Thursday, April 28, 2011

wet weather exploration

The trails have been really hit or miss lately with the massive rain storms followed by dry spells.
In an effort to minimize the impact on the Allegrippis....I've been searching for other two wheeled happiness in the greater Raystown region.

I only just realized the capabilites of the Mukluk as a creeker. Literally cruising down the center of the creeks out to the lake, similar to the winter adventures only several months ago. Unfortunately, no video yet but we are working on that...... enjoy.

During different type of exploration for new trails and fun gravel grinders, I encountered a bit of a setback on my early morning ride. When is a bridge not a bridge?
If you look off to the left of the picture you can see the old metal bridge laying in a cornfield. Minor setback but turned out to be a blessing in disguise......

Riding past the pulpit rocks just after sun-up.
The last three on the Fargo are all from the same weekly morning ride through Huntingdon out towards Baree and Spruce Creek than winding back towards Petersburg and the town of Cottage. Come out and get lost.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Trail Work and GPS'n

This past week has been busy out on the Allegrippis with both riders and RMBA trail projects.

The EMS map is currently being updated to show locations a bit more accurately on the county mapping system. In an effort to get the best data possible we are working with the Huntingdon County Planning Office to GPS the trail system and emergency access points along it.
Waiting for that signal

With the spring rains and winter trail debris the trails have begun to show signs of their holding capacity for water. Several sections that are already usually wet are now rising to the point of causing pooling on the trail. In an effort to alleviate the pooling and fix these problems altogther we have begun to armor a number of the sections. Below is one of the fixes in progress on the Fawn trail. If you have ridden this section in the wet weather or after a hard rain you'll recognize the location.
Tearing up some of the old armoring to reconstruct it deeper.

Creating a drain after the rain.

As you can see a massive amount of water was flowing into the trail.
Despite the wet conditions and sections of muddy trail numerous vehicles and large groups where in the parking lot.
Great Trail Conditions!

And for a little more inspiration to get out there and explore all there is at Raystown........
.....yes this is near the trails.