Unfortunately, it was just me out there yesterday for the trail work day. Hard to compete with nice leaf peeping and trail riding weather as well as the UM-MSU football game I suppose.
Regardless, I worked for a while on Friday and Saturday on the E-W tree line in the west meadows...area #3 on the map in my last posting. Since I had the brush mower (thanks to Carl L. for letting me borrow his truck...again), I thought I would concentrate my efforts where the mower would be best used. I hacked out some new trail in the tree line and mowed about 200 yards in the small meadow just N of the tree line with the brush mower and with a couple of passes with my push mower. In the end, I opened up ~0.2 miles of new trail (see blue line in pic below) and closed off the old trail forcing riders on the new section. As you might expect, the meadow area will be bumpy for a while, but I don't think it is too bad except for a couple of old furrows just before entering the woods....I'll fix them later. Thanks to the disc golfers who had hoped to put some holes in the tree line, the entire area under the canopy was already cleared and there wasn't much work to do there. This section isn't too exciting, but there is a nice dirt mound at the end before it rejoins the main trail. With the new SE meadow (green) and this section, RHP should be ~7.5 miles per lap now.
The E-W tree line S of the soccer field still needs some work. The first section that we cleared two weeks ago is rideable, but it still needs some TLC to clean up debris on the trail bed. If you have time, energy and inclination, feel free to go out and rake the center 18-24" of the area that was brush cut. Also, please contact me if you want to borrow a Pulaski or Rogue Hoe to dig up a lot of the small root balls in the trail tread.
Remember too to ride the SE Meadow loop. I know it is slow, rough and a bit bumpy, but it will only get smoothed out and compacted by riding and not by wishful thinking. I'd like to break it in well enough with a good trail tread this fall, winter and early spring so that it will be easier to maintain next year in the growing season. If it doesn't get ridden enough, we will loose it again to mother nature next year.