Summer is in full swing, heating up the trail riding hours and sending some of us to higher altitudes to some of those less trafficked trails. I spent a bit of time up on Pinon Mesa recently, amongst many other trail users. ATVers blazed on the roads mostly, and we bumped into hikers, dogs, horses and riders, and mosquitoes along the way. I enjoy seeing horse riders on the trail – I grew up with horses and like being around them. Many equestrians are not quite so settled with the interaction between bikes and horses though. They have the tougher situation to handle if something goes wrong. Let’s treat them right on the trail when we come face to face, or perhaps even more importantly when we come up on them from behind.
There are many trail work activities in process these days, and one thing is standing out to me as we work through the many steps in the process. The whole activity is a unique melding of volunteer time and energy, private donors, private business, local municipalities, public land agencies, counties, and various public service companies (i.e. ditch companies) – all coming together to do their small or large part in creating trails for people to use. I have to say that I have been surprised by the commitment and action that I see taking place by these various groups. I see passionate individuals volunteering their time and attention to create something that will certainly serve themselves, [more...]