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North Meck Update
Well, it was a pretty small crew by our standards on Monday nite, but none-the-less we worked efficiently...Master trail maintenance guru, Kim Rodden lead a small crew that utilized more armoring techniques to re-work the area at the bottom of the initial two track (just before the hard left into the woods)...Placing flagstone and concrete pillars (that he just happened to find in the woods), Kim and company (brothers David and David) raised the trail bed and stabilized the heavy organic buildup that has been washing down the trail...A work in progress, a little touch up work should have this area in good shape for a long time yet to come...

The park continues to give us support through both manpower and the use of the park's Gator...Coupled with the TTB's quad and dump trailer we moved a good 5000 lbs of gravel to various points on the trail...

I ran the trails tonight (Tuesday), and I must say, I am pleased...There are still some problem areas, but we have developed techniques that work in our situation...We have found that complete removal of the soft, unpackable organic material, down to stable ground is the only way to address the larger bad spots...Sand harvested from the creek bed is dumped in the resulting hole, and covered with the crush-n-run gravel, resulting in a super stable trail bed following a few rains (raining right now up here as a matter of fact). Bike and foot traffic compacts the mix into a hard, durable, surface...

Lessons learned are to look around you and see what nature gives you (in our case, sand) and make the most of the situation...

BTW, did you know you can face up to 5 major traffic violations for driving a quad on Hwy 115?



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