Friday, April 22, 2005

Giving Back

Putting up signs Building a bridge
There is something very rewarding about being able to ride on a trail that you helped build and maintain with your own hands. Last weekend one of the trail advocacy groups to which I belong held another of the many workdays we have each year, this time to build a bridge and do some rerouting at Beaverdam, one of our local park trails which just happens to be one of my personal favorites and my "home trail". It was a tough 5 hours and I was exhausted by the time we were finished working, but the reward of being able to ride through this beautiful trail and know that I had a hand in its being there made it all worthwhile. Every few weeks when we have these workdays, I wake up on those mornings wishing I could just sleep in. But I go ahead and get up, get dressed and head out anyway because I know trails don't just appear out of nowhere. It takes a lot of work from a lot of people to build even a short stretch of singletrack, and an equal amount of work to maintain it. Over the past 10 years, I've had the opportunity to work side by side with some folks whom I consider to be among the best bike trail builders in this area, and it's my privilege to give back to the bike community that means so much to me. I hope these trails which contain the sweat of my and many other's backs will be here for generations to come, to enjoy and cherish as we do now. Ride happy.

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