Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Human Powered Trail Work

Update: I got a new Axe with a stronger handle.  Now nothing is safe.

Now all of Boa is cleared, and thanks to Ward, Jackie, and Captain, Palisades is done as well.  That leaves Randy's, Wold's, Backside, Back Bone and Rattle Snake.

P.S.  If you would like a DHPT hat for 2011 - e-mail Trevor ASAP.  Pre-Orders are due Friday.

P.S.S  Time Trials Registration must be Postmarked by this Friday.

Ah Yes, Temps are up and Trees are down.  The snow is gone but there's mud all around.  I decided I didn't really feel like riding yesterday, being a Monday and all; but I really didn't feel like running either.  I wanted to work out, and already hit the gym in the a.m., so I figured I'd go get a different kind of trail work out.

Don't get me wrong, I think chainsaws are cute and all, but sometime I just like getting dirty and working with my hands.  I'm not saying that I'm cooler than Chainsaw Jeff O'Gara (not that I'd need to say it anyway) but once in a while I get an urge to pay homage to my Berserker Viking ancestry and destroy downed trees and branches with a good ol' ax and hand saw.  Just so happens I broke my ax (that's a story for another time), and I left the Pugsley World Championship Trophy at home, so I relied on my trusty bow saw to do some trail clearing.

A Chain saw is a great tool and necessary at times (like after the flood of 2008), but they are also heavy, cumbersome, non human powered, and kind of scary (I'll get some $h*! for admitting that last one).  Fact is, a lot of the downed trees and stuff can be cleaned up with simpler tools, a little bit of time, and some good old fashioned elbow grease.  As soon as I figure out how to saw with my left hand just as good as my right, we'll really be in business.

Lower Mother's Day and Upper Boa are done.

P.S.  Time Trials Registration must be Postmarked by this Friday.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Trail work

Howdy everyone. Spring is sort of here and there are a bunch of trees that have fallen on the trails this past winter.

We need people to get out on the trails and pick up fallen sticks and cut out downed trees. If a few people could get out with chainsaws in the next week or two, the trails will be ready to ride when they dry up.

Yesterday I went out and did : The Luge, All Death valley, Rocky Road, Little Big Horn, Dust Bowl, North 40, Gunnar, Julia, Freds and lower Randys.

Email me what trails you are going to do or have done and I will post on the blog, so people don't walk all over the countryside replicating efforts.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

gravel rides this weekend

group gravel rides this weekend leaving from my apartment 8a.m. saturday and sunday. 105+miles saturday with a couple clover leafs so you can bail at roughly 35 and 75 miles if you choose. 65+miles sunday out and back to harmony. cue sheets are available, maps are linked from the website.

CLICK HERE for more info.

leaving from 309 e. water st. (bookends and beans building)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Decorah Time Trials Pre-Registration

DECORAH TIME TRIALS PRE-REGISTERED ENTRIES MUST BE POSTMARKED BY APRIL 1: Sunday, May 1, is the 21st year for this challenging mountain bike event. Riders are released singularly on 1-minute intervals starting at 10:00 am. Reg. includes lunch, mdse drawing; pre-reg. riders receive a water bottle, select start time at packet pick-up. Entry fee is $25. Go to www.decorahia.org
for more info.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

March Meeting Minutes

Decorah Human Powered Trails
Monthly Meeting Minutes
March 8th, 2011

**** Iowa Simple Pleasures debut on IPTV will  be Thursday, March 17th at 7:30 p.m. in T-Bocks.  Come join in the fun of viewing the taping which was done last fall!!!!!  Live Skype with Deke during debut!******

**** DHPT Hats Pre-Order due April 1st  
Email Trevor (rocktr01@gmail.com) if you would like a hat!!

  • Hats have been quoted at around $12 a piece with the artwork being embroidered on.
  • DHPT will be selling the hat at $15 per hat
  • Hope is to have them here before the Time Trials
  • Need a minimum of 50 in order to place the order
  • Design: Headsweats Race Hat- Solid Dark Color with DHPT Logo on front and possible sponsors on sides, one size fits all
  • PRE-ORDERS are due by April 1st

Puglsey World Championships Recap
  • Racers-
  • Venue-  Venue worked out great.  Trail conditions were excellent, yet challenging with the new snow.  Oaks provided great place for post race party.
  • Prizes- Thanks to Jeff Friedolf for the $500 to the winner of the race (Trevor) and also Jesse for the awesome axes as prizes that went to the top three in the race and the PWC Champ (Jeff Friedolf).  King of the Hill went to Dave Lunz who took home a plunger!!
  • Markers-  Thanks to all the volunteers that helped to mark the trail- Captain, Deke, Jesse, anyone else may have missed.

GPS Work Session/Trail Mapping
  • Work session was moved to Tuesday, March 15th at 6:30 @ Deke’s Place above Oneota River Cycles

2011 Decorah Time Trials
  • Facebook Group was started to help get information out about the race
  • Deke is collecting swag for the race
  • Waterbottles have been ordered
  • Logo/Artwork for this years event was presented (Hour Glass figure)
  • TREES!!!!-  There is going to be lots of work before the race on May 1st to remove all of the trees that are down on the trails after the ice and heavy snow this winter.

Trail Sponsors
  • Deke proposed the use of a sponsorship board at the race for all of the sponsors to be put on.
  • Letter is going to be going out to help come up with sponsors for the 2011-2012 season
  • What size should the logos be on the kiosk????

Trail Maintenance Position
  • Jimmy Tripp has accepted the Trail Maintenance Position for 2011
  • Payment for the position will be April 1st- 1000, July 1st- 500, and Sept. 1st-500

Trail Running Race
  • There has been great interest in the community and abroad about hosting a trail running race
  • Type of race would be a Time Trial with 2-4 starting at once
  • Tentatively Scheduled: Friday Afternoon of Nordic Fest Weekend

DHPT Logo Change
  • Logo is still being worked on by Jesse

  • DHPT is now an official club member of IMBA
  • Currently discounts available for any tools that the group may need for maintaining and future building
  • McCloud Tools were discussed as possible purchase
  • Quotes on tool prices to be presented at April Meeting

  • A group of students at Luther College, spearheaded by Justin, have started a organization that is going to be working on Luther College rental bikes as well as working with the current trail system that is in place at Luther
  • DHPT is going to try and connect with group to help develop younger folks in development and maintenance of trails in Decorah

April 2011 Agenda
-       Decorah Time Trials 2011
-       Trail Sponsors
-       Trail Running Race
-       DHPT Hats
-       Trail Maps
-       Trail Conditions and Maintenance Work for 2011

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Get to know the GPS!!!!

There will be a gathering at the all allusive Deke's Place for a look at the various forms of GPS units and how to put the data on the Decorah Maps account.  Also we will be taking a look at the current trail maps for possible updates.  All of this will take place Tuesday, March 15th @ 6:30 at Deke's place above Oneota River Cycles.  See ya all Tuesday!!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

DHPT March Meeting- March 8th 7:30 p.m. T-Bocks

Come one, come all to the March Meeting of DHPT.  Agenda is as follows so far-

-       Pugsley World Championships Recap
-       GPS Unit Info Session- How too???
-       Decorah Time Trials 2011
-       Trail Sponsors
-       Trail Maintenance Position- Jimmy Tripp
-       Trail Running Race????
-       DHPT Hats
-       Upper Iowa River Trail to Bluffton
-       Updated DHPT Logo

Let me know if you want anything else on there.  OUT!