Friday, July 29, 2011


Our tools are in this now.

Thanks to the people, organizations and businesses that sponsor DHPT, 
we now have a mobile home for our tool, equipment, race markers, etc.

If you would like to ride along side this thing and hand out candy in the Nordic Fest Parade tomorrow, you should.  You will be able to tell people you were in a parade with Ragnar the MN Viking Mascot, a really cool trailer, and Newt Gingrich.  I'm not going to tell people I was in a parade with Newt Gingrich, but you can, if you want to.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Nordic Mess Gathering at the O'Gara Homestead

This weekend is Nordic Fest, so we need an outlet to get away from the lutefisk and polka dancing. I will be having a Gathering at my place this Saturday.

Festivities will include, a mountain bike ride leaving at 2 p.m. from my driveway. Upon return, roughly 4 p.m. we will have the Lawn Game Olympics, consisting of bags, croquet, and those balls with string you throw at pvc pipes.

For dinner I will be grilling out the ever famous "Barnyard Pimp", also known as chicken. I will have some beverages, but it is always a good gesture to bring some to contribute.

Hope to see you on Saturday.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Time Trial Enduro this Tue. 26th, 6:30 p.m.

The monthly Time Trial Enduro is this Tuesday 6:30 p.m. at the Van Peenen fire pit. Bring your own food and refreshment.

It will be a great night for chaos.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Nordic Fest Parade

We are in the parade!!!
We are looking for members that would like to ride their bikes in the annual Nordic Fest parade this Saturday along side our new DHPT Trailer. Contact Freidhof (563-380-2735) if you are interested in promoting the club and the trails in the parade. Meet 10 AM fairgrounds, we are #85, parade starts at 10:30 AM. Any suggestion on the candy we should give out? Hope to see you on Saturday!

P.S. If you don't show up I will send O'Gara after you.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Don't thank us... Well yeah, thank us. But also say thanks to...

I'd like to take a moment to toot our own horn and say you're welcome for the miles and miles of awesomely built and maintained single track, biking, running, hiking, walking trails.  DHPT has consisted of Volunteers since 2002-2003.  Hard working individuals have donated their afternoons, Saturdays and Sundays to give those who appreciate outdoor activities to get a work out in the woods, or just relax in the valley, or get to places in the park they would not normally be able to access.  Over the years we've accumulated some expenses with tools, fuel costs and hosting events.  To quote nobody, "It ain't easy taking care of 20 miles of trail in 3 park systems".

Last year we began asking businesses who appreciate what we've been able to do if they would be interested in helping our cause.  We appreciate that they appreciate DHPT and the work we do.  We would like your help in showing that appreciation, so if you see any representatives from the businesses and organizations below, let them know that we're grateful for their sponsorship.  And if you need some concrete poured, or a tooth pulled, or a cold beer and burger, or a bike or a bike or a bike, or some investment advice, or a magazine advertisement, or a canoe rental, or a fastener made, or an accountant, or something constructed, or a savings account, or a job, or a local brew, etc; Please consider those who have considered us.

Please see below.

DHPT Gold Sponsors

DHPT Silver Sponsors

DHPT Bronze Sponsors

Monday, July 18, 2011

July 2011 Meeting Minutes

The July 2011 Meeting Minutes

We did purchase an enclosed trailer and it has all of the DHPT tools and equipment in it.  It is currently parked at the O'Gara residence.  We are working with Kelly Printing and Graphics in Preston to get it "wrapped" with our DHPT Logo and the logos from our sponsors.  We are hoping to have it done in time to enter it into the Nordic Fest parade.  Captain will pull the trailer with his Jeep, unless it is raining and then we'll explore other options.  We may either throw candy, or have bicycles with trailers handing out freezie pops.  

The Phelps trail extension onto the Trout Run Trail is not going to be a project at this time, but when Park and Rec is ready to do something with the trail, we will be ready and happy  to help.

The Secretary Treasurer position will be filled by none other than Richard "Deke" Gosen for the remainder of the 2011 season.

We discussed the possibility of forming a DHPT Non Profit organization.  This would mean that DHPT would no longer be a division of Park and Rec, but a seperate entity that works with Decorah park and Rec to maintain the Park Trail System.  It was decided not to go forward with creating a non profit at this time.

In other news, Kailyn O'Gara is really fast.

Monday, July 11, 2011

July DHPT Meeting July 12 - Glory Hole

The July DHPT meeting will be held at the Glory Hole on Lower Mother's Day trail following the Monthly Sprint Time Trial Tuesday July 12.  

If the Time Trial is rained out, plan to meet at T-Bock's at 7:00.

There are a few items to talk about

We did purchase a new enclosed trailer and we're working to get logos and sponsors on it by Nordic Fest.  I will see if we can have the trailer parked down by the Ice Cave Road entrance to the trail before the meeting.

If we can get the logos and sponsorships completed by Nordic Fest, do we want to display it in the Nordic Fest Parade?

TOW or the Trout Run Trail Committee has asked if we would be interested in building a trail to restore the Phelps hiking trail at the top of the Cut.

Trevor Rockwell has resigned from the Secretary/Treasurer position.  Jeff O'Gara has been acting Secretary Treasurer since Trevor's Resignation.  We will talk about possible replacements.

Discuss creating a Non Profit Organization for DHPT as a stand alone entity that works in collaboration with Decorah Park and Rec, as opposed to a division under Decorah Park and Rec.

If you have any questions or topics, please e-mail me.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

July DHPT meeting postponed to Tuesday, July 12

Sorry to break it to you that we won't be gathering to talk business tonight after the long holiday weekend.  But I think we're going to be OK here, there are no events in July.  The Pugsley World Championships, Decorah Time Trials, and the Dirt Burger are all in the books for 2011.  The Night Shift happens in October, so we've got some time.  Jim Tripp is doing a good job raising a new born and clearing trails.  We did purchase a new trailer with the money raised from our sponsors, and I am waiting to hear back on the pricing to get the sponsors logos listed all over the thing.  Hopefully I will have that information back by next week's meeting.  Until then, hit the trail.

See you next week.