Sorry about the late reply guys. As a matter of fact, thank John Harter for PM'ing or I would have missed this.
I've been pretty busy helping to get some details completed for the Women's Crit for the Tour Of Missouri. 360 Racing is taking a very active role in this and I'm in charge of volunteers for this race.
To get to your question about Crowder. I gotta be honest guys, I haven't been up there for some time. Most of you know I set some pretty high goals for myself racing this year and spent a large amount of time training and on the road. I had already sent the word out to our group up here that they would have to take more of an active role in getting work done. I need these guys to step up and do more of the work and more of a leadership role. Seems like things don't get done unless I "pull the wagon". This is a common theme in a lot of trail systems. We don't have the volunteer base and we get zero help from the Trenton area. Most of the work is done by Chillicothe volunteers. We live 20 miles south and the cost of gas may be part of the factor.
I've also volunteered to help some of our local scouts complete a service project (40 hours-per scout). They are completing a trail project at Indian Creek and have to have it completed in September. I spend a couple of days a week working on this project. Mountain bike trails are wonderful as long as you have people to maintain them. This is my ongoing message to anyone that rides a mountain bike. Seems that there are a lot of people that are "life challenged" and don't seem to have the time to do their share of the work, but I'll be damned if they don't have time to ride their bike when I spend two weeks doing all the work to get the trails back in shape. Currently, they are driving their cars to Landahl and Smithville and some of the trails that are getting maintained, rather than fix their own.
I'm about to have a meeting with our group and see if I can shift some of the leadership and maybe recruit some new blood. We got off on a bad foot this year and never seemed to get ahead of it.
Sorry about the book I just wrote. The theme is very common though. Seems like there is lots of interest to build new trails but sometimes no so much enthusiasm to keep them maintained. I don't want to sound negative, just realistic. I volunteered over 300 hours last year on public trails. Got the official "Thank You" letter from the Dept of Natural resources and a cap. I plan to start with getting our trails maintained at Indian Creek and then move to Crowder when I'm done at I.C.
If you go up and ride at Crowder, send me a report.
They have a wonderful campground, swimming beach, etc.... and still a short distance from KC.
I still love my trails, I'm just a little crispy right now and need to get recharged.