Saturday, June 30, 2007

New Maps

Check the STJ Trail Maps link for two more trail maps. Thanks to Dr. Adam for collecting them!


Trail conditions

Has anyone been on the trails today? I hope to ride Corby about 3:30- 4pm, either that or a road ride with knobbies!

Monday, June 25, 2007

Tuesday / Thursday

Probably won't be riding the Tuesday / Thursday night thing this week. Hopefully some folks will gather and cruise. Post if you do.

Won't be around for the weekend either.

Happy riding.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Detail work

Brad and I worked on the girl scout trail the other day and got the worst nub situation taken care of. I think Randy trimed somemore because there was more done Thursday. It is getting down to the end of finnishing that section. We still need more chain saw work done to get small stumps and large nubs out. There is one large tree that will need a big saw down on the trail. The scout that is doing the project is going to blow the trail then trim one last time. There is also trash that needs to be gotten out of there, the city is going to pick it up soon. Get with me to get bags if you are interested in cleaning out the trails. Lansen is there anyway to post trail maps on this site? It would be great if we could refer people to this site to check out the trails.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

trail progress

I caught Brian once again clearing South Corby its almost all cleared. The first section of the girls scout camp is almost done except for some chain saw and blowing. It is technical off camber and rocky. It is mostly rideable now except for some down trees we did alot of bench cutting so some of those areas might be a litte soft. If someone would please do about 3 hours of chain saw work on that section that would be great. There are a lot of nubers sticking up any help lopping those would be great also.

Tuesday Night

A new rider out last night. Ty on a sweet new Specialized Stump Jumper. He did a great job.

All trails are in great shape at Corby after Brian trimmed them. Thanks man!

One big tree is down on the trail at the end of the North loop. It is about 18" diameter and is oak, so it is really hard to cut. I made one cut with the hand saw so it can be climbed over now, but the second cut still needs to be made to clear the trail. It took about 45 min to make one cut.

It was a great evening. Hope to see some more folks out on Thurs.

Friday, June 15, 2007

trail day sat and answers to questions

Saturday 8 AM to 4 PM the scouts are doing trail work for an Eagle scout project on a new section of trail at the end of the parkway walking trail before the Krug pool. I know there are lots of races this weekend but any help would be great Sat or throughout this next week. Meet at the end of the concret ramp on the last S curve towards krug or walk up the ramp you'll see the orange flags on your right just follow them. Chain saws would be great, trimmers, lopers, shovels or hoes would be good to. The new section is 1 mile or so out of 4-5 or more in the area of the old girl scout camp, this is ment to tie corby and krug together. This section is where the old girl scout camp was where the walking trail goes through the woods passed lovers lane heading NW to Krug Pool. Once again there is more there than I thought. This section has tons of rocks!! it will be tight off camber technical single track with rocks!! Did I tell you guys there are rocks!!! in this section? just checking. The ends of the first section of the girl scout trail is about a hundred yards from the end of the walking trail to up the hill to the first curve in the S curve where the pull in is. This Is between the walking trail and the road. Other sections will be added later in the year. That brings me to maintaining what we have already I don't want to over build what we can maintain. We need to get something in place to help assign sections to maintain. I love to ride but we all need to pitch in to keep the trails clear. I am seeing a lot of new people were at the shop because of the new trails so I can see the sport growing lets keep the positive movement forward. Thanks to everyone who has help build and maintain the trails lately. Brian trimed most of south Corby the other day, thanks Brian.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

The Pain

Well I've either got tired legs or I'm weak and lame. Rusty kicked my ass all over Krug park for a lap last night before I gave up and went home. Good job Rusty.

I think I'll be taking the rest of the week off before the race on Saturday. Hope to see some of you there. So far its Jim, Rusty, and me heading up to Trenton. I'm looking forward to drinking some of that free Rolling Rock after the race. Oh yeah, riding will be fun too.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

City Parks

Talked to a manager in the parks dept today about some city help on maintaining trails. He said he has had lots of comments on the trails we have been building and he seemed pretty appreciative of our cause. Sounds like budgets are tight, but he also sounded willing to explore opportunities for symbiosis.

Cross your fingers!

Corby Cruise

6:30 - Corby Stretching Station. Tuesday Night Ride!

Saturday, June 9, 2007

new trails

Well the Corby stuff went well, there was some good articals written about the new trails. Its time to start new ones I'm marking new trails at the old Girl Scout camp towards Krug. Its part of a boy scout eagle project let me know if you want help.

Friday, June 8, 2007

Weekend Rides

Who would like to ride Saturday Morning?

I will be at Krug Park at 8am and will probably be there until about 10:30. I would like to get at least 2 laps in, so the pace will be "steady".

If it rains, change the plans to Corby Pond.

Sorry I haven't made the Tuesday or Thursday rides this week. Been fighting somekind of mild cold or something and haven't felt much like riding.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Wednesday Night

Didn't feel real good last night and didn't ride.

Anyone up for a ride at Krug tonight? Around 5:30 in the lot.

Call if you want -> 752-2025.

Monday, June 4, 2007

Racing Good Times

It was a big weekend for racing. Rolled with the single speed class at Lewis & Clark in Council Bluffs on Sat and again at Landahl in KC on Sunday. Pulled out a third place on Sat (although they recorded me as 4th) and a second place on Sun. Trail conditions were great at L&C, but things were as muddy as I have raced at Landahl. SS class started behind most of the sport field, and I believe I had to pass somewhere around 60 people by the time we sorted through the sport field and lapped the beginner field. It was still fun, and although there were some bad wrecks on the slippery rocks, most people seemed to have a good time in the mud.
Also got to hang with good folks from Lincoln, St. Joe, Omaha, KC, Columbia, and Manhattan. Can't complain a bit. Might have had too much to drink at some point in there, but I don't think I offended anyone too bad.
Here's a brief photo narrative of the weekend:

cvo happy to re-hydrate.

festivities after L&C.

Rusty after riding Krug on Thursday

Beers and pasta after Landahl.

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Moab, Part 2

OK, it's been 5 days since our return from the trip...and as promised I want to share photos and some of our experiences along the way.

First off, you'll notice this post focuses on our ramblings around the Fruita area in CO. Sorry...I had to stick with the theme of my initial post, hence the Moab reference.

Let's begin with the cast of characters: Matt, from Lacrosse, WI; Scott, who lives in Glenwood Springs, CO; and Javier and myself from St. Joseph. Matt began his journey by driving to St. Joe the night before our departure, gathering Javier and I into the rental, and leaving early Thursday AM. We arrived at Scott's house sometime that night (after the mandatory stop at REI in Denver) and sacked out at his place. We headed out to Fruita the following morning, set up camp, and hit the trails....

Fruita, Day 1:
Our first ride of the trip was in the Bookcliffs of Fruita. These trails were very fast, hard packed, swoopy, and scary in spots.

Here's Matt cruising along the Zippity-do-da section...

Matt rounding a corner on the upper section of Zippity-do-da. This was one of those scary spots. The photo doesn't really do it justice, but if you don't make the very sharp slightly off-camber turn, you get hurtled down that very steep and rocky slope to the left...ouch!

Here's the gang: Scott (left), Javier (center), and Matt (right) basking in the glory of completing a loop and getting ready to head out for more.

After riding the Bookcliffs, Scott had to go to class (he's working on his Master's). After dropping off Scott, we headed out for some more riding a little west of Fruita.

Rustler's Loop was our last ride of the day. It was a short but extremely fun and fast trail that we would have ridden again if not for the fading daylight.

BTW...while riding the Bookcliffs, we met some guys from Omaha, NE. Later that night, we met them again in the same campground, two spots down from us. More on them in a later post...

Well, that's all for now. I have a crappy internet connection, and uploading the photos is taking forever. More to come...

Lewis & Clark

Sounds like the race is on in Council Bluffs!

Sport/Expert/SingleSpeed starts at 12 noon. I will be leaving STJ at 8:30 or 9:00. Anyone that wants a ride to the race should call me by 8:00. 752-2025

These are great trails. Some of the best in the area. Assuming the rain holds off tonight, you are doing yourself a favor if you ride this race.

Updates of the race and hopefully some pictures will follow. Happy trails!