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Sunday, September 20, 2009

20 September 2009

The day breaks and it's another cracker, a bit more of an Easterly than normal and as per the weather forecast it freshened! We had a new family pop out - Jason with Amy and Emma, as well as the usual suspects... Scolly has arranged for his project team to assemble to start planning on the Skills Area development, but as a warm-up Shailer makes everyone work on the first corner of C1, which is only rideable by those gifted with extra legs or lung capacity. An hour soon made short work of it. Thanks to the rock breaker softening and widening the radius, there is a better turning platform and we raised the entrance and lowered the exit. Great stuff, now for a bit of well timed rain and more sun and it will be rideable in no time.

  

After a short break, the lads got on their bikes to have a gander at the new track extension made by digger at the hands of Colin and Shailer on the Eagles Nest. Lisa rounded up everyone else and loaded the quad bike with trees for planting in the River Track. Shailer led the lads through the Chicken Run, 4WD extension, and then a short steep climb up the 4WD track to the start of Eagles Nest. Colin was explaining the good work he had done on the 4WD track, including the turning bay. We then progress up the Eagles Nest and it's all good, another magpie is waiting for its doom in the trap, we said goodbye to two last night. We then let Percy off the leash and he careens down the 4WD track. We all follow and soon enough with brakes squealing and rotors burning we all arrive safely at the bottom. A small and tantalising diversion, on foot, (with great protest) to view the Secret Track. We spy Amy riding across the river to us. We then do a couple of hot laps of River Track and then sit down for a bit of planning for the Skills Area.

    

It's all looking good and should be a great summer of riding, digger action and maintenance. Thanks to everyone who has contributed and we hope to see you on the trails soon.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

12-13 September 2009

The glorious weather continued through the weekend and Colin has moved copious amounts of dirt to extend the Eagles Nest track to an awesome 252m. There are plenty of nice corners, wiggles, dips and the odd giant berm. One more weekend session and the Eagles Nest will be completed. We believe we have also found the old benched track that heads around the front of the mine shaft, which we will re-open to give us access to the next two areas we wish to build on.

Alistair also came out on Sunday to continue to work on the Long Cut and he and Lisa did a great job at the entrance to the trail in the time they had to give.

  

We were a bit tired to go for the planned night riding over the weekend, but Shailer rode all the trails on Monday and the newly created work on the Eagles Nest is good to ride and will only improve when the softer spots harden up after a rain and summer.

Friday, September 11, 2009

11 September 2009

Another gorgeous spring's day, no wind and a school visit to Haven. We had 11 year 12 students and 3 teachers pop over for a bit of riding, trail building and bike maintenance.

Thanks to Darren for setting it up, we hope to see more of you and your classes over the years.

The "groms" moved two of our water containers to the top of the hills in preparation for irrigating our natives over summer.

While one group was riding, the other was working on the double berm section on the as yet unnamed 4wd extension track, and after lunch they worked on the rock garden which is now rideable for all skill levels.

Thanks to Colin and Lisa for giving up part of their day to help out.

Shailer and Colin enjoyed riding the tracks at the end of the day, after parking the digger at the start of the Eagles Nest for a weekend of digger action.