Postcards from the President

Postcards - July 2011

July 8, 2011
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, Quick read more or view full article but more importantly will serve hundreds or thousands of others.  That to me is a great expression of community, and community service.

Sometimes the process seems grindingly slow – things can take months or years to come to fruition.  And on rare occasion they come together just a bit quicker.  The planning part of the process is important though, and sets the stage for lasting success and quality trails.  Take a look at the activities happening in Montrose/Ridgway areas where work with the State Parks has pushed forward slowly and seems to be making progress now.  The 18 Rd area also is under a new planning process for new trail in that area.  I just wish there were more hours in the day to chip away at these things.

Our neighbors in the Salida area represent another organized effort to implement long range trail development – a small community coming together in a big way to create great trails as well as economic development. 

All in all, it is a great time to be a mountain biker – so much great trail in place, and much more on the horizon.  Take time to join in on a trail work day or planning project.  We need everyone’s help that we can get to move these things forward.

But, in the mean time, get on your bike, enjoy a trail.

See you out there,  Scott
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