Post by OopsFellDown on Jun 30, 2012 12:54:20 GMT -5
Looks like a war zone between miles 12.5 and 13.5. Didnt even see the 13.0 mile marker, it may be under a tree... These are some big trees, several of them broke about 3-4 feet above the ground and are laying across the trail at waist height. One pair fell in piggyback and are literally laying directly on top of one another. Ridearounds are already forming around most. I will help cut them up and clear the trail, but I dont want to do any chainsawing without a spotter. If we can get access to the trail at the Picnic Shelter (I know, private property), it would be an easy hike to the downed trees. If we have to go in from the access road at mile 9, this is going to be a much bigger project.
I'm not planning a workparty per-se; some of those better equipped and have their time planned out can do that. I will just go nibble at it as time and temp allow. If a group does get together and knock it out, just post it so others don't load up for nothing.
Edit: After last night I would be surprised if it isn't a bigger mess up there around Lake Springs. I don't have a bike right now, so if someone gets out there, please report back.
Mark Y and I cleared this section this morning. My big-boy saw made easy work of the trees (thanks MD). We did not find the 13.0 mile marker. We were on foot so did not cut anywhere beyond this mile section.
Post by OopsFellDown on Jul 4, 2012 17:11:24 GMT -5
Thanks to JT and Mark Y for doing this, and thanks for posting, as 2 of us were planning on doing this tomorrow. If you took care of everything between the 12.5 and 13.5 markers, you got everything (except for anything additional that fell during Monday's storm). I'll ride it tomorrow morning and see if there is anything new beyond the 13.5 marker.
Post by OopsFellDown on Jul 5, 2012 15:58:31 GMT -5
One tree down within 1/4 mile of Petersburg parking lot. Another one before mile marker 1. Big mess around mile 10. Clear between mile 11 and mile 14. Huge mess at mile 14. Didnt go any further, too much portaging around the fallen trees. There is just tons of small debris scattered all over the trail. Pinecones, sticks, twigs, etc, it is like riding on marbles in some places. I cleaned up quite a bit of the medium sized stuff that I could lift, drag, or toss, but not sure I made much of a dent.
We have a potential sawyer, would just need to have a spotter to ride with him and that would give two crews out on the Bartram Saturday morning. If anyone is game we'll probably start at 8:30 or 9:00 but can be flexible.
Just back home Brian - so sorry - we had a helper who was tentative since he might not be able to help due to a prior commitment that had to opt out. Daniel did the last ditch effort post and John caught it this morning and we were good to go. We met at Pollard's Corner because two would start at Wildwood and the other two at the dirt road crossing at about mile 9.5 heading towards each other. The first 3 miles out of Petersburg heading west only had one tree down near the start of the trail.
I'll post details and photos a little later but we were able to get about 17 trees from the 9.5 mile mark to Wildwood between the two teams and then Daniel and I picked up the tree down in the first 1/2 mile on Bartram heading west from Petersburg and then there was a huge tangle of a massive pine plus a couple of other trees about a 1/2 mile or so from Lake Springs heading back towards Petersburg.
Stick our numbers in your phone! We could definitely have used the help!