Friday, March 21, 2008

Spring is here... well sort of.

Just got back from clearing trees off of some of the trails with the chainsaw (Upper Jungle, White Dot, Upper Doe, Lower Doe, White Pine Road, Middle Jungle, Old Turnpike and Chestnut Lodge). Only took about 4.5 hrs pulling the Bob trailer loaded up with the chainsaw and my lunch.

Cleared a few really tangled messes that have been in the way for too long - felt good to be out there opening up the trail.

Updated our website this week with information about the Olen Sharron - Warren Mays Memorial Fund - look for the pop up nav under 'Donations' or just go here...

Thanks goes to Tom McAvoy for his help in writing the content.

Tuesday AM I joined Brad Buchanan for a meeting of the New River Valley Regional Bikeway Walkway Committee where I gave a 15 minute power point to inform folks of the trail development we are doing here at the Conservancy. They have invited the Conservancy to attend the next meeting on May 20th.

'Yield to Life' has expressed interest in coming up for the Dirty Dawg Cycling Weekend in June.

VT Cycling is holding an ACCC Time Trial on the Rt. 700 on Sunday April 6th. The finish line will be at the crest of the mountain as you first see the lake. We are opening up the Activity Barn and our parking lots to accommodate the racers and support staff as well as spectators. Should be fun - hoping for nice weather - last April 6th we got 6" of snow.

RideRiverRun has a website up for their event to be held in Pearisburg on July 6th. More info will be up soon - keep an eye on it - should be a neat event.

Last Friday evening Emily & Jeremy, joined my son Henry and myself for a trip up to Bath County for the annual Butler Cave Conservation Society 'Pancake Weekend'. We camped out near their old homestead - built about 1740 - and went to Williamsville early on Saturday AM to enjoy their amazing pancake breakfast featuring fresh maple syrup. We ate our $7 worth then spent the rest of the morning helping out with improvements at the homestead before joining in on a cave dig not far up the road. The weather held for us until late in the evening when the clouds finally burst.