We have some people signed up for the upcoming working party but will need quite a few more. That trail without the connector is nearly 8 miles long and a reconnaissance ride the other day tells us about 7 miles of it will need various amounts of attention. If we can get a good group together and do a good job on the dips and drains we probably won't have to do this particular task again for a couple of years or so.......we still have time to build this work party but right now we have about a person per mile and we won't be able to finish the job with that few volunteers!
Sitting at 8 people for this Sunday's work party (and 2 maybes) - this isn't hard work (I speak from experience of carrying 30+ pounds of rock down the trail in rock bags most of the time is just getting to the working points.
If you have ridden Brown Wave, Skinny, Deep Step, etc after the work that has been done I think most will agree that work has remedied the majority of the standing water issues. Once we get into April, May and June lopping and mowing will begin to take priority at work parties.
Please help if you can! I'll bring some homemade raspberry oatmeal squares so you'll have the energy for a ride afterwards. Or if you ride before so you'll have energy for the work party
Thanks so much Dustin and to all who have signed up - we have enough people now for a decent work party - can certainly use more, will hopefuly have between 10 and 15 in attendance. Would love to have enough volunteers to get everything taken care of on Great Wall (dips and drains)!
I'm at the trailhead.... the work party just hit the trail I'm happy to report that it looks like only a handful of riders have come out to actually ride the trail today - better if none of course but this clearly shows progress! A family of hikers as well. I will say that as0i was sitting here a truck with a trailer and a 4-wheeler and a motorcycle came into the parking lot circled through the parking lot and then exited - I'd like to hope they were looking for the gravel roads but jotted down the tag number just in case!
Either FATS didn't get as much rain as other parts of the city or the tide has begun to turn a bit with the leaves on the trees.
I stopped to talk to two people who had come to ride the trails and told them the trails were probably pretty wet. We talked about the work party out on Great Wall and the fact that Skinny would definitely be wet. Advised that if they rode they should probably opt for Brown Wave - I was still there when they came back and their bikes were clean.
I know there was still some wet on Skinny but reports were that Great Wall was about identical to Saturday as far as condition which means basically in good shape with those areas that needed to be cleaned out and reworked (dips and drains).