Many thanks to the following people for coming out and helping this past Saturday:

KEVIN MACON, PHIL GILMER, CASEY FREDERICKSON, JAY RICHARDS, KEITH BRYANT, JAY BRADFORD, LARRY ROBINSON, TOM EVERETT, MORGAN and COLE HILL, GREG SMITH, MIKE ENERVOLD, MARK RICHMAN, AND MICKIE POWELL.

Although we battled the heat, humidity, mosquitoes, and yellow jackets, we were able to get more gravel into the swampy area, spray herbicide in the same area, and do some serious raking and side hilling on the new extension. We’ll obviously have to complete the new sections in stages, with our main focus on getting the loop around the lower parts completed first. The more technical, upper section will be tied in as soon as we finish what  we’ve already started. Mark and I were also able to finish the new bridge on the first section. We’ll get that section raked and side hilled as soon as possible. Please feel free to ride the newly completed sections, this helps to break them in.

We will probably need a couple more full workdays to knock this out. Those inclined to come on their own and spend an hour or two working, as personal schedules permit, are always welcome. My only request is that deviations from the established plan not be made. If anyone has ideas where improvements could be made, please contact me first (jboman@bellsouth.net).

We’ve attempted to include features into the trail that are sustainable and maintenance friendly, challenging for all skill levels, and just plain fun. A big part of mountain biking is improving skills by challenging yourself to attempt progressively more difficult sections and obstacles.

Although we can’t enforce the wearing of helmets, we strongly encourage their use at all times while on your bike. There is inherent risk in riding a mountain bike, as most of us can testify. Please don’t become a statistic, wear your helmet!

P.S. A special welcome and thanks to all the new folks that came out for the first time. And as always, thanks to Mickie Powell for making sure we were fed and watered.

Keep an eye on the Trailhead Forum for future workdates.

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