Trail Work

I got to spend a few hours yesterday with Paula, Mark, Scott, and Kevin working on the trails at Waldo. We had a good couple of hours re-routing some sections and armoring or draining a few muddy spots. Some of it was rethinking hasty decisions made hot on the heels of the 100 mph straight-line winds that tore the place up on May 15, 2018. In other cases, ten years of use had worn the trail to the point it needed a rest.

Like most trail days, the work was fun, and hanging in the woods with some friends was fun, and in the end the park will ride better, so everyone can have more fun.

That said, I’m not sure why it’s the same dozen people who show up for work days when hundreds ride in the park.

About swampyankeecyclist

I'm Andy Engel, just a middle-aged, middle-class guy from Roxbury, Connecticut. I've been married to my best friend since 1988, and we have two grown sons. I like riding bikes, and my biggest accomplishment is the 180K D2R2. I own 5 bikes but my go-to rides are a 2016 GT Grade gravel and commuter bike and a 2016 Specialized 650b hardtail mountain bike. Additionally, I have a 2000-something carbon-fiber Orbea road bike, a 1990-something Specialized Sirrus that's my old dirt and commuter bike and which now serves as a spare and a trainer bike, and a 1985 Ross Mount Hood MTB. All but the 650b have Brooks saddles. I work from home now, but used to commute 32 miles round trip to work by bike year round. I was a carpenter and still love building things, but regular paychecks, insurance, and vacation time lured me into journalism. I've written a couple of books on carpentry, and I've been an editor at Fine Homebuilding, Fine Woodworking, and Professional Deck Builder magazines. Currently, I manage construction events at the JLC Live and Remodeling Show trade shows. Additionally, my wife and I run Transylvania Guest House, an Airbnb. Find us on Instagram. Come stay with us and I'll show you some great cycling.
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