I finally got out for a trail work day this past weekend. The weather was nice after 2 days of rain and changed plans for a holiday weekend meant a rare Sunday with nothing on the calendar. I’ve created numerous posters, blog posts and Facebook posts over the last five years reminding people that there are no “Trail Fairies”.
They were all a variations on the theme that we should give up one ride a season to give back to the trails that we love to ride. As president of our chapter, I devote numerous volunteer hours per week to keeping our chapter running and growing but I thought I should get out and “move some dirt” if I’m going to reasonably ask that you do the same.
We had a nice group out working on the Rock & Roll trail that included hikers and trail runners. I met a wonderful running mentor who volunteered with Fleet Feet; she and her husband devote a Sunday each month to trail work. They find the work rewarding and are encouraging their user group to come out and have some fun volunteering.
So I want to encourage Mountain Bikers to come out and devote some time to trail work. While the amazing pictures of the colossal rock work can be intimidating to first time trail work volunteers, I can assure you that there are many ways to get involved. Trail work includes raking leaves, limbing up shrubs, cutting roots, spreading & tamping down dirt and other tasks that don’t require experience with Egyptian pyramid building techniques. Pathfinders organizes weekly trail work days at the Cove. The City of Roanoke sponsors trail work days on Mill Mtn and other City properties. Starting in September our Chapter will sponsor monthly trail work days which will include a drawing for a gift certificate to a local business.
So make some time for “Trail Love” and come out for a work day. It will be fun, I promise.