Wrecking Ball and I got up early this morning to join the trail workday out at Cadillac. We independently, but unanimously decided it was damn cold this morning, and stalled for an hour or so. Once the snow thawed from his neighbor's roof, we decide we better get to work so we could, hopefully, ride later.
For those out of the loop, the city hired a professional trail builder to rebuild, and add on to, the Cadillac Trail east of the Piney-Z Park. I have to say I'm a little skeptical at the moment. I just keep reminding myself of the Rubiks Cube theory. You have to trash the thing before you can solve it. We jumped in and moved dirt, cut stobs, etc. But apparently the tractors were goinng to make another pass after we were done, so there was no finished product when I left. It looks kind of wide, but I guess that's to be expected at first. Once it gets ridden in, I think that several pieces will resemble the fast section at the far west end of the trail. There are several new bridges being built over ravines on the slope, so those could be cool. I was listening to the trail pro explain that two of the bridges needed to be almost 5 feet wide. That really makes me wonder if everyone is on the same page. It's my understanding that Cadillac is to be one of our more technical trails. Nothing technical about a 5 foot wide bridge. W.B. could drive his little Mazda over that! And it's not like these two bridges were over massive chasms. We were actually noting that one of these gaps was only a foot deep and could be easily bunny hopped, but we understood the need for some sort of span to prevent erosion. Anyway, I'm no trail pro, so what do I know? I do know that the city is open to alternative technical lines, so we may just need to build those later. I just worry that the main trail gets too "mainstreamed", as Wrecking Ball put it. Think Good Charlotte as a punk band. Ya dig? I'm definitely not on the same page as those guys.
I guess now I have to train my weakness, patience. Lack of patience is why I bailed on the whole trail building scene anyway. Everything has to go through so many hoops, and appeals, and processes. I went to a bunch of after work and 7am pow wows about big plans for the bridge over the train tracks, a master plan for TB Park, etc, back in the day. It seems like 80% of what we talked about 10 years ago, has still not come to fruition. Some of it is still being talked about. Good God! What's left to say? Luckily for me and the rest of the offroad folks around here, we have guys like Aucilla Sinks and Chuck, who will stay the course, and plug away through all of the red tape it takes to make something happen. I'm just not wired that way. My buddy Marcus loves to make fun of my deliberating, perhaps over thought, decision making process, but this makes me look like Speedy Gonzales!
A cool byproduct of moving dirt today was the happenstance siting of Big Jim Slade. Big Jim was part of the old Revolutions crew about 10 years ago. We ran him off back then. But he sems to be sniffing around again. Perhaps he's a glutton for punishment, and is back for more. Running with this bunch can be harsh from time to time, but you'd definitely rather be with us than against us. Thin skins need not apply.
Ok, now that I'm starting to sound like a bad line from West Side Story, I'll sign off. (BTW, that's Wrecking Ball on the left.)