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Monday, July 25, 2011

Snow, more Snow and Snowed In

So we've been going on about an unusually mild winter, next to no rainfall blah blah blah. A couple of times I have suggested that we were in for a big dump of snow and well what do you know it happened.

In fact the night before as we were at the neighbours for Andrew's birthday party, Jo was telling us about how it used to snow heavily every couple of years but it hadn't really for the last seven years or so and we all thought that would be great.

Last night, it started snowing and then not, rain mixed in with sleet and hail but not really settling on the ground, temperature and barometer steadily dropping. Then we had a particularly long and nasty period of hail that covered everything then it snowed and didn't really stop for a while. The cars were soon covered, as was the drive.

The Drive
Looking towards Gebbies Pass

It got pretty damn cold and the fire was packed to the brim with Macrocarpa to cook through the night. In the am, it was nice and warm, well inside, but pretty brisk outside and rather white. I had a go at driving down our drive in light snow previously and the experience was so bad, I vowed never ever to do it again. The snow this time was about 5x times as deep, so no go there.

Lisa and I went for a walk mid-day and planted some of the new trail signs around the park, nicely camouflaged for winter riding conditions.

Loki was not impressed with the conditions and was pretty happy to be carried home it would seem.

Loki the Lap Cat
Loki in the Hot House (relatively)

We got 5cm of snow under the verandah and between 10 - 20cm everywhere else. Snow storms and flurries have continued through the day and the snow hasn't really gotten any lower. The valley and hills around us are snow laden which which is pretty impressive considering it's mostly gorse and scrub not low grassy farmland.

I hope it doesn't freeze tonight as we could be stranded (oh the hardship) for more than a day if it does.

Not surprisingly, all the trails at Haven are CLOSED. Follow us on twitter or check the twitter feed above to see when they re-open.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

July Dig Day

Postponed for a week so Mr Haven could go play silly buggers on his road bike and gravel roads, it was a non-typical (but typical for this season) winters day - sunny, mild and fine.

The mission for today was cutting back the Trail Corridor, weeding and putting the finishing touches on the rest of the berms on the River Track that were 'tarted' up by the digger's bucket.

We soon got stuck in and people were coming out of the woodwork to give us a hand which was great.

The Old Man's Beard that we attacked earlier in the year was showing no signs of coming back to date and that was very encouraging, so thanks again to everyone who came and helped.

Lisa, the Queen of Berms and her new apprentice berm maker Luke did a fantastic job at finishing the remaining berms on the River Track. Lisa has a great eye for detail and all the berms are smooth and looking super duper. Now all they need to do is bake and season and they will be riding superbly by Summer.

We had recently sprayed the trails and it has paid off big time, little or no maintenance, a heap easier on backs and a lot more riding time. Thanks for the tip Wally!

We had a couple of new club members pop out too for their first visit and ride which was great.  Luke and Mr Haven went for a hoon later on too. By all accounts all is riding well and will continue to do so.

Everything looks great. See you about.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

School Visit

We got a desparate email out of the blue from Matt, an outdoor education teacher who needed a location for his students after his initial location turned to snowy laden custard.

The only worry in my mind was that the Lower Trails were a bit soft after all the digger work, but after a few emails sorting out the details, it was all on!
The Crew minus Matt (photographer)
 Matt and his crew turned up on time (always a good sign) and after introductions we were soon hitting the road down to the Lower Trails. It was pretty nippily but we soon had everyone warm, muddy and grinning.

Riding Along Ssh Track

Exiting Tear Drop
This was the first time I had been on my mtb since the Feb quake, what with the quake work and the amount of road cycling I had been doing to prepare for Belgium. It was a welcome relief to be back on the number one girl and the sport that is second nature to me and showing off trails we had built.

After a bunch of laps and showing off the new bits that were definitely not up to riding, some nosh we climbed back to the van and then the mighty climb up our drive and onto Tear Drop and the Upper Trails.
Admiring the view and looking staunch on Tear Drop

Matt tasked all the students to do at least two laps up Tear Drop and down another track, most people choosing to go all along Zig & Zag, out to Scollywood and back along Chicken Run.

Fun on Scollywood

After lunch, we then headed up and out to the mini Packhorse loop. Much groaning was had on the climb but this was soon forgotten in the swoopy forest singletrack and fast downhill at the end.

I'm sure they'll be back for more.

We are always happy to host community groups and schools to use the Park, contact us if you want to come out and play.