It’s been a fabulous couple of weeks with the cooler temps and low humidity. I can’t remember the last time I saw a cloud in the sky. Last weekend I pin flagged about 0.8 miles of trail, pretty much everything from the gate downhill to the swamp. I feel like I avoided all the tortoise holes and still made a nice trail. It gets tight in a few places but I don’t think it’s anything to worry about. The trail runs from the red gate down the hill parallel to Red Rock Road until the slope starts getting steep, then it veers off into the woods and runs back up hill and roughly parallel to the downhill trail. Once it gets close to the dirt access road that the red gate is on it turns 180 degrees and runs along the bottom of the hill back to Red Rock Road. So it’s basically a large ‘S’. I also started doing some cutting but I didn’t get that far. I think I had about 4 hours.
This weekend was a busy weekend with the Fenner/Wantz ride, the Greek Fest and the Deluna Fest. Jason and Candice had Friday off and a new landscape ax to break in so the proceeded to start cutting trail. They got surprisingly far and did an excellent job. They each had 4 hours. Saturday morning was the Fenner/Wantz ride and I was pretty sure I could knock it out. My goal was to get it done in 5.5 to 6 hours. There were so many people there. I guess about 300 but from the back of the pack it was people on bikes as far as the eye could see. I rode with Dale, Dan and Ed S. The plan was to hook up with Keith and let him pull us the whole way. Unfortunately the only time I saw Keith was in the parking lot. Several of the guys in PORC that hadn’t done a century ride did manage to latch on and they finished well before we did. Our group of four mostly hung together along with a few others. We got held up by a flat tire and some issues with food and drinks at the sag stops. Dale and Dan didn’t plan on doing the century but at the point of no return the climbed aboard the pain train. After the last sag stop Ed and I kept up a surprisingly good pace on the flats and downhills. The uphills were brutal but luckily they weren’t that long or that steep. I managed to stay reasonably hydrated and fueled up so I wasn’t crampy or bonking. Ed and I finished in about 6.5 hours which is way too long to sit on a bike. My neck took most of the punishment but overall I was just achy and tired. About 15-20 minutes later Dan and Dale rolled in with Dale suffering the most. Still we all finished although Dale’s was an ugly finish. At the beginning of the ride one guy touched wheels in the pack and went down. He looked like he was in severe pain and later we found out he had broken his hip. Ouch. We also came up on an ambulance with lights flashing and we thought someone had been hit by a car but it was an over-the-bars due to a front flat tire that resulted in a broken collar bone. Bummer. We hit the Greek Fest in the evening and it was awesome as usual but after one beer I was ready for bed.
Anyway, today I went out to hit the trail work. I got in 3 hours but I cleared a lot of trail due to the forest being so open. I also rode the trail and it was quite fun but my legs are like lead today so it was bittersweet. I think next weekend we could finish up all I have flagged and maybe jump the trail out on to the road so people can start using it. I brought the Schnauzer since he just celebrated his 10th birthday. He was rewarded with a swim in the creek. I was hoping to hit Deluna Fest today but I don’t have it in me. Galactic is playing before Willie Nelson. This will have to suffice.