CamRock Trail Posse 2016

TheMayor1
Trail Steward - CamRock
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May 19, 2016, 04:48 PM

It's gettin' to be dat time a year agin! It's CamRock Trail Posse time! These are the fine folks that keep the wheels greased and the boilers stoked. Or in this case, the trails trimmed and the raspberry bushes trimmed ;D Anyway, this troop has been kickin' butt for the last few years, and it is time to get fired up again! These are the great type of folks that make CORP trails awesome! And we are in need a a few more good folks to keep things moving smoothly.

So if you think riding the CamRock trails is a pretty fun thing to do? Or you are new to the area and want to be a part of the awesome folks who make the trails around these parts something to talk about? Or for whatever reason you missed out on this last year? You want to be showered with gratitude and free beer from your fellow riders? Well never fear! We just happen to have some openings so that you can lend a hand this year :D

Here is how it works: I set up a system to basically "adopt" a manageable section of trail and call it your own. This is yours to manage whenever and however you see fit. In other words, if you see it needs to be mowed, go out and give it a mow. If you are going to be out of town or super busy for the next month? No issues. Just let me know and we will find someone to help out. If things have slipped and it needs some work, I might send you a gentle reminder. But this is just a better way to divide the duties, not hand out any shaming. Folks here want to help. And once you learn "your" trail section you will have a better idea of the time of year, the effort, and the tools needed. I don't expect anyone, mostly me, to be perfect. We are here to ride bikes and have fun after all!

I will get you set up with access to any tools you need. You can take care of things as your schedule allows. No waiting for "scheduled maintenance days" etc. If you can squeeze in an hour before, or after, a ride? Perfect! I have divided up the trails into sections that should be able to be maintained in about an hour per month. Obviously the needed maintenance varies throughout the year depending on terrain and weather. Some months it might take more, some it may take none. I try to lay that out in the trail descriptions. This involves basic maintenance a trail needs like removing sticks, lopping branches, mowing grass. Larger issues like erosion needing work days will still be tackled by trail crews.

So what do you get beyond being one of the cool cats, and the respect of your peers? Well that is pretty much it, other than the satisfaction of a job well done. While I would love, and you deserve, a free brewski from one of our sponsors, or maybe a trail maintenance crew party, I suck at getting stuff like that organized. So it would be a bonus if it happens. Did I mention that you will have the admiration of all of your peers ;D

So here is generally how it divides up. This is always a work in progress, so just post up if you want to help. I have listed in red the sections that I know are taken for the year already. I will post up and update things as I get more information or others post up:

Trail Sections                                                        General Idea on Maintenance Needs
White River and Beaver Hole - Lots of mowing maintenance in summer mowing season. Little to none in off seasons. Glacial Drumlin Youth Mountain Bike Club and CamRock Climbers Teams
Fat Tracks - Trimming branches to keep sight distances for two-way trail. Weed-wack south 50 feet before creek. Blowing leaves in fall. Minimal in off seasons. Open
IMBA Influence and Veritas Loop - Weed Whacker trimming and lopping. Blow leaves. Possible big storm cleanup in non-growing season. Thom Hineline
Area 51 and Outback - Weed whacker trimming and lopping. Blow leaves. Possible big storm cleanup in non-growing season. Thom Hineline
CORP Connector: From Expert woods south through Rip N' Ride to Roundabout - Almost all mowing. Lopping when raspberries are growing. Nothing after grass stops growing in late August. Jeff Mueller
CORP Connector: From Roundabout north through Burr Oak Breezeway to Expert Woods - Almost all mowing. Lopping when raspberries are growing.  Not much after grass stops growing in late August. Could use a blow of leaves around November. Scott Mills
Cliff Edge - Mowing with weed whacker. Some lopping. Leaves in fall. Open.
Turn It Up, Stonefly, Corkscrew, Rattlesnake. - Minimal in summer - lopping/trimming trees. Fall and spring walk to remove sticks branches. Needs blown a couple of times in the fall, and possibly once in the spring. Scott Fenton??
Would Chuck? & Mayors Meander - Mowing in summer. Minimal trimming of sumac area and woods. Nothing after grass stops growing in late August. Scott Fenton??
Beer Run, Beer Cave, Gettin' Started and Drop In - Some trimming with weed whacker in summer. Some lopping. Sticks and leaves in fall and spring. Open

I tried to divide these up by amount of work and the tools needed. Like you can do all mowing with either a trimmer or the big mower. You should not need both.
You and a buddy or two want to share the duties? Fantastic! Anything and everything that you think you can do will be a help. You want to adopt more than one of the above sections? Wonderful. You have an inkling to give even more and line up your own crew for large jobs on "your" trails, like you see an issue with erosion? Great! Then I can give you the advice or supervision if you need it. Otherwise just let me know and and we will come up with a plan together.
All the prairie trails will all need mowing before the Battle of CamRock coming up on June 5th. The week before the race we will need effort from everyone to get the trails in top-notch shape for the race. I really hope you can help out.
Let me know of any questions here. Or send me a PM. Or give me a call at 6:ZERO:8 7:SEVEN:2 7:EIGHT THREE:3. Or you can text me there as well.....OK, that's enough ways to get in touch with me! I think you will if you want to. Please want to ;D


~ Chuck Hutchens


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TheMayor1
Trail Steward - CamRock
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May 19, 2016, 04:51 PM

I will email and/or PM everyone who was involved last year. Just let me know if you are in again. If you want the same trail section again. Or if you need help with your section (Jeff?). If we talked about it last year I apologize, but I prolly forgot about the details by now, so send me a reminder please.


~ Chuck Hutchens


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TheMayor1
Trail Steward - CamRock
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May 20, 2016, 10:02 AM

Ride_Wrench_Repeat, otherwise known as Jeff Mueller, is in for another year of punishment and adoration. Thanks for all of your hard work keeping the prairies in shape Jeff! If you see him around buy him a cold one!


~ Chuck Hutchens


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TheMayor1
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May 20, 2016, 11:31 AM

And another of the good guys is putting his hat in the ring. And he's a newbie! Thanks Larry McGuire.
Who else is going to join us for another summer of fun and frolick at CamRock? Will we get a good gal on board this year?


~ Chuck Hutchens


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TheMayor1
Trail Steward - CamRock
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May 20, 2016, 12:01 PM

Scott Mills is back for another year of service to CORP and to our trails. We got the prairies covered with the veterans. Thanks Scott!


~ Chuck Hutchens


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May 21, 2016, 07:01 AM

Most of my sections are done. I just need to finish up the Outback.  I hope to do that and finish Cliff Edge on Sunday. I would then do a quick walk through before the race.

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TheMayor1
Trail Steward - CamRock
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May 24, 2016, 04:21 PM

Most of my sections are done. I just need to finish up the Outback.  I hope to do that and finish Cliff Edge on Sunday. I would then do a quick walk through before the race.
Thom you are a good man! I saw your work out there the other day. Thanks for all of your help.


~ Chuck Hutchens


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May 24, 2016, 04:28 PM

Thanks Chuck. I haven't made it back to Cliff Edge yet. Hopefully this weekend.

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TheMayor1
Trail Steward - CamRock
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May 24, 2016, 04:32 PM

Looking to get the troops together to kick things off for the year.
I am going to set up a orientation/planning session/ride for 9a on this Saturday.
Meet at the CORP Garage.
I know it is short notice, but I am hoping most folks can make it. It's a crazy busy time of year.
We will go through the CORP garage. Go over tools and what areas you are covering. Talk about what is working and what is not. I am also hoping the weather is good for a nice ride. Either way, plan to ride some trails so we can discuss how to maintain your sections of trail. There is a difference for how it needs to be maintained the next couple of weeks for the Battle, and the rest of the year.
Thanks, and hope to see you then.
PS. If this does not work for you, please let me know. Post up, call, text me, does not matter. We will make other plans.


~ Chuck Hutchens


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TheMayor1
Trail Steward - CamRock
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May 27, 2016, 02:44 PM

For the folks that can make it tomorrow: Lets plan to get a nice ride in. A couple of folks will be able to start on their trail work as well if you wish. There is also a crew that will be working on other trail projects and we can join them. Whatever works for you.
For the new folks we will also talk about what trail sections might be appropriate for you. I also might be moving a couple of folks around to meet needs.
Thanks and see you then!


~ Chuck Hutchens


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May 27, 2016, 08:45 PM


I'll be there!

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May 27, 2016, 08:50 PM

Oh, and where is the CORP garage?

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May 27, 2016, 11:56 PM

Next to the Cambridge side trail head.

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TheMayor1
Trail Steward - CamRock
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May 28, 2016, 07:42 AM

Oh, and where is the CORP garage?
301 Water Street, Cambridge.

Amdn awesome! Welcome aboard the Posse!


~ Chuck Hutchens


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Skinny Pete
Trail Steward - CamRock Bike Park

May 29, 2016, 09:15 AM

I'll be out on my section this AM before the trails open. I'll be taking at least the pole hedge trimmer.

I've got beer run, blue dream, etc..... for the season.


~ 'You can have as many bikes as you want, just make sure they're all the same color and you never keep more than one in the same place. She'll never know.'


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