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    Demo Flow Scrapbook...and diary

    Unofficial thread for images pertaining to the build-out of the new "Flow Trail" in Soquel Demonstration State Forest.

    For something more official go here Trail Talk | Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBoSC)

    This was the second day Drew and crew were able to start rough cutting the trail with the Morrison Trailblazer; I was out to deliver a tool storage box and wound up getting greasy doing some minor repairs to the machine. Because of said greasiness I didn't feel like contaminating my camera so I instead used my iPhone to record some of the action. (apologies in advance)

    So here starts the scrapbook:


    Results of the first day's operation; for scale that's a 4' wide bench and a 4' vert. cut bank---at 100% the steepest side-slope along the whole route. Drew wanted to get it out of the way early. (Photo courtesy Drew Perkins)


    Drew (drewp) fires up the Morrison as Patty C (knobbyknees) gets a photo from a different direction.


    Trail cutting resumes. Looking like the engine may need an overhaul that's actually just water vapor from the cold start-up. I like the drama it added!


    The steep portion in the first photo the trail is cutting across an ancient(?) landslide scarp; here the trail is on the gentle slope formed where the slide came to stop.


    In this iPhone video Drew cuts the trail past a rare cluster of virgin-growth redwoods; the tape on trees is a reminder from CDF that they're not to be harmed in any way.


    As Drew moves beyond the old trees the tilt caused to one tree by the landside is evident (could be used to date the landslide).


    Looking back up the trail past one of the more up-right trees the natural "flow" of the terrain can be seen.

    Got photos??? Post 'em!
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    Cool!!! I'll be there Friday to get plenty dirty...some rain tonight oughta be just what the doctor ordered. I'll take some snaps...
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    here's some more from section 5:



    how many rings does it take to get to the center of the demo flow trail? 180-ish.



    Ford pitches duff onto the steep side slope.



    Drew reflects after enjoying a potlatch lunch break.



    discussing next steps



    Glenn photographs the flow below



    Squashyo in his large green condom suit



    Drew fights the bogdan tree.



    tree wins... for now.



    welder needed. and maybe some dynamite...

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    Please stop.
    I'm getting a chubby. :roll eyes:
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    Scrapbook addition

    Pics from 2.7 trail work day:
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    and some more

    some more pics of 2.7 work day:
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    Still a tad bit wet...

    It doesn't show in the forum list but I changed the title of my OP to "Demo Flow Scrapbook...and diary"; pictures being "worth a thousand words" and all but there are times when I just don't take many photos.

    Like today; so here's a diary entry with one pix:

    I made a trip out to Demo today to repair the broken blade tilt cylinder bracket on the Morrison trail machine; I was hauling an engine-driven welder in the bed of my 4x4 F-250 PU (fair tires but no winch). My son Jonathan was riding shotgun. The original plan was that Drew and crew were to remove the broken parts from the Morrison and haul them down Flow and then down Tractor to the graveled Hihn's Mill Rd as access on Tractor might be limited due to slippery conditions.

    But yesterday Drew learned that the woodcutters were driving up Tractor (access road) so he reckoned that we might be able to do the same. (And save much effort hauling the broken tractor parts)

    Sounds like a plan; Drew and Matt would have a couple hour head start to dis-assemble and get the stuff down Flow Trail to the side of the road. I half expected to see them at the bottom of Tractor but only Matt's truck was there with no sign of the lads. Drew's vehicle was not there either so I assumed he must have driven on up the hill (Bad assumption; I saw tire tracks but they were from the woodcutters and not Drew)

    The next spot I expected to see them was at the "Landing" at the bottom of "Segment 5"; nobody home so I kept going. (Hindsight: should have checked with Drew via cell at that point!)

    From that point on the road pitches up so I was definitely using the 4WD; I could see where the traffic before me was beginning to lose traction in spots and doing a bit of slip-and-slide. I also began to realize that if I stopped I would not be able to get going again and backing up would be pretty sketchy too. I figured with the momentum I had I could make to the next turn-around (and also where Drew sometimes parks) and head back down the hill if he wasn't there.

    Well, we got about 4 feet from the turn around (no Drew) and "that's all she wrote"!

    Stuck. Stuck in the mud...

    Just then Drew calls via cell and says "I heard you go past; where are you now?"

    Me says: "I'm where you parked the last time and BTW I'm stuck at the moment; where are you?"

    Drew: "We're at the machine and we just got the blade off."

    Me: "Where are you planning to take the blade?"

    Drew: "Down to the landing, we're going to try to use a wheelbarrow, but do you need help getting un-stuck like with a come-along?"

    Me: "No, not yet; we've got planks and tools with us, if I can't get turned around I'll give you a call back."

    Well; it took my son and I about 1/2 an hour to move 20 feet and get the truck pointed in the right direction. (The planks were nearly useless; downed branches left by the woodcutters were much more effective)

    Long story shortened; got to the Landing and effected the repair. Matt, Jonathan and myself hauled the parts back up the un-cut Flow to the Morrison (yes it was a 3-man job; 2 on ropes pulling the wheelbarrow and 1 pushing); here's Matt driving home the cylinder pin:


    There was other drama unfolding on the Flow Trail project; let's just say I wasn't the only one who got stuck. I'll leave that tale for someone else...
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    ouch. i rode by in the afternoon and didn't see anyone. did see signs of some slipping going up tractor. and plenty of packing mud.

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    if a picture is worth a thousand words, a thousand pictures is worth?

    segment 5 was firm enough for a test ride (and a strava kom, hah!)




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    That is KOM? I gotta get me out there... (Thanks for the vid, conditions looked great...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by grumblingcrustacean View Post
    That is KOM? I gotta get me out there... (Thanks for the vid, conditions looked great...)
    Great vid -- trail is looking good.

    Do you have an ETA for the Grand Opening?

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    Quote Originally Posted by spec306 View Post
    Great vid -- trail is looking good.

    Do you have an ETA for the Grand Opening?
    The official word from the MBOSC webpage Flow Trail at Demo | Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBoSC) says:
    "VOLUNTEER | Three uniquely qualified employees have been hired by MBoSC for this extensive endeavor. Work days and volunteers will be coordinated by Project Manager Patty Ciesla, while dirt moving operations will be managed by MBoSC Trails Officer Drew Perkins with Matt De Young’s assistance. In addition to this paid staff, over 40 crew leaders—trained by MBoSC—will lead volunteers in the field. Large scale volunteer work parties led by this inspired expertise will accelerate the project. This will allow for riders to enjoy the trail by the end of 2014. Contact us to add your name to the volunteer roster. (Learn more about how the flow trail’s design and construction.)"

    But at the rate the crew is ripping along; they roughed-in one of 6 segments in one week so at that rate it'll be finished before summer! But "roughed-in" and ride-able doesn't mean finished; there is much work to be done perfecting berms, rollers and etc. The project schedule hugely depends on volunteer support; the more hands that show up on TWDs the sooner the "Grand Opening" will happen!
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    Quote Originally Posted by spec306 View Post
    Do you have an ETA for the Grand Opening?
    what pliebenberg said

    100% dependent on volunteers. it's early yet. the more people that show up and are willing to put some time and love in, the quicker the trail will be completed. and the more "you" it will be if you spend even a few hours shaping that berm, or making sure the drainage drains. so i would highly recommend coming out for a visit before it's complete.

    that being said, Drew-n-Crew are making speedy progress! the almost half mile of segment 5 is very much looking like a trail. shoot them an email if you think you can make it out: trails@mbosc.org

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    We need a weekend work day already! Let's do this. Lots of people ready to dig that can't make it on weekdays.

    Or how about a weekday night building session?

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    Mark your calendars...

    Quote Originally Posted by beaverbiker View Post
    We need a weekend work day already! Let's do this. Lots of people ready to dig that can't make it on weekdays.

    Or how about a weekday night building session?
    ...and watch MBOSC's pages for an official announcement.

    I'm not an "official" representative but I do know this:

    "Saturday 2/22: Our first official volunteer day! Limit 50 volunteers. Meet at the top of Hihn's Mill at 9:00 return by 3:00 "

    There also happens to be a more limited invitational day (shakedown) prior but you'll need to PM a Crew Leader for an invite.

    Drew and Patty need to ramp this thing up slow as there are parking and other logistical considerations being worked out. (like to make sure there's enough tools to go around!)
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    The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not represent any policy of the CA Dept. of Parks & Rec.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beaverbiker View Post
    We need a weekend work day already! Let's do this. Lots of people ready to dig that can't make it on weekdays.

    Or how about a weekday night building session?
    Dude, you are forgiven...after all, someone needs to build the 'other' non-Demo trails. (we could definitely use your expertise out there though...)
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    Our muscles


    Our brains and muscles


    No obstacle is to big


    Lots of this


    And lots of this


    Fired up crew


    Berms made easy with machines


    Open that corridor



    Nice to work in some sunshine for a change


    Not PO...thank god


    Digging the Redwoods


    Drew building up the lip


    A little nature art


    Glenn clearing and Drew moving dirt old school style


    No trees were hurt


    Drew on the dirt mover


    Crew drooling over new line (Mitch, Glenn, Matt, Drew)


    More of that


    Chain Saw


    Chain saw and friend axe


    Spider web


    Mitch and Glenn prepare the berm


    nother spiderweb


    Tractor Footprint


    nother tractor footprint


    Drew surveying bermalicious


    Packed berm


    Packed berm 2


    Travis from Tread and Drew


    Bogden packing Bermalicious


    Bogden Berm packing 2


    Mitch hauling tools


    Mitch and Drew wrapping it up
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    moved some dirt and shaped a real nice berm today

    or maybe squashyo gestured at this tree and a berm magically appeared?







    ok.. it was more like this




    Drew and Matt discuss the projectlist over lunch




    load up some dirt




    dump some dirt




    dump some more dirt




    and some more dirt




    brace up the outside of the berm






    tamp it in




    tampin' ain't easy




    progress






    fine tuning








    looking good!








    mmm.




    yo check out the flow!



    rest of the photos: (https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/1...38652781602113)

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    lots done today! here's some trail p1rn.

    https://plus.google.com/photos/10042...00782464349889

    a few selects below. see the link above for the full stokage.











    what this is missing is scale. this tree is HUGE!







    only 24 hours old and bermzilla is already a fat baby



    KOM bike (pfft. currently #2)



    what does this remind you of?



    wwwwrrrrzzzzwwwrrrrzzzz



    the view from above the wall ride



    tools of the trade



    tools of the trade

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    #2? Wha? Glenn musta pinned it!
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    he stayed late last night and planted that booby trap tree. at least that's what i heard..

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