Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Once the sign was in place, we decided to visit one of the newest and most unique bits of trail art we've ever seen. The Tree of Rocks lies just a short way down the Hotel trail and really is a must see. Check it out on your next visit!!
Sunday, November 11, 2007
The section we worked on is an extension of an existing Greenway. Prior to it's completion, users had to travel through high school parking lot to access a nice little urban trail network. Now they can jump right on the Greenway from a public street.
Our task was to spread and compact several layers of crushed stone into a rideable, walkable, enjoyable pathway. The work was hard, but having so many people made it go quickly. Many different user groups were represented by quality, hard-working volunteers who gave up their Saturday to shovel, rake, plant trees and schrubs, and basically were themselves out. Thank you to everyone who helped!
Saturday, November 10, 2007
The worst part about this whole thing is that the public had no say in the matter at all. The City, County and State were all very happy to shut the place down. They see it as a money-eating black hole. The next phase will be the transfer of the property to the new lessee, Florida businessman Larry Van Maten. His plans for the site are still unknown. It's doubtfull that the trail system will be opened back up to the public.
We've had tons of great rides there. I'll miss this place. Next Thursday the 15th will be the last night ride I get the honor of leading at Explore Park.The 15th is also the same night the Blue Ridge Parkway will have yet another public input meeting regarding the future of trails on BRP property. This meeting will be held at the visitor center at Explore Park. Anyone interested in having the Chestnut Ridge Loop Trail at Mill Mountain opened for multi-use is urged to attend to have your voice heard! We'll need the trail access now that Explore Park is going away.
Hope to see you Thursday!
Monday, November 05, 2007
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Chris, BGPO (before getting pissed off)
Bobby B. is well known in cycling circles, like the Tour of California and the Tour of Georgia. I'm amazed he can still walk down the street anywhere without being mobbed by fans.
Yaaaaaahhh!!! Jen gives new meaning to "Taking a pull".
Improvisation, by Rev. Warren Carswell
Sunday Pookie and I broke out the his-and-hers singlespeeds for a little romp in the woods. (Not that type of romp). We set out on a nice, steady-paced tour of the lower trails at the Cove. Pookie wants to ride her single this winter to build up some power that she felt like she lost this past season. Judging by how she rode Sunday, she will do just fine.
After this eventful weekend, it was back to the crapfest where I work (read previous blog entry - you'd be pissed too), I was so looking forward to getting back out on the trails for our weekly Thursday evening ride. Me, Pookie, Skippy and Snuggletruck showed for what I may start calling "Our Days are Numbered Ride". The uncertainty of Explore park has got me looking for other venues for this long-standing night ride. Mill Mountain is a stong possibility, but we'll continue at Explore Park for as long as they'll let us ride there.