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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Trail Building, Saturday, July 5th - Bring your bike!

Meet at the Echo Valley Lot, 7:30 AM. Want to get out early in order to beat the heat. If you can't make that time, just let me know when you will be coming and I will keep an eye/ear out for you. You can always call my cell (203-733-6240) when you get to the lot.

Don't forget to bring plenty of water, sturdy work boots, gloves, and bug repellent.

I would like to try and get a ride in afterwards, too, so don't forget your bike!

(Please note Albert's Hill is now open and no longer closed)

If you are coming late, click on the following map and print it off so you can find where we will be. To get where the work will be happening, take the blue trail from the Echo Valley lot, heading west until you hit the Upper Gussy Trail Right of Way (ROW) section. The blue trail crosses through two stone walls and the area between is the ROW, which is an old farm road. Turn right (north) and follow the trail till you run into me.

Work to be accomplished: (1) Bench the re-routed section of the trail that cuts across diagonally across a hill; (2) tile the third stream crossing; (3) create a separate horse crossing at Via Roma.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Hot, Hot, Hot!

We had quite a turn out for National Trails Day. People came from Milford, Stamford, Ansonia, and Newtown of course. There were six mountain bikers including myself and four from NBLA, only the fourth, Tom, decided to work from the other end so we never saw him. In fact we kept wondering what had happened to him, only to find out later that he had gone in from ROW and was working at the other end.

After signing in and distributing tools we headed up the Blue Blaze Trail, aka Al's Trail, aka the Newtown Trailway, aka the Lilillonah Trail till we hit the tail end of the unofficial Mulikin Trail. Up that to the connector to the Brody Road, up the Brody to the trail head of the Gussy Trail, and down to where we started working.

All of the work was concentrated We did a lot of benching in some critical areas! Below is Nick Hage cutting a bench and in the background that's Darlene Phillips.

A close up of Nick and Darlene's benching getting closer.

Rich Coffey and Darlene on the finished product, at least what we could finish. By 11 AM the temperature must have been approaching 90 degrees. This section is now a technical climb but we tempered log hop with rocks to make it an easy up and over.

Finished product

Below is the third area that we benched. If you look closely, there is a water bottle on the rocks that make up a little huck over the log that is in the middle of trail, that someone created on their own initiative. If you look to the upper right you will see a little off shoot of the trail. I found another nice huck/drop that you can hit along the way.

Here is a close up of that drop.
Just another nugget along the Upper Gussy

Looking up the hill of the little log jump

Looking down the hill from the little log jump. The problem with this feature is that you can't really get enough speed to hit this properly and get some air, at least I can't, because you come out of the rock garden and then have to make a hard left and then you are there.

Below is the Bench Crew. From Left to Right: Joe, Dee, Nick, Darlene, Rich, and myself.

We headed back down the mountain to the boat ramp and met up with Cindy who went out and got lunch meat and sodas. Too hot for a BBQ.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

National Trails Day, June 7th

CT NEMBA and Newtown Bridle Lands Assoc will be hosting a trail building day and BBQ, this Saturday, June 7th, at the Pond Brook Boat Ramp off of Hanover Rd in Newtown, CT.

Please let us know whether you plan on coming so that we can plan for the appropriate amount Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, etc.

The Pond Brook Boat ramp is located on the right before the intersection with Pond Brook Road, seen on the map below.

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Please ensure to bring water, sturdy shoes, gloves, and bug repellent and try to arrive between 8 and 8:30 because we'll be working on the other side of the trail this time and it's a hike to the trail head.