Thursday, October 2, 2014

Thanks Doc Finck, Bob Matthews, and the DNR Staff!!!

A big thanks to Bob Matthews for doing work on the gravel climb/descent over on the SW corner of the loop.  He fixed the erosion ruts at the bottom of that hill.  As you can see from the picture and this view looking down the hill, the line is on the left side.  The right side is a major erosion rut that formed immediately after the gravel was dumped there and without regular maintenance using big machinery to keep moving the gravel from the bottom of the hill back up into the rut, Ma Nature will always win.  The DNR is looking into a permanent solution with a re-route of that section which would be worth it.  Anyway, thanks to Bob for getting it race day ready.

SW Corner Gravel

Thanks also to the DNR crew for helping with the mowing and getting things in primo condition for Sunday's race.  It has been a joint effort this year with volunteers removing trees, mowing, lopping, grooming, moving earth, and the staff at Lake Ahquabi doing mowing (as well as lots and lots of tree removal and chainsaw work) to finally get the trails back into good condition.  To say the weather has been challenging this year would be an understatement.   Anyone who maintains trail in the Midwest knows what the routine has been this year with all of the rain, and the amazing amount of growth in the forest.  Lake Ahquabi experienced a tornado in July that took down a lot of lumber and required much attention from Bob, Doc, Kevin, Ron, Al, Christine, and all those who have put in time to keep the trails open for all park users.  I'm to the point of mowing, trimming, lopping in my sleep these days.  Bottom line:  Lake Ahquabi is open for business again!!!

Another big thanks to Doc Finck for meeting me Tuesday morning with his Bobcat.  We took on three eroded sections and fixed them.

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Pretty pleased with that final picture as we got that section filled in really well, and improved the safety of hitting that coming out of the corner at full race speed.

Everything survived Wednesday's rain just fine.  More rain coming today, then we have Friday and Saturday of cooler temperatures and wind to dry everything out and get it ready for race day.   Forecast for race day is pretty much identical to the past two years.  63 degrees and sunny.

If you have yet to register, follow the link over on the right column of this page to get signed up before online registration closes Friday night at 8 pm CST.  Race Day registration will also be available if you are a procrastinator - so no worries.  Just allow enough time for standing in line on race day which I predict will run smoothly with the volunteer staff I have assembled to help me.

The course should be marked by mid-afternoon on Saturday and course conditions updates will be provided.  Most likely things won't be dry and solid enough on the entire course until late Saturday or maybe even until Sunday race day.  Updates will be posted here and on Facebook.

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