Wednesday, October 29, 2008

More Trail work

In the ongoing quest to keep riders out of openish areas, Darrell and I met out at Signal Hill today to do more work on some problem areas. We ended up with a new section at the beginning of the trail to keep us out of some grassier parts then we headed down to another section that will keep us from having to connect the trail via gravel road. This was a rough section with lots of ground work and we still lack a little here but it is rideable. We finished out with one other small reroute to keep us from coming out of the woods in the beginning and hoping right back in, this allows us to stay in the woods. Three more down and still lots of ideas floating around. I doubt I will be able to head out to the trail for work again until I get back from South Dakota and I hope that we can have a trail work day Sunday the thats a long time away.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

New bike racks at the shop

working on our new displays we built the first one last week and started on the other three and will finish them up this week.

this is what we started out with

this is the bottom trays with mulch and Pony inspecting

finished product

this is the area where the new counter will be, it is a current goat stable but a new area will be set up for display of these sweet rides and our ideas for it should turn out very nice, I can't wait

Trail Work

With the new section of the Itusi trail being approved to start construction I had started thinking more about how much I have wanted to do lots of things at the Signal Hill trail here in town. Its only 4.5 miles and not the most pimp trail in the world but it is where I earned my stripes and learned more about biking than anywhere else. Good memories and stories always fly when we ride the trail and I would hate to see it go away. Signal Hill is also the only local trail we have and is a great trial for night riding since we are in that season. Sean Darrell and I have decided that our trail time will be put into those trails and refurbing them. Sean and I met out there this morning thinking that today would be more of a recon mission and making a few fixes but after talking about a couple things and cleaning up the trail a good bit as we walked it and took notes I kept showing Sean ideas I have had for some re-routes and every time I showed him one he said "lets build it now". The re-routes that we did have taken us out of some open sections or roads that we normally have had to ride and kept us in the trees which even though we did not add mileage to the trail I think the riding experience will be better and we will not have to worry about grassy areas in the open sections. We talked about a few more sections that I have had in the ole brain but we had not finished the stuff that we had originally went out to do so we headed down to "Circuit City" and cleaned that section of trail up which was one of our main goals and called it a day. Along with the couple of re-routes that we have in mind we want to get out and bench a few sections and clean up a few other a bit better. We will start heading out there more frequently on the weekends and I will post those days when we know them.
heres the only shot I took all day, too busy working, but here is Sean on one of the re-routes Photobucket
So on top of the trail work I then got to go shoot some skeet with Darrell, Matt and Ellen. Matt brought his new .308 as well and we fired off a few boxes after the skeet had all been busted up.I leave to go to South Dakota on the 4th of Nov to hunt pheasant for a week so the skeet was a good last warm up and just plain fun.

DONT FORGET TO VOTE. there I said it, I am going to try and wake up early in the morning and do the early thing since it was so easy last time.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Holy Crap

So last night while riding out at the Signal Hill trails in Statesville I was leading the group up a hill and just as I threw the front wheel over the top I noticed something out of the corner of my eye, looked over with my helmet light and low and behold I had a skunk cocked locked and ready to stink me up. I screamed like a girl and hurried past in record time. No one was sprayed which is a good thing but it gave us something laugh about on the greenway ride back to the shop for beers. Things at the shop are getting ready to change. We are changing the look and layout of the shop so swing by and check it out, some really cool ideas have come about and I cannot wait to see it all finished up. I will post some pictures as project progress.