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Update on replacement trail progress
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 27 October 2014 21:22


It's near the end of October, the traditional end of the fall trail work season.  However, despite scheduling six work days this fall for the replacement trail, it still is not quite done.  However, we are getting pretty close.  Here is an update on the progress.

Last Spring, we had three work days on this new trail.  Those work days focused on clearing the corridor.  We were successful in getting the whole corridor from the tower on Mutton Hollow Road down to the gated dirt forest road cleared.  That was a lot of work as the woods were very thick here due to the big harvest of 1999.  This was a great accomplishment.  We also got the section from the tower to the intersection with KC trail completely done as a taste of what is to come.

We took the summer off to ride of course, but got back to building in the fall.  We started by working on the tread on this section, receiving a great boost from Thom Wright and his tread scarifier that worked well on this flat section of the trail.  We got the tread done about half way north from the gated road back up towards the tower.

We stopped progress to the north to focus on the short section to the south from the gated road to the end of the reroute at the CCC/McCarty Hill road.  This included building a short section of the single use white trail in order for the very end of the current white trail to remain shared use.  We spent four work days (poor turnout unfortunately due to bad weather) building this section, but it was worth it.  Unlike the section to the north, this trail is more akin to what we are used to building, with location along the edge of a hillside, and through a relatively mature stretch of forest.  This section is now done.

In the meantime, Dennis Baldwin of Ellicottville Bike and Bean set up a few weekday work sessions to work on one particularly rocky section of the new trail.  This section is near the middle of the reroute, where it has the greatest separation from the old route.  There's more work to be done there, but the stuff done to date is awesome and will be a very rideable section of rocks thanks to this effort.

The Toddler also lead one work day in September in the stretch where the new trail parallels the V-rock.  Just as most people have to hike the V-rock, this new section will also be quite the challenge.

We still have more work to do to finish this trail.  The work is needed on either side of the V-rock, and includes some more rock work on the "new V-rock" as well.  We have scheduled one more work day this coming Sunday.  And as an incentive to get folks to come despite the cold weather forecast, Dennis is offering free breakfast burritos to all who come out to work!

And finally, there really is only one more weekend after that before shotgun season starts.  So the following weekend is really the last chance for us to ride the old white trail.  To put this trail to bed with one last great ride, we have scheduled a "Funeral Ride" on Sunday November 9.  We will enjoy this trail one last time, and share stories of all the great rides we have had on this trail, and maybe share a beverage or two afterward.  And talk about how we are going to continue to work and organize against any more trail losses.

Hope to see you all there at each of these last two events of the 2014 season.

 
October Meeting - Wednesday 10/22 - 7:00 PM - Santora's
Written by Tallboy   
Monday, 06 October 2014 13:02

Whether we like it or not, the days are getting shorter, the nights are getting colder and the mid-week evening rides are almost at an end for the year. So, we're shifting our monthly meetings back north into the Buffalo area for a while.

Join us for our October Meeting at Santora's at 7:00 PM on Wednesday October 22nd at 1402 Millersport Hwy, Williamsville, 14221. The restaurant is located across the street from the Marriott Hotel in the Millersport Hwy/Maple Rd. area, near the UB North Campus. Come on out and hang with your fellow MTB riders while we bring everyone up to date on WNYMBA's latest projects and news over great pizza and beer.

Don't be shy. Everyone is welcome and we can absolutely certify that no new member has been bitten since that one guy tried to reach past Todd for the last slice!

 
WHO WANTS TO BE FAMOUS???
Written by Tallboy   
Friday, 26 September 2014 19:52

Allegany State Park staffer, friend to WNYMBA and club member Adele Wellman is looking for mountain bikers to star in a NYS Parks promotional "Photo Shoot" at ASP. The date is Thursday October 9th. You'll get a free lunch, get to spend a day in the outdoors riding your bike and maybe even become New York's 2014 MTB poster child!

If you'd like to help promote mountain biking and NYS Parks, give Adele a call at 716-354-9101 x236, or e-mail her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . She'll be happy to fill in the rest of the details.

 
Great start to the Fall trail work days
Written by Jon Sundquist   
Sunday, 14 September 2014 21:41

We had a great turnout for the first fall work day on Saturday.  Special thanks go out to Thom Wright.  We had received permission from DEC to let Thom use his ATV with his home-built "drag box" which breaks up the organic soil and really cuts down the work it takes to establish the trail tread.  Thom dragged most of the trail (and back), and we had a great crew to help pull the organic stuff off.  We worked north from the yellow-gated dirt road that bisects the white trail and replacement trail.  We made it quite a ways north, but still have lots to do.  Good thing we have 5 more days planned this fall!.

 
Trail closure signs posted prematurely.
Written by Jon Sundquist   
Monday, 08 September 2014 08:43

We all know that we are losing access to the original white trail alignment for the section between the tower and the CCC forest road.  (If not, read all about it).

As you recall, the old trail would remain shared use until the replacement trail is complete, but we had to finish the replacement by the end of 2014.  We had 4 work days in the spring to partially clear the corridor, and have six days scheduled this fall to complete the trail.

We have contacted the DEC to remove these signs until the replacement trail is complete. (Update: DEC has removed them for this section of trail).

Please make an effort to make one or more of the work days this fall so we can complete the trail.

The replacement trail has been designed to be bigger (longer) and better than the old trail, so please respect the closure when it comes into effect later this year, and help ride in the new route and make it the best around.

 
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