Homestead Trail Work Day, February 12th, 2017
Written by: David Knupp
I first noticed the gaping hole in the side of the trail on a night ride. A large dead oak had fallen on Homestead trail and ripped away part of the tread in a narrow spot with no reasonable alternate line on a heavily used trail in Bent creek. The edge of the trail was very crumbly and I knew it wouldn’t last long, and the consensus was that it needed attention soon. It was decided that a rock retaining wall was the ideal repair so Greg Leister arranged getting the rock there and I posted the day. We decided also that we could eliminate a pesky muddy spot on Hardtimes road just down from the parking lot. Greg also arranged getting some ABC stone delivered at that spot as well. We ended up with enough folks working the day to be able to do the trail repair and have folks spread the gravel at the muddy spot at the same time. We used our Dingo trail machine to move the rock to the creek crossing and then used a wheelbarrow to then carry the rock to the repair site. Greg did a masterful job with puzzling the rock wall together and we now have a solid tread at that spot. In my humble opinion, this was an exceptional day of trail work with everyone who showed up giving 100% and doing something that would’ve undoubtedly cost a significant amount of money to have been done professionally. Huge thanks to Ryan J, David T, Patrick M, Mark F, Jeff K, Greg L, David B for helping make it happen. Looking forward to the next one, whatever project that may be.