The fellas have been hard at work at Gateway Green, charging through and cutting trail. Not only have they broken through the initial section in the trees, but this week the first call for volunteers went out.
A few hardy volunteers stepped up, helping on site Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Being that its Portland and rains half the time, much of the trail surface needs to be hardened in order to be ridable year around. This is most easily performed with the introduction of aggregate. The gravel and small stone particles mix with the wet soil to create a firmer, ridable surface that compacts better, holds less water and aids with drainage.
When stopping by to document trail work, you have to stop and give this man props. This Tom Archer, a seemingly tireless bike advocate. He’s put in at least a decade of fight towards getting trail in Portland, which is most often a thankless task. If you see him, buy the man a beer and give him a hug. Or three.
Next up: Additional soil is being delivered this week; this could mark the initial construction of the dirt jumps.