Tuesday, April 27, 2010
We finally got some rain. An inch Saturday night / Sunday morning pretty easy. Dirt was perfect for stacking the back and sides of the step-up landing. Heightwise we are getting there, but still a foot to foot and a half to go.
Everything was tarped up from the great day of riding that occured on Saturday. Unfortunately I had to miss it, but Brad informed me of everything that went down, although I guessed some of the happenings from tire tracks on stuff never hit before. This picture is showing the lack of rain puddles after the drainage work that was finished last week. Right now there only seems to be one problem area with water laying and we have a solution to that.
From what I heard, Saturday was a ground breaking day at the trails. To this point only the 1st set in Geronimo had been sessioned. A couple of attempts at the 2nd set, between the end of last year and last Thursday night had a couple people wondering if this line would work with out modifying the 2nd set. It sounds like a monkey was found and sent up the tree to remove pine tree branches to atleast 20 feet high. Good thing since Dave plowed thru half the branches last Thursday night and I had visions of him impaling his eyes on dead limbs.
A session ensued that saw the 1st landing riding in and packing very nicely. Once Brad and Dave felt the groove they sent it. I guess Brad's 1st attempt saw him come off of the lip heading towards the biggest pine tree. Casually, he put his right foot out and did a foot plant off of the tree into the 2nd landing and over cleared it by a couple of feet. I guess everyone went nuts. He showed me the missing pine tree bark Sunday and I could not believe the height, because the landing was not far from the pine tree. Dave hit it up next and cleared it no problem. They sessioned it for quite a while and your typical trail tricks were done over the 2nd set. Then Dave transferred to the far left of the landing and was able to go thru the Main Line. All I need to say is that I need to see this in person. Eventually the 3rd set was hit with a lip that had not even be touched since last August. The 3rd landing goes into the ground by atleast 3 to 4 feet and that is were the digging stopped last year. A wall of death if your brakes are not dialed and it sounds like there were some near death experinces. Plans are now switching from other areas of the trails to focus on getting the 4th lip of Geronimo roughly done, so the 3rd set can be sessioned properly.
The rest of the trails rode the best they have all year and the 1st 360's of the year were done over the step-up. Without the rain in the last couple of week, a watering schedule and process with the tarps is slowly getting figured out to keep the trails dialed. Right now, just about everything is running and only a couple of lips need rebuilt. Once we have a big crew together for a weekend session, then maybe a landing or two will get chewed up, buttered up and ridened in. Get to the trails and get you digging in. The Erie guys were a no show, but hopefully they will get down soon along with the Cleveland guys. Pumped.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Saturday's weather barely got into the 30's and it felt freezing compared to the 80 degree plus days we had a week ago. I don't think anyone went to the trails.
Sunday's weather was a little better, but still chilly. I had to get a workout in, so I went to the trails and Brad showed up shortly after. We finished the drainage behind the old last lip in the Main Line. Should not be a problem this year unless we get more then 5 inches of rain in a day.
We then turned efforts towards the step-up landing in the Main Line. We are looking at stepping up another 2 feet compared to last year and we started stacking up the backside. We got it squared up to the current height and are ready to add the 2 feet the next time out. Looks super good and the last lip is looking at being another foot taller. Should send you good.
Weather looks good for this week, so get down to the trails and get your digging in. Hopefully a proper session Thursday evening. No photos of this weekends digging progress.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
What is going on with this weather? Last weekend we were diggign without shirts and this morning I wake up to snow on the ground. Is it November and I slept the last 7 months?
Anyways it looks like it will warm up nicely today, maybe into the low 60's and we should be able to get some work at the trails done. Probably going to be muddy for sure, but we got plenty to keep busy. I have not been able to get to the trails since last Saturday and 2 or 3 good digging sessions went down. Curious to see what got done, get some pics and get a digging work out on.
Come on down and dig. There is plenty of shovels for everyone, just don't use mine when I'm there. The trails are not going to build themselves.The photos above are from The Heathens trails last May. Two of my favorite pics taken last year of the Spencer boys. Aaron with a casual tobaggan and Jordan leaning it over without one foot.
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Before picture of the Main Line 1st lip and landing. The guys chopped them up Thursday night to start the overhaul of them.
View from the roll-in direction of Geronimo. I'm glad to see the high corner of the 1st landing did not turn to mud and collapse over winter. We spent many weeks last year getting it to this point and it is not easy stacking dirt a couple of feet over your head.