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Date: Sunday March 23rd
Time: 8am-1pm
Location: Tapeworm trail in Renton

On March 23rd a group of us locals are going to do a big trail cleanup, fix/add drains in the lower area and replace/add some new bridges over trouble spot. We are looking for all the help we can get.

We will be:
raking/clearing the main trail of debris
trimming back branches/low hanging materials
restoring/building drains
Replacing rotted bridges/boardwalks (at least 3 new bridges will be rebuilt)

We will be starting at 8am, and hopefully we will have enough people to break into small groups to get done all the stuff we want to do. Come out for the whole thing, or swing by for a few minutes and help out during your ride. No experience is needed either, as we will have people who can guide groups and help give directions. We will be doing things that range from replacing a 40ft curvy boardwalk thru a swampy area, to stuff as simple as raking off dead leaves.

If we get a good group of people we can bring out some BBQs and coolers too!

One thing we will NOT be doing is dumbing down the trail. We wont cut out roots, reroute the trail to make it "easier" or anything like that. We just want to restore one of the few in city trails we have, while maintaining the techy skill building fun of the trail.

We do have a few tools, but could use more metal rakes, hand clippers and saws, and any other tools you find handy.

If you have any questions or want more info you can contact us at
"wormriders at comcast.net" . If you want to join us and have any particular skills let us know, but we can use people of all skill levels! All help will be very appreciated.
 

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Awesome.

I get there maybe once a year if I'm in the area and it is appreciated.

I will say "leafblower" if only because of all the roots there and snagging on roots, etc. If anything, what is left will be a little more tech with less organic and more roots exposed.

But, I am sure some people would have issue with "more tech" as well.... ;)
 

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Leaf blowers are very handy, I totally forgot about those! We do have a couple of those we can bring out including a big backpack one. If people dont like the tech of the Tapeworm, they can ride the Silkworm!

If we get a good turnout we might be able to cleanup the Parasite a bit too.
 

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Too bad I'll be in Port Angeles for a golf tourney that weekend.. I want to help! Are any of the man-made features you are replacing going to be a different style or just fresh constructions of the existing styles? I prefer silkworm myself..
 

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A couple of the bridges will have split cedar decking, and one of the rotted away bridges use to be a double hump coaster type, so we are going to replace it with something similar but with a more modern style.
There are also some new features we plan to add that will be more on the challenging side of things.
 

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Also, great work on the new burms on the sweeping downhill ending to silkworm. You can really get sideways on those.
 

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That section is FAST now. It might need a few more berms at the end now.
 

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I will be out there helping for sure. Just cleaning up the tread and adding some drainage will do a world of good. The sooner we finish this the sooner we can resume the silkworm extension!

Any help will be greatly appreciated!
 

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I just tried the PLAN B option on silkworm yesterday and it's great! I love that track.
 

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Once the Tapeworm cleanup is done the "Plan B" option will be looped back into the main Silkworm trail with fun climb back up the hill. About 6ft of the old trail will be blocked off, and Plan B will be incorporated into the Silkworm to create one continuous trail. The Plan B downhill was opened early to get people riding it and get the tread packed in!

Last night a buddy and I spent several hours splitting cedar into decking and we now have enough for a couple of the new Tapeworm bridges.
 

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Very cool!

Tonight we are going to start build some drainage in the bridge locations to help get them ready and tomorrow I'm dropping off flyers to the two LBS
Over the past week we have split a ton of cedar decking and rounded up posts and lumber and other items. Next week we are going to start hauling out materials and get stuff staged near the work sites!

Now we just need people to help get it all done!
 

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Thank you! so far we have about 12 for sure showing up! we should be able to get a lot done.
 

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Uggh.. I'd really like to be part of this but I'll be out of town all weekend. Still looking forward to seeing all the changes, should be loads of fun to ride.
 

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Just a heads up to anyone who rides out there this week. We have been digging drains and trying to dry out some of the areas we are building bridges. There is a ton of mud and you may have to walk thru a few spots, but it will be fixed real soon!
 

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Discussion Starter · #18 ·
here are some areas we are fixing...





and small sample of the material we are using...

 

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So if we were fixing to come join but won't be there at 8, where should we start looking for the group? Around where those mucky bridges are?
 
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