This past week marks a major milestone for MBoSC and the Flow Trail project. We have broken ground on segment 5 and have rough cut almost 1000 feet of trail.
While this project has been in the works for over a year, it has remained a bit of an abstraction, an imagined ribbon of rad singletrack through the woods. It has been mapped out on paper, at the center of a huge fundraising campaign, the motivating factor for training a legion of volunteer trail crew leaders, it’s been through the environmental review process, designed and redesigned in the minds of its trail builders, and prepped, groomed, and cleared by crews of inmates. But as soon as the first bucket of dirt was moved by the Morrison Trailblazer trail machine, the trail became real. It is happening, and it is so tremendous.
The first couple days just Drew and I were out there, getting a feel for the flow of construction and figuring out how we can best utilize volunteers on a daily basis. We have come up with somewhat of a system for construction. Our current focus during the work week is rough cutting trail. This entails cutting bench with the Morrison, and adjusting the trail with our soon to be delivered skid steer.
While we are roughing in the trail, the finish work and the building of most of the trail features (the fun, artful side of trail building) are being left for our volunteer days. This will give our crew leaders a chance to employ the training they have received and take on some projects. There are numerous berms, jumps, rollers, and natty wall rides waiting for the knowing touch of volunteer trail builders. There will be consistent midweek and Saturday volunteer opportunities throughout the project. Check out the Flow Trail page, follow MBoSC on Facebook, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Buku thanks to our volunteers who came out this past week. Our tree and rigging expert, Pierre, helped us build a massive retaining wall out of a fallen old growth redwood tree (photos below). Josh, Bogdan, Glenn and Ford braved the rain (finally rain, jah provide!) on Friday and helped to ready the trail for the significant amount of rain forecasted for the weekend. They made sure that all of the trails drainage was properly cleared so that we don’t come back to a swamp next week.
We are stoked to have so many willing volunteers to put shovels to dirt.