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!
Starting today (1/24/2014), a portion of the expert-side trails are going to be closed. We are no longer going to have access to that land effective immediately. The trail closure will start around the beginning of the Jeep Trail Climb and continue around to the second bridge crossing. We are in the process of determining a good re-route so we can continue to get the same fun mileage out of that side of the farm. In the meantime, you can ride the rest of the trail as an out-n-back, or find an old bypass route we put in a long time ago that comes after the “Sneaky Snake”. Just don’t proceed past the trail closures. We’ll keep you posted on trail-work days and progress on re-routes. Thanks.
This is a great opportunity to improve our trails and we will need your help in getting this trail work done. We will schedule maintenance days soon and will provide more detail as we get it.