The next time you are riding at Oak Mountain, you will probably notice some new terrain down around the BMX track and skinny bridge. That area happens to be the one of the lowest places in the park and, consequentially, is often muddy for days at a time– certainly not the type of riding you would want or expect. On January 9 & 10, BUMP stuck by our moto of Build, Preserve, Maintain, Ride as we had a work weekend to address the problem. The plan was to build what IMBA calls a turnpike trail. This consists of a raised crown surface with plenty of drainage but still solid. The end result was something that looks like garden planters, but over time will be a fast and dry speedway through the woods that does not stop the flow of water into the nearby creek.
Despite temperatures in the teens and twenties, we had a good turnout of volunteers. Jay Bradford, Mark Richman, Frank Gable, Mitch Moses, Keith Bryant, Mark Muro, Mike Enervold, Lee Neal, Corbin Camp, Leo Henry and Dee Cutcher all braved the cold weather.The work was tougher than usual, but with some power equipment, we were able to get a good bit of it done. It was debateable which was harder: moving the 500 lb telephone poles we used as our border or digging trenches through frozen mud more closesly resembling rock. In the end a little teamwork was all it took to get it done. A big thanks to Kim Moses for bringing out the chile and gumbo for lunch, Mark Richman for bringing his generator to heat everyone up on breaks and Mark Muro for arranging to get the materials delivered.