There have been a lot of developments since I last posted. I understand that not everyone does the book of faces. So, here's a brief update.
The small loop that I had been working on is kinda on hold. The corridor is done. Almost a whole year was spent benching a steep hillside. The corridor still needs widening and there are places that still need benching. However, due to some illegal trails that have been popping up along one of the roads, he wants us to move on with the master plan we had discussed two years ago.
This involves a bunch of new, and very technical, XC trails that I have planned for a long time. But what surprised me the most was that he said that he wanted to manage the area more recreationally. Areas that were previously off limits, and ideas that hat previously been rejected were all back on the table. He told me that DH trails would help with wildfires and we could explore those possibilities, as well.
I came up with a bunch of ideas before our "on site approval" of the XC stuff. I threw everything at him hoping to just get a few choice ideas approved. But he agreed to everything! Stuff I thought would be shot down is now going to happen.
The guy responsible for most of Saint Joseph's trails has a renewed interest and has helped me beyond what I ever thought possible. When we work together s**t gets done quickly. He has a way of rallying the troops and organized a workday, the results of which were absolutely shocking. We got so much done with the turnout that we had.
Crap, I almost forgot. Before the workday, I ran into the Area Manager checking out our one week progress (among other things). He was so pleased that he asked me if I could fit any of the illegal trails into our plans. Of course, I told him sure. The downside is that I had one big ol loop snaking its way through this area in my original plan. Those plans changed and it got whittled down quite a bit. And now, with the recreational management plan, that would have been acceptable. Oh well. I'm not complaining. With some modifications it will provide us with another XC trail. It won't be as technical. So, I suppose it will allow more people to see this part of the CA.
At this point, we have already more than doubled the trail miles at Sunbridge. Most is not on the map even though we are riding it. I'd prefer to get a little benching done, or the tread burned in better, before I map it and invite people to it. But should you explore or join a Saint Jo group ride, everything is open.
Can you dig it? I do.