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    2010 Southern Kettle Trail Days

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    Spell Check!


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    cool poster though.

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    Oh man, build trails durring the day, and a David Gray concert that night; It's like xmas' in the spring!


    I was talking with Dave last night, after the usual Muir night ride. Gotta' say, I'm looking forward to benching some new trail. There's a lot of good stuff coming this year from what he shared! Start motivating your buddies to come along, let's get them bit by the bug, too!

    wohooo!!!

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    A message from Trailblazer Dave :

    Want Better Trails?

    ……then ya gotta Help build them!





    TrailBuildin’ Season is Here!





    The John Muir Trail System

    All Volunteer TrailBuilding Crew

    * eSpeCially CrAzy Irregular TrailBuildin’ Crew *



    will begin its TrailBuilding season on Saturday, March 20



    You’ve enjoyed the Trails….. NOW come and ‘give a little back’ to the Trails that you Love!





    We NEED your Help!

    Last year we enjoyed another increase of Volunteers, all who wanted to Help make Better Trails. With their dedicated work, they made many, MANY improvements and built a LOT of New Trail on the John Muir, the ‘Connector’, and the Emma Carlin Trails – the John Muir Trail System!



    For those of you who helped last year, we again Thank You very much for your efforts. We got a LOT of new trails opened; some interesting, some challenging, but all much safer then what we had before. It was done with some hard work, some sweat…… but we also had a lot of FUN too!!

    This year we will continue ‘THE’ Challenge:

    The Emma Carlin Trails – the last jewel in Our Trail System!



    Last year we started work on the deteriorating Emma Carlin Trails. We got a LOT done, but there is still a LOT to do there. What we did complete is really COOL!



    And we got a LOT done on the John Muir Trails as well, but we still have some work there that needs Our attention, So……… we are still gonna need a Large Volunteer Work Crew to continue this revitalization. Please come out and Give a little of your Time! I’m confident that with YOUR Help, we will see ALL of this year’s improvements realized.



    Let’s see what we CAN get Done this year!



    We will start working Saturday, March 20, and will continue with our ‘Volunteer Workdays’ every Saturday thru April and May, to June 5th – National Trails Day – and OUR WorkCrews TrailBuilding Celebration!



    Our Meeting Time and place, in March, will be at the John Muir TrailHead Parking Lot, at 8:30 am, every Saturday, with our ‘Leaving Time’ to work at 9:00 am. In April, Our Meeting Place will switch to the Emma Carlin TrailHead Parking Lot.



    We will supply all the tools. We suggest that you have work gloves, and we recommend that you wear long sleeved shirts and long pants. We be cuttin’ trail through the woods!



    Come Out and Help, Please!

    ….and have some FUN!



    THANKing YOU in advance!



    TrailBlazer Dave

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    Saturdays weather

    Will the work still happen with the forcast for rain? Hopefully the rain will hold off until later in the day. Pesonally I could work in on and off light drizzle, much more than that and I tend to wimp out.
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    As the forecast stands, right now, I'd say we are a 'Go' for Saturday's work day. I'm bringing a big cooler of cold brews to share with the crew after the workday!

    g

    PS - Here's the latest word from TrailBlazer Dave about Saturday's Fun!

    I was out on the Muir today 'surveyin' the areas that we will be working on this Saturday. NO SNOW! A little snow/ice on the Trail tread (where the winter users packed it down), but only in very few spots. Trails are firm in some areas and 'soft' in many others - meaning a little light benching is do-able. Our firs...t WorkDay will be on the Muir Trails mainly clearing New Trail Sections (rerouting around mud holes on the 'Finger' - southern Blue/Green route). It's gonna make riding a whole lot more Fun in these areas. IF, we have a BIG enough WorkCrew this Saturday, we can send a Group over to work on the New Trail extension of the Orange Trail. Bring Friends! TBDave

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    This Saturday...

    I am in.

    Marc Ward

    Quote Originally Posted by ~gomez~
    As the forecast stands, right now, I'd say we are a 'Go' for Saturday's work day. I'm bringing a big cooler of cold brews to share with the crew after the workday!

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    PS - Here's the latest word from TrailBlazer Dave about Saturday's Fun!

    I was out on the Muir today 'surveyin' the areas that we will be working on this Saturday. NO SNOW! A little snow/ice on the Trail tread (where the winter users packed it down), but only in very few spots. Trails are firm in some areas and 'soft' in many others - meaning a little light benching is do-able. Our firs...t WorkDay will be on the Muir Trails mainly clearing New Trail Sections (rerouting around mud holes on the 'Finger' - southern Blue/Green route). It's gonna make riding a whole lot more Fun in these areas. IF, we have a BIG enough WorkCrew this Saturday, we can send a Group over to work on the New Trail extension of the Orange Trail. Bring Friends! TBDave
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    Spring Is Here!

    A little snow isn't going to scare us away! It should make for a picturesque and fun workday!
    I love these early work days....no bugs....cool temps....we can't ride the trails yet, but we can get out there and make'm better! We're bringing the whole family.....and a big cooler packed with good beer to share for apres trailwork refreshment - courtesy of the bike black ribbon society and wisconsin cycling's seedy underbelly, so come on out and celebrate the Vernal Equinox! Yep....the first day of spring....fresh air....good conversation.....and little fluffy flakes of snow drifting earthward.

    Check out the new Southern Kettle Chapter of WORBA website at

    http://southernkettles.org

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    Here's a small taste of the shenanigans!








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    Good job! Trailbuilding video

    <object width="400" height="300"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="movie" value="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=10350709&amp;server=vimeo.co m&amp;show_title=1&amp;show_byline=1&amp;show_port rait=0&amp;color=&amp;fullscreen=1" /><embed src="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=10350709&amp;server=vimeo.co m&amp;show_title=1&amp;show_byline=1&amp;show_port rait=0&amp;color=&amp;fullscreen=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" width="400" height="300"></embed></object><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/10350709">Mountain bike trailbuilding at John Muir on 3/20/10</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user3429002">Martin Tank II</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>

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    Funny... 60º all last week and then snow Saturday. Crazy. I can't wait to get out there again... I'll definitely come help one of these Saturdays.

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    Update from TBDave

    Keeping you informed of the GOOD work being done on YOUR Trails



    TrailBuilding UPDATE of 3-20-10:





    TrailBuildin’ Has Begun! Whoo Hoo!!!!!





    The FIRST TrailBuildin’ WorkDay (and ‘Social Club’ Get-Together) of the new Season was well attended by Twenty-Four eSpeCially CrAzy Irregular TrailBuildin’ Crew. Those attending were all pretty sure that the Crew would have been even bigger, if it wasn’t for the inch of SNOW!? that fell the night before covering everything with a white blanket! ….. But that doesn’t stop this Crew. That is a perfect explanation of why we are called eSpeCially CrAzy! Snow, cold, rain doesn’t stop US from OUR appointed rounds – OK, maybe lightning, as we learned last year. We saw it as the LAST chance of the year to see the forest up close, covered in snow. It WAS beautiful!



    The ‘Gathering’ in the Muir Parking Lot started OUR adventure off well. Everyone was pretty happy and eager to be there; Excited about getting back out onto the Trails. There was plenty of conversations and the rekindling of friendships. Hot chocolate and donuts were there for the taking to start US off with an energetic ‘sugar rush’. Then we all got excited as Vinnie Smith unloaded a ‘Bunch’ of NEW TOYS TOOLS for US to play with! Tools ordered by Mike Bettinger from The General Store, paid for by OUR own Fall Color Fest funds from WORBA’s Southern Kettles Chapter by James Wamser (did I get in enough plugs and Appreciative mentions?). “THANK YOU” to all involved with that acquisition! We LOVE New TOYS TOOLS!



    OUR plan of action today was to rough cut short sections of New Trail at several locations on the first SouthEast Loop (the Finger) of the BLUE/GREEN Trail. Several muddy sections had developed along the route which caused Trail Closers of the Southern Loops. By Rerouting around these low spots, there should be minimal closers of the Trails. We decided to split the WorkCrew to work in two major areas, allowing US to get More TrailWork accomplished. Group #1 worked on the South-Bound Leg of the ‘Finger’ and Group #2 worked on the North-Bound Leg. Each Group had two major areas of New Trail to cut through and each also had some minor areas to work on as well.



    Quite a bit of Laughter was going on from Group #1, but they still managed to clear a lot of Trail. Of Note: Several, several…. comments were overheard in regards to Mike Ellis (who wasn’t even there! – MTB Riding in Missouri this weekend, he said). Either the TrailCrew Loves him that much, or he’s the perfect scapegoat to use (see what happens when you don’t show up!).

    Memorable Moments during the day: We found out that Vinnie ‘goes both ways’ (and that’s OK), Butch needs to stay on the ‘High Side’, Gary is afraid ‘it will grow back’, and Bethany has one big tat (and nice legs - WooHoo).



    All of the anticipated TrailWork Areas were completed as planned – ‘Rough Cut’. We will ‘clean it up’ next Saturday.



    SPECIAL NOTE: New this Season, we are having a ‘Sponsor of the Week’ Free Raffle that will give ‘something’ away to one lucky trail crew member each week. Current Sponsors are: Planet Bike, K Bar, Twin 6, 12 Hours of Muir, Sram, Thompson and Sock Guy (with more to come). The March 20 and March 27 trail days are Sponsored by the 12 hours of Muir, which is putting up $50 CASH! All you need to do is Show Up, Sign In and Help Out a little. COOL!

    This week’s Prize Winner was: (and this WAS completely by chance) TrailBlazer Dave (“What are the Chances?!” – one in twenty-four, this week). Next week, it’s maybe YOU!

    These Sponsors are saying: “Thank You” for volunteering a little of your time to Help make better Trails and opportunities for all. Please consider these Appreciative Sponsors when you make future purchases!

    THAT is Really COOL!! We THANK Them!





    Anyway….



    Our plan of attack for THIS Saturday, March 27, will be:



    The ‘Gathering’ – Muir Parking Lot, 8:30am – 8:45am. To start - Conversation and Connecting Time (the usual verbal TomFoolery!), followed by an explanation of the WorkAreas of the day and what is to be done. Leaving for the WorkAreas is at 9:00am.



    This Weeks WorkAreas – The Group will split up again, to start (converging back to one Group), to cover Three Major WorkAreas. Group #1 will be assembling a BoardWalk, crossing a low area on a New Trail Section on the BLUE/GREEN/ORANGE/WHITE Trail that we cleared last week. Group #2 will be ‘fine tuning’ the TrailWork that we did last week. Group #3 will be Building a Long, LONG, NEW Trail Section – extension of the ORANGE Trail by the BIG Hill.



    Come on out and get involved! ‘Give a little back’ to the Trails that you Love!



    Oh, AND….. WE have a New WebSite: www.southernkettles.org

    Look here to stay UpDated about OUR Trails, see video and pictures of OUR TrailWork, make comments, stay connected, etc. This site IS brand new and still in a developmental stage, so look back often to see all the New stuff that get’s added.



    See ya Saturday, and THANKS!





    TrailBlazer Dave

    And the rest of the eSpecially CrAzy Irregular TrailBuildin’ Crew
    owner/raconteur at fat-bike.com

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