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  1. #726
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    Nickels and dimes.


  2. #727
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    New trail addition has this perfect rock...the backside was sheer to flat. A little hardwood to help out on the exit and make it rideable both ways. Wee bit sketchy.

  3. #728
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    Question for diggers: is there some good reason to use a leaf blower on a trail?

    I feel like I've seen people debate leaves, but I've never seen anyone blow all the dust up into the woods until today. Seemed like a good way to get to July early, but as a digging JONG I figured better to ask than to go all Leroy Jenkins on the topic. Thanks!

  4. #729
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    Why not just use a rake?

  5. #730
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    They did that, too. Maybe the dust cloud is to keep people out of the work zone?

  6. #731
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    Quote Originally Posted by jono View Post
    Question for diggers: is there some good reason to use a leaf blower on a trail?

    I feel like I've seen people debate leaves, but I've never seen anyone blow all the dust up into the woods until today. Seemed like a good way to get to July early, but as a digging JONG I figured better to ask than to go all Leroy Jenkins on the topic. Thanks!
    desired trail surface can be due to lots of variables, with leaves its usually more about the resulting moisture or usage levels than the actual leaves being on the trail, but a few examples of times ive blown out leaves...

    limit water on trails with easily damaged and overused tread

    highly used urban trail centers before winter freeze so that come spring the trail will thaw faster and open up sooner

    to remove acorns on highly used hardpack trails, which is like riding on marbles and just plain not fun

    to remove trimmings after clearing brush from the sides of overgrown trails

    to blow out dust on highly used flow trails in the summer

    to blow off leaves before shuttle days in the fall

    generally if the leaves will degrade into loam they are left on the trail, but due to overuse or other variables sometimes thats not reality and being proactive to control the trail can be a better approach than letting nature take its course

    it could also be someone who thinks they are being a helpful volunteer and not really adding any value to the trail and just wasting time and making a mess, which isnt unheard of with trailbuilders...

  7. #732
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    Thanks, that suggests a few things I wouldn't have thought of. Sounds like it's someplace between the last two around here just now, but these are fairly high use trails suddenly, so maybe preemptive is the plan.

  8. #733
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    Quote Originally Posted by jono View Post
    Question for diggers: is there some good reason to use a leaf blower on a trail?

    I feel like I've seen people debate leaves, but I've never seen anyone blow all the dust up into the woods until today. Seemed like a good way to get to July early, but as a digging JONG I figured better to ask than to go all Leroy Jenkins on the topic. Thanks!
    Interesting you posted this. There was a "trailwork" day today locally that we stumbled upon. Its organized on FB, which I'm not on. Anyway, one guy was blowing this shit out of a trail. I personally found it odd. Granted we've had a lot of wind and a noreaster lately, so the trails have a lot of crap, but not piles of leaves like in the fall.

    I use leaf blowers for new builds and very selective light blowing in the fall.

    This time of year on established trails is just odd, not necessary, and possibly bad for the trail imo.

  9. #734
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    I think I'm finished. Will need a touch up, but I'm done. Could also be 2' higher, but I need an excavator. Started this last summer while building the new trail.
    Last edited by jackstraw; 04-29-2021 at 04:48 PM.

  10. #735
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    On to PO step 2, behead the remains

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  11. #736
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    Reworked a corner tonight.
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  12. #737
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    Opened this feature today. We built the trail past it knowing we'd incorporate a side hit. Little gap one side, roller the other

  13. #738
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    ^I tried to make this better, but I'm not happy with it. Oh well. The more you build, the more you learn.

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    Well worth watching. Natural jank Finnish trail then self filmed

  15. #740
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeLau View Post


    Well worth watching. Natural jank Finnish trail then self filmed
    Wow. That's a lot of work in rough terrain. It will be interesting to see if he keeps going and makes a nice network out of it.

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