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The velomihottie is also a runner, and was outside in the rain at 6am this morning. This kind of dedication to one’s sport is awe inspiring. Don’t get me wrong now, I haven’t picked up running, but I was motivated to go out and ride in today’s heavy downpour. By the time I got home from work, and was kitted up, the roads were already steaming and evaporating the rain off of the hot surfaces. Very eerie!

I’ve been working on a local trail for about two days now, and since it rained today, this was the perfect time to see how well my modifications to the trail have held up. There are about twenty-something coroplast arrows creating a trail path that maximizes the available land, while creating a very efficient and fun topographic course. All I did was cut up some coroplast boxes, make a cardboard stencil, and spraypaint each one with the little arrow design. To create a little less than thirty of them took about half an hour from idea to completion.

mtb trail coroplast signs arrows directions

I’ve been placing them about five feet from the ground, 6-10 feet before a turn on flat sections, and about fifteen feet before a downhill section:

Very easy to see, no?

I’ve dug up some edges around ponds like the one above to allow the water from the rutted out ATV potholes to runoff down the hill, or disperse into wooded/grassy areas. This took a lot of time, but I’ve been wanting to do a lot of this since 2009 or so.

I’m having trouble determining what to do for one section of trail that the ATV’s have decimated with their tires, and there is about a fifty foot section of horizontal ruts full of water. Video below:

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I have found out in the little bit of time I have lived in West Virginia so far that residents of this area are very protective of their land. I understand this fully since you cannot grow land for lack of better terms. Hunting is also a big part of West Virginia Culture. For two months out of the year, you have camoflague clad hunters out in the cold waiting with an itchy finger to shoot some kind of live animal. If you’ve ever stepped into West Virginia at all, I am more than sure you have seen a No Trespassing sign posted somewhere.

I full and well know the potential reprecussions of crossing boundaries posted as such, but typically they do not concern me. Curtis Seltzer stated this, and it rung pretty loud with me: (more…)

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