Monday, August 31, 2009

New Trail signs. Thanks to Park and Rec, and Jeff O'Gara. We'll be placing signs with the names of each trail through out the park system. These are just a few examples.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Sunday 8-23-09 Group Ride to Bluffton

This coming Sunday there is a Group Ride to Bluffton with some out of towners from Milwaukee. Be at T-Bock's at 10:30 a.m. and ready to pedal whenever.

If you've rode Van Peenen lately, you've noticed that there are some trees down and some changes to the fencing in the top sections. I tried taking a picture of this tree that landed right on top of the little jump in the last 40 yards of Upper Pali, but it was a little dark. The very top part of Smeby's is blocked off due to a new barb wire fence that was recently moved over into the trail. There will be a work day to re-route the trail coming up and clearing out the downed trees.

Friday, August 14, 2009

High Life Friday

The bank clock reads 92 degrees. It's a Good Day to live - The High Life

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Indoor Mt. Bike Park Survey - Steven's Point, WI

Hey All, Go check out this survey for an Indoor Mt. Bike Park for the winter riding season.

Steven's Point is about 3 to 3 1/2 hours away from Decorah. Some of the local hooligans and I spend a few hours a week in Travis's shed out at his farm, riding, making stuff, jumping over each other, etc. I assume this proposed new facility won't allow riders to be Drinking beer, but ya know it is in Wisconsin...

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Summer Sizzler - Rained out again. However we did have a pretty interesting ride. Some riders got 2 laps in, most got 1. It was good to get out and see everyone and get some trail time in. The injury this year was not nearly as bad as last year, Neil Clement got 5 stitches.

The August Meeting this year consisted of a Pines Time Trials. Doug and Trevor tied, so we had to come up with a tie breaker. So, Chewy loaded up the Xtracycle with a couple pieces of firewood and we sent Doug out through the Pines East. Then Trevor rode the wood hauler. Both lost the load somewhere on the trail, and they tied again. We started to figure out the next round of tie breaker, but we cared more about drinking beer than actually determining the winner.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Summer Sizzler

The course is marked and will be as follows.

Start at the Van Peenen Fire Pit and head north on the Prairie Trail.
At the end, and big left turn and into the West Pines.
Through the West pines and right into the East pines for a full loop, dumping you out back at the Fire Pit.
Hard right and over into Little Big Horn. From here it is the normal loop of LBH, Dustbowl, North 40, Gunnar, Julia, and back out on top at the Fire Pit.

That's 1 lap, about 4.5 miles.

The race is 2 or 3 laps. Grill out to follow. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Meeting Minutes DHPT August 4th 2009

Summer Sizzler –

We got behind the 8 ball on this one. The problem is that even though we have a large number of mtn bike riders in Decorah and a lot of names on the e-mail list, we have few active contributors. The support necessary to promote this event never surfaced. That being said, we decided to have the race anyway but in a much less formal manner than last year.

  • Race starts at 12:00 Noon at the Van Peenen Fire Pit
  • Registration 11:30 – 12:00 Noon Same Place
  • Free Will entry fee
  • 2 or 3 Laps
  • Cook Out to Follow – Bring Food and Beverages

Bandit Trail work –

There has been some work don to the River Trail, Dust Bowl, and Little Big Horn lately that was not approved by the group. While we appreciate help and need as much as we can get, unapproved trail work is a problem because:

  1. All of our trails must be approved by Park & Rec. A plan for the existing trail system was presented and approved last year. We are allowed to build trails in some areas and not in others. We need to gain approval for anything additional.
  2. Since we’ve been granted rights to build trails in the park system, anything that is built or done in the Parks is accredited to us – Good AND BAD.
  3. Some of these trails take a lot of work to build sustainably. When a person comes and starts moving logs and stick, they could be tearing out shoring and stakes (as was the case with Dirty Harry on Dustbowl). Be sure you’re not doing more damage than good.
  4. Some things like the log ride were taken down for insurance and accountability reasons and should not be re-built and left up there.

A possible solution is to post a To-Do list online (Blog) so that people who want to help can easily find out what needs to be done.

Maps –

The maps need to be re-done. The Trail Names are finalized and will be placed on the Kiosks. In Addition to Bike/Hike trails, we are going to show the Horse Trails on the Maps. The reason for this is while the trails are becoming better marked, the Maps will help indicate where the Horses can be and where they cannot be. There is roughly 7 miles of trails in the park system that can physically sustain Horses. We will identify these on the maps in hopes that they will not ride on and damage the nearly 10 miles that cannot physically sustain horse traffic. The Kiosks will also post the Rules, Fines, etc.

Signs –

O’Gara has secured $2000 for trail marker signs that will be installed throughout the park system. The markers are a high visibility and very durable fiberglass 2-sided post. They will have the trail name and the official Park & Rec logo. The initial estimated cost was around $2300. DHPT may need to find a way to come up with the remaining $300.

T-Shirts –

I have about 8 T-Shirts left that were ordered and never claimed. I will be dropping them off at Deke’s shop on Friday afternoon to sell – First Come First Serve. If you ordered one and still want it, contact me before then.

Other -

Grant –

Deneb and Sarge have found another grant that we can apply for worth $1000, we’ll be needing someone to write it and a decision on what to do with the money. Ideas are for the mobile tool trail tool trailer, push lawn mowers, event prmotions, and I’m sure there will be more to come.


The City of Decorah will be putting in a bid to host RAGBRAI next year and has asked DHPT to sponsor their application. It was unanimously agreed in favor of support.

Monday, August 3, 2009

August DHPT Meeting - 6:30 Ride

Tomorrow night we will be meeting to discuss
  • The upcoming Summer Sizzler
  • Bandit Trail Work/Vandalism
  • Ragbrai 2010 Amongst other things
Meet up in the Van Peenen prarie at the fire pit where rides will be leaving at 6:30 pm. Following the ride we will meet up bcak at the fire pit to grill, drink and discuss the agenda.

Bring something to grill or drink.

Hope to see you there.