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Todd Himes

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Re: Avon Trail Work
« Reply #270 on: April 21, 2013, 08:51:22 PM »
 Don't worry about moving the bridge back, it's gone! The section of trail between the lower pond and the creek is also gone. The smaller wooden bridge on Brian's trail will need moved back, it wasn't moved very far. I will be there tomorrow about 5:00 to get some trails cleared, lots of debris, sand and mud from the flood. I plan on parking at the ball fields and starting on the short loop east of the iron bridge. 

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Re: Avon Trail Work
« Reply #271 on: July 14, 2013, 08:53:35 PM »
My brother and I trimmed the the short loop east of the iron bridge and Brian's trail today.  I will be doing more trimming this week, hopefully using the park's equipment. I spoke to Steve (park employee) today, he thinks that the park/town are looking at getting the army corps of engineers to control the creek erosion problem next to the lower pond behind the pavilion.

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Re: Avon Trail Work
« Reply #272 on: July 30, 2013, 10:06:56 AM »
I finished trimming the singletrack section from just south of the train trestle to where it comes out of the woods south of the pavillion.

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Re: Avon Trail Work
« Reply #273 on: August 05, 2013, 08:30:35 AM »
Thanks for cutting the weeds back Todd! I have not even been over to Avon to ride this year, but it is still nice to know someone is doing some work to keep the trails open.
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Re: Avon Trail Work
« Reply #274 on: August 06, 2013, 09:04:39 AM »
Thanks guys for keeping up on the Avon trail! I just spent weekend riding there and I had blast. I did pick up some trash but I wasn't prepared for it so there is more that needs cleaned up. I'd like to help with maintenance so just let me know when next time somebody is going over there and Ill do my best to be there. I live about 15 min. away from park but drive by it every day going to work and back. I'm relatively new to MBiking although I have been on the bike in one way or the other most of my life. Looking forward to meeting some of you guys.


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Re: Avon Trail Work
« Reply #275 on: September 25, 2014, 11:32:59 AM »
Does HMBA still maintain and/or sponsor the Avon trails? Some of them are getting pretty rough, especially Eagle's Way and Poplar Pass. There are also several downed trees on the unnamed southern trails that need chainsaw work.


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Re: Avon Trail Work
« Reply #276 on: October 23, 2014, 11:32:04 AM »
As you can tell from a lack of a response, Avon is on life support. This once decent place has really declined. I suggest driving to SWW, I live in Avon and really dont waste my time going there anymore.

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Re: Avon Trail Work
« Reply #277 on: October 23, 2014, 08:00:05 PM »
Do riders not go there because of lacking maintenance or does the trail get overlooked for the larger and newer offerings of SWW and Ft. Ben?

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Re: Avon Trail Work
« Reply #278 on: October 23, 2014, 08:54:34 PM »
I recently had conversation with the relatively new park management. It sounds like they are truly interested in improving mountain biking there at WTCP. Very positive attitudes from the new management contrasting some of what I've experienced in the past.
Possibly some major trail overhauls could be made. I would suggest local riders / volunteers unite and have a discussion with management about how to improve the trails.
It's not a very big property, but for those that live nearby it could provide a few miles of nice riding.

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Re: Avon Trail Work
« Reply #279 on: October 23, 2014, 09:00:46 PM »
I live a mile from it and just got there for the first time this year today.  Someone has added on to the trail in the back since my last visit.  I was the one that took over for Brian several years ago and led trailwork for a couple of years...a more demanding job and now up to four kids I tried to post on here several times about someone new picking up the ball and it has always falling on deaf ears, not surprising as I would make sure I would give two weeks notice on trailwork days and most of the time it would just be me...with four kids (3 little) I get out here once a year just to add it to the list and have no time to maintain a place on my own that I don't even have time to ride.  Almost all my miles are commute at this point except for the DINO Series and Sub 9 events.  Today was the first non event day that I was "let" out to do a regular ride.  With no organized trailwork I actually thought it was ok today but it is sad that we have never gotten more people to help it was always just us same few...and it is a shame as it is the only place on the west side. 
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Re: Avon Trail Work
« Reply #280 on: October 23, 2014, 10:19:17 PM »
If someone local could step in to be a steward, even if they prefer to ride elsewhere, I am willing to give one day a month to help out. If someone is doing trimming and other work but not posting it here, please speak up!

Avon is not even listed on the trail steward list. Ft. Harrison is on there with the position listed as "open", so is this trail one that HMBA still claims to have involvement?
Knowing how much is going on in other parks I realize our focus can shift toward the building of new trails. Now we are communicating about this need and can come up with a way to keep the Avon trail going.

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Re: Avon Trail Work
« Reply #281 on: October 24, 2014, 01:37:10 PM »
My experience with the Avon trails is that they were very confusing and sometimes unusually difficult to ride.  The trails had many unmarked intersections, a lot of which were unofficially made, and hardly any flow whatsoever.  Flat sections would turn sharply into a nearly impossible climb and you could go from difficult trail to really easy without even knowing.  I'm sure folks would ride there if the trail system were better designed.  I really think it would need a big overhaul, planning, and some capitol.  The terrain is nice and has some potential but in my opinion needs a master plan so the bad trails can be reclaimed and the good ones connected in a way that makes the ride more flow better.  This is kind of the same thing that is being done at Southwest Way. 
Unfortunately like bbeohman I have 4 kids and a demanding schedule.  I don't have the time or experience to lead such a project.  If I remember correctly this is not an official HMBA trail either so like RNP, Wapehani, or Muscatatuck the trail work needs to be organized with Washington Township Parks independent of the HMBA. 
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