Here is a synopsis of the 2017-2018 season's trail maintenance and pictures!
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- December 16, 2017 - Taylor Lamberton
reported, "We rode 35 miles and
cut out about 20+ trees on the 232 North Trail between CA4 and the Houghton Road/Peacham-Cabot line. Could use some more snow
as we found some open water bars and there were plenty of rocks. We filled in one water bar with logs and branches as the
culvert has been washed out, maybe a mile past 5 corners. Big thanks to the guys from Meriden, CT who helped us clear out
about 5/6 fallen trees clumped together in one area. Railroad bed is nice and smooth, just need some more snow on top of this
- December 15, 2017 - Rob Reid and Gary checked the railroad bed for downed
trees and confirmed that gates are open between Upper Valley Grill and General store and CA12, then New Discovery campground.
Tristan followed us, turning around at CA12 (Lanesboro), then going up C302A, but turning around before getting to Eastman's
(not enough snow / base). Tristan groomed back down to CA1 and turned around and back to his shop. Rob and Gary
opened all the gates around Butterfield parking lot, where there's lots of snow, but Tristan wasn't able to get there to groom.
That afternoon, Gary, by himself, opened the Pine Mountain gates on Route 5 and rode from CA4 to the Highway Route 2 in Cabot,
opening all the gates and fences. He returned on the railroad bed that Grizzly Mountain Grooming had groomed and found
the trail in excellent condition, especially from CA12 to the Boulder Beach road crossing. Gary did 100.7 miles!!
- December 2-3, 2017 - On December 2nd, Gary, Kevin and Cary put
up signage along the New Discovery campground, Lanesboro fields and then from the bridge to Clough's farm in South Ryegate.
After lunch they installed whips and signs to protect the Christmas trees on the farm on 232. Kevin cleared downed trees
along one partiular section of 232.
On December 3rd, Gary reported, "Buzzy Eastman, Rob Lockwood and I went to Cabot to flag the fields on the 232 corridor field.
The fields make up about a mile of trail, ending at Highway Route 2 and start on the Houghton road on the Peacham / Cabot
town line, CA17. We loaded up a 6 wheeler with about 150 whips that Buzzy cut and had already stapled the green
pennants on. I would pace out the width and distance apart that each flag needs to be set and layed the whip / flag
on the ground. Rob and Buzzy would follow on foot using an iron bar / sledge hammer to poke a hole in the ground and
insert the whip. We finished up around noon.
While we were in Cabot, Kevin was putting up his junction signs on the loop
on corridor 302 and 302A plus the north loop of the 2014 Sprocket trail, returning on the 302 trail. CA numbers are
CA7, CA5, CA23, CA24, returning to CA5 and down to CA6.. There were quite a few trees down for Kevin to also cut up
and move off the trail."
18-19, 2017 - We had an awesome volunteer turnout for our trail work this past weekend! We had a total of 19 volunteers, some working both weekends!
Each day we met at the Upper Valley Grill at 9 a.m. and worked until around 3 p.m.
On Saturday, November
18th, the weather was cold and windy. Thirteen volunteers worked to clear the railroad bed trails from the Upper Valley
Grill to CA 1. Thank you Mark DuBois, Toby Rock, Fran Pare, Fran Budgen,
Steve Arnold, Taylor Lamberton, Gary Lamberton, Kevin McDonnell, Lyle Johnson, Emily Rae, Tom Kudlacik, Roarke and Jeff.
On Sunday, November 19th, mother nature threw rain, sleet and snow flurries at us before clearing up, though temperatures
stayed around 35-40 degrees. And still we had 11 volunteers helping to clear the railroad bed from where it crosses
Rt 232 near Kettle Pond North to the next junction at Lanesboro, CA 12. Then we moved on to clear Corridor 2 towards
New Discovery parking lot. A couple of big trees had to be taken down, and the trail was widened by focusing on clearing
the sides. Thank you Dan Cwirka, Anthony D'Addario, Wayne Vetre, KC
Craig, Amanda Joy, Josh Patterso, Emily Rae, Tom Kudlacik, Gary Lamberton, Taylor
Lamberton, Kevin McDonnell!
- November 12, 2017 - Added
railings to the rebuilt bridge
- September 23-24, 2017 - Rebuilt bridge on trail 2004 by Buzzy Road