|Trail side ruins from the canal days at Beaver Creek.|
After watching the weather all week while I was sitting at my desk - indoors - looking out the window at the sun - I'd hoped to have a veritable orgy of mountain biking over the weekend. But with nice conditions the unmistakable knocking of delayed commitments started to make it's way into my consciousness and I decided to take care of some trail work. So on Friday I headed down to Beaver Creek with Dave for a ride and trail work day. I knew there were a bunch of trees down so I strapped a bow saw to my pack and started up Dogwood Trail from the picnic area, ready to play my lumberjack role. Turns out someone had cut out at least one of the downed trees, but at least one more good-sized one had fallen - so I had plenty to keep me busy. I think I cut out at least 6 trees and did a bit of on-the-fly drainage work, but there was one tree up near the top that I didn't get to. It's always more work and takes longer than you think (that should be the Golden Rule of trail building).
|Someone else is cutting trees at Beaver Creek too.|
But it was nice to get in a ride, even if it was a short one, and the extra danger of riding singletrack with a big honkin' saw strapped to my back made it even more fun. Beaver Creek is one of my favorite places, where I've spent literally hundreds of hours camping, hiking, kayaking and biking. That makes it even nicer to give back some by working on the trails.
|Panoramic shot of Beaver Creek.|
|I wonder how far down that you could ride...|
I'd thought about going out for a ride on the rail trail Saturday afternoon, but I was pretty worn out so I just spent some time starting the season's yard and house work. But I was thinking about what I should do on Sunday afternoon after Diana got off work. My inclination was to head back over to Moraine and try to lengthen up the loop I'd been riding the last couple of weeks. But I could still faintly hear those blasted commitments knocking, so I once again loaded up bike and tools and headed back down to Beaver Creek.
|Ready to rake and ride.|
First I left the bike in the woods at the top of the loop, then I parked at the bottom and hiked back up - which gave me the opportunity to tackle the last blockage near the top. I managed to tear off a big flap of skin on my hand and painted a good portion of the surrounding trees with my blood, but eventually the huge mass of grapevines that was dragged down by the falling tree was cleared enough to ride through. I completed the hike and then rode back down the long leg of the loop back down to the bottom (no blockages - hooray!) Once I got back to the car I packed up the bike, grabbed some tools and headed up to where the new trail is going to be built. I got the okay to make this trail the week before I fractured my skull in October, so this job has been waiting for quite a while.
|Cell phone pic of the brook from the hillside trail.|
|Starting to bench the new trail at Beaver Creek (another cell phone pic).|
So instead of three days of riding, this weekend was three days of trail work. It would have been nice to get in at least one longer ride, but I'm really happy to see progress on my two trail projects. Because when I get these projects done I'm going to see if they'll let me build some mtb trails at Mosquito Lake State Park - just ten minutes up the road from my house. I can hardly wait.
|Just another gorgeous dawn.|
Next weekend though, after the Boy Scout campout - I'm going to RIDE.