Thank You

October 31, 2008

We had a great turn out last Saturday with over 30 people digging in. Thank you all for your time and effort. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to stay long, and with Darin on the bobcat most of the morning, we did a poor job organizing the labor force. It is clear that we will need to be more organized in the future and delegate responsibilities, including assigning project leaders to manage specific assignments. Please consider which projects you can organize and oversee.

We will be working on the park again this Saturday from 8:30 until 11:00. Please come help out if you can. Darin cut much of the lumber for the skills area ladder bridges last night. So we will need a few cordless power tools if you have them. We will also have another dozen McLeod hoes on hand. We are planning a ride at 11:00 on the existing downhill trails east and south of the park. There are some new ladder bridges and jumps that have greatly improved the trails, so plan on having some fun when the work is done.

Remember, this is a park for mountain bikers built by mountain bikers. Although Eagle Mountain City and The Ranches HOA have generously supported park construction financially, it is all of our volunteer labor that will get it built. Please spread the word and invite your friends to help out.


The Dirt on the Bike Park

October 24, 2008

We had dump trucks hauling dirt all day on Friday. A bobcat and bulldozer did some trail blazing as well. I’ve only built trail with hand tools, so it was strange to sit back and watch. Darin and I are banking on a good turn out of vounteer labor tomorrow to begin shaping the pump track and finish cutting and smoothing the Juniper Trail.

Back in Business!

October 23, 2008

The park is, once again, ready to be built. We had a pretty good turn out in July before construction was put on hold pending a property issue. The issue has finally been resolved and we are back in business. A bulldozer started to clear the two lower trails this morning. Friday we will have 60-70 dump truck loads of dirt delivered. Saturday we need all the help we can get. We will finish cutting the Juniper Trail, build the entrance trail, clear some trail sections that cross the gas easement, clear the skills area routes, and probably work on the pump track and ladder bridges. Please bring picks, shovels, tampers, rakes, and hoes if you have them. We will have a dozen McLeod’s there if you don’t have anything of your own. If you have a cordless drill and saw you could bring along, that would be a great help in building the ladder bridges. The plan is to meet at 8:30 am at the bottom of the park on Golden Eagle Road – directly under the power lines. We will be cooking up some grub at 12:30 so let me know if you can make it. If anybody has a Bobcat or operates one, please let me know, we may rent one if we can keep it busy on Saturday.

Please let me know if you think you can make it out this Saturday. I don’t want to run out of food!



Julian’s Ride

July 22, 2008

My son and I took a quick ride on the Juniper Trail this morning. Having just been cut, the trail was mighty soft. More tires and some much needed rain should firm things up.

Our First Dig Day

July 20, 2008

A big thank you to everyone who made it out to our first dig day. In a couple of short hours we were able to nearly complete a rough cut of the Juniper Trail. Hopefully those who came out have caught the trail building bug. It sounds crazy, but I’m to the point that I often choose trail building over riding. If your priorities are out of wack like mine, please feel free to come out and dig whenever you like. The Juniper Trail is marked with green flags, with connector trails in pink. You can have at it whenever you have the time and energy. If you don’t want to blaze a new section you can always work on smoothing out the rough cut. Please keep track and let me know how much time you put in as we would like to inform the city and HOA of the total volunteer hours. We are also planning on rewarding volunteers for their efforts with official bike park T-shirts, raffles, and other goodies. I will be posting each volunteer and his or her hours here on the blog. Also, I will let you know when the McLeod tools arrive. This tool is ideal for cutting and shaping trail.

Hopefully the excavator will make it out this week to cut the advanced and beginner slopestyle trails. I must say that I am very excited about the beginner trail. After flagging it with Darin we both realized that this trail will be a bike park favorite regardless of ability level. Once the bulldozer completes the rough cut, then the dirt will be delivered and we can begin placing and shaping.

Thanks again to everyone who came out and helped yesterday. Stay tuned for the next official dig day.


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