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Hi Folks,

This Saturday is the continuation of our monthly trailwork out at Coe, and we're meeting at 9am at Hunting Hollow.

We'll be building new trail and refining the existing tread of the Jim Donnelly trail, which has the potential to be one of the most popular trails out of the southern part of the park.

Our window for serious treadwork will soon be closing, so we're trying to get as many linear feet of trail built before the ground turns into its usual concrete summer self. As such, some of our crew is out this week, getting a jump start on this weekend's activities.

Needed: lunch, eye protection, sturdy shoes, gloves, water container, positive attitude

Provided: tools, water, snacks, fun

Looking forward to seeing you there!

-D
 

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I'm in.
I can't wait for this trail to be done. Starting a ride with a Donnelly>Spike>Timm loop will be awesome.
 

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My FJ40 would strongly prefer if we worked on Bear Fvcking Mountain, but I may be in for some JDT pending spousal approval.
 

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Recent work:


COE: Short for "Come on Everyone!"













Come on everyone, and put your back into it!
And feast your eyes.
 

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Wow.. it's looking nice!

Can't make this month unfortunately - official photographer for a charity gig on Treasure Island to raise money for the NZ Christchurch Earthquake Relief.

Looking forward and hoping for bike access to this trail!
 

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Midweek Mischief

Sorcerer wants the trail finished so badly he's spending his vacation days working on it midweek. I joined him a couple of days this week; here's a time lapse from today of a section that was being relocated to save several trees:

<p><a href="http://vimeo.com/22107031">Building the Jim Donnelly Trail Time Lapse</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user5825311">pliebenberg</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>

The new tree-friendly alignment makes for a much more fun combination of swoopy turns!

It was a dramatic day weather-wise; thunder and lightning and hail---but we stayed dry. The weather on Saturday is forecast to be perfect for trail building!
 

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I received gaiters as a birthday present; can't wait to try them!
<---- Trailwork nerd ^^^

See you guys tomorrow. Will bring a bike for a bit of after work riding.

///Charlie
 

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Here are some shots from Thursday's trail work:











We need all the help we can get! Volunteers get the really nice park map.

We've pre-flagged the tasks and corridor in advance for the trail day.

Of course, if you want to do a post trail work ride, that's great, but please figure in that you will need to lock your bike up while you are at the trail work.

Please do not plan on bringing your bike up the trail with you this Saturday during the trail work, because of the ongoing construction activities. A bike will get in the way. You will need both hands to hold trail tools.













Okay, you get the idea.
 

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Henry Coe Map

Hey guys, apologize if this is redundant.... I haven't been out to Coe in about 10 years... but just am finishing a build of a new rig and Coe would be great place to initiate it.... Is there a really great map of Coe online that outlines the Singletrack from the Dual track, etc... I've only ridden the north end, and would to explore the south end...

Thanks in advance... can't make the trail this sat - but would love to help in the next few weeks if you head back out...
 

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jbculligan said:
Hey guys, apologize if this is redundant.... I haven't been out to Coe in about 10 years... but just am finishing a build of a new rig and Coe would be great place to initiate it.... Is there a really great map of Coe online that outlines the Singletrack from the Dual track, etc... I've only ridden the north end, and would to explore the south end...

Thanks in advance... can't make the trail this sat - but would love to help in the next few weeks if you head back out...
This is the best map. Make sure that you get the plastic version, not the paper. Or, if you can wait a month, come to our next trail day, since you can't make this weekend, and we'll hook you up with one.

-D
 

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I've got to be in Gilroy at 9am for a short time. I'll be there before 10am. You'll have to trust me on the safety briefing.

Am I sure I know how to find the Trailhead? Leave some tools at the T100 if necessary.
 

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Great Day!

Perfect day weather-wise---SPF40 wasn't enough!

Soil conditions were great for digging in most areas. Much progress was made towards the goal of completing the lower half by the end of May.

Good turn-out like-wise, excellent camaraderie! All the user groups (hikers, bikers, horsers!) were well represented.

I was too busy digging to mess with photography much---this little guy deserved a pix though:
<a href="https://s1042.photobucket.com/albums/b426/pliebenberg/Jim%20Donnelly%20Trail/CMBP%20TWD%2020110409/?action=view&current=DSC00715.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="https://i1042.photobucket.com/albums/b426/pliebenberg/Jim%20Donnelly%20Trail/CMBP%20TWD%2020110409/DSC00715.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
 

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The 12 hours of Trail Work

Thanks to everyone for a really big trail day in the park.

My trail work began with assembling tools for the volunteers. Earlier in the week I contacted peeps to get more tools from HQ. On Friday I went to Belmont to pick up ROMP tools cached chez Passion Trail Bikes. And on Saturday morning I arrived at our Morgan Hill tool cache before 8am.

Because of the disjointed staging of the day and people being spread out over two and a half miles of trail, I do not have a count of volunteers yet, but I believe it was in excess of thirty.

It felt like it was freezing when I got to Hunting Hollow at 8:20am, but with the sky clear, and the sun being well up, it became tolerable quickly. I set up the snacks and drinks and some other stuff atthe little picnic area. Then I drove across the creek to the tool trailer and got all of my tools out, and opened up the trailer. By this time it was suddenly 8:55 am and a good crowd was assembling. Other lead volunteers were doing a good job of herding everybody.

Our orientation began by asking who was a trail work veteran. Those who identified themselves departed (going on to pick tools and do the safety talk seperately). The rest of us did the waiver/safety talk.

There were a lot of new people as well as old ones like Fast Eddie. The people were great, but all of my photos are concentrated upon trail photos.

Up until lunch I worked a detail lower down with Knobs and Plymmer, and an inexperienced couple adding a couple of feet to the outside edge of the trail. At noon I blew 4 times with vigor upon my two note whistle, and sat down upon a tarp (I brought along and we used as a sort of wheelbarrow. I think the whisle was very loud.



Then I hiked up to the top of the construction area at 1520' to observe the progress. In the high 1400's I found Diesel and The Law's husband. on the way up I had many conversations. The results up there were most impressive.



Too tired to elaborate further, I hereby post some random photos of the trail.










There's a story to the photo above.














Ludicrously buffed tread!









The pictures don't show it, but I did a hell of a lot of work, and I am whipped!
 

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Diesel~ said:
Hi Folks,

This Saturday is the continuation of our monthly trailwork out at Coe, and we're meeting at 9am at Hunting Hollow.



-D
So I was expecting the usual turnout of folks, but it was more than a "continuation of our monthly trailwork"; it was Coe Park Spring Trail Day:



...and I was surprised when I arrived to a pretty full parking lot. Rob G said he had ~33 from his Coepark.org post. Add bike patrol and mtbr,
well there must have been 40+ !!!



btw, my new gaiters were great!



Nice to able to swing a pick and not have a shoe full of pebbles all day; I'll give 'um




Afterward, went on a little ride with plymmer and knobs out to Jackson Field:





Thank You to everyone working to set-up the event, things seemed to have gone smoothly,
///Charlie
 

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Pliebenberg,

After viewing the time lapse of the Thursday trail building for the fifth time, I noticed Eric ride down through in the middle and chat with us. That made me laugh. Our lunch break was a funny break in the action too.
 
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