I started on phase 2 on Saturday. It was nice and cool and perfect for cutting brush. I bought a new landscape axe to replace my missing mattock and it works well. I started at point 2000 and pin flagged to 2010 and rough cut to 2007. It’s uphill at about a 5% grade for quite a way, maybe a quarter mile. I put lots of tight turns to make it more difficult than phase 1. I worked 4 hours.
Sunday I hit it again and rough cut to point 2014. Lots of tight turns and still uphill. It was hot today and I got cut and scratched pretty good. It’s not rideable but it’s easy enough to walk through. I’m hoping to get some people to help with the polishing or it will never get done. Once I get to point 2050 to 2060, I can cut a small trail back to the dirt road to create an extension to the phase 1 loop. That would be about a 2.5 mile loop that might be kinda fun to ride. I’m hoping to get it to that point before the summer arrives. I got in another 4 hours. When I quit working, I heard several gun shots that were pretty close, maybe down at the camp ground. I’m getting an air horn. There were also a bunch of motorcycles racing on Pleasant Home Road that were quite noisy. I also ran into the old lady that walks her dog out there. She said she walked the trail for about 20 minutes but got tired and turned around. At least it’s getting some use.
On New Year’s Day, several guys came up to do a time trial on the phase 1 loop. I think there were six of us and we did quite a few laps but never got around to the time trial. I had Fat Tire beer as prizes but since we didn’t race and a couple of guys had to bail early, we drank the prizes and ate chips and salsa. We determined that there is one bad turn on phase 1 that should be addressed but I don’t know if I’ll do it now or later. I would like to get as much cut as I can and then go back to fix things.