Daily Archives: July 8, 2009

Norcross Scurry Trails at the Ashford Boy Scout Camp

Riders: Garth, Dave F., Josh, Andy M., Jill
All day Dave told me it was going to rain and I told him it wouldn’t. He was right, it started raining as soon as we got to the parking lot and didn’t stop until we finished our 2 laps. It was Andy’s first time actually riding the course after he helped build the trails, and we met Josh who plans on racing the course so I was eager to see what they thought. Garth, Dave and I have been over there riding the course through each stage of trail work, some of it quite rough but tonight would be the first time the 3 of us would ride the course after all the sections were cut, logs removed, and rock gardens made rideable. The weather made the already challenging course slippery but I could see how much faster the course was after all the improvements despite the conditions tonight. Garth has literally spent dozens of hours sprucing up these trails, even the little Beans have contributed and the trails definitely reflect the results of all their hard work. The rain wreaked havoc on the trails and added a hefty coating of mud on our bikes and legs, some huge puddles formed on the fire roads that connect the trails and there was a river running through several of the rock gardens. We finished one lap and rode over to the mountain biking building at the scout camp but did not have any boy scouts waiting to ride with us. They wisely decided to join us next week and hope for better weather. We debated about a 2nd lap and Dave decided to skip out and the rest of us decided on a shortened version for a 2nd lap. I’m looking forward to a dry ride next week! We still have some work to do on the water crossings and a few more logs need to be cut but it’s all coming together. Thank you to Maria, Sarah, Dave, Garth, and Bob who came out last Wednesday to finish cleaning up the Campsite 7 trail which is the start of the race. Tough trails today – thanks to everyone who came out! – Jill