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Hi Folks,

Our second Saturday trailwork at Coe will be a little less formal this time, since the guys from the State are tied up and unable to assist with shuttling, etc. As a result, we'll be riding to and from the work site. We plan on breaking early, to allow for some good riding afterward.

From HQ (E. Dunne entrance) the ways to ride there are:

Manzanita>China Hole>Cougar>Poverty Flat Rd

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Manzanita>China Hole>Lost Spring>Mahoney Meadows Rd

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Flat Frog>Middle Ridge>Poverty Flat Rd

We are going to meet at the very bottom of the Willow Ridge Trail, where it intersects Mahoney Meadows/Poverty Flat road (just north of Los Cruzeros). Meeting time is 10:30am.

Our goal is to brush and remove some fallen trees on the Willow Ridge trail. There is also some benching and light tread work needed, provided that the dirt has not turned to cement. If time allows, some of us may continue on to Black Oak Spring trail, which is also in need of some rehab.

Note that there is a 10K event going on from Hunting Hollow on Saturday, which could make parking in that lot a challenge and increase traffic on Gilroy Hot Springs Road.

Hope to see some of you there!

-D
 

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If you can get John to give us the gate code, I can drive the tools and trailers one way, but I have to work, so I'd have to leave. What about Rob?
 

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If you can get John to give us the gate code, I can drive the tools and trailers one way, but I have to work, so I'd have to leave. What about Rob?
Thanks for the offer, Ed. The park folks are supposed to be driving the trailer to the work site today or tomorrow. Rob is driving in, so he can take some tools, but he's spending the night without returning to HQ on Sat.
 

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I will leave HQ at 9am and ride: Manzanita Point Road » Flat Frog Trail » Hobbs Road » Middle Ridge Trail » Poverty Flats Road » Shafer Corral » Narrows Trail » Los Cruzero by 10:30am.

Come along if you're interested. I think ratpick is riding with me. plymmer is undecided on where he will park.

///Charlie
 

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Erik is on call, so I'll represent. I'm hoping to get to the HQ a little early and get a head start, but I fully expect to be caught by you guys either on Flat Frog or Middle Ridge. Just don't run me over, okay? Pleeeease...:p
 

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Looking forward to seeing you guys out there! Just picked up a few tools for the group as well!

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Trail Work Re-Cap

So, we did some trail work on Saturday. And I thought I'd post some words.

I got up at 7:10 am without knowing if I would park at the Hunting Hollow Entrance or the Headquarters of Henry Coe Park to do said trail work. I decided to climb up to Headquarters. As I was headed up East Dunne Ave I came behind a pick-up truck with a with a camper shell and (gasp!) mountain bikes on top. I came to the realization that this was Paul (Sorcerer) and his wife Chris on their way up to head the trail work crew (of which I was a part). Further up the road I find I'm being followed by a silver Mazda with a bike on back. Woah. Another mountain bi....Ah! It's Chris Kangas also on the crew (not the Biking Crew, though).

So, I get to the parking lot and Mei (Mudworm), Greg (lokalyokel), Charlie (Skyline35), Patrick (ratpick), Coe volunteer Rob Glover and Springs Committe Member Wayne are all there getting ready to ride out to Willow Ridge Trail where the trail work was to commence. We talked a bit then we were on our way. Rob and Wayne and Chris, Chris and Paul would be driving in.

Flat Frog Trail and Middle Ridge Trail were lots of fun as usual. I did well on the switch backs and cleared a difficult one for the 1st time. Up Poverty Flat and and on Shafer Corral Trail. We waited at Shafer Corral Trail for a while. I saw Fred Stanke and a friend while waiting (he's on the ROMP list and I've gone on occasional rides with). We finally decided to go down and then got to the Narrows by the Willow Ridge trail head. There were Rob's and Paul's vehicles parked there. A note to start at the bottom was hand-written for us. Earlier in the trip we noticed that we all had Specialized bikes and as we set them up among the vegetation it looked as if the plants were miraculously growing mountain bikes:


We started work soon thereafter. I chose a saw and lopers. The saw was an new addition among 3 of Fiskars 18" Blade curved saws. As I cut I discovered a new found love for sawing up to 8" round branches and tree trunks:


I cleared all of the bottom of Willow Ridge Trail of those bothersome branches across the trail. This saw worked like cutting through butter! I could do this all day! and ended up doing that all day! I was clearing everything on the trail. I saw a stink bug on the way:


...and...is it too late for a puff ball picture?


I pulled up a log a little too close to the trail and saw the biggest scorpion I've ever laid these baby blues on:


It was fat! And huge! I didn't have time to put down a coin for size comparison.

Further on up the trail I caught up to Mei (Mudworm) who was brushing vegetation. Then we saw the crew come down from the top of the trail. They had taken care of the large tree falls in that portion. Then Dirk (El Hombre) who rode from Hunting Hollow appears to help out. So, I guess I could have ridden from there and not gone solo. Then I wouldn't have seen that scorpion. Rob Glover suggested that we eat lunch on a nice open meadow with a fine view. The clouds had broken away (it was sprinkling in the morning) and there were some white fluffy clouds in the distance:


During lunch at various times someone asked, "where's Charlie (Skyline35)?". That must have happened 7 or 8 times. Paul says, "If anyone asks where's Charlie again I'm gonna cream him!" After a while localyokel shows up riding his bike. He sits and eats with us then asks, "where's Charlie?".

On the way down Paul, Chris V-N, Rob and I cut and removed this'n:


We all got down to the trucks soon after that. It was time to talk and mess around. We discovered the tiniest frog ever:


and considered that it might be thirsty:


Then it was time for us to skip rocks. Many good ones were found (it takes a trained eye and a lot of experience to find the perfect "skipper"). It seems that once you start, you keep wanting to skip just one more. A god darned addiction. We finally quit but soon discovered another sight. A few newly born baby birds of some sort:


These things were damned ugly and their eyes, bulgy and all, hadn't even opened. Even so, they did tug the ol' heartstrings seeing them beg for food. None of us had the stomach to find, chew and swallow then regurgitate worms into the little fellows mouths. We all lined up to take many photos.

Most of the crew went home but I went with Wayne, Rob, Paul & Chris to work on the Black Oak Spring Trail. I put my bike atop Rob Glover's Land Cruiser and caught a ride because time was of the essence.

Paul was ahead and passed the trail head proving that it was in dire need of marking. We did after we parked then got to work on fallen trees, light tread work and clearing of leaves on the trail. Great progress was made and trees that had been there for years were finally cleared. It's amazing what great saws will do.

We got to Black Oak Spring and I filled up on water. This is a very good spring with fine water and its cold! I had time to take some pictures of the amazing clouds towards Hat Rock:


We quit around 5:30 PM. I said my goodbyes and headed down Blue Ridge Road to Jack Ass Trail. I had to take a picture of this amazing thunderhead on the way:


and along the Jack Ass Trail was this view:


...down Jack Ass Trail, down Poverty Flat Road, up Cougar Trail (that trail has gotten slightly easier) up China Hole Trail, up Manzanita Point Road. Sunset and a ride home:


Roy.
 

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Loving the new photographic, story-telling plymmer :)

I accidently ran over one of those stinkbugs on the ride out - not being from these parts I didn't know what it was (thought it was a spider) - sorry to whoever was riding behind me!
 

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Gee, Roy, you sure have a way to turn the lovely adorable baby birds into some ugly alien looking creature!


Not only that, you exploit them! Here is the proof:
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But I concur with ratpick that we love "the new photographic, story-telling plymmer" :)

Following are some pics I took. I've gotta post them before Skyline35 posts his!

<img class="alignnone" style="border: 4px solid black;" title="crew" src="https://www.mudncrud.com/gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=32843&g2_serialNumber=2" alt="" width="600" height="450" /> The crew

<img class="alignnone" style="border: 4px solid black;" title="work" src="https://www.mudncrud.com/gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=32848&g2_serialNumber=2" alt="" width="600" height="450" /> Trail rerouting.

<img class="alignnone" style="border: 4px solid black;" title="ride" src="https://www.mudncrud.com/gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=32853&g2_serialNumber=2" alt="" width="600" height="450" /> A few riders

<img class="alignnone" style="border: 4px solid black;" title="ride" src="https://www.mudncrud.com/gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=32828&g2_serialNumber=2" alt="" width="600" height="450" /> Henry Coe

We rode in by way of : Manzanita Point Road » Flat Frog Trail » Hobbs Road » Middle Ridge Trail » Poverty Flats Road » Mahoney Meadows Rd, and rode out by way of : Mahoney Meadows Rd » Lost Spring Trail » China Hole Trail » Manzanita Trial » Manzanita Point Road. I was really happy to have cleaned on this ride all the climbs on Middle Ridge Trail, Poverty Flats Road, and later the notorious "Mahoney Wall". I cleaned the other technical bits on the Middle Ridge Trail and China Hole downhill better than ever, but I was still a bit slow. Practice, and more practice is what I need!


Well, there must be some sort of telepathy between Erik and me. Even though he could not attend the trailwork because he was on call, he kept himself very busy. I returned home to some nice built structures in the yard that he put up for my skill practices.

<img class="alignnone" style="border: 4px solid black;" title="jumps" src="https://www.mudncrud.com/gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=32858&g2_serialNumber=2" alt="" width="600" height="450" />
 

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Nice writeup/photos, Roy. I think you got a few of those purple millipedes for scale in the scorpion photo. That is one fat scorpion!
 

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Post from bailout reminds me.. Skyline35 suggested, as we were climbing back up to Coe HQ, that we might do an out-and-back down Flat Frog before ascending to our cars. We did and it was immense fun - highly recommend it if you ever find yourself crawling back up to HQ and there's some daylight left.. Flat Frog is just as fun in the reverse direction!

I think the next group ride should be in Erik and Mei's backyard :)
 

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Saturday's session was fun, it was a pleasure being out there with you all. After checking out the trail running event in the morning, I rode up from Hunting Hollow and met up with bailout at the bottom of Willow Ridge. Some photos:

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Caption contest? I could come up with a few...
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Besides the scorpions and assorted critters, there was a sighting of a new tree dwelling Coe species...
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Skyline35 pushing the boundaries of micro-frog photography
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Rock skipping lane
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After the work I decided to ride up Willow Ridge trail in order to enjoy our work but my enjoyment got somewhat muffled - this is quite a steep suffer-fest of a climb.
Great day to be out here though: nice cool temps, pretty skies, the meadows all California 'golden'... more pics here...
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Tried out these mountain feed bags - they work quite well...
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While awaiting Skyline35's photographic contributions, I've a few to add..

The bird nest drew quite a crowd once it was discovered - don't quite recall how we stumbled upon it :D

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China Hole was picturesque - we felt the need to pause and take in the serenity while discussing whether the switchback coming up was cleanable!

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A game of bomb the floating fruit - for some reason, it took quite a while before the first stone was skipped on China Hole!

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I just wanted to give a quick thanks to everyone who came out and gave a hand: Mudworm, Skyline35, Plymmer, Ratpick, LocalYokel, ElHombre, Sorcerer, Chris V., Wayne, Rob, and Bailout. It was great to see everyone, and Willow Ridge is once again ride-able without dismounting.

After the work, I had a nice ride up Schafer, up Blue Ridge, down Jackass and up Cougar. Fun stuff!
 

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This is how it was early in the morning:



Middle Ridge was velcro and lots of fun! The excellent traction helped on the climbs; the group was 5 for 5 on that steep Middle Ridge uphill.



"Where's Charlie?" Well I didn't get 20 feet from the vehicles and encountered a bit of the Narrows Trail that was choked with thorny Wild Rose. The option to avoid this was to go through Poison Oak. So I started cutting back the Wild Rose...more and more...and more... ...later while I was stopped for a lunch break, locoyokel rides down on his bike and says the crew is now beginning to head back. So I never set foot on the Willow Ridge Trail. Opps!
Here is locoyokel riding in through my little contribution for the day:





Diesel~: How were the new saw on Madrone/Manzanita? (Photo by mudworm)





Here is when everyone was back at the vehicles post-trailwork:





Afterward, we rode back Lost Spring Trail » Mahoney Meadows Road » China Hole Trail » Manzanita Point Road » (a few went out & back Flat Frog Trail) » HQ. ..... l to r mudworm, bailout, locoyokel, ratpick, and SpecialO:







Riding out at the end of the day........








I am enjoying everyone's photos and write-ups.
I suspect the trailwork may go on summer break now so let me say Thanks! to everyone who came out during the 2008-2009 trailwork season...you guys have been awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

///Charlie








 

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I think there were at least two dozen cameras on the scene, so others, please do not shy away from posting your photos. We can never get enough of Coe.
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Diesel~: How were the new saw on Madrone/Manzanita?
I'm sure Diesel~ will make his assessment, but having stayed fairly close to plymmer equipped with the new saw, I could tell he was totally loving it and there was no stopping for him. I made sure my legs stayed out of his reach.
 

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I think there were at least two dozen cameras on the scene, so others, please do not shy away from posting your photos. We can never get enough of Coe.

I'm sure Diesel~ will make his assessment, but having stayed fairly close to plymmer equipped with the new saw, I could tell he was totally loving it and there was no stopping for him. I made sure my legs stayed out of his way.
Agreed; I've been using one for about a year, and they cut like butter, even through oak (non-petrified).

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Yeah. I think I had too much fun. After cutting through 50 bah-jillion 8" diameter tree trunks I have one sore right arm. Too bad I'm not ambidextrous. I cut through a large oak branch on the Black Oak Spring Trail and that was noticeably tougher. I also noticed that even when a branch is lying on the ground I was still able to cut it perpendicular and the fact that it was curved made it really cut on back and forward strokes. That and the awesome-ness of the teeth.Very impressive. I wish I had a movie of the sawdust piling up quickly as I cut. Man, that was amazing. I'm very impressed with the fiskars line.

Roy.
 
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