December 2009 Newsletter Dec 3, 2009 8:24:02 GMT -5
Post by imnav8r on Dec 3, 2009 8:24:02 GMT -5
SORBA-CSRA NEWS – December 2009
2009 SORBA-CSRA Officers:
Paul Farrow – President firstname.lastname@example.org
Alice Hale - Vice-President
Susan Collins – Secretary email@example.com
Barbara Drawdy – Treasurer firstname.lastname@example.org
SORBA-CSRA Fall 2009 Activities
Explore the Trail Ride
Sunday, December 6th 1:30pm has been changed to Horn Creek at the Lick Fork Recreation Area. Meet at the trail head at the end of the campground road. Horn Creek is a 6 mile loop. Email me if you need directions! Please check the forum prior to heading out for the ride to ensure the ride is not canceled due to weather or trail conditions!
SORBA-CSRA and Christmas Party
Tuesday, December 8th at 7:30pm (7:00 if you want to socialize and eat first), upper level Nacho Mamas on Broad Street. This meeting will have a few announcements but will mostly be our annual Christmas Party. We will draw for the winner of the annual volunteer award (attendance paid to the 2010 Mountain Biking Summit in May 2010) – you do not have to be present to win that award – your name will go into the hat for each 4 hours of official volunteering time you have performed this year. There will be a lot of door prizes (a variety of mountain biking related items) for those in attendance and a cake honoring the efforts of our volunteers. Please join us!
Sunday December 13th at 1:30pm at the FATS trailhead. Contact Barbara Drawdy at email@example.com for additional details.
We had a ton of fall activities this year.........thanks to all of those who made them happen by directing or volunteering at the events and thanks for all those who came out to support by participating in the events lets make 2010 even better!
This has been a very wet fall and many of the trails are staying wet for days after the rain. Please check the sorbacsra.org website and forum to keep you up-to-date on trail conditions in the area! Staying off the trails when they are wet and muddy is critical to keeping our trails in good singletrack condition. Hunting season is still underway, so please remember to wear hunter orange when riding/hiking the trails where hunting is allowed.
FATS – Trails have soggy places and areas that are retaining water, armoring is needed in several key areas. If you are on a trail and encounter water or mud please remain in the center of the trail and do not ride around that area in attempt to avoid the water/mud (doing so widens the trail and causes damage that is difficult to repair). Thanks to all the trail heroes that are dedicated to keeping this trail in as good a shape as possible given the miles of trail!
Turkey Creek – Steven's Creek breached its banks and this trail had mud and debris on the trail causes the December trail ride to be relocated to Horn Creek. There are some trees down as well.
Wine Creek - Steven Creek overflow after the flooding in mid November left mud and debris on the trail and there are reported trees down as well.
Horn Creek/Lick Fork - Trail in reasonably good condition, section 2 and 4 have overgrowth due to clear-cutting adjacent to the trail which will continue to cause maintenance issues as we go forward. There is a tree down in section 3. Sections 1 and 5 are fine at last report. Thanks to the Drawdys for championing this trail.
Hickory Knob – Again some wet areas on the trail reported due to continuing fall rains and there are trees down on all three loops. Thanks to Michael and Barbara Drawdy for their work on keeping this trail clear during 2009.
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. Thanks to Steve Mosovich and son, Drew Jordan and Lowell Dorn for removing the trees that were down blocking the trail.
Modoc – Several wet areas, several non-rider trees down. Thanks to Jon Taylor, Dustin Gaddis and others for championing this trail during 2009 and keeping it rideable.
Long Cane – Good condition at last report but with the fall rains and horse traffic on this trail there is potential for development of unstable trail conditions. Thanks to the Greenwood gang for keeping this trail in good condition year around.
Baker Creek – (no recent report)
Keg Creek – Good condition in general but there are 4 trees down of consequence, 3 of lesser size and a few riders. Thanks to Dale Parrot and crew for their constant vigilance on keeping this trail in good condition.
Bartram Trail (Lake) – In good condition but draining slowly after rains. Several areas are now retaining water that previously have not. Use care not to damage the trail by allowing time to pass after rain before attempting to ride this trail. Thanks to all the folks who have pitched in to keep this trail good this year.
ORA Trail - Erosion at Clown Corner but in otherwise good condition. Thanks to Gavin Winship, Timothy James, and others for keeping this trail cleared.
Issaqueena – (no recent report)
If you do work on the trails please let me 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.
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!
Last but not least...thanks to our SORBA-CSRA Bike Patrol for patrolling our trails and providing assistance to riders in need. Your presence on the trails is greatly appreciated by the land managers and all who ride them. Congratulations on making the TOP 5 in hours logged for the whole country this year! You make us proud!