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    Tom Shaw
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    The Cedar is from the property. We were able to hand carry it to a landing and then a club member used his Quad to skid it to the build site. The main section over the small creek is 40 feet long. Wayne Kibbler.is documenting this build for SCMBC to use in promotion of the good deeds that can be accomplished when people work with the land owner and see the value their $40 has when it is multiplied by 600 members. We have lots of rough cut decking to purchase and plenty of room in our MTB Trail Club for more helpers. Lots of trail to ride for free as well if you are just into a couple of visits. All welcome to come up for a good time.


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    fietser
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    Very cool @tom_shaw. I always think it is awesome when materials are sourced on site for trails as the fit the landscape so much better. Well, that and it is the way we build trails at our camp out of necessity! We tend to rip our own boards for planking (we have about 600 acres so plenty of lumber available) – the old guys do it free hand and us young guys tend to use an Alaskan mill. I can appreciate the hard work required for bridge building we had to replace two last year. One retired from old age and the other was taken out when a beaver dam gave way up stream.

    Unfortunately, my family tends to be moving through your area (we head further North to cottage and camp) in the Summer rather than to your area – which we do in the Winter for skiing at Horseshoe. Pretty lame excuse but just seems to be the reality as of late with a young family.

    Are you guys hosting your Historic Foundations Poker Run again this year? I really wanted to get up for that last year, right up my alley, but we are often on holidays for the beginning on July and as such couldn’t make it.

    #810936

    Tom Shaw
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    Hunt Camp? What area is it located in? 600 acres, very nice place to visit I am sure.

    We had high hopes of milling/splitting our own planking as well, but enough volunteer labour is just not there, but the great news is that we have lots of volunteer $40 memberships and a $10 000 Mountain Equipment Coop trail building grant to spend. So we are just going to need to settle for going to our local mill and making it rain in exchange for a truck load of rough cut. Membership does have it’s privileges. LOL

    Just a thought. Make a BS excuse to meet your family up North a day late. Stop by our trails for a loooong ride and then continue up to your camp that night. Family is the most important thing, but a happy dad is up there as well.

    I think the poker run is happening. I am not able to be on the organizing committee this year. I work weekends and it is too stressful for my family to have me committed to being at the poker run. If it is a go again I will post details here.

    If you do the Facebook thing, here is more about our new build and super cool club. https://www.facebook.com/SCmtnbikeclub/

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    #810967

    fietser
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    Yes, hunt camp. It is up near Marmora. My Uncle and few buddies bought the land back in the early ‘70s when they were all young and unmarried. The Camp is a hand built log cabin, no electricity, no running water, wood cookstove – it is paradise and I am very lucky to have access to it. I am also fortunate enough that my inlaws also have a small rustic cottage about 40 mins outside of Parry Sound – again, paradise. However, access doesn’t come without cost, which I generally pay out in the form of labour as there is always work to be done that their age no longer allows quite as easily. I do this happily to enjoy the privilege of use with the family.

    ‘Family is the most important thing, but a happy dad is up there as well.
    I think the poker run is happening. I am not able to be on the organizing committee this year. I work weekends and it is too stressful for my family to have me committed to being at the poker run.’

    @tom_shaw I couldn’t agree more with your statement above. I also applaud your honesty when it comes to knowing when to say you have to take a step back from something you are obviously very passionate about – kudos, not easy. I can’t help but think this is something that so many people don’t see about those who put themselves out there as volunteers – there are others who also depend on them outside of the riding community, like their families and friends. I know we are all busy with work, life, whatever – but we do need to find a balance that work for each of our own situations.

    Hard part is that balance changes over time. Speaking from my own experience I have noticed a huge shift in my priorities and availability. While I still find time to eek out ride time and have an extremely thoughtful wife, it is often me who will opt out of a ride, volunteer day or event for ‘family related’ reasons. Sometimes that means my immediate family (skiing, baseball, swimming, gymnastics etc.) and sometimes that might mean an aging parent or family member who needs a hand around the house/yard/hunt camp/cottage.

    I remember watching Shandro’s clip in Seasons when it first came out and while connecting with the concept of being busy I didn’t really connect with his experience – now I know exactly what he means when he says:

    “If I can find a time in the day to get out for a ride, even if its for an hour, than that turns into a pretty good day.”

    It is one of the main reasons I started commuting by bike to work. Sure, it is mostly paved path (I do get some dirt) but I am on my bike and hell, what more can you ask for?

    To stay on the Shandro track, this year I have also been happy to give up a lot of ‘me’ trail time to ride with my newest riding buddy, my son. He is super keen and riding with him puts a smile on my face like you have no idea. Seeing him clean sections that we have been sessioning, or as he develops more strength, is amazing and well worth shelving a ‘me’ ride at this point in my life. I can’t wait for my daughter to join us as she develops the strength and skills.

    While I am sure we have all been affected by the loss of riders this year in different ways for me it has really been cause for some serious reflection – sorry if I am getting too philosophical here – when you really stop and think about it life is pretty short so you might as well have a helluva’ time while you are here and spend every minute of it doing the things you love with people you want to be around. Both my wife and I have agreed (while not a ‘rider’ she was also quite touched by Stevie Smith’s death – even before his passing she would always tear up during his Season’s segment) to cut out so much BS from our lives and just enjoy it. So far, it has been such a huge stress relief – loving it!

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    #810972

    Tom Shaw
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    Your properties sound great. No to familiar with the Marmora area but know the Parry Sound area and like it a lot. Swing by our kid friendly trails on your way up to the cottage. Good hiking for your wife and daughter as well. Having property is great for the privacy but the work seams never ending to keep things maintained. Sounds like you are a welcome visitor. Back in the day my dad would of liked you to of been one of my friends dropping by our farm … “ Can you guys give me a hand for a minute “ my friends learned that his minute was a bit more then that. LOL

    The trails and then the club have been a ton of work, but no one asked me to do it. Totally self inflected. I was driven by the thought of not wanting my and others previous efforts to be wasted and become over grown. My thoughts were to reached enough kms of singletrack that the critical mass would keep it going. Naive maybe, because it took the forming of a club to really reach the critical mass of people willing to care enough to consider it “their trails” and something they wanted to make better. Prior to the club I do not feel there was the same community support like there is now. If feels so good to now watch the system attract more workers who want to help make things better. Either by leading a weekly group ride, volunteering to do the layouts for our new way finding signs, commenting on current topics about making our trails/club better, organizing a build day, attending a build day, website building, public communications, adopt a trail maintaining, the list goes on and on. The thought that something started in the year 2000 by a few MTBers has grown into something that can take care of itself because it has the resources to do so is more then we could of ever dreamed of when we started raking a few connectors. But the naive idea of needing to reach critical mass is still alive in me and others, except it is riders now. With more club members the singletrack will be taken care of for longer then we will be around. I think of things more as a group effort now and the goals are much larger then when it was just a few guys.

    Upon reflection I would say that thankfully my and others efforts have not been wasted, our singletrack lives and grows. Where this will go from here is going to be interesting to be apart of. I do not ride or build nearly as much as back in the early days, but it is so enjoyable to get out on the trails so many years later. I feel blessed that the ride I have been on is still going and still getting better each year. Enjoying what you are doing is very important, but so is putting sustained effort into life. It takes so much work get through life. But if we try a bit harder it will be more fun when we take a moment and look back at what was achieved.


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    #811050

    Tom Shaw
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    Fun times last night at our main Trailhead. Neil Gold brought his Cannondale Lefty Tour so that we could enjoy some sweet new rides. Steam Whistle and Beau’s Brewing Company also stopped by to support their trail building club. It was a great way to celebrate the completion of the Red Trial in our new Oro Creeks Tract. Next week we start our Black loop which will be a much longer trail with many beautiful landscapes for your riding pleasure.


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    #811052

    Tom Shaw
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    Much dirt moved and pounded by the SCMBC Chain Gang for a soon to be FAST switchback.

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    Tom Shaw
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    Tom Shaw
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    #811097

    Tom Shaw
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    Really great start to the Black Loop last night. The mixed Hardwood bush makes for some quick trail building with our SCMBCs power tools. When we returned to the Steam Whistle parking there was 31 vehicles ! This place keeps getting better and so does the MTB vibe. Many hellos and thanks during our apres relaxing.

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    #811333

    Tom Shaw
    Participant

    Our bridge is half done after last nights work party. Big THANKS to Mountain Equipment Coop and their MEC Dirt Search $10 000 . We were able to source local rough cut lumber with their gift.


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    FastTimes
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    Looks awesome @tom_shaw I have yet to get out his year but hope too soon. Keep up the good work!

    #811343

    Tom Shaw
    Participant

    Thanks Marc. Looking forward to a spin with you this summer and hearing all about your Revy trip … looks AWESOME.

    #811360

    Tom Shaw
    Participant

    Our bridge decking was purchased from Breen Lumber in Horseshoe Valley. We wanted to use Hemlock because it has a rough, sliver like grain that would be grippy and has great longevity. Breens convinced us to use European Larch because it stands up better then Hemlock and still has the same rough grain. This imported species was planted on the Simcoe County wastelands many decades ago and is now harvested for profit that our County uses to buy more land. A fun bridge with a cool history.


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    Tom Shaw
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    Maiden Voyage
    We finished our bridge this afternoon.


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