There hasn't been a new front page post in a while because the webmaster has been slack however that doesn't mean there hasn't been some good work going down out on our trails! The weather has not cooperated with us yet again this winter however we're getting things done. Pee Wee's has been getting a lot of love for sure. Brantley from Ride-A-Bike makes it a point to get out there and do some work and clean-up from time to time. Calvin along with the help of Craig, Jesse, and others has been cleaning up a lot of the old rotted causeways in preparation to build new ones. Although we're not going to rebuild the elevated park Pee Wee's has always been known for having a few minor elevated structures here and there, Calvin would like to bring some of those back. Additionally there is some discussion of a potential trail addition out there. Lot's of good stuff on the horizon for Pee Wee's Mtn Bike Park!

Out at Poston I've been working on a few reroutes to bypass portions of the trail that were originally designed to poor standards...I was that original designer I might add. Sometimes in our rush to get trail complete so we can ride it us trail builders don't make the best decisions. Doing it right up front would save time in the end but sometimes that's just easier said than done so I'll probably never learn from my design mistakes. Two reroutes have been completed but there are a few more we need to get done at some point. One of the reroutes will need a bridge constructed soon however Russ fashioned a ghetto bridge that works well for the time being (unless we get a big storm and it washes out). Additionally in an effort to make the 2nd fiberglass bridge easier to exit Russ and I widened the turn. The benched climb off the bridge was never built up to snuff either so we've also rebuilt that climb, widening the trail a bit in order to lay down a true bench. This section of the trail should have zero maintenance problems going forward now. Gaston County Parks & Recreation has also agreed to remove the last 24 inches or so of the left handrail which will allow for a much better exit from the bridge into that tricky lefty climb. Additionally our dirt merchants, Jonboy and Matt continue to berm turns and build technical options for the brave of heart including jumps, gaps, and of course good old drops to flat. Remember to scout it before you ride it so you know what you're getting yourself into...before you're already into it!

We also have news about our other trail projects in Belmont and Kings Mountain. The trail in Belmont (Rocky Branch) is no longer being built or maintained by PASA. There is a group there that wanted to do design work themselves and two groups trying to design trail to their own standards and vision never turns out well in the end. To keep all us bikers on the same page and unified PASA has decided to drop this project and concentrate on our existing trails. The Kings Mountain project although very much still alive is kind of dead in the water. The parcels of land that we are being restricted to are simply impossible at this point to lay out a master design in. The land was clear cut not too many years back and at this point consist of thick scrub brush and dense low pines that you literally cannot move or see through without bushwhacking a path with a machete as you go. These woods need to mature and the pines need to grow so that the undergrowth dies out and we have a real forest to work in. We're estimating this will take at least 5 years so Kings Mountain as an active trail project won't likely begin until 2020, if then. It's all a guessing game at this point and a lot can change in that time span. So there will be some changes to the website trails section in the near future. The holding page for Rocky Branch will be removed altogether. The page for Kings Mountain will probably be moved into a new category called "Future Projects" or something similar.

As always thanks for your support, your volunteerism, and mostly for using and enjoying our trails! The ragtag club lives on and continues to show what can be done when a small group of dedicated misfits sticks to the mission of building the best trails in the area. Rip on rippers...

- The old rotted bridging, junking up the woods and killing the nature buzz

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- After being cleaned that looks much better!

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- PASA is not proud, we always approve of child labor. Calvin's rugrats being put to work for the good of The Nation...

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- Fresh bench cut...a proper reroute around an old poorly designed line above the Deer Trail Climb.

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- Rarely caught on film, the Poston Troll cutting a reroute around the creek dip...

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- Now that's how you cut a bench! This is right after the exit of fiberglass bridge two. So took 4 hours to cut 50ft of proper bench.

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