The weather was perfect, the trail pristine, the rakes, picks and shovels all hard at work, new singletrack. It’s those words that describe how our Two Miles in Two Days Work Weekend went. The goal was pretty simple and by all accounts we were able to get everything done on the schedule building the first 2 miles of what will be a rocky twisty roller coaster through the woods at Tannehill Ironworks Historic State Park. Many thanks to Josh Dyer for doing all the paperwork, laying out the trail and most importantly, getting the park on board in the effort to take an already popular park into what will be a fantastic place to ride.
Saturday started out great with 45 volunteers all pitching in at various points on the trail. Wokers from WAMBA (West Al Mountain Bike Association) joined in with members of a local 4H club. The Tannehill Park staff worked diligently to build a whopping 45 foot bridge over the creek near the trailhead. Randall Naccari was on hand to cook up enough chili to feed everyone. Jimmy John’s graciously provided some of the best sandwiches we’ve had in a long time. Over the course of the day, the woods near the old quarry site were transformed into a back and forth, rough cut route up the hill into a super technical ridge trail. We worked until dark and some people were having such a good time, they decided to camp out so they could get an early start on the next day.
Sunday was just as successful as 35 dedicated souls showed up to finish what was started the day before. The work was hard as there were rocks ‘o plenty along our new trail, but the end result was a great singletrack that is sure to get a lot of traffic. There were still more folks showing up to help with the food and hand out swag over lunch for the final session got underway.
In the end, two miles from trailhead to the Historic Furnace was built and is ready to ride. Thanks to all who came out. We couldn’t have done with out you. Keep your eyes open for the next work day. It’s going to be hard to top this weekend, but if the conditions stay like this, it won’t be hard to convince more people to come out.