Chubb Rules of the Trail

Not too long ago, I was at the Flint Quarry Trailhead and I happened to look up at the sign and noticed the words on the bottom: "Trail Rules on Back." Huh? I don't know how many times I had looked at the sign and never seen that. So I walked around back and looked. Whaddya know, St. Louis County Parks Rules of the Trail, complete with a phone number to report trail maintenance problems.

Watch out Peleton, here comes Mr Ed!

I bet this rookie will be a solid time trial contender in the '07 tour!

Greensfelder Scouting Report

I scouted on Saturday and Sunday to pick and choose control points, points of interest, technical lines, fast lines, groovy curves, and flowing scenery. The park offers terrain unlike any other public land in St. Louis. It features deep Ozark valleys, exposed layers of rocky Kimmswick limestone, sinkholes, maybe some caves and a ton of abundant wildlife. It's all still preliminary but the vision is becoming clearer. I predict we can fit 2 miles into the hillsides we are allowed to work on. This doesn't include the other side of the Scenic Loop road.

If you look at our work to date on an aeriel map you would see that mountain biking is only permitted in less than 10% of the overall park. But you'd think with the existing Dogwood and Declue trails that you cover a lot of ground. Not really. We've just stacked the trail on the hillsides to maximize the length and touch on as many points of interest as possible. Let's keep the momentum rolling to ensure this park is the premier hiking and biking destination. Why drive to the Ozarks when the best trails are right out your backdoor?

A chill in the air!

Kirby and I hit SIUE on Saturday afternoon. Also out enjoying the cool crisp air was MikeD. Mike was doing his own thing though, so we just had the occasional run-in when we weren't able to hide from him.

It was around 20 degrees that day, with the trail being nicely frozen solid. A few ruts here and there from people a little too anxious to ride, but for the most part the trail was in excellent shape. Kirby wanted to ride the perimeter with the added Trail 4 to get a total mileage. From our calculations, it will be about 7 miles total. Trail 4 is going to be killer once it's finished and smoothed out.

Here's a nice photo of Kirb coming down the double dippity doo on Trail 3 right before turning onto the connector to Trail 4.

Remember the upcoming workday on Feb. 24th to complete this part of the SIUE puzzle. It's your chance to give back and help finish this important trail. Check the GORC forum for details and register for your chance at free food and great prizes!