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!.
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.
The DEC advised us this morning in a phone call that the logging/salvage required as a result of the tent caterpillar infestation at Golden hill that he discussed with WNYMBA a year or so ago, will likely begin this winter.
It's planned that the contractor will complete the work over the winter, including restoration of any damage that might occur on the trail and trail corridor. The DEC is working with the contractor to minimize any such damage and will post signs for both bikers and the contract workers to be aware of each others presence during the logging operation.
Don't miss the last of our 2014 summer series of meetings at the Colden Inn. Join us on Wednesday September 17th at 8:00 PM. After this one, we'll move the meetings back to the Northtowns and start hunkering down for the off-season.
We promise to keep the boring business part of this meeting as short as possible. There'll be lots of time for the stuff that matters ... like enjoying your beverage of choice, convincing your friends that an elbow dab is not really a crash and that 7-speed titanium-framed triples are better than carbon 1 x 11's.
Ride "The Brook" before the meeting, get over to the Colden Inn by dark and join us at 8:00 PM for the fun. Spandex and Baggies both welcome!
On Tuesday, July 29th, the number of unemployed workers in Western New York fell by a factor of one, when “Travis” the Muck Truck finally came out of storage and found his first job.
It’s no secret that this has been a very wet riding year. Many of the trails in our riding areas need attention and this week, the Rain Trail in Ellicottville got a little TLC in the form of six tons of crushed stone, spread with the help of eight mid-week volunteers and WNYMBA’s new powered wheel barrow.
Thanks to Mark Lawrence and Dennis Baldwin for heading up the work night. Huge thanks go to Jack Kramer too, a long-time club member and owner of Ellicottville Landscaping for the use of his dump truck. Anyone who’s tried shoveling crushed stone off the ground knows how much work Jack saved the group by allowing us to slide the stone off his truck directly into Travis.
The next mid-week work night is scheduled for Wednesday August 13 at 6:00 PM. Meet at the Rain Trail parking lot on E. McCarty Hill Rd. and see Travis go! More details on the “Events” calendar.
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