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    Tapeworm trail cleanup and bridge rebuilding - 3/23

    Date: Sunday March 23rd
    Time: 8am-1pm
    Location: Tapeworm trail in Renton

    On March 23rd a group of us locals are going to do a big trail cleanup, fix/add drains in the lower area and replace/add some new bridges over trouble spot. We are looking for all the help we can get.

    We will be:
    raking/clearing the main trail of debris
    trimming back branches/low hanging materials
    restoring/building drains
    Replacing rotted bridges/boardwalks (at least 3 new bridges will be rebuilt)

    We will be starting at 8am, and hopefully we will have enough people to break into small groups to get done all the stuff we want to do. Come out for the whole thing, or swing by for a few minutes and help out during your ride. No experience is needed either, as we will have people who can guide groups and help give directions. We will be doing things that range from replacing a 40ft curvy boardwalk thru a swampy area, to stuff as simple as raking off dead leaves.

    If we get a good group of people we can bring out some BBQs and coolers too!

    One thing we will NOT be doing is dumbing down the trail. We wont cut out roots, reroute the trail to make it "easier" or anything like that. We just want to restore one of the few in city trails we have, while maintaining the techy skill building fun of the trail.

    We do have a few tools, but could use more metal rakes, hand clippers and saws, and any other tools you find handy.

    If you have any questions or want more info you can contact us at
    "wormriders at comcast.net" . If you want to join us and have any particular skills let us know, but we can use people of all skill levels! All help will be very appreciated.
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    Awesome.

    I get there maybe once a year if I'm in the area and it is appreciated.

    I will say "leafblower" if only because of all the roots there and snagging on roots, etc. If anything, what is left will be a little more tech with less organic and more roots exposed.

    But, I am sure some people would have issue with "more tech" as well....

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    Leaf blowers are very handy, I totally forgot about those! We do have a couple of those we can bring out including a big backpack one. If people dont like the tech of the Tapeworm, they can ride the Silkworm!

    If we get a good turnout we might be able to cleanup the Parasite a bit too.
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    Too bad I'll be in Port Angeles for a golf tourney that weekend.. I want to help! Are any of the man-made features you are replacing going to be a different style or just fresh constructions of the existing styles? I prefer silkworm myself..

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    A couple of the bridges will have split cedar decking, and one of the rotted away bridges use to be a double hump coaster type, so we are going to replace it with something similar but with a more modern style.
    There are also some new features we plan to add that will be more on the challenging side of things.
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    Also, great work on the new burms on the sweeping downhill ending to silkworm. You can really get sideways on those.

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    That section is FAST now. It might need a few more berms at the end now.
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    I will be out there helping for sure. Just cleaning up the tread and adding some drainage will do a world of good. The sooner we finish this the sooner we can resume the silkworm extension!

    Any help will be greatly appreciated!

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    I just tried the PLAN B option on silkworm yesterday and it's great! I love that track.

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    Once the Tapeworm cleanup is done the "Plan B" option will be looped back into the main Silkworm trail with fun climb back up the hill. About 6ft of the old trail will be blocked off, and Plan B will be incorporated into the Silkworm to create one continuous trail. The Plan B downhill was opened early to get people riding it and get the tread packed in!

    Last night a buddy and I spent several hours splitting cedar into decking and we now have enough for a couple of the new Tapeworm bridges.
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    I'll help.

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    one of the original builders ( circa 1996 ), will be there.
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    Very cool!

    Tonight we are going to start build some drainage in the bridge locations to help get them ready and tomorrow I'm dropping off flyers to the two LBS
    Over the past week we have split a ton of cedar decking and rounded up posts and lumber and other items. Next week we are going to start hauling out materials and get stuff staged near the work sites!

    Now we just need people to help get it all done!
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    I'll be there to help with rake, tree clippers.

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    Thank you! so far we have about 12 for sure showing up! we should be able to get a lot done.
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    Uggh.. I'd really like to be part of this but I'll be out of town all weekend. Still looking forward to seeing all the changes, should be loads of fun to ride.
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    Just a heads up to anyone who rides out there this week. We have been digging drains and trying to dry out some of the areas we are building bridges. There is a ton of mud and you may have to walk thru a few spots, but it will be fixed real soon!
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    here are some areas we are fixing...





    and small sample of the material we are using...

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    Now there's a good looking man in that first pic...

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    So if we were fixing to come join but won't be there at 8, where should we start looking for the group? Around where those mucky bridges are?

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    There will be a few groups of people cleaning up the trail (depending on the number of people that show up), and a few groups that will be building bridges. All the replacement bridges are very close to each other so it should be easy to find us.
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    Re: Tapeworm trail cleanup and bridge rebuilding - 3/23

    More prep work on the trouble spots. Drainage so they will be fairly solid by Sunday. Already looking better! Here are some pics of the main spots where we will be working.




    Looking forward to seeing everyone out there Sunday!

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    It's looking a lot better! No more 3ft deep puddles.
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    I think Kevin would hope you can keep or incorporate the B&O Railroad. That was a lot of work in it's time....

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    Is the b&o the long boardwalk? If so then yes, definitely keeping it. Even extending it to go over a wet spot!

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    I was talking with Kevin yesterday about it. He showed me pix of when they built it in 2003/04. Tapeworm Rebuild 2003-04 - a set on Flickr

    The entance is being moved over a bit due to the trees at the entrance growing alot and blocking access. We are replacing the rotted out supports and alot of the decking will be reused and like posted above, we will extend it another 6ft to clear a trouble spot. We will are even talking about adding a B&O RR) sign to honor the original feature!
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    Re: Tapeworm trail cleanup and bridge rebuilding - 3/23

    True fact the original builder hired home depot standarounds on weekdays to help him keep the project moving forward.

    If there was a rock in the way it was a gift from God.

    Your efforts honor his and I'm sure he would (and we all should) thank you for this very special work day.

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    Tomorrow I will be hauling materials out to the trail in the morning, and possible in the evening. If your free and can help out let me know! We have a LOT of stuff to move!

    We will be building about 140ft worth of bridges and boardwalk along with cleaning up the main trail.
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    We got two truckloads and a trail load of material out to the trail. Pretty much all set for Sunday!
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    I wanted to give a big shout out to all the people that came and helped! hank you! we got the trail pretty clear of debris and built 3 new bridges. A straight 12 ft split cedar bridge with optional exits, a boomerang shaped 16ft split cedar bridge and an elevated boardwalk roughly 60ft long!

    Two other bridges are still needed but the area was too muddy to construct anything. We will tackle those in a couple weeks.

    Lots of pix were taken by people and im sure they will be post up soon!
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    Re: Tapeworm trail cleanup and bridge rebuilding - 3/23

    Good work!








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    Re: Tapeworm trail cleanup and bridge rebuilding - 3/23

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    Re: Tapeworm trail cleanup and bridge rebuilding - 3/23

    Most impressive on every level.

    #1 getting all that wood ready
    #2 and recruiting all the people via your own network.
    #3 and all the great work by all the great people!

    Well played sir(s)!

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    Thanks to everyone who came out. Thanks to Chris for the leadership to get this in motion and follow through!

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    I've never seen these areas as wet as they have been this month, so I think by building everything above the "worst case" water levels, we should have structures that stay out of the water and should last a long time. We were also able to put in some good drainage which should help big time.

    One location we originally planned to install a bridge was just too wet, so we will need to wait for it to dry out before we tackle that project. It might be a few weeks, but I have pier blocks, lumber and cedar ready for when it is dry enough to work. We have plenty of hardware leftover too to get it done.

    If you ride the Tapeworm over the next few weeks bear in mind there is a 50ft long mudhole with no real easy way around. It will be fix soon though! Please dont throw any of the lumber stored nearby into the mud to make a path. It will just delay the bridge construction. Some nice drainage was dug into the location, so hopefully it dries enough to make it passable in the meantime.
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    Thanks for organizing!

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    Rasta Man is pleased

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    Chis finally showed me the remains of Rasta Man, just a few tire strips remaining. Anyone know who the original carver was? We have plenty of stumps (even some cedar) that would be perfect to reincarnate the Tapeworm mascot!

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    I believe Rasta man started out as an octopus though.

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    Yep, with the tire tentacles!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HighFivenWhiteGuy View Post
    Rasta Man, Anyone know who the original carver was? We have plenty of stumps (even some cedar) that would be perfect to reincarnate the Tapeworm mascot!
    The man's name is Ela. He's an artist, musician, sculptor, original genius. He also did the bycycle in the tree, about 30 feet above the Octopus. He performs locally. Check him out sometime. You will be amazed.



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    Where is this trail? I'm moving down south to WA in August and will be living in/near Renton. I'd love to find some local trails, the only things I'm bringing down is bikes and skis so I'll need to use both.

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    The 'worm system is located in the cascade Vista area of Renton, just south east of downtown Renton. It is adjacent to Philip Arnold park. The system is most commonly known as tapeworm / towers of power.

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    It was finally dry enough to build thru the "swamp" on the Tapeworm so we installed a new bridge over this past week. A few spots of it still need to be stained, but it is 100% ridable. It emulates the design of the original bridge on this site, but with my own flair.

    The drop on the riders left is 2.5-3ft high, which is a tad higher than the old one, but I watched several riders do it no problem. Do to the speed coming off the bridge we also cleaned up the following corner. It was a blownout mud hole and needed a fix.

    Only one more location to fix, and we start that this week!

    Here are to pix....

    split cedar upramp







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    Re: Tapeworm trail cleanup and bridge rebuilding - 3/23

    Here is one of the sections that will be installed. More cedar!

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    The big thing on the right is our post holer!
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    Very cool and a big thanks for the Tapeworm upgrades!
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    You going to be working on it at all this coming weekend? I got a few hours for sure Sunday morning and or maybe I can work some time in some where else? Slim
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    And the new Tape Worm sign finally got hung up only a year after I brought it out here. It just needed to 'weather'.

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    The sign looks good!

    The bridge sections for the last mud hole are on site and hopefully we can get them installed by the end of next week. Once that one is done (should be roughly 30ft long) all the major trouble spots on the Tapeworm will have been rebuilt!
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    Feeling inspired to sneak this back into the 31 in 31 list. Still have not ridden Silkworm. Is there any building going on across the road and down to the river anymore? Or, has that just gone away?

    Too many options around here to ride.

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    Re: Tapeworm trail cleanup and bridge rebuilding - 3/23

    You mean it's not already part of it? Must be too much flow

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    Re: Tapeworm trail cleanup and bridge rebuilding - 3/23

    We added a berm and dedicated it to you

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    Nope. Just too many other places closer.

    Though one could say that the Tapeworm has way too much "flow" now in reference to it's original intent. But, that is a whole 'nuther thread.

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    Thanks for both the last two posts.

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    Quick story...

    PSE owns the land under the powerlines above the river. The City of Renton owns the hillside leading too the river. There was a landslide that started above an "illegal" trail and the city blamed the slide on the trail, and really cracked down on trails on the hillside above the river. They even closed down the semi-legit hiking trails coming off the Cedar River trail. They are keeping a close eye on the area.

    There might be trails or building going on over on the hillside, but nothing i'm aware of. If we are going to get the city to allow legal trails above the river one day we have to respect their current wishes.

    The ultimate goal is to get PSE permission to use the corridor leading to the hillside above the Cedar river, then work with the the city on building a legal trail or two on the hillside. They want a hiking/biking trail that access the river trail, but need to do more studies on the hillside and find the best location. I'll keep hassling them though and maybe one day it will happen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Borneo View Post
    Nope. Just too many other places closer.

    Though one could say that the Tapeworm has way too much "flow" now in reference to it's original intent. But, that is a whole 'nuther thread.
    It is still pretty tight and techy compared to most other trails around here, but it has worn in a bit.

    If you want a tough ride, ride it backwards. Its rides horrible that way but it is really challenging. We have rode it backwards a few times at night (so you can see lights of people coming) and there were a lot of crashes and bad words spoken.
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    Rode out here last week for the first time in a while. I love the flow of silkworm and the tech/grunt of tapeworm. I had to ride silkworm a few times because it was so freakin fun. Both are awesome in different ways. Keep up the good work!

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    And so close to me. I really like the tight work on Parasite too. For a local place it's great. I think I will go ride it tomorrow morning before work. Slim
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    I finally rode the new Bridge last night. The left side drop is a lot of fun. Much faster than the old pedal drop version of the old bridge, and since we moved the bridge location back a bit you are set up for the next turn much better. I even watched a could guys "roll" the drop, so you can get away with that as long on your not on a super steep short travel xc bike.

    The construction of the final bridge will start next week. It will be 30ft of split cedar bridges, done in an interesting and challenging fashion.
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    Finally got to ride Silk Worm... awesome! Thanks guys. And thanks for all of the work out there. It has been about 5 years and I was blown away. Love the coasters!

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    Glad you liked it! Did you hit all the features on the Silkworm? We tried to get a good mix of everything on one trail. Wall ride, drop, teeter, skinnies, gap jump, table jump, various up and overs and high speed downhills!

    That trail was started 3+ years ago and the last expansion was finally opened a few months ago. It's about 1.2 miles long, in a location nobody thought there was even room for a trail half that length.

    Once we get rain the plan is to get all the berms repaired and dialed in and then start on some new projects!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Lynch View Post
    Did you hit all the features on the Silkworm? We tried to get a good mix of everything on one trail.
    Tried to, but I was struggling keeping up with Glenn so may have missed a few. And I love the mix. I'll be sending you an email but we are getting closer to a phase 2 at Swan Creek and I'd love to have something like Silkworm as an option off of Braking Bad.

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    Very cool!
    The big up and over (stump bridge) was the very first feature on the trail and it still gives me a tingle even though I've rode it 500x. Its starts off 3ft wide, tapers to 2ft up the small incline, then tapers to 18" along the top and for the roll down.

    Glenn's wife was the first person to ever ride the bridge/teeter (AR Ribulator). It was completed about 2 minutes before they came rolling thru, and all I will say is one person rode it and the other "saved if for next time" .

    The feature name came from the first person who crashed on it later that night! He was messing around, crashed and cracked his ribs. Glenn did warn us when he said teeters were dangerous...
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    We call that, "getting chicked"..... But, Toni is a good rider so I'd expect that from her.

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    Got the last planned bridge finished today! pix should be up soon.
    Once we rake and clear low branches the trail will be ready for the wet season!
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    I know where I am riding next week.
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    Its 14-20" wide, 4ft long, 2 ft high and exits on a rootball we framed and filled with good soil.
    Supports are pier blocks so they wont rot out like the old bridges in this area. We also plan to do a low boardwalk on the far (riders) right of this area for a less challenging option.
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    You'd be surprised how far 4' will get you...

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    Rode it today. I think it is a little longer then 4 foot. But what a great addition. I am so very grateful for all the work you guys have done. It is so nice having such a good trail so close to me. I was going to go to Tokul today before work but got a late start and traffic sucked. Standing under a tree listening to the rain pour down. Got to know you're alive then. Cleared a bunch of little stuff off the trails today; I think that stuff can be slipperier then the roots are.
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    Sometimes the wet roots are better than those loose roller sticks and rocks... at least you know they are attached to something!

    Glad you liked the new bridge. It was a long process but it looks like we finished it just in time. More on the way...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlimL View Post
    Rode it today. I think it is a little longer then 4 foot. But what a great addition. I am so very grateful for all the work you guys have done. It is so nice having such a good trail so close to me. I was going to go to Tokul today before work but got a late start and traffic sucked. Standing under a tree listening to the rain pour down. Got to know you're alive then. Cleared a bunch of little stuff off the trails today; I think that stuff can be slipperier then the roots are.
    I think he meant 14 feet. That's at least 2 people long. Looks fun!
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    Sorry, the bridge is actually 24ft long with a 6ft rootball and dirt exit.
    It was three prebuilt 8ft sections we joined together and set on pier blocks.
    We also moved a bunch of ferns into the area and have a few other plants we are transplanting there. Trying to turn the big ugly mudhole back into "singletrack".

    Sorry for the no helmet test ride. Didnt expect a bike to be available. I hate seeing pix or videos of people with no helmet.
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    Rode here about a week ago. trails are holding up well.
    I like the tapeworm add on, a little loose in the new spots but should be all good once the rains return.
    keep up the good work!
    future plans? Crop circles reborn?

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    Some maintenance/repairs are needed, but we need some rain! The new extension was opened back in February and your the first to mention it! Glad to finally hear feedback on it.

    Crop circles was always very difficult to keep open, with the backberries growing faster than people could trim. It's also in an area PSE may bulldoze as they work on the substation upgrade.

    There are few things planned for out there, but nothing will be started until this fall.
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