Construction is complete on the gravel road entrance to the expert side! There’s now a locked gate at the entrance, but club members are welcome to access the trails using this road. There is barbed-wire between the posts on the left, so when entering proceed around the gate to the right. We’ll work on making this a little more easy to ride in the coming weeks. We will also be extending the length of this trail this fall and winter now that things have settled down with the gravel road construction. If you have questions, let us know.
Trail work starts at 6 p.m. Wednesday 6/24/2015. Meet in upper parking lot. We are clearing overhang and small branches, so hand saws, loppers and weed eaters are helpful. We estimate about 2 hours of work. Be prepared to hike and BRING WATER! See you then!
Looks like the farmer starting doing some more work on the fields to prep for planting yesterday. So this is just a reminder that the fields on the near side of the stream are off-limits. When he’s done planting we will see what we can do about getting a trail around the edge of the field down to the metal bridge crossing. The fields on the far side of that stream are unaffected so continue using those. In fact, Mr. Burke cut several paths on that side we are welcome to use – but double up on your tire sealant.
The trail work we had scheduled for 4/28 at 5:30 has been postponed. Heavy rain is on the way and it looks like it would be at its worst right around the time we were scheduled to work. We will tentatively reschedule for the following Monday (5/5) at 5:30. Thanks for everyone who said they’d come out. I hope you can make it next week.
Since our weekends are filling up with bike racing and other spring activities, I’m going to start scheduling some trail work for weeknights. First one is this Monday, April 28 at 5:30. We can meet at the expert gate. Our goal is to finish the re-route we started and possibly start marking another re-route farther down the trail. Rakes, shovels, loppers (no torches or pitchforks – we don’t want to be mistaken for angry townsfolk) are helpful. Power tools not likely necessary. Email cambomtb at gmail dot com for more info.
We will be having another trail work day at Burke Farm on 3/23, from 10 am til 1pm. We have three issues to address on the expert side trails: remove the wooden “bermed” bridge; move our metal bridge span about an 1/8th of a mile to a new location; and re-route a trail so we can continue to ride a loop after the recent trail closure on that side of the property.
Tools needed: shovels, rakes, loppers, wheel barrows (for carting the old bridge out of the woods), crow-bars, hammers. Gloves, sturdy boots. Some heavy-duty wire cutters that can hold up to barbed-wire might be handy too.
The trail clearing for the loop re-route should be fairly straightforward – there aren’t the brambles we had to deal on the other trail, so it should be a matter of clearing leaves, small overhang, and some trail “shaping” for runoff.
Post here if you can make it. I’ll post more details as it gets closer. If the weather looks unbearable or dangerous we’ll reschedule.
For those not on Facebook we wanted send the message that there is going to be a Fit Party for the new CAMBO Jersey & Bibs on Tuesday February 4, 6pm at the Bike Stop Culpeper. Please bring a dish to share and a beverage to swap! Try on Jerseys and bibs to get the perfect fit. Then order your kit for the 2014 season.
You do not need to be on the race team to purchase. Jerseys can be purchased separately, (or bibs only!) it is not necessary purchase both.
Following at 7pm will be a club meeting (also at the Bike Stop Culpeper). This is so we can catch up on CAMBO happenings, the Burke trails, and to generally see what fun 2014 has in store for the club.
It’s going to be a great night! Hope to see you all there!