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preparations for the 2014 event 6 years 10 months ago #690

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Yep, that's right. We've gotten started already. Clark & I were out there last week, scoutin' trails and new off-road sections. Aint easy though, folks. For one thing, neither Clark or I are kids anymore, and trompin' around out there, cuttin' downed trees and choppin' back miles of jagger bushes is hard-arse work! I dragged my sorry, saggy old bones on foot up to the top of the big ridge to the East of the campgrounds, bent over to tie my boot up & durn near fainted when I straightened up. Yoi! But, it's all worth it when you guys come out and ride, and have a good time.

Anyway, besides scoutin' the property over there across the street, Clark & I drove around the area nearby to the campgrounds and he pointed out to me some more old, grown-up right-of-ways which we'll work on getting incorporated into the run.

More soon. I'll keep you posted.
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That's great to hear Clark and Ted. Thanks for all you do, I KNOW ITS A LABOR OF LOVE.
The last couple years have been awesome, and you guys seem to keep kicking it up a notch.
I have only been involved the past 2 years actively riding, but its the real deal.
See you soon!
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preparations for the 2014 event 6 years 10 months ago #696

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I have become addicted to this event,in all the years I have been coming down there,the last 2 were the most fun due to competing in these runs
really looking forward as usual to next year,triumph 250 sits waiting
maybe I'll get the math right then :lol:
if this was easy,everyone would do it
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preparations for the 2014 event 6 years 9 months ago #700

Hi Ted & Clark,
You two guys are really a couple of hot spark plugs. I would like to give a hand - if I lived a lot closer. Give me a call Ted. Perhaps I can get down there on the next work day. Last Aug RR was as always great fun and I look forward to the 2014 events. Is it true that the Penton owners group is going to be involved with the spring RR? I would really love to see that happen. If it is true, I'll brock the whole weekend. I'm shining up the Old PE and doing some much needed maintenance. The Old PE should be ready to roll come the warm weather. Amherst Paul :P
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preparations for the 2014 event 6 years 7 months ago #775

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I am just far enough away to make just running up an issue,,,,,but if you guys would schedule some work days i'd darn sure do my best to find a way to get up and help. I have tools of destruction. I don't have a 'woods' bike anymore unfortunately but am not above riding pillion, this ugly economy has kicked my butt!
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preparations for the 2014 event 6 years 7 months ago #778

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To Paul & Bob & anyone else who care to lend a hand, thank you so much. While Clark and I spend months leading up to the event laying out and preparing the course, it is within the last two weeks just prior to the ride that the really intense stuff takes place.

Early efforts involve "roughing in" the route, calculating mileage, and making sure it's all going to work. Note that while the "rough" route is rideable, we wouldn't want to turn you guys loose on it. Too many logs, branches, and jagger bushes intruding onto the trail. If you think the Reliability Run is a bit challenging, you should try it before we "clean" the course.

"Clean" it? Oh yeah. We spend hours and hours trimming branches, cutting out logs, and chop-chop-chopping those jagger bushes. And, the speed at which those infamous jagger bushes grow is incredible. I've cut 'em all back just two weeks prior to the event, only to have to go back and cut them all again just before you guys head out. All done with a pair of old hedge clippers, too. Feels like my arms are going to fall off after eight hours or so of that.

The weather can be a real spoiler, too. Last year there was a storm in the Toronto area a week or two before the event, and Clark and I spent a whole day doing nothing but driving around and cutting away downed trees. As you're riding along during the event and see big piles of branches and logs alongside the trail, it's because we put 'em there!

Oh, and then there's arrows. Oh, yes - they don't grow there where you see 'em on all those trees. To protect them from weather and from stinkers who will pull them down, we put 'em all up just the day before you guys ride. And, in the interest of being good neighbors, we take 'em all right back down again, right after you guys finish riding. I probably ride that course twenty times in total preparation for each event - Clark does too. Note, there is more help other than just Clark and I. I didn't mean to hog all the glory. But, it's mostly just he and I.

Also, please don't think I'm complaining, as we do it all because we want to, but you all would be amazed at how much work it really takes.
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