Traction

As part of the developing Richmond Ride Center, the Pocahontas trail crew is also receiving guidance and assistance from the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) on improvements to the existing trail system.

This past weekend, we met with a couple of guys from IMBA to review trail assessments that had recently been completed. The “classroom portion” of the meeting was very informative and interesting. Unfortunately, I did not get to stick around for the ride portion of the meeting, but I heard it went well. It feels like we are getting traction toward making significant improvements and enhancements to the trail system.

Sunday morning, I headed back out to Pocahontas State Park, and a small crew of us got the Canycom out on the trails for the first time. The goal was to familiarize ourselves with our new toy, um, tool, and address a few low/wet spots on the Blue/Green connector trail. The Canycom makes hauling rock and earth a breeze. Well, kinda. We had a few “learning moments”, but for the most part it beats the heck out of pushing weighted down wheelbarrows up and down the trail.

haulin' rock

the Canycom may be slow, but it sure hauls rock

no more low spot

no more low spot

we turned the frown upside down

we turned the frown upside down

After returning the Canycom to the trailer to rest for a bit, we hiked back out to remove a large tree on the Green trail. As usual, we found a few other issues along the way.

workhorse...and the Canycom

workhorse…and the Canycom

tree

tree

no more tree

no more tree

After a solid morning (and a little bit of afternoon) of trail work, I had to tend to some chores that didn’t involve being in the woods. As it turned out though, I ended up having enough time to surprise my buddy MS by tracking him down at Powhite. We had a few loops around and enjoyed our special brand of tomfoolery, which is most likely lost on most others. The sunset finally announced to us that it was time to go, and soon after we were pedaling up the exit climbs in the faded light.

good night Powhite

good night Powhite

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