Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Directions to new Flow Trail at Page Hill

This map below shows the new flow trail. Solid blue line for completed section (as of this morning) and dotted line for the section remaining to be built. The quickest, but not the most fun, way to get out to the new trail is shown with red arrows. This will bring you to the bottom of the completed section of trail. From there you can ride or push up to the top. We have two more weeks to use the excavator. We need a hand-work and test-ride crew behind the machine keeps us moving forward. We'll be out there most days for the next two weeks at various times of day. We expect to be out all day for the next two Sundays. We have a good collection of hand tools out there. Get in touch if you'd like to come help out!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Flow Trail Progress at Page Hill

We are two weeks into our 4 week rental of a Kubota kx-018 and things are progressing great with the flow trail at Page Hill.

The trail is about half done and we are getting more efficient with the machine work as we go.  Confidence levels are high that we will complete the trail within the next two weeks.  The beginning of the trail is ready for test pilots, all of the really technical features have B lines and any jumps are rollable with less speed.

We also have some hand built finishing work to do and crews will be out doing work this week and this weekend so if you are interested in lending a hand in getting this trail to completion contact Jesse at (jesse[at]mcgowans[dot]info)

Here are some great pics taken during one of the recent build / test ride sessions:





Monday, July 14, 2014

Elm Brook Map Re-Posted!

Elm Brook is back up and running with active trail work and we've got a trail map back up on the Trail Maps page.  Get out and check it out!  There is a new bridge on Canal Street:





In other news, its possible to link Franklin Falls, Highland XC and Spaulding Woods in a somewhat reasonable manner.  If you do just about all the single track at each location you end up with about 20mi of trails with about 18-19mi of connecting on pavement/dirt road/jeep road.  50/50 trail to pavement is a pretty good ratio if you ask me!

We are spoiled in Central NH.  My next goal is linking Franklin and Page Hill in an interesting manner...

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Trail Day @ Page Hill Sunday 6/15

Registration will be at the main parking lot on Murray Hill Rd from 8:30 to 9:00 AM.

Trail work will be from 9 am to 2 pm.

NEMBA will provide water, snacks, and tools.  We have several minor improvements planned for Bear Claw trail, including berm'ing a few corners and adding some fun features.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Franklin Falls Trail Day Recap

Trail Day was a huge success!  Seventeen volunteers showed up and we completed just about everything on the agenda, plus some extra bonuses.

With the exception of installation of a bridge, a new trail was completed that gives a bypass option for the steep hill between Rusty Bucket and Cellar Hole Trails.  The crew knocked out the trail bench in short order.  Our prefabricated bridge was stranded when the Beltline Road flooded late Saturday night, as the surge from Friday nights heavy rains raised the reservoir level over 3 feet.  When the water recedes we will be able to retrieve it and drag it to its final destination.  Thanks everyone for a great effort!  Glenn Cilley and Chris Schoeder provided great leadership for the team along with a healthy dose of sweat equity.  Eric Lovering was a bench cutting machine.  Veterans: Grant Drew, Mike Henderson, Scott Pelletier, and Barry Hersh also contributed needed muscle and knowhow.  The turnout of new faces really made it happen fast. At least six new folks lightened the load.  I was bouncing between crews and unfortunately, I didn't lock all the new names in my brain. Hope I have more opportunities in the future to get to know everyone better.

After completing the new trail, Eric and Glenn turned their attention to giving Salmon Brook some much needed attention.   Erosion damage on the switchbacks and connecting benches was repaired.  The pictures look great, looking forward to getting some wheels on it.

While the main crew worked on the new bypass trail, Jesse McGowen and Chris Rodger moved a few tons of dirt to reconstruct the finish line jump at the end of Mighty Chicken. The switchbacks were also de-rooted and smoothed.

Yet other volunteers armed with leafblowers, cleared existing trails of winter debris.  Among them were Matt Bowser and Matt Clark.

- Mike