and some lightning starting to move our way!
Now that two of our sawyers have their cert cards our attention will turn back to FATS!
I cut two trees off the WW to Wash rd connector today before having technical issues. There is a least one more big one I could see from where I was on the Wash rd side. If anyone has scouted the entire 2.5 miles, let me know.
John B. and I cut several more trees off the WW to Wash Rd section today, but there is a big 'un about halfway that needs a big saw. Without that one, the section is rideable; but like most other trails, needs some weeding and debris removal. If you ride them, please take a minute to kick off the bigger stuff that wreck derailleurs and spokes.
Unless there are new downed trees, Bartram should be clear of from Washington Road to West Dam with the exception of the one aforementioned. Thanks to the Allen's for getting the bulk of it a couple of weeks ago.
(8/7) Descriptions from the 'Burg, 3 trees down between marker 8 and 8.5 (please leave the third one it is a ride)r. 20 ft after the water works road non-rider, another near 10.5, two more around 12.5-13 mile marker, 3 non-riders after the final bridge heading to WW, one can be seen from WW. Also there is a 24"+ one near marker 17 (in WW), this one is off the ground a bit also.
(8/4) There was one non-rider between West Dam and the yacht club road, roughly halfway.
"The more I study nature, the more I stand amazed at the work of the Creator" -Louis Pasteur
Rode from Petersburg to about 1 mile short of Wildwood. Overall, the trail is in good shape. There are several wet/soft spots spread throughout this section, but overall the tread is dry enough to ride. The wet spots will probably need some work (deberming/armoring). There are probably 10-12 downed trees spread throughout this section, some may be riders, most probably are not. I don't have an exact location of each tree, they're spread pretty evenly.