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    I'll be stopping by to check out the new trails that weekend.

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    Smile The continuing growth of the DR trail...

    ... as it gets longer it spans more very interesting areas of the HCGA land.

    Scott O. and myself continued to work today on the DR trail completing the next section down from the Mono Rock. Did I mention the Mono Rock before? Nope, cause till now it was a closely guarded secret area of the land! I will tell of a rock the size of a house does exist and is ridable in a unique way. Entering with a shoot the gap type of section, it continues up and over through large stepped ledge rocks and has 3 different exits, one double drops off a big rock, another drops at an angle, while the third is a "once you commit, your it" The Mono Rock is bordered by blackwater on one side and a ridge line on the other, which both are in play in different ways. No pictures will be released, so you just have to ride it in person. If you can that is... LOL

    Fat Dog supervised all work today...

    ... speaking of today's work, the next section of DR contains a feature know now as the "Triangle Straight Angle" as coined by Scott. Staring with a super tight uphill turn(you know how much we like that kind of stuff... LOL), entering on 2 large elevated triangle rocks to a shelf that will surly be an interesting challenge. It does contain one hard line, one scary line, and one "WHAT THE HELL" line (insert Jay can ride this here)... LOL... all for added interest.

    Moving all these huge rocks with the winch on the Suzuki Quadmaster 4WD garners another big thanks to Ray and the use of his quad to make all this easier and possible. He even tops it off with fuel every time we need to use it "RAY RULES"

    Fat Dog wants you to know he has 2 big surprises. One on the next section of DR, a hint, it will include lots of blackwater, and U bolts, the other is, can DR contain a loop within a loop? Sure can!

    So till next time,
    Fat Dog(go ahead giv'em a HUG!)signing off
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    To the HCGA crew...

    ... I'm planning on being at the land 8 AM on Saturday for a full day work, concentrating on the DR trail and the area Scott O. and I researched. Since we are so far out now here's a bit of my location info. I will start at the rock feature next to the "shoot" that parallels the gas line access and work back towards the property line corner!

    Planning to ride after the work to test run/tune the sections of DR

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    Good job!

    Work continued today on the Dirt Rag trail...

    ... with Jimmy M and Scott O joining me we added another 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile of trail, wind howling across the ridges one had to keep moving to stay warm! This trail will be truly "Epic" when finished as we are taking our time to find every feature and flow area to allow the future users to experience true mt biking on trail designed for that purpose.

    After the work day Jimmy M had cooked up 2 smoked chickens and boy did they taste great! Talk about hitting the spot! Thanks Jimmy!

    Work continues Sunday...
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    Good job!

    Worked on the Dirt Rag...

    ...trail/intersection off High Noon today cleared and tuned to the Green Trail just needs the wacker and blade and blown clean after!

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    Diggin this trail. keep the pics comin

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    Good job!

    Progress...

    ... Future work will continue on Dirt Rag, with more trail being put on dirt this winter...

    ... also on the winter agenda an easy/wider "green" loop! Getting together with Scott and Jimmy on this one as they have talked about it before. It will work great for snowy winter riding to get up to the top, and around the property.

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    Work will continue Thursday at...

    ... the Angle Straight Angle area of Dirt Rag, yes we have another surprise planned and it will really cool. More on this after it's completed.

    Saturday: Leaf removal on all trails will commence and the Teeter Totter on Terminus Eldorado will be built.

    Ride da Rocks @ Hunlocks
    Waldo is not missing, he got roosted!
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    Good job!

    More work completed...

    ... working from the top of the climb over to the Mono Rock and further today. The Mono Rock got a huge tune up with multiply lines now in place. There is no easy line in this section, just SCARY, ULTRA SCARY and SCARED SHEEP!!!!!!!!!! ... LOL

    This section kinda reminds me of Arlo's motorcycle song lyrics:
    ... On one side of the mountain road there was a mountain, and on the other side there was nothin' - there was a cliff in the air.

    So... in the first selection of pics, you enter Mono Rock hop across rock gaps, then descend dropping off a huge rock incline. I have done it on a rigid SS 29er and from the top it looks like your gonna die, but it really rolls out smooth if you just commit and pull a bit at the bottom.

    As you can see the pics descend from the top then the last pic I turned around for the pic looking back up, and Fat Dog is in the same place, so you can see just how steep it is even though the camera flattens it, you can imagine it is much steeper in person! The thing is THIS IS THE EASIEST LINE! The others are, well... gotta see them in person!

    Next selection of pics... surprise, surprise Dirt Rag trail gets a Woody, after the Mono Rock and the Angle Straight Angle you descend through a rock cliff section bordered by Blackwater so a deck was necessary to get up and out of the water. It is a very cool section, and very scenic.

    This one section of DR containing highlights: Dragons Back, West Virginia, Mono Rock, Angle Straight Angle, "Tits", and Blackwater which amounts to about 500 feet of trail, and it has sucked up between 40 and 60 hours with 2 workers at the helm, designing, roughing in, brushing out, kicking sticks, laying rocks, dropping trees, building bridges, and final tuning shows just how much work goes into this stuff, and it's only halfway finished.

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    Good job!

    Work was fun today ...

    GB and Amesue removed leaf debris from the trails with their back pack blowers, then joined us for the Teeter-Totter build and ...

    ... building the 20 footer Teeter-Totter on Hell Froze Over at HCGA was a treat. We hauled all to tools including air compressor, generator, nail gun and power tools to Terminus and constructed the awesome TT, with a few optional lines also, making that area of trail even more fun to ride.

    Next time we ride...
    ... pics of the fun!

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    Dave and Amesue,
    Thanks for all your help today. For sure a good day. I picked up some 12" spikes tonight to finish up the TT. A bit more work on the top section of Dirt Rag and it should be done except for any alt lines anyone sees and wants to put in.

    I think I need to try that chute tomorrow... I'm in class all week so a few scratches and a dent or two will heal while sitting behind a terminal.

    Lee,
    Thanks as always for all your work.

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    Scott / Lee,

    Our pleaseure to help out. Since you guys are awesome enough to let us ride out there with you, it's the least we can do! Anytime you need help, let us know!

    Can't wait to try that teeter! The chute looks fun too... the whole new section of DIrt Rag looks amazing.. my curiousity is killing me..

    Amy

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    Good job!

    Thanks...

    ... it's great that "everyone" helps out, that makes it so awesome, so many hands and ideas, broaden the scope of all we have to use!

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    Good job!

    6 AM and a Great weekend for trail building...

    ..sans leaves and 50 degree temps!

    Let's see what the day brings...

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    Good job!

    Today was super...

    ...weather was warm and sunny. Scott O, groomed the open sections of DR while I roughed out the next new addition to DR running back towards Itchy Tire. Even though the connection is 2 ridges away right now, I can't wait for the day it's all connected.

    Scott O. cut wood for our upcoming Christmas party! Great to have nice weather to work in!

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    I just wanna ride them!!

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    Good job!

    Quote Originally Posted by Beardman27 View Post
    I just wanna ride them!!
    Well...

    ... December 3rd is the Christmas party, so ride the trails then!

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    Good job!

    More done today...

    ... the highlight being the bridgework on the Blackwater section of Dirt Rag is done, done, done, but not without notice, as we worked Scott O's both dogs got into a porcupine, with Fat Dog returning looking like a pin cushion and Casey non the less much better so, they both had to go to the doggy vet. I hope they are OK...

    ... we were visited by the other 2 dogs that protect the property: Ebony and Pup! They were very happy to see us...

    ... at that point I headed over to another new section of DR and roughed it in, after Scott returned we finished the brigdework with a few additions. After your tires leave the woody they get to enjoy a "rock gap" and some nice rock slab work, with more coming in the future...

    ... Then we proceeded to begin to tackle the Dragon's Back a line of elevated rocks which will have no optional line "ride or walk it" Like Scott said: "There will always be some sections of trail that some just can't ride!

    Ride da Dragon's Back
    ... more next time!
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    Good job!

    The new Skinny on Itchy Tire is done!

    Scott O. and I got it finished today, located on Itchy Tire it's 6 inches wide and prolly 40 feet long going up and down over a stump with a 1 foot elevation gain! A real fun ride!

    Dirt Rag got another section added today and finished ready to ride! It will climb along a ridge with great views like other sections of DR. Unlike other sections of DR it is fairy smooth and not real technical. A rest for the upcoming long hard climb up to the "Stinker" Rock section!

    Future work will include the "slalom" section of DR, and the "Great Rock Scare" section of DR! Getting DR closer to a competed loop of pure joy for the rider looking for everything in one trail.

    Can't wait for the NEPMTBA/HCGA Christmas party December 3rd as we all get to ride the fun again, check it out here:
    2011 NEPMTBA Christmas Party
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    Ok, I'm thoroughly interested in these trails... how does one go about gaining permission to ride?
    Will ride singletrack for food...

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    Next open invitation is December 3rd

    Our NEPMTBA/HCGA Christmas party/ride:
    2011 NEPMTBA Christmas Party

    Might be one sooner over the T-Giving holiday...

    ... keep watching!

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    Something new is brewing here...

    ... another trail?
    Looks pretty boring right now.

    Updates and info to follow soon.
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    Good job!

    With 2 different trails in the process...

    ...of building leaves lots on the plate, and today after the mOOn ride more Dirt Rag was roughed in. This section will be a descending slope similar to T-Rex over at da mOOn, hence called the slalom section of DR(read jumps). Less techy and more open, wedged between two ridges the "slalom on DR" will be the meat in the climbing sandwich and a fun rest from the two climbs, that preceed and follow it. As the 2 pics show the before and after but don't really do it justice as the trail heads towards the cliffs and is very scenic!

    Introducing another new ribbon of Dirt at HCGA, "Bouncing Betty" a true downhill that will, when finished feature multi lines including different levels of ramps and dirt jumps. Winding its way down to the parking lot in the perfect place to allow shuttle runs for continous enjoyment, or a loop back up Fat Dog for the XC crowd. In the process of lining up a machine to rough it in hopefully before the frost.

    Bouncing Betty also runs through a future planned area that will feature bike/moto trials area called "Section One" which will be completed between now and spring 2012, and right in time for HCGA's Moto trials scheduled for 2012!

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    Good job!

    Bouncing Betty gets...

    ... roughed in with the quad, turning the soil to find lots of clay based good stuff for loamy traction. The placement of jumps have been selected, after much pre riding to find the perfect place for air! The machine and operator are all lined up and in the next few weeks BB will be on the way to completion!

    The pics show the location after the large tabletop, the elevation drops into a roller berm, then uphill with the quad being used to show the elevation drop near the rock quarry pond, it can be seen the actual drop is smooth and flowing.

    The following pics show Kirby checking out the huge skinny near Section One trials area!

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    Good job!

    The Green(easy) loop is done...

    ...except for marking it the day before the Christmas party/ride. Jimmy and I took the motos out and got it mapped in! Must say it is a good one with the start at the main parking lot then using the entrance road it wraps around the property with a very gradual climb and avoids the techy and big hill climb areas, by using logging roads and some singletrack.

    The main idea was also to give the first timer or beginner a sample of some of the HCGA single track trails, and this could be used as a Cyclo-X course too! It takes a tour through part of Itchy Tire, and using the top section of the new Bouncing Betty DH running across to a great descent down Fat Dog finishing back right at the main parking lot! Mileage will be between 1.5 to 2 miles, just a perfect distance for a warm up or beginner loop. It's pretty easy as Jimmy rode his scooter on it and had no problems!

    The bon fire is stoked up and the ghetto barrels are ready but with the weather forecast I doubt we will need them.

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    Great work guys!

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    I should have Thursday off. I have some white ribbon we can use for marking the green loop. If anyone is in the mood to hangout on Thursday or get some stuff ready just come on by, I should be there.

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    Good job!

    Just add...

    ... 2 Trail building maniacs, 2 Chain saws, Leaf blowers, clippers, mini saws, 1 Quad, a Nissan Frontier, Wackers with string and saw heads and...

    ... Dirt Rag trail gets "2" new sections done in "1" day

    The "Trail between the Ridges" is complete, a flowing DH bounded on both sides by flowing climbs that will keep your heart rate way up there! This is a major long section completed and ready to ride all in time for the Christmas party ride!

    The 2nd ridge climb yet unnamed is very scenic with the trail winding its way along the moss covered exposed rock ridge.

    Our two fav guard dogs, Pup and Ebony(no sight of Drop Kick Murphy... LOL)were in the usual location doing their jobs!

    Ride da Dirt Rag Trail
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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead!

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    Good job!

    Ahhhh...

    ...50 degrees January 8th led to more work on Dirt Rag trails next section. This next section is highlighted by all flowing downhill with rock plates to ride over! 50 percent complete today!

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    2012 in gear!

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    Good job!

    Something is happening...

    ...the construction of the next segment of the Dirt Rag trail is progressing! Making DR about 75 percent finished, Yahoo!

    This section provides the rider with a downhill flow highlighted by HCGA's famous "Green" rock outcrops that come in great large, flat topped sizes perfect for riding over and off of! Look for a few tricky traps in this new section that will tune your skills.

    Doesn't look like much in da pics, but you know it will be fun once done...

    Ride da Rocks...
    ... all 3 of them... LOL
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    Good job!

    Scott, Fat Dog, and myself...

    ....hit the trail today to finish off the newest section of Dirt Rag Trail. We cleaned up loose stuff, and made a few challenge areas to enjoy. The ground is loosening up, and leaves are moving off quiet nice. From the top of the Well house this section is basically all downhill, with flowing sections that wind up and down into and out of flow, great for pump driven maneuvers.

    The upper run basic flow, entering half way, the "Enchanted Tree" awaits 2 super crazy lines to be built, that will have the rider going up and over an elbow shaped tree 10 feet up. Line one will be the first built and straight forward you'll either do it or you won't, short up long steep down. Line 2 will be more involved and has yet to be decide how much work we want to put into it!... LOL(no pics yet)

    Next challenge lies near the end, "Huey Tree" stepped uphill rock ledges. Multiple lines exist, no real run at it, just have to go for it, end up being a dirty ride to get it, this will be another one prolly nobody gets this side of Jay Gregorowicz! You can see the steepness where Scott is standing. Even the pics show the steepness and difficulty, so in person much harder!

    Last is the "Stump Rock", pretty straight forward, up, over, off, left turn, out... Designed coming down but the other pics shows a much more difficult line going up, really off axis and apex! It is designed to have two completely different lines depending on direction!

    Fat Dog, sums up the day with a good rest in the back of the truck for the ride out!

    Next up on the work list, the "Twins" section of DR, a dual of death between trails... Stay tuned

    Ride da Rocks...
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    Good job!

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    Is that the trail we rode on the last invite that was just being made?
    I kind of remember the beginings of that section off to the right, looks to be quite the challenge!
    You guys sure put in a lot of time and hard work making these awesome trails and it's greatly appreciated.
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    Looking good

    Lee, Nice job man..i hope to get an invite to ride soon. Also would be willing to assist with any type of maint. Just ask. +1 to you for being so dedicated.
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    Good job!

    Thanks guys, and yes that is the section we rode before it was cleared...

    ...what a difference it makes, and cr500 has offered more land to use for the DR trail, thus making it twice as long as it is now and using a totally different area of the land, but since the Pasta rides start next Friday we have decided to shortcut out and reconnect since thew DR was going away from the MTB trail system! The trail already cut will still be DR just added a bit sooner...

    ...now with that total confusion explained... LOL

    Ride da Rocks...
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    Looks great lee can't wait to check out the new sections of trails

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    Good job!

    Super day with lots done...

    ...first off picking up drain pipes!
    If anyone can lend a hand

    Then it was wood time at the mill, followed by mass trail building, MTB and Moto trails were put to dirt...

    ...Moto got another loop with neat rock features much like the MTB trails, MTB got the finish of Dirt Rag trail just in time for the upcoming Friday Night Pasta Rides starting this Friday night.

    Our usual 4 legged friends are always present, Ebony smiling,(pic 2) and Bear Cub(pic 7, 8, 9) gathering wood from the pond, Fat Dog, Pretty Paws, Dozer, and Pup were there also...

    Ride da Rocks...
    ...MTB or Moto
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    Good job!

    ...
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    Lee and I were out last night and did a bit of work. The new old section got some tune-ups and there is a line that will just taco a wheel if it you try it and drop a wheel... Then we went over the the squeezer/birth canal area on Hell Froze over and put in the alternate lines we have been talking about. There is now a C-section line, D, E, F, G and JJ line. Some of those lines are not for the weak at heart so after dropping off the slab rock stop at the gasline and give the section a look for new lines there are plenty.

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    Good job!

    So here's the views...

    ...much better in person!

    You say the Birth Canal isn't for you, the try a C-Section

    The leaf blower is in the pics for comparison...

    Even Fat Dog looks scared!

    Ride da BIG SCARY Rocks...
    ...HELL FROZE OVER
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    Man you guys put an incredible amount of work and thought into making the trails, really incredible.
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    Good job!

    That's why I get paid the big bucks...

    ...LMAO

    Actually from designing and laying out moto trials events I always look to challenge the rider and not just run them through crap with no line sight. Anyone can layout a "hey just go for it" type of trail, but finding the apex traps makes it fun and challenging, well you know what I mean you have competed in moto trials! It's always the small root or rock that gets the dab out of ya!

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    You sure make the rider think about line choice thats for sure!
    A lot of times especially in the corners I'm thinking where I need to put the front tire so the rear tire rolls through clean, very challenging.
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    Good job!

    New trail...

    ...named "Kirby"

    Lots o Rocks, and big ups, downs, arounds in the process, added lots of locker for traction! This will be an alternate to the first climb joining Fat Dog near the middle at the Terminus intersection, as the lower trail quadrant comes full circle, with Fat Dog, Kirby, SOB, SOB Woody, Itchy Tire a mini fun loop with lots of tech has developed.

    Will also make for great Moto trials sections for the up coming Moto trials event this summer!

    Hunlocks Rocks...
    ...ride them if you can?
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    WOW!
    Thats some big rocks!
    Looks very challenging indeed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jkad View Post
    Lee, Nice job man..i hope to get an invite to ride soon. Also would be willing to assist with any type of maint. Just ask. +1 to you for being so dedicated.
    You know your always invited, hope ya can hit a Friday night pasta ride soon!

    Really a great crew of guys at HCGA! Lots of fun to go round!

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