We are getting started on establishing single-track trail for the purpose of our upcoming enduro Jan. 24, 2021 and future club picnic/ride days. First day out for RCDR volunteers is this Sunday, 8:30 a.m. ready to leave parking at 9 a.m. Volunteers do not pay, but must sign volunteer sheet/waiver.
First day need to bring---stapler, staples, pouch, loppers, pruner, GPS!!!!!, quad or small trail bike( something that will not overheat). BUG SPRAY, WATER, good sense of direction/humor.
After a great turn-out at our October-rona meeting, I expect some excited members showing up. Pass the word to others who did not attend!
Remember---Best Bet---- CALL ME!!! 904-465-2013 (if voice mail -leave call back #) Mundy
Pretty much every Sunday as needed. Be suited up, briefed and ready to go by 9 a.m. Quads are needed in alot of areas. Also, Jim and I go out on a weekday to scout. If you have a quad and want to come along, fine (scouting is NOT bike friendly!). Call me to confirm!
Post by johnnyb300 on Oct 19, 2020 18:15:33 GMT -5
It was a way too long and hot summer, but yesterday it was great to get back onto some trails, and especially into some real woods again. I enjoyed working with Larry, George, and as always, Mundy. There's a lot of potential at St. Mary's Shoals for a well marked, long, and challenging single track if all club members help make it happen. Here are couple pic's during GPS breaks. Larry M. is asking me which way to go, since Mundy already informed him of my keen sense of direction .
Weekend volunteers must be signed in for credit, and get a volunteer parking pass (good for that day only, with NO FEE needed) and ready to leave parking by 9.a.m. This property dries out fast, there are plenty of unused woods to put in all the true single-track we desire. Quads are needed, no SxS as they are too wide. Wear a bright colored RCDR shirt if you have one ,if it has the word "TRACK" on it, cover that word up, or orange vest. If asked by a stranger, all you need to answer is-" We have permission to scout and establish OHM only trail "
Well, what can I say? I can count on five fingers , the number of club members who showed up to help, and since my fingers don't change, those were the same members from the week before. I'm sure the announcement of the opportunity got around, BUT, I have received zero inquiries. So, either everyone is afraid to go out of the house, or 95% of the club members are not interested. I'm left in the dark! If I'm not contacted soon, then I will not waste my time going out there when I have no man-power. Need Quads and GPS to go point to point. There may be an area I can put bikes in, but have been unable to scout them myself, as of yet. So once again--if I don't hear from anyone, don't assume I'll be there Sunday.
Post by johnnyb300 on Oct 28, 2020 15:02:06 GMT -5
Mundy has every right to express his concern.
Right now, Mundy and Jim Harker are doing the lion's share of scouting and brainstorming a trail layout during the week. We're talking thousands of acres between 2 people. Both of them aren't youngsters (sorry guys, but I can say that since I'm older than both of you) and both live approx. 1.5 hours from the location; Interlachen and St. Augustine. This type of work requires course layout experience and utility quads. If anyone has this experience, time, equipment, or a better way to do this, speak up.
Club workdays were scheduled the last 2 Sundays to get into the woods and start some serious bread crumbing for rideable trails based on weekday scouting. On each Sunday, there was the same 4 members on hand. If it stays that way, all 4 of us will die of old age before a trail is built.
On the other hand, and this is critical, I have to assume that many members may seem to think that if all they own is something like a competition bike, they won't be welcomed there to help out. Their role needs to be be resolved and clarified by the Trail Boss. I'll be happy to work with a group of any of these members if my tasks are defined. We need to get these members involved. If they're not informed of how they specifically can help, they won't help. Informing them is the Board's responsibility, not theirs. Even then, historically we're talking 10 to 20% participation by members who care and aren't just looking for a place to ride. That's just how it is.
There's also a lot of communication confusion. We have a Website for workday signup, but still are required to contact the Trail Boss by phone. To compound matters, we use email, the main club Website, the Club Forum, Facebook, and Instagram (I don't even know that is!) to communicate club activities. Which one is it? The Board needs to do a better job here.
Finally, for anyone that may have preconceived notions about this site, yes, most all of the existing 2-way ATV trails are wet and will probably stay that way to some degree. But even they have a solid, passable, and maintained base (not like Osceola N.F.) and are not deep. But no matter. Those are worn in trails from years of ATV and SXS traffic. It's where the water settles and it's where we won't be. The surrounding woods that are worthy of single track are high and dry. If we felt it was going to turn out to be like another Bostwick, the site wouldn't be considered in the first place.
Last Edit: Oct 28, 2020 15:11:55 GMT -5 by johnnyb300
I will be out there when I can. I appreciate all that Jim and Mundy do for this club and feel we are absolutely dependent on their knowledge, so thanks to them always! Unfortunately I don't have a quad or GPS, other than my phone, which does not work out there. Agreed on always same people that do all the work and hope that will change in future. I'm also now trying the racing world right now so that also makes it difficult as far as availability but be rest assured when I have the time to help I am all in, I love the club and do not want see any negative actions taken because we can't get the help we need. Thanks for those who are doing all the work right now!
Jim and I were out yesterday, scouting new areas and looking at connecting new sections together. The weather was and will be gorgeous for a few days! As of now, I have not been contacted by anyone. Quad is loaded in truck, just in case I get a response for tomorrow. Don has a quad that is just sitting there, maybe someone can put it to good use. HMMM!
More progress made with minimal crew. Scouted more virgin woods sections. Getting some of the dots connected, but at the same time creating more dots ahead . May be going out Thursday with Quads. Call me if you want to go. Watching weekend forecast.
I have a few people wanting to go this Sunday, unfortunately I live in a totally different weather zone, so I probably won't make a decision until Saturday afternoon. We aren't cleaning trails, just trying to finish some sections, breadcrumb new sections and connecting them together. If we go, be there at 8:30, sign-in, get parking pass(no fee for volunteers) and be ready to leave at 9. When in doubt--Call before you haul, 904-465-2013.
Every Sunday til otherwise. 8:30 sign in, leave 9 a.m. Been some interest in weekdays also, BUT, I have to be present for access(as we do not use main entrances), and directions for trail sections. Friday after Thanksgiving is a possible date , maybe next week too. Just have to keep an eye on weather. Questions--call me direct 904-465-2013