Provider: West Virginia Mountain Bike Association

Chestnut Ridge Trail Maintenance a Success - Against All Odds

Chestnut Ridge Trail Maintenance a Success - Against All Odds

We're opening up this area to bikes again (for the third time) and we got our fingers crossed that there's no Superstorm this winter. Glade Run is a pretty basic trail that connects to the trout pond visible from the interstate. It seemed like an easy place to start, until we got out on the trail. Rob jinxed my saw by saying "That things really seen some use, huh?" Of course I replied that it was the best saw ever, and it was good, until we got it stuck in a monster tree and had to use the old take-the-chainsaw-off-the-bar-and-beat-it-with-a-stick-until-it-alley-oops-out trick. We got the spare chain on and we were back in the game. Then, later when we tried to start the chainsaw up, it wouldn't cooperate. We yanked and yanked and finally gave up for a while and cut with the trusty handsaw. Then I tried sweet-talking the saw, and that didn't work. Finally I pulled out all the stops and said "If you don't start up, I'm gonna trade you in on a new saw!" The next pull it came to life and ran until we were in sight on the pond. Thanks to Rob Voorhees for coming out and working a lot harder and longer than we expected. Thanks also for the Specialized jersey from 2003 that I'm still wearing today.