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    The boys and I did a little planting this weekend.

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    Looking down hill through the garden.

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    Looking up hill through the garden.

    There's a fast line, and easy line, and a technical line, but the garden is the A line, and there is no B line. Remember, it's cross country trail, technically.

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    fun.
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    Been leaving y'all hanging for a while. Since everything seems to be shut down today, here's a cold wet winter's day image to fuel your stoke/day dreaming.

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    is that a.......... berm? Is your place going to be a bit similar to pw?
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    That is a berm. I don't think I'd draw any real similarities between this project and PWP. Unless maybe you combine and integrate features from all of the loops there into one loop here. That was the goal all along, was an advanced trail that provided some of everything - some drops, some narrow, tight, technical single track, some more open and flowing trail, rollers, etc. It's all going to be here, using what the land has to offer as best we can use it.

    But yeah. That's a big ol' berm. Close to 2 feet tall at it's highest, mostly dug in pretty deep, it's at the end of a hundred+ yards of 3-7% down hill with some small rollers and a little jump, and one somewhat smaller bermed turn. It spits you out on a low open trail that turns and climbs back up the hill. This turn basically happens just short of one mile in.

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    Finally been able to do some more building. Lots of layout and corridor clearing has been happening, but with everything either frozen or muddy, benching trail has been on hold. Was able to work Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday, and got about another 400 feet of trail done, including this little jewel.

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    The loop is now "closed" - 1.25 miles that links back to itself and the beginning (end?) of the connector. Still shooting to open this spring. I have to build .3 mile of connector to the parking lot (which still has to be built) and then we'll open. The loop will get a little longer each time I complete another leg, and traffic can be routed down the extended portion with almost no additional effort. The next leg will add another .25 miles, and by the end of the summer, I hope to have yet another leg completed (.5 mile) to make a full 2+ mile loop. Eventually, this loop will be something like 5 miles. And then I get to start on the north end of the park.

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    This is pretty wild. You're adding rocks and boulders!!! I wish we had a few less. Looks like a cool place to visit.

    Steve

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    I got the parts in for my rock sling today, so I figured, what the heck, a few more pictures.

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    One of the three rocks I move to the rock garden (still very much a work in progress) today. Note the glove on top of the rock for scale.
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    Well, I'd offer to come get some of the ones you have out there at Shutes, but I kind of like those! In all seriousness, the section of trail currently being built is "advanced" XC type trail. There will be rock gardens in A lines, as well as B lines (though usually not in the same set of A/B lines, as well as the one picture above, where that's the only line. But it's a pretty easy ride too. There are also places were rocks were already in place, and they're simply used to make things a little more interesting, but most of those rocks aren't this close together.

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    Here's a little taste looking down the connector. I actually kinda can't wait to ride this section myself. It's fun to build something you've been looking at for a year.

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    About half way through with the connector. Got a couple more pictures.

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    Met on site with the parks and rec director yesterday afternoon. The city is having to push the opening back because of their schedule. Tentatively we're looking now at mid June, which may well mean we have a 1.5 mile loop in addition to the connector, and not a 1.25 mile loop. I had a group of riders out a couple weeks ago checking the finished sections of the loop, and without exception, they all came back with ear to ear grins.

    Here's a notion to ponder, since I know this trail is a long way for most of you to drive, especially for "such a short loop." The opening is going to take place on a Saturday morning. Come out to the opening, ride, have fun. Then grab lunch somewhere, and stick around for our afternoon social ride at Rotary. That way you can ride two places for your trip.

    Anyhow, just wanted to let everyone know, it's getting closer.

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    I will be there for the opening. I am sure I can drag most of the SORBA board we me. Let us know when your next scheduled work day is and we will see if it works with our schedule. We owe you a work day.

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    Thanks, I'm working on one as we speak. I'm considering making a suicidal push to get the next section of the loop finished before we open it.

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    Since I'm obviously not building any trail today, a picture.

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    Also, there is a work day scheduled for 9 am on Saturday, May 31st. We'll build some trail and pick up some trash from the property. Dress for the weather, bring sturdy shoes, gloves and bug spray.

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    Folks, we are zeroing in on an opening date. I've got a meeting with what appears to be half of the administrative staff of the city of Clarksville on Wednesday morning, and hope to come out of that meeting with a date I can post. Yesterday, we had the city's GPS/GIS specialist out mapping the trails and access points for EMS. The city has started on the parking lot, and appears to be set to have that done sometime this month. Meanwhile, I'm still building. But I think it's about time to get excited.

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    Getting closer. Finalizing maps, starting to get signs in, and still cutting new trail. Busy days, but look what's turned up on the city website.

    http://www.cityofclarksville.com/index.aspx?page=729

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    Walked the trail yesterday morning at 9 am to make sure nothing blew over Monday afternoon. Clarksville got over an inch of rain. At 9 am, if the trail was open, I would have opened it for traffic. It was perfect.

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    I'm still building. I spent a little time today gathering supplies for the next section of trail. It's going to be a little lumpy. There's a lot of natural rock, and I've got plans to add a little more. Lumpy. Like mashed potatoes, not chunky, like beef stew. Fortunately, I had my trusted helper with me to carry things around.....

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    Kudos to Drew and all involved with this trail. I stopped on my way through Clarksville on Saturday morning to check out the trail.

    Lots of elevation changes (for this area anyway), downhill and uphill decreasing radius corners, deep dips with sharp in and outs, S-bend through gully, corners that don't allow for leaning the bike and other technical challenges. Can't wait for more dirt to ride on this trail. Only about 2.5 miles including the connector x 2 for now.

    I have 4 or 5 routes I can take to get from Nashville to my parents in SW KY and this is a very short detour on one of them. Maybe I'll be visiting my parents more often, especially as trail grows.

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    QuestionMark,
    Thanks for stopping in and checking out the trail, and giving some feedback. I'm glad you enjoyed it. The amount of trail out there is constantly increasing, although we only open whole sections once they're ready, so small leaps forward is how that happens. To give you some idea of what sort of rate of increase you can look for, remember, I only started digging out there June of 2013. I appreciate the feedback - that, and the people who are willing to come help are about half of what keeps anyone building trail. The other half of a trail builder's drive, as you know, is some sort of sick obsession. Hopefully before winter properly sets in, I'll have another .2 mile section of loop open....expect more rocks.

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    Some stuff opened up yesterday. The jump at poplar gap:

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    And a new section of trail called Weasel's Gambit. It's got a heart rate spiker of a climb on it, and some rocks. Teaser.

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    Weasel's Gambit is only another .2 of a mile, but a little bit at a time, and it throws some new twists at riders - things not previously seen on this trail, such as a section of "paved" trail.

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