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Title: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on April 07, 2006, 01:56:00 PM
Join me for a morning of trailwork at Avon Park!  I am going to be working tomorrow morning (Saturday, April 8th) at about 7:30am.  We will be cutting in a new little section of trail on the other side of the old steel bridge, south of the baseball diamonds.

Call my cell if you can help! 679-4144

Thanks!
Brian
Title: Upcoming Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on April 08, 2006, 04:24:33 PM
Cut-in a new little section of trail this morning,even though nobody called to help. I know I didnt give much of a notice, so I really wasn't expecting anyone to be available. But if anyone wants to help, give me a call so I can put you on my phone list for next time. Anyway the trail is across the creek on the other side of the old steel bridge. Now there is a complete loop of single track over there, instead of having to ride up the little rode to the bridge to finish a loop.
   Also wanted to let everyone know the trails were dry there this morning so it's good for riding. Im really surprised how quick it drys up there this time of year.

                   Brian    Ph# 317-679-4144
Title: Upcoming Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on April 18, 2006, 10:38:12 AM
Hey Andrew,
I really enjoy the new trail we all put in last spring too. I did a little trail work  at odd hours this past friday and monday so I didn't call any one for help. But when I do plan another trail work day I'll call you and post it here.

Brian
Title: I wanna help too!
Post by: icemanmedic1 on May 22, 2006, 05:55:42 PM
Brian,

I'm certain that you would appreciate all the help you can get.  If you give me a couple weeks heads up I'd love to come and help take care of the trail.  Never worked on trails yet, but I've got a good back and an ipod.  Contact me @ doogieemt@earthlink.net or 3175176088

Thanks,

Nathan
Title: Upcoming Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on June 02, 2006, 03:41:31 PM
Hey Nathan,
    Thanks for wanting to help with trail work. I Probable will not do much if any more trail work this spring because now I am buzy with my kids sports. But I will be sure to call you this fall when things slow down and I can do some trail work.
   By the way I rode wednesday night and the trail was pretty good. Only a few wet spots. And the weeds are growing up on the trail across the steel bridge. I talked to Gary today and he already new about it and said his guys were going to cut them back. So all and all its good riding at avon if this new bunch of rain didn't make it a mess. And if it did I'm sure it will dry out in the next day or so.

                     Brian
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on March 21, 2007, 10:16:56 PM
Time to do some spring trail work at Avon. Meeting at 8:oo Saturday morning up by the playground and working till noon. If you can't make it by 8:00 i'm sure you can find us out on the trail. Bring water and work gloves.

                            Thanks, Brian B
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on March 22, 2007, 09:39:15 AM
Brian,
   I might be able to help saturday morning, do you have the tools needed?  I am new to this and just helped a couple weeks ago at Ferdy, but I am short on equpment.  For anyone what type of work gloves are best to buy?  At ferdy my long fingered riding gloves didn't work out so well when it came time to pull thorn bushes.
Bob
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on March 22, 2007, 05:39:29 PM
Bob,
Thanks for responding.  I look forward to seeing you on the trail Saturday morning.  I have enough equipment supplied by the Park.  Any kind of leather work glove is fine.  I appreciate your willingness to help.

Brian
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: Darin on March 23, 2007, 06:53:32 PM
As of this time 6:47 pm Fri. night, work at Avon is still ON!!  There is high ground work that can be done too.    Not all work either, there is a good coffee shop close to the park for a post work brew (in the same parking lot is Legends for a post work brew too).  Come out and join us!  This park HAS purchased 80 more acres, and it is up to us to maintain our relationship so that more MILES may be added SOON!!  Thank you too ALL who donate their time!!
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: sparkplug on March 24, 2007, 10:27:54 AM
Sorry I could not make it we are in the process of moving. I would like to thank the people that do go. I used to travel with my job but i am not any more and am really excited to bo able to help maintain the trails i enjoy to ride. Please post for the next time you are going to work or pm me and i will give you my number so we can get in touch.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: D_Coy on March 24, 2007, 03:25:44 PM
Is the Avon trail in any sort of riding condition for tomorrow?
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on March 24, 2007, 04:42:18 PM
There are too many wet spot to ride at Avon and it is raining again now. But we did get some good trail work in this morning! Thanks again to Darin, Bill and Bob for your help! I will post a couple days in advance when there is another work day.

          Brian B
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: Darin on March 25, 2007, 07:27:32 PM
Once again, a BIG thank you to all who helped!!!  A lot was acomplished!!  Ridable soon if it holds off a little while.  Thanks to all the B's....Bill, Bob, and Brian!!

Thanks Again!!!
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on April 01, 2007, 10:12:30 AM
I did some trail work with the help of my two children Kate and Trevor Saturday afternoon right after the down pour of rain. Since I had my two children, I didn't contact anyone else to help because I wasn't sure how it was going to go. Anyone with children I'm sure understands. We work on some more wet spots on gamblesrun and the lower singletrack trails. The areas we worked on the weekend before are working good! The bigger project that we worked on was a trail reroute to higher ground right before the train bridge. It's usable now, but it needs a little more work on the southend and I would like to build a bridge on the north end to cross the drainage water because it is like a small stream this time of year. The park has wood to build a cribwall on gambles run were it is erroding. So hopefully we can work on some of these areas next weekend.


                           Brian B
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on April 04, 2007, 05:12:12 PM
We are doing trailwork this Saturday at Avon park.  There is alot of work to get the trails in the best shape that we can for the DINO Race on the 21st and to just improve the trails for this year's riding season.  So... if you enjoy riding Avon and would like to help make it even better, we are meeting down at the maintenance barns at 8am, Saturday morning and working until 1pm. 
If you cannot be there by 8am... show up when you can!  We will be doing work at the beginning of the trail head First Bridge, on Gamble's Run and back by the Train Bridge.

Any help is greatly appreciated!

Brian B
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: Darin on April 05, 2007, 02:23:38 PM
I'll try to make it..........and I'll try to bring help with me!
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on April 10, 2007, 12:30:26 PM
Got alot done Saturday thank to some great help from Spencer and Todd. We armored and rechanneld the drainage in a wet area on gambles run.Then we made two log bridges thanks to Spencers skill with the chain saw. The log bridges are down by the train bridge. They enable us to make one trail "In" and anothe trail "out" to access the trails south of the train bridge. Those trails still need some work but they are usable.

          Brian B
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on April 16, 2007, 08:44:11 AM
Eric (Avons new land manager) aproved a reroute trail around the large Mud Bog on sparrows trail (wide trail leading up to maintenance barns). this is a temp. trail as of now, but I hope it wil prove to be permenant. Because the exsisting trail runs through a low area that is wet every year. There was still going to be a wet area with the new reroute. So I built a 12 foot bridge in my garage Sat. while it was snowing .then a few of us put it in place sunday. The trail is soft becase it is new ,but hopefully it will get packed in good by Saturday for the DINO race. Like I said ,it is planed to be temperary ,so if you like it let Eric know so hopefully the trail can stay as a option.

              Brian B
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on April 19, 2007, 08:59:32 AM
I made a mistake. The reroute trail around the mud bog is actually off of Kingsway trail before it splits off to sparrow trail. Anyway, I have some good news! After seeing the new reroute trail in, Eric (Park Manager) has decided to keep it open permanently as an alternate to the existing trail.  :)  Even though it is a short trail, I think this is great news because every bit of singletrack trail makes it more fun to ride. And plus it is a good dry trail. Remember keep water off trail and keep users on trail is the keys to a succesful trail!

               Brian B
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on April 24, 2007, 03:24:32 PM
No trail work this weekend. I will be out of town. We do plan on doing more trail improvements this spring yet. So if tou haven't had yuor chance to help,don't worry, you will!  I wil post it here when we get another work day planned.

          Brian B
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on May 11, 2007, 08:08:18 AM
Sorry about the last minute notice, but I thought that I was going to have to work this weekend. Anyway I plan on puting in a few hours of trial work tomorrow (Saturday). We will start at 8:00 and work until 11:00. If you are there by 8:00 meet at utility shed by the play ground otherwise find us out on the trail.We appreciate any time you can give to help.

           Brian B
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on May 11, 2007, 11:01:27 AM
Small change of plans. Meet down by park mainteance barn saturday.

Thanks,     Brian B
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on May 14, 2007, 10:37:41 PM
We got some good work done Saturday. We cut up and removed  the large rotted tree that fell on the trail to regain about 40 foot of the trail back. Built a crib wall to shore up the side of the trail on Huff's Ridge. Hauled rock from the train bridge to Huff's Ridge with a wheel barrel. Then fixed another one of those areas that water just drains out from the side of the hill on to the trail. And we also armored the impact area as you are comming off the bridge on the new reroute trail. Big thanks to Spencer, Jimmy, Jason, and Bob for your help! I think it was good for Eric (new park manager) to see the support of five MTN Bikers working on the trails on a beautiful Saturday morning also. ;D

      Brian B
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: Darin on June 14, 2007, 11:32:26 AM
Brian spent last evening weed-eating the trails with heavy vegitative growth.  I will continue tonight as time allows.  I plan to work on the area east of the iron bridge. 
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: Darin on June 15, 2007, 11:23:38 AM
Trail east of the iron bridge is trimmed back.  Trails are very dry and fast!!
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: treebeard on June 15, 2007, 11:32:32 PM
Awesome, thanks Darin. You guys have really improved the trail out there especially where some areas were getting eroded.

Rock over London, Rock on Chicago
..Wheaties, its the breakfast of champions!
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on June 25, 2007, 10:34:22 PM
I did some more weed-eatig and branch trimming tonight.The trail loop south of the train bridge is itch-free now. ;D That makes all of Avon itch-free now. So we shouldn't need to do any more weed-eatting this year.

             Brian B
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: shaftus on June 26, 2007, 10:19:01 AM
Hey Brian,
Many thanks to you and all the other who are workig on making Avon a better trail.  I live here in Avon and having the trail so close is wonderful.  Please feel free to include me on any upcoming trail work days!  Are there any plans for further expansion beyond the trellis?


Thanks again for all the hard work!
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on June 26, 2007, 03:10:06 PM
Thanks for showing your appreciation for the work thats been done . I live in Pittsboro so Avon is the closest trails for me . Putting in a few laps there is a great workout and alot of fun at the same time.
    Please send me a personal message with your ph# and e-mail so I can contact you for trail work. We probable won't do any more until this fall though.
YES we do Want to add trails to the new property south of the train bridge. The park management is not leting us build any new trails YET. They are still in the planing stages for all that they want to do with it. I will let everyone know when I get any new information.

          Thanks!
                        Brian B
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on June 27, 2007, 01:01:16 PM
The park has informed us that we need to change the two TTF's (technical trail features) on the FREERIDE trail so they are safe for the AVERAGE trail rider. Apparently a few people were trying to ride over there skill level and have gotten hurt, broken bones. They won't be much of a TTF or a FREERIDE trail after we are done. So sad :( But they will still allow us to cross over the wet areas. We will probable work on them this Saturday morning. I'll post more details when I get things organized with the park manager.

             Brian B
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on June 28, 2007, 09:56:29 AM
Yes ,we are going to work on the TTF's-Bridges Saturday. Meet down at the maintenance barn at 8:30 in the morning. I will bring all the tools. If enough people show up we might work on some other areas too.

          Brian B
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on July 01, 2007, 08:56:24 PM
WE got the TTF BRIDGES taken care of saturday. We worked from 8:30am-3:00pm to get it done. BIG thanks to Todd,John, and Andy for helping out! There still fun to go over, so I guess we really didn't loose anything. I hope the AVERAGE rider can make it over them now without getting hurt. Well, enjoy the ride! The trail is in great shape right now.

         Brian B
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: sparkplug on July 02, 2007, 09:45:35 PM
Thanks for complying with the request of the park. It sucks we do not have those challenges anymore but a least we can see who will be the first to jump the whole table top first, and at least it will keep the relations with the park staff open. Thanks to all the  people that helped!
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: off_road on July 22, 2007, 05:35:52 PM
I noticed today that the trail that goes right near the park entrence (dont know the name) has a one way sign if you are going one direction, but coming from the other direction there is no "do not enter" sign at all. Normally I wouldn't think its a big deal, but that trail has a "roller coaster" drop that if 2 people ran into each other on, would be very bad.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on November 14, 2007, 01:07:06 PM
We are going to do some Fall trail work this saturday,7:30am-Noon. Meet down by the red park maint. barn. If you can't be there at 7:30 just find us on the trail (Gambles Run).
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: Darin on November 15, 2007, 04:02:17 PM
I hope to make it baring any major disasters at the homestead.  I may have children in tow and may need to find a light duty job for them.  Weather looks good for some fall trail work. 
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on November 16, 2007, 01:51:33 PM
We may not have enough materials to build the needed Cribwalls on Gambles Run. So if you can't find us on Gambles Run this Saturday, then we are back working by the old train bridge. It may be a little cold when we start Saturday morning but we will warm up once we start moving dirt.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on November 18, 2007, 08:42:04 AM
   We had just enough wood to build a needed crib wall on Gambles Run. It is a 32 foot section that ranges from just 8 inches high to 3 foot high. More crib walles are needed on Gambles Run as materials and time become available.
   We also blew off the leaves on all the hillside trails. They get really deep on the steep hillsides! And now you can actually tell where the trail is.  Thank you Todd and Spencer for bringing and using your leaf blowers!
   I will be meeting with the park manager to see if they can get us more materials for Crib Walls and I will try and give everyone more advanced notice when the next trail work day is.
  Big thanks to Darin, Todd, and Spencer for helping out Saturday!  ;D

                    Brian B
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: treebeard on November 21, 2007, 12:44:51 PM
WE got the TTF BRIDGES taken care of saturday. We worked from 8:30am-3:00pm to get it done. BIG thanks to Todd,John, and Andy for helping out! There still fun to go over, so I guess we really didn't loose anything. I hope the AVERAGE rider can make it over them now without getting hurt. Well, enjoy the ride! The trail is in great shape right now.

         Brian B

Brian your always enjoyable to work with, as are the other people who frequently join in on the work. Cant wait to try Gamblers Run now, it was getting a little hairy at high speeds. Maybe ill see ya in the spring if u need some help then, im sure u probably wont be doing much over the winter.

Andrew
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on November 21, 2007, 03:20:15 PM
   Hey Andrew thanks for the positive feeback! You have alwas been great to work with and alot of help too! Especially when the trail work project extends further into the day then it was planned.
   I am going to take on at least one more project before winter really hits. And that is to fix" Spencers Corner". It is the RH downhill corner on Kimber Trail that has large roots stiking out. We are going to build a  Cribwall and make it into a nice rolling crown switchback turn. We plan on working on it Saturday Dec1. So if you are free we can use the help.

           Brian B
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: treebeard on November 27, 2007, 03:32:09 PM
Oh im down for that. Its been getting  more and more eroded this summer and the last few times i rode it i just walked it. Most likely ill be showing up Sat.!
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: treebeard on November 29, 2007, 08:15:46 AM
Hey Brian its supposed to rain on Sat. so are you still planning to work on the trail? I dont mind unless its a major downpour.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on November 29, 2007, 02:32:17 PM
We are not going to do trail work this saturday after all. I have to work this saturday and the park has not bought the materials that we need yet. And with this winter weather coming in like it is, we may not get to "Spencers Corner" this year. I was hoping that the weather was going to stay on the warm side up to January like it did last year. But that does not look like the case this year. I will post it here if things change next week.

           Thanks !   Brian B
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: Darin on December 03, 2007, 01:01:18 PM
See what happens when I go out of town for a while?  I almost missed a work day!!  Thanks Brian for giving it a try.  We may have some better weather soon.  I'll try to help if I'm around.  Thanks again Brian.

PS. the section we worked on last (crib wall on Gamble's Run) rides GREAT!!
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on March 13, 2008, 08:33:01 AM
We are doing a little trail work this sunday morning. Meet down at the maintenance barn at 8:00am. Working until around noon. The main plans are to position a new bridge in place on the trail behind the barn. And we also need to put the log bridges back in place that are down by the train bridge. I found only one of them, the other must have floated away. So we will have to find a good log to make another one. And then secure them with post this time because it will probable flood again.
See you there!

         Brian B
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on March 17, 2008, 03:24:15 PM
   I just wanted to let you know that we had a great trail work day Sunday. We basically put three log bridges in place. Two of them were in place down by the train bridge until the last flood. One was totally washed away and the other was moved about fifty feet. This time we secured them with 4x4 posts and lag bolts. The third bridge is new. We put it in to cross the pond overflow water that goes across the trail that is behind the maintenance barn. It is great having Spencer and his skill with the chain saw! He made two nice bridges out of one nine foot log. Steve(one of the park workers) also helped us out alot, by running the equipment to move the logs. And getting us the fill dirt that was needed on the trail leading up to the one bridge. Big thanks to Todd, Bob, and Nathen also! We all worked good together and got alot done in a short amount of time.

Brian B
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: Darin on March 19, 2008, 10:25:49 AM
Looks like we'll get to see if the bridges hold, more flooding on the way.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on March 19, 2008, 01:12:23 PM
Yes, that is what I have been thinking about also. ??? I hope the bridges stay put.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on March 20, 2008, 12:06:00 AM
On the upside Brian this would be a great time to walk the new part to see what stays dry back there. Let me know if you get out there in the next few days.  Otherwise lets just hope you digging to China for the posts are enough to keep the bridges from floating away ;D
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on March 20, 2008, 09:17:51 AM
Good news! As of lastnight all three bridges are still in place. Two of the bridges are good to go because the water was running under them like it is supose to. The third bridge is under water! There is about six inches of water running over the top of it, but it is still in place. Fortunantly the water in this area is not moving fast because it is like back fill water.
The water was over the banks of the creek down by the train bridge, but it was not over the banks up by the Iron bridge. You could not walk under the train bridge to the south property because the creek is flowing in that area now. I wish I had a camera to take pictures. Since the rain stoped lastnight, hopefully the water in going down now.
You are right Bob, it would be a good time to lay out the trail on the new property. But my inlaws are in town this weekend. Maybe Monday I will be able to get over there because I have that day off work. Are you working Monday? or is that your spring break week?
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on March 21, 2008, 07:54:44 AM
I am actually off today (Good Friday).  Monday evening I could be there but not during the day.  I have one more full week of work before spring break.  Just let me know.  I wouldn't be able to get out there Monday until 5:30 so if that is to late I understand. 
Bob
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on March 21, 2008, 03:15:10 PM
My inlaws are in town now and it looks like they are staying through monday. So monday is probable a no go for me now. I will try to get to the park some evening next week to start the new trail layout. And next weekend we will probable do some more trail work.
I talked to Steve at the park Thursday afternoon and he siad the creek is going down. :) GOOD NEWS!
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on March 26, 2008, 09:37:41 AM
Trail work this Saturday. Meet down at maint. barn. We will be working on Spencers Corner. It is the switchback corner behind the maint. barn. I want to get this corner fixed so that we can move on to making new trail on the new property. I have some of the new trail flaged but there is alot more layout work to do.
It is exciting that we are going to make some new trails there at Avon! ;D The log bridges held up good through this last flood, because they are still there!

        Brian B
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on March 26, 2008, 09:35:59 PM
I'm in!
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: Drew Wing on March 27, 2008, 12:46:32 PM
What Time are you starting on sat.?
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on March 27, 2008, 02:17:45 PM
What Time are you starting on sat.?
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Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: Darin on March 27, 2008, 02:39:47 PM
I'll be there on Sat.  Looks to be great weather.

See you all there.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: treebeard on March 27, 2008, 03:25:04 PM
more than likely ill see ya'll there. Welcome Drew, hope to meet you there on Sat. Ill be doing the opposite of whatever a native american rain dance is in hopes that Saturdays good weather prediction will hold out ;D.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: Darin on March 28, 2008, 10:30:53 AM
Weather still looks good.  I'll bring extra drill, batteries, water........any other requests?
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: Darin on March 28, 2008, 03:23:58 PM
Do you think it will be dry enough for a post work ride?
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on March 28, 2008, 07:35:12 PM
Do you think it will be dry enough for a post work ride?

It probable will be dry enough in most area's. I won't be bringing my bike this time. All my available time is going to be aloted to trail work. But feel free to bring your's. Looks like it will be  great weather for working in the woods tomorrow! See you in the morning.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: Darin on March 29, 2008, 02:34:14 PM
A HUGE thank you to all who helped on our taril work!!!  I have about 60 more photo's to download and post to my Flickr site.  I'll get on it after dark, I'd rather ride right now.  THANK YOU ALL again!!!

I'll get to work planning a trail builder appreciation day at Avon!  You all need to share in some of the LOVE.  You all deserve it!!
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on March 29, 2008, 04:28:57 PM
Just finished riding the new switchback and it will do just fine!  Parts of the trail were still wet but it was mainly the doubletrack down by the train bridge.  The same spot were are new trail would have been high and dry if they would have let us build it.  Maybe we should walk through that part right now so they can see how much it would help.  The rest of the trail was fine and there weren't ruts being left as there were about seven guys out riding this afternoon.  Brian just let us know when the next work day is and we can start with the new trails!
Bob
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: Darin on March 30, 2008, 07:47:55 PM
Take a look at the trail work being done at AVON!!!

Another BIG thank you to the volunteers!!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/8479290@N06/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/8479290@N06/)

Are new trails in AVON's future?  Check back often to find out!!
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on March 31, 2008, 10:01:05 AM
Yes! We had a great turnout Saturday morning and we got that Switchback turn fixed. Darin's pictures shows all the tree roots that are covered up and how it is a completely different corner now. It took alot of dirt moving that was hard work, so I want to make sure that I get a bigTHANK YOU ! out to the following ...Todd, Bob, Steve, Darin, Andy, and John. Kyle (park employ) also helped us out by moving dirt to the top of the hill and getting tools that we needed. And I got to thank Spencer again for his donation of the wood to build those fine Crib Walls.
Next weekend my wife will be out of town, so and I will be with the kids = no trail work. So the weekend after next we might be able to start cutting new trail. ;D
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: treebeard on March 31, 2008, 12:20:02 PM
Boy that felt good to pay some dues and it was great to see the number of people who showed up on Sat. It was starting to feel like only a few people really cared about lil' ol' Avon. It was great to make some new friends (i may have even made a new on on the site here too! :'()and meet some other people who ride out there. I appreciate all the thanks but i feel like i owe this trail since ive ridden it so darn much....hmmm i guess i owe it to a lot of other trails too i just never get to workin on those. Id say we patched that corner good though, at least for a long while. There should be a good picture or two of me holding up a shovel or maybe with my hands in my pockets! ;D  Fun stuff man, John said he had fun too.
By the way, that was one gnarly bench cut! And thanks for the love Darin, Your a love machine!
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on April 09, 2008, 10:24:00 AM
Trail work this Saturday 9:30am-1:00pm. Meet at park maintenance barn. I would like to get going on the trails on the new property. But there are a few area's on the excisting trail that need repair and can't be overlooked. Espesially because the following weekend is the DINO race. That means there will be alot of traffic on the trail and we want it in good shape for that event. As of last night the trails were amazingly dry except for two places. The wide trail leading back from the train bridge and a small area on the steep up hill climb. The steep up hill climb is one of the area's we will work on Saturday. Hopefully we can get the few repairs done and have time to do a little work on the new trail.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: treebeard on April 09, 2008, 01:06:04 PM
i cant make it this weekend, have to be somewhere Saturday from 10-11am. Sounds good though, that area at the bottom of the steep hill where the tree roots are at was getting a little hairy by the end of last summer due to erosion.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: off_road on April 09, 2008, 07:25:10 PM
i rode last sunday and the roots on the steep uphill climb were very muddy and wet although everything around them was perfectly dry. seems water doesn't run off due to the big tree blocking the downhill side
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on April 10, 2008, 08:16:01 AM
[quote
i cant make it this weekend, have to be somewhere Saturday from 10-11am. Sounds good though, that area at the bottom of the steep hill where the tree roots are at was getting a little hairy by the end of last summer due to erosion.

Thanks for the response back Andy. As of right now, I only have one other person avaliable to help Saturday. So if there is anyone out there that rides Avon and could help out saturday morning, that would be great!
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on April 10, 2008, 07:53:18 PM
We aren't going to the hospitol until Sunday morning Brian so I should be able to put some hours in on saturday, are you meeting at the shed?  If we get to the new part is it staked off or do we need to do some of that tomorrow evening so that we can get rolling on saturday?  I did get your message tonight but my phone is now dead and I left the charger at school today.
Bob
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on April 10, 2008, 09:04:21 PM
Great Bob! Yes we are meeting at the shed and I can't get there until 9:30, so that is the start time. I do have enough of the new trail flaged to keep us buzy!
Thanks Bob! See you Saturday.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: Darin on April 11, 2008, 11:21:59 AM
I (actually my son) has baseball practice on Sat. from 11 til ?.  I can try to stop by and help when I can.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on April 11, 2008, 12:54:06 PM
I know baseball is starting so that will cut in on alot of peoples time. Any time you can give will help.
Here is the plan of attack for Saturday morning so you will know where to look for us on the trail.
 1) Fix wet area on steep up hill climb behind maint. barn.
 2) Bench cut in Switchback "Spencers Corner" more to make a better turning radius.
 3) Block Short cut fall line trail by Spencers Corner.
 4) Block off fall line trail along HWY 36.
 5) Build-up area with crib wall to help make it over tree root on Huff's Ridge (or now the trail name is Willow Ridge).
 6) Work on New Trail
Again I will be there at 9:30 am and work until 1:00 pm or so.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: Darin on April 14, 2008, 08:54:50 AM
How did the work go?  The boys and I waited for the time for our practice to start only to have it canceled about 10 min. before we were to leave.  Then it started a pretty good rain shower, so I didn't want to bring the boys out.

How did it go?
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on April 14, 2008, 09:02:44 AM
Small turn-out this past Saturday so we were not able to get that much checked off of the to do list. We got the wet spot fixed on the steep up hill climb though. And bench cut a little more on "Spencers Corner" to open up the turning radius. The corner still needs opened up a little more but it should be a little beter than it was. I want to say thanks to Kyle and Petina for helping out Saturday!
Im going to tentatively plan on doing NEW trail work on April 26 or 27.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on April 15, 2008, 11:19:01 AM
I didn't know that I was working with a celebrity this past weekend until I saw the Indy Star today! Good picture Kyle!
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on April 22, 2008, 11:22:30 AM
NEW trail work this Saturday 7:30am to 1:00pm. I know IPMBA will be there at 10:00am. But that will not effect us because we will be on the NEW property building NEW trails. So come out Saturday and see first-hand what the NEW trails are going to be about. If you can not be there at 7:30 you will be able to find us on the new property south of the train bridge, working along the creek.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: Darin on April 24, 2008, 10:09:43 PM
I will be out of town this weekend and I think my wife will kill me if I volunteer for anything else for a few days.  I REALLY want to be there but I am visiting my parents on their aniversary.  Keep up the good work and I will make it to another work day soon.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: treebeard on April 25, 2008, 07:45:51 AM
I was supposed to help out the IPMBA on saturday but i cant do either now cause of a nasty case of the flu. Sorry man.

Andrew
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on April 25, 2008, 11:08:44 AM
I was supposed to help out the IPMBA on saturday but i cant do either now cause of a nasty case of the flu. Sorry man.

Andrew

I will be out of town this weekend and I think my wife will kill me if I volunteer for anything else for a few days.  I REALLY want to be there but I am visiting my parents on their aniversary.  Keep up the good work and I will make it to another work day soon.

Hey Darin and Andrew thanks for letting me know you'r status. I hope you feel beter soon Andrew! And I know what you mean Darin, about being to buzy and the wife may kill you. That is why for me, I only volunteer for trail work . I know if I did volunteer for other stuff may life would get to buzy.
As of now, I have three guy's that are going to be able to help Saturday for a few hours so we should get a good start on the NEW trail.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: Darin on April 25, 2008, 12:02:23 PM
Keep me informed because I have some free nights here and there and at the very least, I can rake and cut as needed on the flagged trail.

Best of luck and sorry I can't be there for the pics.

Darin
Resident WTP Photographer
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on April 29, 2008, 02:08:21 PM
Last Saturday Todd, Billy, and I got a good start on building a bridge out of busted-up concret pieces. I tried to post a picture but I still can't figure out how to do tha,t even with gnawbonelefty's instructions. anyway the bridge looks better than it sounds. we really needed one more person so we could have moved larger pieces. Hopefully next trail we can get four people to show up. The bridge is crossing a ravine that in about 20 feet wide. but the water doesn't get much more than 6 inches deep so this bridge should work out great. We got about one third of the bridge built. We will probable work on it again the weekend of May 10.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on May 06, 2008, 12:36:14 PM
Trail work this Saturday ( May 10 ) 7:30am-noon. Meet at park maintenance barn. I would like to get more work done on the bridge for the NEW trail. Like I said before, it would be really nice to have four people to help move the larger concrete pieces. Hopfully we can get a good turn out and get this bridge done. :) After the bridge is done we can make some new trail materialize alot quicker.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: Darin on May 06, 2008, 02:32:34 PM
Yippeeeee, I'll be home on Sat.!!!!  I do have a baseball game at noon, but I'll talk to the boss about getting out to help till the game.  I'll get back to you soon for a definite answer, but it looks good so far.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on May 07, 2008, 02:29:17 PM
Looks like good weather for trail work this Saturday! ;D And it will probable be to wet to ride anyway. So come out and get a work-out lifting concete.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on May 07, 2008, 09:26:41 PM
count me in!  It is time to add some length to the lap!
bob
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: shaftus on May 08, 2008, 08:43:48 AM
Hey, Brian.  Can't get out this weekend, I got drafted into soccer coaching... ???
Please let me know if you can get a weeknight together for trail work, I'd love to get out an help some more!

-Steve
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on May 08, 2008, 09:33:39 AM
Hey, Brian.  Can't get out this weekend, I got drafted into soccer coaching... ???
Please let me know if you can get a weeknight together for trail work, I'd love to get out an help some more!

-Steve

Hey Steve! I understand that coaching thing. Kids and family have to come first! The only problem with working on trail during a weeknight is the availability of the parks equipment. We wouldn't be able to use the four wheel Bobcat for hauling equipment, rocks and dirt. Jobs that we don't need all that we could do during the weeknight though. I'll get with you and a couple of others to try and plan a night that will work.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: treebeard on May 09, 2008, 07:58:54 AM
hey there Brian, i got a message that you called the other night. I havent been home much lately though to get it. I guessed  you were probably going to be doing trail work this weekend. I have some stuff going on Sat. so i probably wont be able to make it but if my plans change ill come on out.

Andrew
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on May 09, 2008, 01:25:51 PM
hey there Brian, i got a message that you called the other night. I havent been home much lately though to get it. I guessed  you were probably going to be doing trail work this weekend. I have some stuff going on Sat. so i probably wont be able to make it but if my plans change ill come on out.

Andrew
Hey Andrew! Thanks for getting back with me. Yes we are doing New trail work this Saturday 7:30- Noon. If your plans change it would be great to have you there.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: Darin on May 11, 2008, 07:03:17 PM
Pics of the raised grade........
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2176/2483897695_7efcd05531.jpg)  (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2015/2484713772_bc090ffdc2.jpg)
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Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: Darin on May 11, 2008, 07:06:21 PM
Anyone else got sore muscles?

A HUGE thank you to all those that moved all that stuff just to cross a swamp!!!
Great job as always!
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: Darin on May 13, 2008, 08:32:51 AM
And there are more new trails to come!!!  This section could be open to the public soon, with a couple of more work days.  Stay tuned for more information.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on May 13, 2008, 09:32:01 AM
Yes Darin, my muscles were sore after Saturday trail work day also. And thanks for posting those pictures of the bridge work. We had a good turn out last Saturday.  Darin, Todd, Nathen, Bob and I got all those heavy concrete pieces put in place and the bridge is done now. As you can tell by the pictures above it turned out pretty neat too. I can't wait to ride over it! Next trail work day we will be able to cover alot of ground, cutting in trail, now that this bridge is done.
Big THANKS to those guys that helped make this bridge, because it was hard work and time consuming for 25 foot of trail!!! Like Darin said this section should be open in one two more work days.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: plapham on May 14, 2008, 09:37:23 AM
That is one cool bridge guys! ;D  Where on the trail is it?  I last rode Avon at the Dino event and can't picture this spot? ???
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on May 14, 2008, 11:24:52 AM
That is one cool bridge guys! ;D  Where on the trail is it?  I last rode Avon at the Dino event and can't picture this spot? ???




It's not on a exsisting trail. Its is on a new trail being built on the poperty south of the train bridge. I think it will be a neat feature for the trail also. We are going to be building alot of new trail over there in the next couple of year. It will be nice to get more riding distance at Avon! :)
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: Drew Wing on May 14, 2008, 05:59:21 PM
Looks like fun can't to have more trial to ride. You guys rock. Ha :) Let me know next work day.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: Darin on May 19, 2008, 10:26:18 AM
Sure thing Drew, flyinbrian sets up and runs the trailwork and posts here before the work days.  We have been getting one to two work days in per month.  I think there will be a big push to get part of the new trail open soon.  Then we will probably switch over to weed trimming mode later in the year.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on May 19, 2008, 02:04:42 PM
Trail work this Saturday May24, 7:30-noon. I know it is a Holiday weekend so some of you might have plans, but if you don't,  come on out. The more help that we get the faster we can get this NEW Trail section opened up. We have the bridge done now so we will be cutting in trail along the creek south of the train bridge. Remember it is all being built by volunteers. So what ever time you can give between 7:30 to noon will help.

Looks like fun can't to have more trial to ride. You guys rock. Ha :) Let me know next work day.

If you can make it out Drew, just bring work gloves and water. We have all the tools needed. I look forward to meeting you. And thanks for the motivating words about the work we have done! ;D This NEW trail will be fun! and a great addition to the park.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: Darin on May 22, 2008, 10:20:02 AM
I can't make it this weekend, bummer.  I'm comitted to meet with some family out of town for part of the weekend (mainly the part when you are going to work).

I would like to trim weeds when I get back.  Could you talk to the park to get clearance for us to begin trimming?  Let me know when we can start!!

Thanks
Darin
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on May 22, 2008, 10:34:12 AM
I will check with the boss and see about my babysitting duties for saturday.  She is going to the 500 on sunday, so the trade was a long ride for me on saturday at BCSP for the first time this year, but I will see.  If she needs me during saturday afternoon I will stay in town and be there.
Bob
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on May 23, 2008, 01:31:13 PM
I will check with the boss and see about my babysitting duties for saturday.  She is going to the 500 on sunday, so the trade was a long ride for me on saturday at BCSP for the first time this year, but I will see.  If she needs me during saturday afternoon I will stay in town and be there.
Bob
Thanks for changing your plans to help out Bob!



I would like to trim weeds when I get back.  Could you talk to the park to get clearance for us to begin trimming?  Let me know when we can start!!

Thanks
Darin

I talked to Eric (park manager) and he said that he wants a park worker to be at the park when we are doing the trimming. ??? I explained to him that alot of us volenteers are buzy with family dutys on the weekends but would be willing to trim with thier own trimmer when they could during the week. So he is having me send him a map of the areas that need trimmed and he will try and get his workers to do the trimming. After I got off the phone with him, I remembered that we tried this last year and park didn't get it done,and we eventually had to do it anyway.
We will see what happens?
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on May 27, 2008, 11:18:21 AM
We got alot done this past Saturday THANKS to the following... Kyle, Jason, Bob, and Todd. We put a wooden bridge in place and secured it with 4x4 post's and cut most of the trail in that we had cleared. Then Todd cut a path in with his brush cutter out in the open area leading clear back to the pond. Next trail day we will open up the 30 foot section from the new trail  to the exsisting trail. ;D ;D ;D With that open we will have a nice 1.5 mile loop to start with.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on May 27, 2008, 03:53:04 PM
Getting that part open will be cool to add some length.  I also remembered after the fact that I shouldn't wear short sleeves, the poison ivy on my right forearm is refreshing my memory today!!  I did remeber that I have to work at the ORP track next weekend and I know you have been doing every other weekend, so if you continue with that I will be working on saturday june 7th.
Bob
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: Darin on May 28, 2008, 09:54:56 PM
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3243/2532857582_cf2029302c.jpg)

      ;D  New sign at the park includes a cyclist!!
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on May 30, 2008, 09:46:38 AM
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3243/2532857582_cf2029302c.jpg)

      ;D  New sign at the park includes a cyclist!!

It looks like a road bike, but at least it is a bike!

As far as trail work goes, I do plan on staying with the everyother weekend thing for now. So as Bob pointed out, Saturday June 7 will be the next work day.
I road the trails last night and the park hasn't done any weed wacking yet. But it does look like they used thier Quad and pulled the large tree branch off the trail that was on the little loop east of the Iron bridge. If the park doesn't do any weed wacking this week we will probable have to do some that next Saturday before we work on the new trail because the weeds are getting pretty bad in a couple areas. :(
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: Darin on May 30, 2008, 09:58:12 AM
It looked like Brian's Freride area had been trimmed last time I rode there.  I can trim after work during the week if they give us the GO.  That would leave work days to trail building.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on May 30, 2008, 07:35:26 PM
It looked like Brian's Freride area had been trimmed last time I rode there.  I can trim after work during the week if they give us the GO.  That would leave work days to trail building.

Todd trimmed the freeride trail early before last Sat.
Thanks for changing your plans to help out Bob!



I would like to trim weeds when I get back.  Could you talk to the park to get clearance for us to begin trimming?  Let me know when we can start!!

Thanks
Darin

I talked to Eric (park manager) and he said that he wants a park worker to be at the park when we are doing the trimming. ??? I explained to him that alot of us volenteers are buzy with family dutys on the weekends but would be willing to trim with thier own trimmer when they could during the week. So he is having me send him a map of the areas that need trimmed and he will try and get his workers to do the trimming. After I got off the phone with him, I remembered that we tried this last year and park didn't get it done,and we eventually had to do it anyway.
We will see what happens?
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Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on June 05, 2008, 08:04:43 AM
Just wanted to put this under the right subject heading and get the word out there again.

Trail work this Saturday June 7 - 7:30 am to noon - meet down by the park maint. barn. If you can not be there at 7:30 you will be able to find us south of the train bridge along the creek. I am sure the creek flooded down by the train bridge but hopefully the creek will be down by Saturday. We plan on working on NEW trail unless the flooding has caused damage that we need to work on. I haven't been able to make it over to the park since the heavy rains.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on June 07, 2008, 10:55:40 PM
Todd and I did brave the rain today and did get some good trail work done. We where able to roll a couple of the big logs off the trail that the fload water put in place. We cleared and cut in the 30 foot section of trail to open the new trail to the exsisting trail that loops south of the train bridge. Right now the NEW trail is out and back on the same trail, but in the future we will make a seperate return trail. Then we weed wacked the rest of the freeride trail and the trail loop on the east side of the Iron bride. When we left at noon, the creek was rising and it was already over the banks under the train bridge. Hopfully it didn't rise  much more and go over the main creek bank and flood the trails all over again. As it was there were areas that had a good 6 inches of water standing on the trail. We need a good 3 days of dry weather before the trails will be dry enough for riding again. :(
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on June 26, 2008, 07:59:25 AM
Weed wacked the NEW 1 mile trail for 3 hours last night. There were weeds in the open area 6 feet tall. Now it is easyer to tell where the trail runs.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: gottabeoutdoors on June 26, 2008, 09:21:24 AM
Hello!

Is there a map or a GPS/satellite overlay of the trails somewhere?   I'm interested in coming down to check out all of your fine work, but I may miss some of the best parts if I'm not sure where I'm going/where to find the new sections...

(or is it all easy to locate/navigate?)   :)

Thanks!
Mick
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on June 27, 2008, 03:21:48 PM
Hello!

Is there a map or a GPS/satellite overlay of the trails somewhere?   I'm interested in coming down to check out all of your fine work, but I may miss some of the best parts if I'm not sure where I'm going/where to find the new sections...

(or is it all easy to locate/navigate?)   :)

Thanks!
Mick

The park has maps in a couple of black mail boxes. One is located at the front of the parking lot trail head and the other is in the middle of the parking area. The New 1 mile trail section will not be on these maps because it is so new and there will be more trail added to this area in the future. The small trail loop south of the train bridge is not on the park map either. Just go under the old train bridge and you will find it easy. The new trail is south of that loop. It is a single-track out and back on the same trail as of now. There is a double-track trail also south of this loop with a no trespassing sign so don't go on it. Just keep going on the trail and you will see a freshly cut in trail, that is the new trail. Hope this helps and enjoy the ride!
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: off_road on July 24, 2008, 11:34:19 PM
LOVE the new trail. it adds just enough distance so I can now ride a nice loop throughout the whole park and get a good workout rather than doing the same little things over and over. Just to make sure, its 2 way until you get around the lake right??
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on July 25, 2008, 08:59:39 AM
Thanks for your feedback on the new trail. I really like the added distance myself too. And yes, it is a two-way trail until you get back to the pond. In the future we plan on making a seperate return trail.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on July 31, 2008, 03:32:42 PM
Trail work this Saturday 7:00-10:00am. Meet at maintenance barn. We are going to do some weed cutting, mud hole fixin, and misc. trial maintenance.
See ya Saturday!
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on August 01, 2008, 09:07:41 AM
Brian,
  I am in!
Bob
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on August 04, 2008, 10:40:56 AM
I wasn't able to make it Saturday after all. But I do want to thank Todd and Bob for there time and hard work that they put in Saturday! They weed wacked, removed alot of the deep sand off of the new trail from the floods, fixed several mud holes and filled in dirt around the uphill tree root to make it more pleasant to go over now. I road with Todd sunday morning, so I can say first hand that all the improvements that they did made the trail more enjoyable to ride! Thanks again guy's!
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on August 04, 2008, 12:49:50 PM
Brian,
  I had to leave at 9:15, Austen's lessons started at 10 not 10:30 so just mark me down for 2 hours.  Hopefully the beginning of the new trail rode much faster with the sand gone!
Bob
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: scott on August 07, 2008, 04:21:18 PM
Trail work Fri, Sat, or Sun?
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on October 20, 2008, 08:58:17 AM
We are going to do some fall trail work this Saturday Oct 25th at Avon. Start time is 7:30am working until noon. Meet down at the park maintenance barn, or if you show up later than 7:30 you can find us by the train bridge. First work of order will be putting the log bridge back in place and securing it good so the next flood will not move it again. And then of course there is a long list of other things to do!
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on October 22, 2008, 09:18:58 AM
We are going to do some fall trail work this Saturday Oct 25th at Avon. Start time is 7:30am working until noon. Meet down at the park maintenance barn, or if you show up later than 7:30 you can find us by the train bridge. First work of order will be putting the log bridge back in place and securing it good so the next flood will not move it again. And then of course there is a long list of other things to do!

Just wanted to bring attention to this post. The local forcast calls for rain all day Saturday :( but Acuuweather says just a couple showers possible. Hopefully Acuuweather is more right and there wont be any rain Saturday morning. :-\
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on October 27, 2008, 11:49:31 AM
Jason, Todd, and I got the log bridge back in place and secured with longer 4x4 posts and alot more rock and dirt. We also covered up some of the bootleg trails with logs and limbs along the hillside trails. Then we fixed a couple of mud holes. I rode there Sunday afternoon and it was real nice. Just a couple of mud holes on the wide trails otherwise really good shape. My Thanks goes out again to Jason and Todd  for thier help Saturday! We might work again this next Saturday? I'll post here in the next day or two if we are.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: VOODOO1 on October 27, 2008, 12:01:44 PM
I'll try to check out the finished product today at lunch. Hope it warms up some. I'm ready to work again this weekend too. Later.  ;D
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on October 29, 2008, 09:12:25 AM
I want to do trail work at Avon this weekend. But I may need to work at my paying job this weekend. I wont know for sure until thursday, so it will be a last minute call. Sorry that I can't say for sure right now!
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on October 29, 2008, 09:45:13 PM
Sorry I missed last week.  This week I am heading to the Notre Dame game, but after that I should be ready for some more trail building from now through the spring again!
Bob
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on October 30, 2008, 08:00:43 PM
No trail work this weekend at Avon. I do have to work this Saturday, :(  Enjoy the nice weekend weather!
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on November 12, 2008, 03:36:32 PM
Trail work this Sat. 11-15-08 7:30-Noon.      Meet down at maint. barn.      Will be working on "old Gamblesrun" building cribwall to fix erroded section of trail.
It sounds like it will be a cold morning :-\ but I am sure it will warm up fast once we start working.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on November 14, 2008, 10:50:49 AM
Trail work this Sat. 11-15-08 7:30-Noon.      Meet down at maint. barn.      Will be working on "old Gamblesrun" building cribwall to fix erroded section of trail.
It sounds like it will be a cold morning :-\ but I am sure it will warm up fast once we start working.

The weather doesn't look that good for Saturday Again, but as long as its not raining hard, we will be there. Like last time, it will probable turnout to be good working weather after all! :) See ya Saturday!
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on November 17, 2008, 09:21:32 AM
Jason, Todd, and I braved the weather last Saturday and did end up working, even though it was raining the whole time. We built a nice 22 foot long x 2 foot high Crib wall on old Gambles Run. Some of the post holes where really a pain to dig because of the tree roots and rock. And it was very tuff trying to stay on the side of a steep hillside that was very slick. Jason and Todd are both really hard workers and I for one, appreciate all that they have done to improve the trails at (Avon) Washington Township park!
Thanks Guys!
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: treebeard on November 19, 2008, 10:18:52 AM
Dude that sounds awsome! I know this last summer there were a few times id come haulin' down through there and one little mistake and your sliding down the incline. Cant wait to go check it out. I probably woulda came out to help but i broke a rib and messed my shoulder up out at Town Run a couple weeks ago and just need to chill and heal. I bet working on that incline was a PITA!  :) Thanks!
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on March 31, 2009, 08:24:51 AM
Trail Work this Saturday, April 4, 10:00am to 2:00 pm. Meet down at the park maint. barns. We are going to be building some New Trail on the property south of the train bridge.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on April 03, 2009, 03:41:39 PM
Brian,
   My daughter has softball practice from 9 until 11:00, I am talking with the wife about drop off and pick-up.  But I will be there at some point, hopefully for all of it.  I do know where to find you.  Do you already have this area flagged, and didn't notice anything out there the last time I was there.
Bob
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on April 04, 2009, 09:43:48 PM
We got a nice new section of trail cut in today. :)  It is on the new property , after you go out into the open area you can go back into the woods sooner now. It runs along the creek.There are a couple of logs that need cut though. The park workers were buzy with the dog park so no one was avalible to use the chain saw. I will call them next week to see if they can cut them for us. Big THANKS to Todd and Jim for there time and hard work!
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on April 08, 2009, 09:49:30 AM
Todd and I went out last night after work and cut the logs out of the way on the NEW trail that we worked on Saturday. So now it is fully open and ready for tire tracks. It is way soft right now and will take a while to pack in like any new trail.
We also flagged the ruff layout of some more NEW trail on the south property that we will be working on soon.
The trails were surprisingly dry and rideable last night. The only wet area's are on the wide dubble track trails. This afternoon should be great, with more sun and warmer air to dry things up. If we won't get much more rain thurs. and friday the trails should be good for the DINO races Saturday.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on April 15, 2009, 09:39:46 AM
Trail work this Saturday, April 11 From 10:00am to 2:00 pm. Meet down at Maint. barn. We will be making NEW TRAIL on the property south of the train bridge. This is the best section of woods on the new property just east of the pond back thier. I am excited to get some trails in this section because I think they will turn out pretty neat and add some nice distance when completed.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on April 15, 2009, 01:10:47 PM
Brian,
  Sorry out of town for a wedding back home this weekend.  I will try and make it to the next one.  This weekend I am going to punish myself of the Ferdinand trail.
Bob
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on April 16, 2009, 02:11:46 PM
Trail work this Saturday, April 11 From 10:00am to 2:00 pm. Meet down at Maint. barn. We will be making NEW TRAIL on the property south of the train bridge. This is the best section of woods on the new property just east of the pond back thier. I am excited to get some trails in this section because I think they will turn out pretty neat and add some nice distance when completed.
Brian,
  Sorry out of town for a wedding back home this weekend.  I will try and make it to the next one.  This weekend I am going to punish myself of the Ferdinand trail.
Bob

Hey Bob! Thanks for responding back. One of theses weekends our schedules will match up. Have fun at ferdinand!
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on April 17, 2009, 08:27:09 AM
Trail work this Saturday, April 11 From 10:00am to 2:00 pm. Meet down at Maint. barn. We will be making NEW TRAIL on the property south of the train bridge. This is the best section of woods on the new property just east of the pond back thier. I am excited to get some trails in this section because I think they will turn out pretty neat and add some nice distance when completed.

It has been brought to my attention that I have the date wrong. Trail work is this Saturday still. But The date is April 18th . Sorry about the confusion.
Looks like the weather is going to be great for some NEW trail blazing! :)
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: jjess102 on April 17, 2009, 04:18:34 PM
Hey Brian, I'll be there but can't make it until around 11:00am. I'll meet you on the trail.

Jim
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on April 17, 2009, 09:32:26 PM
Hey Brian, I'll be there but can't make it until around 11:00am. I'll meet you on the trail.

Jim


Sounds good Jim! If you have problems finding us you can give me a call on my cell 679-4144
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: Darin on April 20, 2009, 10:45:05 AM
Thanks for the great work day.  This little bit of rain will really help "settle" the new single track in.  Thanks to all who helped!
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on April 20, 2009, 12:16:46 PM
Yes, it was a great trail work day this past Saturday thanks to Darin, Jim, and Todd. And I can't forget 12yr old Noah and my 10yr old son Trevor for their help also.
 We got several hundred feet of NEW trail built in this NEW section of woods, and it looks sweet! ;D Right now it dead ends, so its really not a open trail yet. I would say we have about one third of the trail built that will be in this NEW section. So, depending on man power, it will take two or three more work days
 to get it fully openend up. I am going to shoot for doing trail work every other weekend right now until we get this New section open.
Thanks again guy's!
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on April 28, 2009, 09:47:48 AM
Trail work at avon this Saturday May 2nd. I hope I got the date right this time. :-\ Start time is earlyer this time 7:30am and working until noon. We will be working on the NEW section of trail again in the nice woods on the south property just east of the pond back there. If you can not make it at 7:30 just show up when you can. Even if you can only put 1 hour in, it will help! This is going to be a nice new section when it is done!

Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on May 01, 2009, 10:22:09 AM
Trail work at avon this Saturday May 2nd. I hope I got the date right this time. :-\ Start time is earlyer this time 7:30am and working until noon. We will be working on the NEW section of trail again in the nice woods on the south property just east of the pond back there. If you can not make it at 7:30 just show up when you can. Even if you can only put 1 hour in, it will help! This is going to be a nice new section when it is done!



I think we will have a window of no rain Saturday morning. I will be there even if it is raining lightly. Some of the best trail work at Avon has been done in the rain! :)
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on May 04, 2009, 09:32:44 AM
We got some great NEW trail built Saturday! This NEW trail is going to be sweet!  ;D There was only three of us, but Todd and Jason are some good hard workers so we got alot of trail blazed! Thanks guys!
 One more trail work day and we should be able to get this section open. So we are going to work this next Saturday from 7:30am to Noon again. Meet at the maintenance barns or find us out in the woods if you  show up later than 7:30. We will be in the wooded area on the new poperty just east of the pond back there.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on May 08, 2009, 08:00:29 AM
We got some great NEW trail built Saturday! This NEW trail is going to be sweet!  ;D There was only three of us, but Todd and Jason are some good hard workers so we got alot of trail blazed! Thanks guys!
 One more trail work day and we should be able to get this section open. So we are going to work this next Saturday from 7:30am to Noon again. Meet at the maintenance barns or find us out in the woods if you  show up later than 7:30. We will be in the wooded area on the new poperty just east of the pond back there.

Chuck on CH13 news said that it should be dry Saturday morning. ;D
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on May 11, 2009, 09:43:14 AM
Trail work did not go good this last Saturday! :-[ It started off good with five men and 10 yr old Noah showing up ready to work. But right after we did the 20 min. walk back and started working on the NEW trailÖ. a land owner, across the creek, started yelling at us. He said that we were on  five acres of property that he owned, and we needed to get the _______ off of it! I told him that I was under the understanding that this was all park property on this side of the creek and that I would have to get with the park manager to clear this up. He was mad, but talking relatively clear to us. But then his wife showed up, totally out of control, and cussing up a storm about sewing us, and everything else. So thatís when we just stopped talking, went back into the woods and called Eric. Eric said that he wasnít certain about were the park property ended and that he would have to get the maps from the town hall on Monday to see. I wish he would have told me earlier, when I showed him a trail layout on a Google map that five acres back here is not park property!  ???

This took the wind out of our sails! So we ended up building a berm to help one section of the trail flow better and fixing a few mud holes. Then called it a early day around 10:00 instead of noon.

 As of right now, the park is going to mark the property line clearly with stakes this week. And we will have to change the routing of the trail to fit. This is pretty upsetting >:( because, this could have been avoided if the park management would have paid better attention to what we were planning and working on! Also I hate wasting my time and other volunteers time.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on June 25, 2009, 10:16:29 AM
Just wanted to note that Todd spent 4.5 hours weed wacking last Saturday so that is why the lower single track trails are clear now.

Thanks Todd!
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on August 14, 2009, 01:25:03 PM
Todd has came through for all of us again today. He was on vacation from work today and he spent 4.5 of those hours weed wacking all the trails south of the Train Bridge. All the weed wacking of the singletrack trails at Avon this year has been done all by Todd alone! :o
 So if you see him out there on his white Trek show him your appreciation! ;D
 Unfortunately the park management does not show thier appreciation for the time and hard work that weed wacking takes. I guess they do not care that the trails grow in with weeds??? ??? So that is just one reason why it is important to show your appreciation to those vollunteers that keep the trails open.
Thanks again Todd!!!


Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: icemanmedic1 on August 15, 2009, 10:34:53 PM
todd, ur work doesn't go unnoticed...many thanks!
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: Darin on September 01, 2009, 01:00:28 PM
I was under the impression that the trimming had to be done while park employees were notified and present.  Has this policy changed?  I will / would have trimmed, since weekday evenings can sometimes open up at the last minute.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on September 02, 2009, 09:46:43 AM
I was under the impression that the trimming had to be done while park employees were notified and present.  Has this policy changed?  I will / would have trimmed, since weekday evenings can sometimes open up at the last minute.

If Eric was asked I am sure he would say that the policy has not changed (control). But this is what Todd didÖHe showed up, parked down at the maint. Barn then went out and did the weed whacking with his own equipment. I know the one Friday morning that he worked, there was ample time (4.5 hrs), for Eric to go out and talk to him if he had a problem with it but he didnít. In fact Kristen was there when he was getting his weed whacker and gas can out of the truck, and all that was said is Hi. I know Todd does talk to the other park workers (Steve and Kyle) on regular bases when he is at the park riding on the weekends. So if you want to weed whack when you have time? I am not stopping you, but I canít give you permission either. Obviously the park workers are not going to do it though. :(
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: T WING on September 28, 2009, 08:38:23 PM
Anybody who rides at avon owes Brian B. a big thanks for his years of trail boss.He has put in more time than you can even imagine.he has dealt with the current park manager(idiot) and believe me that deserves some kind of reward. I had no idea how much work it was til I started working with him 3 or so years ago. I hope somebody else will try to fill Brians shoes but beleive me they will be big shoes to fill! Good luck and a big thanks Brian.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on September 30, 2009, 12:16:40 PM


What Todd is referring to some in his previous post is thisÖ I have given this a lot of thought and I have decided to step down from being the HMBA trail lead person at Washington Township Park.

The main reason is because at this phase in my life I feel that I need to spend more of my thinking power and time on my family. Besides my lovely wife, I have an 11 yr old boy and a 13 yr old girl.  I have realized that this is a crucial time in there lives and that I need to be there for them as much as possible, because I donít have too many years left to guide them and build on our relationships before they are young adults

I talked to Darin Koelm and he said he could be the HMBA contact person for Avon Park (WTP) but he doesnít have enough time to head-up trail work. So there is an opening and a need for a HMBA trail maintenance lead person for Avon Park.

This does not mean that I will never help with trail work. I do plan to get out some to help with other park trail efforts like SWW, Brown County, and etc. And even Avon some if someone takes over lead. I just do not have time to deal with the park manager and lead the trail work.

I have to admit that it is kind of sad for me because I have been working at Avon for quite a few years now. And I have enjoyed working with you all. But I do believe this is the right thing for me to do at this time in my life.

.

Sincerely,

     Brian Bowerbank
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on October 06, 2009, 12:21:50 PM
Brian,
   You did a great job! Thanks to you I got into trail building and learned a lot from you. 

This park is one mile from the house so I would hate to see it go as I don't have the gas money to travel an hour everytime I want to get the bike out. Seeing that there hasn't been a response here I would be willing to take over setting up work days.  However I guess I am concerned with the direction of the park and would want to make it worthwhile as I know Brian dealt with frustrations lately.  I don't want to see his hard work go to waste and it is awesome to have a place I don't have to drive to.  So anyone let me know what I need to do at this point to help to continue the work Brian has started.

Bob
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: T WING on October 06, 2009, 08:40:08 PM
Bob I think you would be perfect for the job.Give Brian a call and i am sure he would give you his call list and park contacts. You know how close I live so it would suck to let it totally fall apart.We will have to wait til the road is done to assess the damage and the future if there still is one.When the road gets closer to done I will talk to Ronnie and find out if we are even part of the parks future.See you at the breakdown!     
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on October 07, 2009, 08:32:01 AM
Hey Bob! Thanks for the kind words and showing your appreciation!

Paul has e-mailed me that you two have been in contact, so the ball is all ready rolling. I agree with Todd that you will be perfect for the job! As you know, Avon does need Mountain Bikers to work on the trails because the park manager does not have the knowledge in this area!
I will send you the contact list that I have and the trail hour log for this year soon.
See you at the breakdown!

Brian
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on October 07, 2009, 09:21:11 AM
Not a problem, you still know much more than me and I am sure you would be getting some phone calls for your thoughts :)  As I mentioned I would hate for us to lose this place after all your efforts the last several years.  As Todd mentioned we will just have to see what their plans are for the future.  I guess if we aren't part of it we will just have to drive togethor and join the boys at SWW!  As for this weekend I think we will drive seperate this time so you guys aren't waiting an hour for me like you did at the road ride in August.  My brother isn't coming this year so Craig and I will ride with you guys at least until that first big hill where you guys leave me again like the road ride ;D
Bob
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: 29erpilot on October 07, 2009, 09:31:37 AM
We would be very happy to have you come out to SWW!It will be great to have complimenting trails in he area.I would be up for helping you guys also when SWW's work slows down.   
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: T WING on October 07, 2009, 08:10:37 PM
I am planning to pitch in one weekend morning after the breakdown. I am looking foreward to checking out all of everybodies hard work and hopefully pitching in a little bit myself.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: AL on October 07, 2009, 10:15:51 PM
We should have thought of this a while ago!  An Avon/SWWaY Alliance is a must.  I would gladly lend a hand at Avon. If we could get two Avon workers to join us you would double our work force.  Not alot of people showing up at SWWay lately.   
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on October 08, 2009, 09:09:02 AM
We should have thought of this a while ago!  An Avon/SWWaY Alliance is a must.  I would gladly lend a hand at Avon. If we could get two Avon workers to join us you would double our work force.  Not alot of people showing up at SWWay lately.   
I am planning to pitch in one weekend morning after the breakdown. I am looking foreward to checking out all of everybodies hard work and hopefully pitching in a little bit myself.

I am with ďT wingĒ, after the Break Down I want to get down to SWW and help out some. I look forward to checking it out! I am excited about the potential that the land there has to offer. I was there years ago for a trash pick-up day when they first put the sign up closing the park to MT Bikers. So I was real glad to hear that they are opening it back up to bikes.
I also know how hard it is to stay motivated when only you and one other person show up for a trail work day. So hopefully a couple of us can get down there to help you through this low time.
It sounds like you guys are doing a great job and getting some nice singletrack built! Thanks!!!


Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on October 08, 2009, 09:47:09 AM
I like the idea as well about working togethor.  I will be on fall break the week of Oct. 21st-25th so if you guys have a workday that weekend maybe us three Avon guys can make it over there.  SWW is real close to work and will be a great place for me to get to quick after school.
Bob
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: BLOWNDFIZ on October 08, 2009, 11:04:24 AM
It is really close to my work as well.  It would be nice to get a ride in before I head home for the day. 

So after doing as much reasearch as I can on here I am under the assumption that currently the trails at SWW cannot be ridden right now???  Is this correct?
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: KevinG on October 08, 2009, 02:38:24 PM
currently the trails at SWW cannot be ridden right now???  Is this correct?

Correct.  There is still work left to be done on the trails before we can open it up.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: AL on October 09, 2009, 11:15:46 AM
Avon Crew,
How does saturday 10/24 or Sunday 10/25 sound for joining us at SWWay for a work session/meeting of the minds.  I have that weekend off so i am flexible. Just post here if either date works better for your crew and i will start a new thread to see what other interest we can get.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on October 09, 2009, 11:21:01 AM
That could work for me as it is my fall break and I will have finally spent some time with the family for three days before that.  This working late mon- thurs. hasn't been good on family time.  So for me it would be the perfect weekend to do it as she might want me out of the house after 3 full days togethor!
Bob
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: 29erpilot on October 09, 2009, 11:42:52 AM
How about Saturday?I don't think the Colts play! ;D
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: T WING on October 09, 2009, 08:01:25 PM
I will shoot for sat 10/24. Sounds like the ball may get rolling  on this partnership.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: VOODOO1 on October 10, 2009, 12:06:16 AM
Hey Brian, I am sorry to hear that you are stepping down, but I completely understand. It's been awhile since I have had any time to even get on here and check things let alone ride at all. I am glad to see that someone has stepped up to fill your shoes. I'm sure he will do a fine job. If you decide to make a trip to SWW I would be more than happy to help out as well. Interested in Avon still too, but that last adventure took the wind out of my sails. I actually haven't been back myself since. Call me whenever there is a work day at either place. I'm sure you will give my number to the new guy. Thanks to both of you.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: AL on October 10, 2009, 04:05:54 PM
Avon Crew,
Thanks for your interest in helping at SWWY.  I posted a thread for a 10/24/09 trial work day 9-5 come and go when you need to. 
I know we have a least 3 bridges/crossings to do.  We should have some benching to do as well but I have know idea what the route is for the completion of the loop.  Ill be out there through out the week and will try to post when im there if you want a quick tour. Looking forward to getting to Avon as well.  I am sorry to say i havnt been out there in about three years and heard you have done some good stuff. A tour after some trail work would be sweet. -AL
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on October 12, 2009, 10:10:25 AM
Avon Crew,
  I am going to head to SWW on the 24th, anyone interested can tag along, I have room for 6-8 people and we can meet at Avon Park that morning and head over.  Let me know if you are interested.  We might need there help later at our park.
Bob
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on October 13, 2009, 06:18:13 AM
Hey Brian, I am sorry to hear that you are stepping down, but I completely understand. It's been awhile since I have had any time to even get on here and check things let alone ride at all. I am glad to see that someone has stepped up to fill your shoes. I'm sure he will do a fine job. If you decide to make a trip to SWW I would be more than happy to help out as well. Interested in Avon still too, but that last adventure took the wind out of my sails. I actually haven't been back myself since. Call me whenever there is a work day at either place. I'm sure you will give my number to the new guy. Thanks to both of you.

Hey Jason! Todd and I where just talking about how you were one of the great trail workers and woundering what you have been up to. Yes that last adventure at Avon took the wind out of my sails also! I am sorry to hear that you have not had any time to ride. I did pass your number on to Bob (new guy). Todd, Bob, and I are planning on making it to SWW on the Saturday the 24th to helpout. Hopfully you can make it on that day also!
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: Dave G. on October 13, 2009, 11:22:40 PM
Hi Brian,

Thanks for the time you have devoted to WTP!  I'm sure that the area XC runners and coaches woould appreciate your team's efforts too, if they knew who was really responsible for having nice groomed trails to run on that are safe.  I don't get over to WTP much, but I appreciate it's dual personality of very technical trail and easy flowing trail.  It's tough to catch crap from people when it was caused by someone else's lack of planning, and I do understand that family comes first.  After getting the SWW morning work session going, I now have a new job that takes me back to day hours, so it's weeknights or weekends for me again.  As Warren and Al have said, I too will help out with Avon once we get this first loop at SWW open.  A SWW/WTP alliance will help both trails!  We may even get Mark Rodgers, the trail boss from Versailles, to come out when he can to lend us his expertise.

When you come over, be sure to bring your bike.  Even thought the trail is not open yet, trail workers are allowed to test ride the first section that is passable to get a feel for the flow, so that tweaks can be made where it is needed.  Currently, the trail is passable up to the 5 bridge.  I will be there tomorrow evening after work, prob about 530, to work on the 5 bridge approaches, and I believe a couple others will be there too.  Hope to see you and Bob at SWW soon!

Dave

Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on October 14, 2009, 12:56:13 PM
Hi Brian,

Thanks for the time you have devoted to WTP!  I'm sure that the area XC runners and coaches woould appreciate your team's efforts too, if they knew who was really responsible for having nice groomed trails to run on that are safe.  I don't get over to WTP much, but I appreciate it's dual personality of very technical trail and easy flowing trail.  It's tough to catch crap from people when it was caused by someone else's lack of planning, and I do understand that family comes first.  After getting the SWW morning work session going, I now have a new job that takes me back to day hours, so it's weeknights or weekends for me again.  As Warren and Al have said, I too will help out with Avon once we get this first loop at SWW open.  A SWW/WTP alliance will help both trails!  We may even get Mark Rodgers, the trail boss from Versailles, to come out when he can to lend us his expertise.

When you come over, be sure to bring your bike.  Even thought the trail is not open yet, trail workers are allowed to test ride the first section that is passable to get a feel for the flow, so that tweaks can be made where it is needed.  Currently, the trail is passable up to the 5 bridge.  I will be there tomorrow evening after work, prob about 530, to work on the 5 bridge approaches, and I believe a couple others will be there too.  Hope to see you and Bob at SWW soon!

Dave


You are right Dave! Most of the people that use the trails at WTP, like the high school XC runners have no idea that volunteers are the ones that have made new trails and keep the trails open. But that is probable also the case at other parks too.

I also appreciate all the work that you have done at Townrun and now SWW.
I look forward to meeting you Dave, and the other guys that work at SWW! One Question though? Now that we have formed a alliance, does that mean that we have to vote somone off every week? ;D
See you on the 24th!
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on October 14, 2009, 02:03:37 PM
Avon workers,  we have Brian, Todd, and myself in for the 24th again I will drive if you want a ride and can hold a few more workers :)
Bob
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: BLOWNDFIZ on October 14, 2009, 02:20:59 PM
We have an annual family dinner that I will be out of town for.  Otherwise I'd be happy to lend a helping hand.

Thanks to everyone that is going to be able to help!
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: Dave G. on October 14, 2009, 03:01:11 PM
One Question though? Now that we have formed a alliance, does that mean that we have to vote somone off every week? ;D

Yeah, we can gang up on Warren, he doesn't do anything  ;) j/k he has probably put in more time there than all of us combined!

Dave
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: jjess102 on October 14, 2009, 03:17:33 PM
I helped at SWW for a couple of hours on the weekend of 10-03 and the trail looks great. However, I canít make it on 10-24. If we have more weekend trail building at SWW I will try and make it. Bob, Iím also available to help out at the WTP trails when needed.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: T WING on November 10, 2009, 10:39:16 AM
Bob I was thinking of trying to get out maybe sat. and blowing the leaves off the upper trails.If we can get a couple of people with leaf blowers it should not take long.I talked to Ronnie(trustee) and he assured me that mtn biking was still going to be part of the parks future but remember he is still a politician. He said the road was on schedule to be done by Thanksgiving. There is going to be pavement sections we will have to ride but only time will tell of the damage done. I will try to get more info as the road gets closer to completion.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on November 10, 2009, 01:22:23 PM
I can get out there this weekend as well, the issue would be if we can get some leaf blowers to get the job done. I don't own one, and Brian does the park have any?  If we can get them then I say would should do it on saturday morning.
Bob
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on November 10, 2009, 03:49:33 PM
I can get out there this weekend as well, the issue would be if we can get some leaf blowers to get the job done. I don't own one, and Brian does the park have any?  If we can get them then I say would should do it on saturday morning.
Bob
The park does have one leaf blower that I know of. If you call Eric, I am sure he would have his guys blow the leaves off. ;D :D ;D :D
Know really, you would need to call Eric to ask him if you could use it. Or you might be able to get by calling Kyle or Steve. And hopefully, one of those two are working this weekend.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: BLOWNDFIZ on November 10, 2009, 03:56:08 PM
I'd be willing to see if I can borrow a neighbors gas powered blower to help.  I have an electric one but not a long enough cord to help on the trails :D  Let me know if the project gets approved.  And if you do call check to see if it's OK that I might be bringing in a blower not belonging to the park.  I doubt it would be an issue, but just to play it safe.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on November 11, 2009, 09:45:53 AM
I will give him a call at lunch.  Even if we get a couple that would be good.  And if I have to my wife just bought me a nice big plastic rake for the yard that I could use, not sure that is the location she was hoping I would use it on but what are you going to do :)
Bob
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: T WING on November 11, 2009, 08:15:59 PM
I will be there around 715 to 730 with my leaf blower. It should not take that long to do with a couple of blowers going. I am sure the park will lend us theirs. It is free labor and it makes it look like the park employees actually did a little work. See you saturday!
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on November 13, 2009, 09:29:34 AM
I talked to Eric this morning and he said they have blown the trails early this week.  It sounds like the post of people riding came from the weekend.  He told me that this is something they can take care of and should be the ones to, so any of you who rode this week he asked me to find out the names of the trails that still needed it.  Again he said they did some early this week so not sure if anyone has been out there during the week, I know I haven't.  He assured me that if we give him which trails are still covered they will get it right away.  I told him I am sure it would be the singletrack trails that people were referring to.
Bob
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: deanna on November 13, 2009, 10:45:29 AM
He told me that this is something they can take care of and should be the ones to, so any of you who rode this week he asked me to find out the names of the trails that still needed it.  Again he said they did some early this week so not sure if anyone has been out there during the week, I know I haven't.  He assured me that if we give him which trails are still covered they will get it right away.

For the most part, anything with an "Advanced" sign was covered in leaves, exception being the free-ride area which was pretty clear except for the go-around the bridges parts (I rode over the bridges, so no leaf issues there).
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: maxpower47 on November 13, 2009, 12:59:43 PM
Have they opened up the south side of the park yet (where they were building the access road)?
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on November 13, 2009, 01:30:04 PM
As far as the soutside it is still closed.  Todd I know you mentioned going tomorrow.  I e-mailed Eric the details of which trails needed work, and he replied and said he was going to have his staff do it this weekend.  So I guess we should ride instead and check to see if it gets accomplished :)
Bob
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: BLOWNDFIZ on November 13, 2009, 01:40:58 PM
Sounds good!  I ended up getting an offer to go to the Purdue Michigan State Game tomorrow so I won't be out Saturday.  If the weather is good on Sunday I'll probably ride WTP or maybe drive up to TRTP.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: T WING on November 13, 2009, 07:51:00 PM
Bob if you want to ride with Brian and I we will be there between 715 and 730 saturday.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on November 13, 2009, 07:58:41 PM
Depending on how my sick little boy is feeling I will call you if I don't have morning duty.  Otherwise I will have to ride during his nap.
Bob
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: BLOWNDFIZ on November 15, 2009, 10:00:41 PM
I talked to Eric this morning and he said they have blown the trails early this week.  It sounds like the post of people riding came from the weekend.  He told me that this is something they can take care of and should be the ones to, so any of you who rode this week he asked me to find out the names of the trails that still needed it.  Again he said they did some early this week so not sure if anyone has been out there during the week, I know I haven't.  He assured me that if we give him which trails are still covered they will get it right away.  I told him I am sure it would be the singletrack trails that people were referring to.
Bob

Rode WTP today and Oriole, Poplar Pass, and Tulip (of course the 3 main trails I ride) have not been cleared.  Everything that is typically walked was clear.  There was a family "sliding" down the hill from the top of Poplar Pass to the leg that runs off camber down the side of the ravine.  They had pushed about 2 feet worth of leave into the trail.  I couldn't be mad about it my two boys would have had a ball doing what they were doing.

Anyway just thought I'd report about the trail status.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: treebeard on December 08, 2009, 03:47:54 PM
My how things change. I havent been on here in a long while (really no need to be). Just now learning of Brian stepping down. Ive really enjoyed doing trail work with ya over the years Brian (i know i havent been there much but..). I also understand why your ready to be done with it. I would too after what ive learned of the new management. Youve done a great job on the trails and its been really fun working with you (and also Darin, Bob and a few others whos names i cant recall). All of us, no matter how much work we've put in individually, have made this short little Avon trail one to be reckoned with and one hell of a fun ride. Our Avon trail will always rock. Hope we can meet up there for a ride or see ya 'round there sometime.

Andrew
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on December 15, 2009, 02:00:55 PM

Hey Andrew!
It has always been nice working with you too.  You may not feel like you have been able to help much. But as I remember you helped out on a couple of important project. Building the TTF bridges on the free ride trail (both times ???) and making Spencers corner safer by moving all the dirt to make it into a switchback turn. Those were long and hard day that you put in!
 I will still be out there some to help with trail work; I just wonít be leading it. I also still enjoy the trails at Avon that many of us have put time into to make better.  Hopefully we will run into each other out on the trail this next year.

Brian
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: T WING on March 21, 2010, 06:46:20 PM
Bob I talk to eric and jessica on saturday while i was checking out the damage to the back section, The projects are behind schedule naturelly but they are guessing 1st part of june. They seemed real hip to the idea of building a trail all along the perimeter of the new property but to get this going the westside crew leader needs to be at erics dooorstep with ideas and plans. The potential for some awesome trails is still there but whether we can get the planning and manpower to do it is the question. I will try and help you any I can but my time will pretty limited this summer due to my kids busy schedules. I am sure B Bowerbank would be happy to assist you in the trasition to the new trail boss. On a lighter note callme and lets ride!
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on March 21, 2010, 10:32:08 PM
We do need to get togethor and ride soon!  I will start talking to Eric and see what we can do, and get some ideas from Brian as well.  As you mentioned my schedule has been a little nuts right now.  On top of teaching 4 nights making them 13 hour days, our Principal tore her ACL and MCL and will be out the rest of the year, so I am filling in at school as acting principal on top of still trying to take care of my classroom items (even with a sub).  And this is going to go until the end of the school year now, so it has been crazy!  This coming weekend I am going to get over there and start talking and looking around as I will be on spring break. 
Bob
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on March 22, 2010, 01:01:25 PM

Hey Bob!
I figured that you have been real busy, knowing that you have been working evenings besides your day job. And that is besides having a new baby in the house.
 I finally made it over to Avon Friday after work and the trails really look pretty good. That new road going through there really changes the looks and feel of things. :-\
 My main concern this spring would be to do a little work on the trail that we just got in last year. Connect the areas that had to be changed due to property line issues and hopefully get some traffic on it so it doesnít grow back in. Planning for future trail around property line like Todd said would be good too. But I think it is a little late this year to actually build any new trail because of peoples busy schedules and how quickly things are going to grow in soon. But that is just my two cents worth!
 I am off next week also for my kidís spring break. We will have to hook up for some trail work or at least to get a ride in.

Brian B
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: jjess102 on March 22, 2010, 02:09:51 PM
Hey Brian,

If you do any trail work let me know and I'll try to make it out.

Jim
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: icemanmedic1 on March 22, 2010, 10:23:10 PM
Brian...if you could pass my phone number on to whoever will be heading up the Avon trail sessions that would be great!  I will be graduating this May and I can't wait to have some "free time" to kill!
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on March 23, 2010, 11:58:56 AM

Hi  Jim and Nathen!

I did pass your phone numbers and E-mails on to Bob. (bboeham) is his log on name. Bob is real busy right now but he will be the man setting up trail work days. I will be there when I can but I needed someone else to take on the brunt of it and Bob stepped up.

Avon has always been a great local place to ride! And there is still a lot of untapped area to build trails. If we can get a trail built around the perimeter of the south property Öthat would make for a real good size loop to ride! Even with a road through the middle of it, we would hardly know it, because we would be on single track. ;D

Thank you both for speaking up and saying that you are willing to help again!

     Brian B
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on March 23, 2010, 10:12:04 PM
Brian,
  I believe your thoughts are worth much more than 2 cents!!  We do need to get togethor and ride soon with Todd, squeezing even ride time in has been a challenge.  Todd your response did come at a good time, with spring break coming, I am meeting with Eric next week and we will go from there.  Thanks to all of you willing to come out and help keep this place going, I will know more next week and we can get the ball rolling again on what Brian has done for a long time.
Bob
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: T WING on May 08, 2010, 08:54:18 PM
Bob when you talk to Eric next let him know all the singletrack trails need trimmed before they take over the trail like last year. I did it  last year but since he likes total control let him and his guys do it this year.We still need to go on a ride soon or when school gets out anyway. Ronnie Austin lost in the election last tuesday so there will be a new man in charge soon. I do not know what that means for the current staff or the park itself but I am sure change is inevitable.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on May 10, 2010, 09:18:23 AM
Todd,
  i will send him an email today and see how he wants to handle it. As long as Austen doesn't have a softball game one of the upcoming saturdays we should take a road trip to BCSP.
Bob
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: T WING on May 31, 2010, 04:34:08 PM
Bob what was Erics reply because they have done nothing about the weeds. I would say in the next couple of weeks the single track will not even be rideable. My guess he will say how busy they are and they dont have time because that is what he always said before. If that is the case we can get 4 or 5 volunteers we could knock it out it out in 3 hours or so. Word of advice on dealing with Eric he will talk big and than never follow up or do anything he says just ask Brian. Let me know what you find out and you need to ride with us one weekend we usually ride at 7 to 730am.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on June 01, 2010, 09:36:55 AM
Just got back with me, and we can do it if we want.  I can't in 2 weeks but could do it this weekend.  Let me check what time Austen's softball game is and maybe we can get something scheduled soon.
Bob
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: deanarammalamma on June 05, 2010, 06:38:50 PM
Okay. The rantings of a couple folks (and the responses) have been deleted, and one user deleted and banned. To the other, this is your one and only warning. If you don't have anything constructive to say, or actual suggestions on how to make things better, just keep it to yourself.

We do allow open discussion, but trolling for flames will NOT be tolerated. You will be banned, and you will be deleted. Period.

Don't like it? Stay off.

Now, back to the topic at hand, Trail Work.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on June 08, 2010, 10:20:45 AM
Okay. The rantings of a couple folks (and the responses) have been deleted, and one user deleted and banned. To the other, this is your one and only warning. If you don't have anything constructive to say, or actual suggestions on how to make things better, just keep it to yourself.

We do allow open discussion, but trolling for flames will NOT be tolerated. You will be banned, and you will be deleted. Period.

Don't like it? Stay off.

Now, back to the topic at hand, Trail Work.

Good job!!! and well stated!
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on June 24, 2010, 10:35:25 AM
I did see they decided to go to dirtworld.com and bash it there as well. ::)
Once we start having trailwork days again I will be sure to let them know and maybe they can help us with the design of the new trail! 
Bob
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on June 25, 2010, 02:33:51 PM
I finally got the word we can weed eat this sunday (sorry for short notice)!  I just figured next weekend will be a bad one with the fourth.  So a call out for all weed eaters at 7 a.m.  Meet down by the maintenance barn.  Anyone with a gas powered weed eater will be greatly appreciated, sorry again for short notice.  Todd feels we can get this done in about 3 hours with several guys working.  By the way anyone out there know how to fix weed eaters?  I have a gas powered one it just won't start and hasn't for awhile (and yes there is gas in it!)
Bob
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: BLOWNDFIZ on June 25, 2010, 11:08:58 PM
I will try to make it out.  I don't think I can help fix the weedeater but there is a "magic elixir" that really does work called "Start Your Engines".  You can probably pick it up at Wal Mart.  We've started many 2 strokes with it that we thought the carbs would need to be rebuilt.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on June 26, 2010, 12:08:15 AM
Thanks I will try that tomorrow and of course Wal-Mart has it :)  Hope to see you there.
Bob
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on June 26, 2010, 10:26:43 PM
FYI the park manager never responded to my question of "can we use the parks weed eaters?"  So if you plan on coming make sure you bring one otherwise I am not sure if I will have any that can be loaned out.
Bob
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: T WING on June 27, 2010, 11:37:54 AM
Bob,                                                                                                                                                                                        Sorry I could not make it this morning. If you got all the open singletrack trimmed I will do my best to get over there when they reopen the back section and help get  that area trimmed and repaired. Brian and I rode over there yesterday and the recent flooding did some damage to the trails. I understand your current situationand know you got to take care of family first. We are talking about a possible B.C. trip next weekend if your interested.
 
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on June 27, 2010, 12:34:11 PM
Thanks to Todd H. for coming out today and helping me from 7:00-noon!  Thanks to him we were able to get everything in the park finished on the singletrack exept for the very back loop in woods back by the pond!  And I really appreciate it considering the extremely short notice I gave.  T-Wing we were able to get the trail along the river in the back so it is good to go!  As usual a lot of sand did get thrown up on it and we might have to look at maybe moving that trail up a little higher at those two points where the sand settles all the time.  I could be up for Brown County next weekend just let me know.  I will finally be finished with summer school Thursday and will have a little time during July.

Also, for everyone I talked to Kyle today (park worker) and he said it was ok to schedule a work day the fourth sunday of every month.  I will confirm this with Eric (park manager) this week and let everyone know.  I want to make it consistent so everyone knows well in advance and doesn't get a 48 hour notice like this week (my fault).  So that will be the plan to just put it on the fourth sunday of each month at 7 am, or first light later in the year whatever time that will be.
Bob
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on June 27, 2010, 07:53:25 PM
Nevermind on the trail conditions it is back to red >:(  All trails are going to be to soft.
Bob
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on June 28, 2010, 09:45:30 AM
Thanks Bob and Todd H. for getting all that trimming done Sunday! I know its alot of work and you get very dirty doing it. Hopfully it will stop raining and you can free up some time to get on your bike and enjoy the weed free trails now. Thanks again guys!
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on January 23, 2011, 04:37:12 PM
I have been waiting on a response from the manager and he got back to me today.  He wants to meet with me in the near future to set-up trail work to start 'NEW TRAIL' in the south property.  Currently I will probably do trailwork every fourth sunday as that is the same time my wife volunteers at church as well.  For people interested let me know what works best saturdays or sundays?  If I don't hear much we already have sunday FEB. 27 scheduled as the first work day.  Hopefully we can finally get back there and get some new trail  started!
Bob
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on January 24, 2011, 12:47:45 PM
I have been waiting on a response from the manager and he got back to me today.  He wants to meet with me in the near future to set-up trail work to start 'NEW TRAIL' in the south property.  Currently I will probably do trailwork every fourth sunday as that is the same time my wife volunteers at church as well.  For people interested let me know what works best saturdays or sundays?  If I don't hear much we already have sunday FEB. 27 scheduled as the first work day.  Hopefully we can finally get back there and get some new trail  started!
Bob

Great news Bob! It will be great to get some new Trails back on the new property. Pluse the added length to the trail system thier will help.  Last year was a bummer with half the park closed off. >:( But this should be a good year at Avon since the construction is done.  ;DSaturdays works out best for me because I like to go to church on Sunday. But no matter when it is I still should be able to get out and help some.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: T WING on January 30, 2011, 10:17:31 AM
Saturdays work out best for me also. That is when my kids do not have aswim meet or game. I was approached by a scout leader about possibly putting some of them to work on the trails to earn some kind of badges. I told him I would check into it. Let me know what you guys think about that. They would be more of the thirteen and over age group. Brian it is Mike Moore who is inquiring. So if you see him at work you might see what info you can get.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on February 03, 2011, 07:22:15 PM
Cool saturdays might work better anyway unless we have softball :)  The only thing as usual I haven't heard back from him about a time to get togethor, so who knows if we will be starting in Feb.  I now see what Brian was saying and it isn't like I have much time to chase him right now.  I will do my best for everyone to continue reaching out to him so we can get more trail down this year.
Bob
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on February 07, 2011, 10:27:46 AM

Hey Todd! I think that would be great if the scouts could build some bridges for the new trails. And I know we are going to need some! Other scout troops have built a couple of the bridges that are on the trails in the park now. Gary, the park manager before Eric, organized that with the scouts and they did a real good job. I also know that some of the benches in the mosquito infested areas where built by scouts since Eric has been the manager. So if they could be directed to building bridges that would more useful to us as trail builders, than building a bench.  It would be best to have the trail mapped out first to know where the bridges need to be and then have Mike talk to Eric. Otherwise he might just have them build more benches?
And Bob, good luck with Eric! Hopefully after the new elected officials get in they will give more value to the trails in the park and us as volunteers.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on February 19, 2011, 12:39:22 PM
First trailwork day will be Saturday March 5th!  After a year off we are finally ready.  I met with the park today and we walked the back property and in the next couple of days I will get route marked that Eric will then tweak and approve and we will be ready to build a NEW LOOP around the outside of the entire south property!  The March 5th workday we have a small reroute to work on in the back property.  And the bigger job will be on Gambles Run we have a tree down that pulled a huge root ball out of the side of the hill and just happened to be next to the trail.  As is it is not passable and they have tape up at the top to have the trail closed.  This is one of the best parts of this trail and it will be closed until we can get it filled back in.  So all help will be appreciated.  If not fixed by April they would have to reroute the DINO race.  Once these two issues are taking care of we will then be ready to start building NEW TRAIL in later workdays!  Saturday March 5th meet at the red barn 7:30-Noon.
Bob
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on February 28, 2011, 08:43:43 AM

Hey Bob I will not be able to help this Saturday the 5th. My boy has  wrestling tournaments on the next two Saturdays. After that the wrestling season is over, so I should be able to help out some. For everyone else...please speak up and let Bob know if you are able to help this saturday March 5th. I know it will help him in his planing and hopfully it will motivate others to come out and help.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on February 28, 2011, 10:43:34 AM
Hopefully we won't need a boat to get in there!  I guess we will have to see how much rain we get friday as well.  The root ball area should dry out over the next few days for us to be able to work in that area.
Bob
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on February 28, 2011, 03:27:22 PM
Just talked to Todd, and he does not have internet access untill this Saturday. So he wanted me to let you know that he can not make it either because his kids have bball and swimming.
I have not been over there to see the tree down? But All the rain might be good for loosening up the dirt on the root ball?
Hopefully the lower trails are not under water now! I know the Freeride trail will not be passable since the TTF are gone! :(
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on March 03, 2011, 04:36:02 PM
Due to the rain we are going to get and espcially around 9 am saturday the trailwork session for this week is cancelled and we will move it to Saturday March 19th from 7:30-noon.
Bob
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on March 17, 2011, 07:00:17 PM
Trailwork for saturday is still on as of right now hopefully any rain tomorrow will move out quickly, 7:30-Noon.  Meet down by the barn.  If let we will be on Popolar Pass fixing the rootball.
Bob
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on March 18, 2011, 08:00:56 AM
I will not be able to make it tomorrow to help. I have a bad sinus cold that i am trying to get over. The weather should be great for trail work as long as we do not get much rain. Thanks for your efforts Bob!
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on March 19, 2011, 01:43:12 PM
Next Saturday March 26th we will try another trailwork day to address the closed trail on Gambles Run or Popular Pass whichever you want to call it.  No one showed today so I did a reroute on the south property that needed to be done as it goes on private property.  Please do not move the logs and ride the old part the nieghbors are not bike friendly and will push the issue if we ride on their property.  The reroute is a little sharper turn and won't flow as well as the other part but it had to be done to stay off the property line.  As for next saturday it will be one of the last days I can organize something before the DINO Tune-up race so if you are planning on riding that you won't be riding that section of trail if we can't get it repaired and I won't be able to do that section alone it created a very big hole in the hillside and ripped the trail away.  Also the park wasn't real happy with a new piece of trail on the back property that someone marked with orange tape and then made in the back corner behind the lake.  They want to approve everything being built.  The old manager is out as of the last week or so, and today I was pretty much told you guys can build and maintain them or we can close them down because they don't have time to manage them with a bunch of new mandates that they have to do.  They don't have time for the trails so please don't build your own.  Everything we add this year on the south property has to be approved and then maintained by us.
Bob
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on March 24, 2011, 01:00:45 PM
Hey Bob! I plan on being there this Saturday. It is too bad that know one else showed up last Satuday! :'(
 If you use the trails any at Avon, please come out and help! We need the help! Like Bob said in his earlyer post, WE volunteers are the only ones that will get trail improvements done. The park has not been much help in the past and it sounds like they are even offering less help now. :-\
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on March 25, 2011, 12:33:27 PM
Just Bumping this post so people know there is trial work tomorrow at Avon. Please reply if you plan on helping tomorrow. If you can not tomorrow, but can help some other time this year let us know that too?
Thanks!

Next Saturday March 26th we will try another trailwork day to address the closed trail on Gambles Run or Popular Pass whichever you want to call it. Bob
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: tmac on March 25, 2011, 01:35:56 PM
I could probably come and give you guys a hand tomorrow. What time? I probably couldn't get there at 7:30. I can be there by 9:00 though.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on March 25, 2011, 03:17:07 PM
I forgot the time, we are going to do 8:00 to Noon.  If you get there late we will be on Gambles run (Poplar Pass) working on the rootball.
Bob
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on March 26, 2011, 02:23:26 PM
A huge thanks to Todd Himes, Tim Mac, Brain and Trevor Bowerbank!!  Thanks to these guys the best part of the trail system is back open and will be ready for the DINO race.  It took 5.5 hours of crib walls and 4 huge loads of dirt to fill it back in but it looks better now than before!  Again thank you guys for stepping up or this probably wouldn't have been finished before the DINO race next month.  I will post some pictures as soon as I can and learn how!
Bob
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: Todd H on May 14, 2011, 04:34:57 PM
  I weed eated the Freeridin'  trail and all the trails south of the train tracks today. Also did alot of pruning and cutting on the on the trails south of the train tracks. A thanks goes to Steve [park employee] for dumping a load of dirt over the washed out area around the metal drainage pipe at the bottom of the hill on Poplar Pass. I'm thinking about doing some more work Fri or Sat, maybe moving some of the sand off the trail south of the train tracks.

Todd Himes
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on May 25, 2011, 08:20:13 AM
Trail work this Saturday at Avon 7:30 to 11:00 Meet down at maintenance barn. We plan on rerouting a small section of trail that the creek is taking out on the south property and a few other needed repairs.
Hopefully it will be a dry morning! Please post up if you can make it.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on May 25, 2011, 09:01:48 AM
I can't I have to work the GED Graduation Ceremony that morning.  We have to go or you don't have the job the rest of the year.
Bob
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: Todd H on May 26, 2011, 06:40:28 AM
 I am planning on it.

 Todd Himes
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on May 27, 2011, 12:30:20 PM
Trail work this Saturday at Avon 7:30 to 11:00 Meet down at maintenance barn. We plan on rerouting a small section of trail that the creek is taking out on the south property and a few other needed repairs.
Hopefully it will be a dry morning! Please post up if you can make it.

Looks like good weather for tomorrows trail work.  ;D Thanks Bob and Todd for posting up!
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: deanarammalamma on May 27, 2011, 01:20:48 PM
I cross posted this to the HMBA facebook page for you guys

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hoosier-Mountain-Bike-Association/384333460060
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on May 27, 2011, 03:52:25 PM
I cross posted this to the HMBA facebook page for you guys

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hoosier-Mountain-Bike-Association/384333460060

I am not a facebooker yet. But i KNOW MANY ARE, So Thanks!
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on May 30, 2011, 11:38:05 AM
Big THANKS To Todd H., Marty, and Todd W. for helping out this past Saturday! We got a couple sections of the trail rerouted that the creek was taking over. Todd W. did alot of week wacking. We moved a old bridge to the freeride trail and put it where the secound TTF was so you can use the freeride trail now. This bridge is just temporary until the boy scouts get a nice bridge built there. Moved some thick sand off the trail from fooding and fixed a couple of muddy areas. Over all a very productive morning! ;D
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: T WING on July 15, 2011, 09:19:19 AM
I went yesterday and cut all the brush away from the trails on the new property so hopefully that is done for this year. I talked to Steve and Dennis about the trees that have fallen on the trails but who knows how long that will take them to actually get out and remove them so if you see any of the park employees give them a friendly reminder. Trails are fast now so get out and ride!
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: T WING on August 08, 2011, 07:13:17 PM
The boy scouts are planning on building a new bridge on august 20th to replace the bridges they took away from the freeride trail. i am sure they will need some supervision if anyone is available that day. I am supposed to be at a family reunion that day but i am going to try and get over there for a little while depending on my sons game time that morning. They are going to use 2 telephone poles and then nail 3ft planks to the poles. They are supposed to have everything pre-drilled so the biggest job will be getting those heavy poles in place. I am going to talk to the park manager and let him know and hope they are willing to use there bobcat to drag the poles to the location.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on August 11, 2011, 08:17:29 AM
Todd,
  What time?  My parents are going to be in town at some point that day.  If it is real early I can probably make it out for awhile.
Bob
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: T WING on August 11, 2011, 08:27:06 PM
Bob they are planning on starting at 8 but the scout in charge i told them to be there at 730 so they can have things organized. They will being doing most of the work but we need to move the bridge that is there now to its new location on the freeride trail. I cannot stay real long either but we can at least make sure it is done to our approval. The poles were delivered yesterday so it is just about getting those big things back to where they are going. Kyle is working that weekend so he will help with bobcat.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on August 11, 2011, 09:59:21 PM
I will check with the boss:)  I am the only one up at that time so it should be alright.  Are they meeting at the barn or the trail?
Bob
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: T WING on August 19, 2011, 07:24:55 PM
Bob I went over today and moved the temporary bridge over to its new permanent location and got the guys at the park to put the poles in position for the scouts. I have a family reunion tomorrow so I probably won't make it over there tomorrow. I helped the scout in charge lay it out so between him and his dad they should be alright. If you happen to get a little time to go over and chech on things it might be a good idea. It will be cool when it is done.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on August 21, 2011, 08:18:32 AM
Todd,
  I completely forgot to post, earlier this week my parents called and said they had free Holiday World tickets so instead of them coming up to us we came down to Ferdinand.  I meant to post on here and let you know.  I will try and get out there later today when we get back to check it out.
Bob
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: T WING on November 15, 2011, 07:26:51 AM
Bob can you find out if the park is going to blow the leaves off the trails. Last year they did but years before that we did it. They are pretty thick now and a little dangerous.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on November 15, 2011, 09:54:41 AM
I can check.  I talked to them Sunday as I was already there for an AJAA meeting back at the new building.  Dennis was not real pleased with us "mtn. bikers"  after the meeting early this year with Brian, Paul, Todd and maybe someone else ( I couldn't be there), he basically was just ripping saying we haven't been back since and he is tired of the trails and my just close them anyway.  Basically he told me we are talk.  So, I can ask I am just not sure what kind of response I will get because it wasn't positive at all on Sunday.  My intent when I talked to him was asking him if there was anything that they felt we needed to work on right now and that was the respone I was greeted with.
Bob
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: rockclimber on November 15, 2011, 04:21:02 PM
There is no need to blow the leaves off the trail! most of the trails are good condition and the leaves are bedding in the trail and hold up in the winter alot better if dont leaf blow. Thats my 2cts.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian on November 18, 2011, 02:56:00 PM
I can check.  I talked to them Sunday as I was already there for an AJAA meeting back at the new building.  Dennis was not real pleased with us "mtn. bikers"  after the meeting early this year with Brian, Paul, Todd and maybe someone else ( I couldn't be there), he basically was just ripping saying we haven't been back since and he is tired of the trails and my just close them anyway.  Basically he told me we are talk.  So, I can ask I am just not sure what kind of response I will get because it wasn't positive at all on Sunday.  My intent when I talked to him was asking him if there was anything that they felt we needed to work on right now and that was the respone I was greeted with.
Bob

I called Dennis today and said that I was sorry for not getting back with him after our meeting. Our meeting was at the end of May and I explained to him that our plan at that time was to reroute some of the exsisting trail to make it more sustainable and therefore requiring less maintenance. And with that plan it would require a comitment of more than just one weekend and I didn't find the time for that so I never got the ball rolling. He understood and said that he has just had a few complaints about areas on the trails. But after I stated that we could get out and fix some areas and asked what they where? he didn't come up with anything.....Just kinda changed the subject and talked about how Kyle doesn't work there anymore. So overall I think things are cool with him, he just wants us to keep in comunication with him.
   I have only been over to Avon about 5 times this year to ride and none lately, so I do not know the condition of the trails right now? If there are some areas that need work I am sure we can get a work party together and fix them. I have time for small one day projects but not any big projects.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on November 18, 2011, 03:01:00 PM
Brian,
 Same here, I haven't ridden there since May.  But he brought up problem areas with me as well and hiker tripping on roots and when I asked him where he changed the subject.  We will keep fighting the battle.
Bob
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: T WING on November 19, 2011, 05:26:11 AM
There is nothing that can be done with hikers tripping on roots. These trails have been around along time and exposed roots will be a problem on most trails when they have been heavily used. Bob I think a work day needs to be scheduled before the weather gets to bad. We need to at least show we are still around to help maintain the trails. If Dennis cannot give us info on his so called trouble spots maybe we can get a start on adding trail to the new property. Let me know what day you plan.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: T WING on May 11, 2012, 07:33:41 AM
Bob,
      When are you planning a trail work day? The weeds are already getting tall from what i have been told and none of the downed trees have been cut and moved. I have not been over there much this year but this is what has been relayed to me. We probably need to do a maintenance day before we think about adding new trail. Let me know what you think.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on May 23, 2012, 08:35:28 PM
Todd,
  I have only been out once this year, the end of the school year is this week and has been really hectic in the new role.  I will try and get something organized soon with the park just haven't had any chance right now.
Bob
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: Matt E. on June 25, 2012, 10:25:30 PM
I know that most of the trail has been grass cut on the Western side of the Southern part of the park, but a spot I'm curious about is the ravine that is close to where the Park Office is. It doesn't seem like a seasonal stream but almost every other day this ravine has water running through it and I was wondering if a bridge or alternate trail route was in place for this part of the trail system? It seems that the trail has been cut and cleared to go down and back up the other side of the ravine to then turn right and make your way up to the paved path that connects the park with the neighborhood adjacent to it.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: T WING on September 15, 2012, 10:45:37 AM
I just ran onto Dennis while riding. He was his usual negative self, threatening to shut the trail system down since there has not been any real trail work done in a couple of years. If someone has the time and energy to organize some trail work days it would help keep the peace with park management. There is plenty to do with the old trail system and building of new trails to make a complete loop in the back section. I hope there is enough volunteers to accomplish what needs to be done but first we need somebody to organize the days. My kids are at the age where I cannot commit to the time it takes to organize these events. I would hate to lose Avon because I live so close!
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: Matt E. on September 16, 2012, 12:10:59 PM
I just ran onto Dennis while riding. He was his usual negative self, threatening to shut the trail system down since there has not been any real trail work done in a couple of years. If someone has the time and energy to organize some trail work days it would help keep the peace with park management. There is plenty to do with the old trail system and building of new trails to make a complete loop in the back section. I hope there is enough volunteers to accomplish what needs to be done but first we need somebody to organize the days. My kids are at the age where I cannot commit to the time it takes to organize these events. I would hate to lose Avon because I live so close!


I'm not opposed to getting with some folks at Avon and seeing what we can do to help with the maintenance of the trail system, given we are riding their once a week. I would also entertain the option of just meeting up with you and figuring out what we can do to make progress with trail cleanup and clearing.

I'd love to be able to also get with some of the folks from Avon, and possibly Danville (not sure exactly if they use the park as well), for what we can do to help in any adjustments for the trails on the Cross Country running side of things. The park seems to be home territory for all the Avon Middle and High school meets when they are at home.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: Wingspan on September 16, 2012, 02:20:40 PM
I'd certainly be up for a trail work day.  :)
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: ndredsox on September 16, 2012, 07:07:17 PM
I would be able to help as well.  I was there today riding and want to keep this an option in the future.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: Jim H on October 22, 2012, 07:39:55 AM
I'm a new member to HMBA and live really close to Washington Park,  I would be willing to help out on any future work projects,  feel free to call my cell 412-865-7111.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: JCRevel1 on October 22, 2012, 08:57:14 AM
We can also help out..... just  let me know in advance to organize my schedule (I am a single mom "busy as hll") . But if for some reason I can't make it ...I will make sure my son does.  ;)
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on October 22, 2012, 03:40:02 PM
I am on fall break and will be back in town tomorrow I will get out there Thursday and try and talk to Dennis and then see what needs to be done.  Schedule has been crazy this year and honestly I have made it out there once back on Spring Break the first week of April. 
Bob
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: T WING on April 08, 2013, 08:32:07 PM
I was wondering if the bridge the boy scouts built has been moved back to its proper place. I was approached by the Eagle Scout who built the bridge but I have not been riding at Avon much so I could not give him an answer.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: Todd H on April 09, 2013, 12:26:54 PM
It has not been moved back.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: Todd H 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. 
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: Todd H 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.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: Todd H 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.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: flyinbrian 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.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: Igor 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.


    Thanks for all you do, e
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: fezick 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.


Trail map: http://www.washingtontwpparks.org/park-maps.html
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: indyshred 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.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: Unfit Nitwit 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?
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: holzhaus 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.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman 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. 
Bob
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: Unfit Nitwit 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.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: getsometrail 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. 
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: fezick on November 29, 2014, 01:07:41 PM

The trails are good beginner trails (especially for my daughter, who isn't ready for a 'real' trail yet), but yeah, the transitions can be a little rough. The main issue I'm seeing is a steady decay of the trails. Logs down, erosion problems, etc.  However, I'm in the same boat everyone else is in...family time comes first which doesn't leave much to lead trail maintenance.

Sorry for the late reply...I cracked a rib riding in late october, and haven't been on my bike in nearly two months (finally all healed up, but trails are muddy and my bike is packed away...excuses excuses).
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: fezick on May 20, 2015, 04:27:14 PM
I noticed some trail modifications on the southernmost trail. Looks like someone has taken it upon themselves to turn a hill into a ramp  >:(
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: matt_laker on May 20, 2015, 05:49:53 PM
I didn't notice that when I was out there Monday night, but I also didn't hit all parts of the southernmost trail.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: Todd H on May 21, 2015, 06:26:54 PM
I am planning on trimming some of the trails this Saturday. I will be at the maintenance barn about 12:30pm. I spoke to Steve ( head maintenance worker) today and signed a waiver so that I could use their tools. If anyone can help, let me know or talk to Steve at the park. I will post what gets done Saturday.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: Unfit Nitwit on May 22, 2015, 10:07:31 AM
Thanks for taking car of the trails Todd.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: Todd H on May 26, 2015, 04:12:34 AM
 I was able to get the section of trail that starts out just south of the train trestle to where it comes out at the grassy field by the lower pond. I was also able to get Whipple trail, the loop east of the iron bridge, done.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: fezick on May 26, 2015, 08:55:41 AM
Thanks!
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: sksdviuasf on March 06, 2016, 07:58:32 PM
Spring is lurking around the corner.

I'm new to mountain biking and I don't even own a bike yet, but I love it. I'm interested in helping with this trail system since I live right here in Avon. Wife works evenings so after 6:30 I'm usually free. Sometimes I'm free on the weekends as well, depending on when she works. I had a lot of free time last summer (played disc golf, went running, did some road cycling) and thought I might be able to donate some of it to building this year, plus it would be a chance to network with some local riders. I don't know many people in the area since I'm sort of new to living here. I own no real yard tools other than a hand pruner and a lawn mower so I really don't have equipment but I will help in any way I can.

Seems like the Avon trails are completely nonexistent in these forums so I'm up for bringing it back from the grave.  ;)
Just let me know if there is ever going to be trail building/maintenance here.

Thanks,
Jeff
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: bboehman on May 22, 2016, 10:08:15 PM
Anybody have the chance to talk to the new park management?  I haven't so didn't know if they plan to weed eat the trails or if they will allow us to like previous groups.  They are in desperate need in some places.
Title: Re: Avon Trail Work
Post by: dprimm on May 24, 2016, 12:22:54 PM
I have not had a chance to talk with anyone. I am more than willing to help weedeat the trails if anyone can tell me whom to talk with at the park.