2013 Trail Building Season Year End Review

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Evening Trail Crew at Jane’s Rock – September 2013

Photo by Jenny Haas
Ray Rickard at the Carson River Trail workday. photo by Jenny Haas
April – 1200ft
We started the season off in April working a couple of days on the Carson River trail located at the Morgan Mill boat ramp. Muscle Powered volunteers built 1200ft of trail along the Carson River connecting the boat ramp to the Deer Run Rd bridge.

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Muscle Powered Senior Crew Leader Oliver Lieder at OliMax Rock

May – 675ft
The Ash Canyon to Kings Canyon trail season started May 1st. May had us finishing up where we left off in 2012, completing the OliMax rock and building up to Tomanda’s Beer Rock. It was also good to see Jeremy Vlcan from CVTA take time from his busy schedule to help us on one of our first evening work nights of the season.

We also had a big win in May. Muscle Powered was awarded top honors in the RTP grant 2013/14 cycle. We requested $10,000 for the purchase of tools, but were given an additional $2500 for more tools. $12,500! Sweet! Thank you Jenny!!!

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RTP committee member Peter Axelson railing turn 4 during our RTP committee field trip

June – 1400ft
National Trails Day kicked off June with 28 people showing up to build trail. We saw a lot of familiar faces, as well as new ones, this day but it was especially “cool” to have Parks & Rec director Roger Moellendorf and Open Space manager Juan Guzman out on the mountain getting their hands dirty with us. We built 500ft of trail on NTD!. Our biggest trail day to date!

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National Trails Day

June was a busy month for us as we had Redrock Dental, TAMBA and Troop 16 join us for a few hours of quality work. We also hit the 1 mile mark at the end of June.

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Redrock Dental-June 28th

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TAMBA-June 14th

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Troop 16 – June 23rd

July – 175ft
In July we made it to 4th of July Rock. Named after the day we started construction around the rock. Oli and Ward set the keystone, and 5 weeks later it was completed. It could be the longest time we’ve spent in one location. (Turns 1 and 2, and the wall connecting them, and the Big Ravine, both took 4 weeks to build).

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Oliver Lieder starting construction at 4th of July Rock.

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Rex at 4th of July Rock

August – 800ft
Once past 4ofJR things moved a little quicker, and a gentle slope helped. Then there was the Rim Fire. Bringing smoke into the area which created unhealthy work conditions. Volunteer turnout lowered to 1-3 individuals for about 3 weeks.

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The City is barely visible through the smoke.

September – 1100ft
By September crews reached the Carson City viewpoint. The view point is located between Ash Canyon and Taylor Spring and gives trail users their first full view of the city.

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CC Viewpoint

To fulfill our grant match requirement from the RTP awarded to Muscle Powered in May, crews worked on a few of the turns built by the NCC crew in August. The turns were well constructed, we just needed to tweak them a bit. We added another rock layer to the lower leg of the turn and increased the radius of the upper leg, making the turns resemble our turns in Ash Cyn.

By mid September the smoke had cleared and volunteer turnout increased greatly. At the end of the month we made it to the saddle between Ash Cyn and Taylor Spring, and the start of an old roadbed.

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Nate Harrison, Conner McCrae, Robert Rigsby, Tobin and Brian McCrae.

October – 1900ft
October was all gravy. I thought we would make it to the saddle by the end of the season but because of all of our great volunteers we were a month ahead of projections. Utilizing the old roadbed as part of the trail alignment really helped things move fast and the Tahoe Mountain Milers helped make that happen. TMM helped throughout the season but really pulled through in October. Thanks TMM! The Bike Smith day was a huge success! We had 25 people turnout to help build 450ft of trail on a steep cross slope. It was great to work with the guys from the shop. We’ve been talking about organizing a workday for a while but weren’t able to make it happen ’til the end of the season. I’m looking forward to more TMM and TBS workdays in the future. Our last big day of construction was a TAMBA/MP build day. We had 17 volunteers help build one rock wall, finish 300ft of trail, and start construction of the lower leg of the next turn. It was great to have TAMBA’s Kevin Joell on the last day guiding us through our first switchberm.

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TAMBA’s Kevin Joell placing rocks on the lower leg of the switchberm.

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Shannon and Chloe Hataway on the old roadbed.

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Bike Smith Day

Retired Crew – 600ft
In June our retired crew, led by Ward knous, continued construction (started last year by Troop 16) on the private property section off Waterfall Rd. They would build once or twice a week through the rest of the season finishing approximately 600ft of trail. There is about 1200ft left to complete to connect the two NCC sections. Nice work guys!

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Retired Crew – Alan, Kevin and Ward scouting for future connections.

2013 Trail Stats:
123 work days
2,758 Hours
7,000ft of trail

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Top Dog Robert Rigsby modeling the safety glasses donated by Eagle Vision.

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Nevada Complete Streets bill – Good news and bad news

Muscle Powered led ride in Carson City

Muscle-Powered-organized ride in Carson City. The Nevada Complete Streets bill may provide funding for improvements such as bike lanes on this street in Carson City.

The Nevada Complete Streets bill was designed to provide a local funding source for transportation improvements to make local streets “Complete Streets” – streets that are safe and inviting for people using all transportation modes – walkers, baby strollers, people using canes, people using wheelchairs, bicyclist, buses, trolleys – rather than just for cars and trucks.

The bill would have provided an opt-out fee of $2 on all Nevada motor vehicle registrations, with the fee going directly to local transportation agencies to use only on complete streets projects – projects like bike lanes, curb ramps for wheelchairs, safety improvements near schools, bike boulevards and more.

The good news is that the bill passed.

The bad news is that the bill won’t be implemented until the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles finds some funding to make the changes to their computer system that would allow them to collect the fee.

Government by fiscal note

In the Nevada legislature, state agencies are asked to put a fiscal note on bills being considered by lawmakers. That means the agency goes through the bill and estimates how much it will cost to implement it. When the DMV looked at the Complete Streets bill, the agency estimated it would cost over $225,000 to implement the bill – this was mostly to pay for contract computer programmers.

This large a fiscal note, in these constrained times, is the death of a bill. In an Assembly committee hearing on the bill, Assemblyman Dave Bobzien expressed frustration at this, noting that he has seen more than one good bill go down because the DMV never has enough money to upgrade its computer system.

But bill supporters scrambled for a solution, and in meetings with DMV administrators, crafted amendments that would essentially put off implementation of the bill until funding was available for the DMV to add the complete streets fees to its system. The amended bill passed both houses unanimously and was signed by the governor.

Nevada Complete Streets advocates say they’re considering bringing the bill back to the 2015 legislative session, this time as a mandatory fee, which wouldn’t cost so much to implement.

NTD, RTP and TAMBA Trail Day on the Ash to Kings Cyn Trail

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Juan Guzman

We had a very successful National Trails Day on the Ash to Kings Canyon trail. 24 volunteers attended the event and constructed 500ft of new trail. Galena Fest provided a delicious lunch, and Cliff Bar donated bars to keep us fueled throughout the day. Adventure First Aid Kits proved freebies for the volunteers as well, fortunately we didn’t have to use any of their products during the day.

Muscle Powered Awarded Top Honors in the Recreational Trails Program Grant
Muscle Powered wrote a successful grant which received top honors from the RTP Advisory Committee. The grant will provide much needed tools to assist Muscle Powered in completing the Ash to Kings Canyon Trail faster and safer. The tools will also help us maintain current trails and build new trails in the Carson City area ( crews are surveying a link from the Ash to Kings Trail up to Hobart Res). Thank you Jenny!

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Juan Guzman

TAMBA-Muscle Powered Ash Canyon to Kings Canyon Trail Work Night
Muscle Powered is very pleased to join TAMBA in an Ash to Kings Cyn evening work party on Friday, June 14th.  This occasion is very special as it is the first chance we’ve had to organize an Ash/Kings workday with this outstanding organization.  We’ve worked with TAMBA in the past on the Hobart Link Trail and we’re fortunate that we’ll be working with them again.

When: Friday, June 14th at 5:30pm
Where: Ash Cyn Rd, just above the water tanks.

After sign-in and safety talk, we’ll hike to the worksite which is 3/4 mile from the upper Ash Creek trailhead.  Depending on the turnout, work may consist of clearing, grubbing, casting, rock work, finish work, or all of the above.  Afterwards we’ll kick back at the tailgate and discuss future projects, trail access, favorite tools, or we’ll just solve the world’s problems over refreshments.

Please RSVP jeffpotter@musclepowered.org if you plan on attending.

Required Gear:
Muscle Powered will provide the tools and hard hats. You should bring:
Fully enclosed hiking/work boots/shoes 
Long pants 
Long sleeve shirt 
Gloves 
Glasses, safety goggles or sunglasses 

It’s recommended that you bring water and snacks so you stay hydrated and strong while working.

NCC 2013
NCC crews started work on the upper portion of the alignment on May 27th. This is a rocky and challenging area and they’re doing a fantastic job building “sweet” single-track. Crews are scheduled to work full time on the trail thru August. I don’t expect Muscle Powered crews to connect to the upper trail until next year. Though the more volunteers we get the sooner we can connect.

Women’s Clinic, Soulcycler and National Trails Day

We have a few events coming up that may interest you:

Women’s Bike Clinic
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You chicks on bikes! You know who you are–go to the May 23 Women’s Bike Clinic at Bike Habitat. Denis Coyne always organizes a great program. Go early, as it is usually a full house. Great tips for simple repairs. Get a little know how and more.
Bike Habitat – 911 Topsy Ln (next to Best Buy) 267-5053

Soulcycler
Then on Friday, May 24, at 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church in Carson City, get ready to join writer-photographer-adventurer Rick Gunn for his 90-minute presentation “Soulcycler, Words And Images From a 25,811-Mile Bicycle Journey Around-The-World.” ”Soulcycler” combines 350 breath-taking photos from 33 countries, set to music, accompanied by a selection of uniquely emotional stories from around the globe. Gunn delivers a front-row seat to the pursuit of his lifelong dream of cycling the planet. See Bike Carson’s post HERE.
First United Methodist Church – 212 N Division St.

National Trails Day on the Ash to Kings Canyon Trail
Help Muscle Powered celebrate National Trails Day by building trail on the Ash Canyon to Kings Canyon Trail. Scheduled to be completed in 2014, this 7 mile multi-use trail will connect Ash and Kings Canyons, providing users with a scenic backcountry experience only minutes from downtown Carson City.

For registration and details click HERE.
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American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® will bring together outdoor enthusiasts across the country on Saturday, June 1, 2013, for the 21st annual celebration of America’s magnificent trail system and its countless supporters and volunteers. Over 2,000 nationwide events will take place including trail maintenance, hiking, paddling, biking, horseback riding, bird watching, running, trail celebrations and more! 

Final Bike Month Events

The final results are in and we have a new winner in the Bike to Work Week Percentage of Participation category. Narrowly beating Allison MacKenzie Law Firm and Redrock Dental, Sierra Controls, LLC takes top honors.
Sierra Controls LLC Bike Team 2013
Highest Percentage of Employee Participation

Sierra Controls, LLC 30%
Allison MacKenzie Law Firm 28.80%
Redrock Dental 28.50%
Lumos Carson Office 20%
Resource Rascals 8.50%

Bike to Work Week is over, but the fun rolls on!

Congratulations to all of you who commuted to work this week. Lots of birds out building nests, and flowers in bloom. Hope you visited your local commuter station and picked up a free java.
Don’t miss Bike Movie Night Tuesday, May 21, Plan B Lounge near the Sassafrass Restaurant, 6:30 p.m. featuring “The Flying Scotsman” the true story of world champion cyclist Graeme Obree. Obree’s compelling tale of and triumph will leave you cheering! Hosted by Mikey, raffles, trivia games, ride your bike and get a raffle ticket! Special drink offers.

You chicks on bikes! You know who you are–go to the May 23 Women’s Bike Clinic at Bike Habitat. Denis Coyne always organizes a great program. Go early, as it is usually a full house. Great tips for simple repairs. Get a little know how and more.

 

Then on Friday, May 24, at 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church in Carson City, get ready to join writer-photographer-adventurer Rick Gunn for his 90-minute presentation “Soulcycler, Words And Images From a 25,811-Mile Bicycle Journey Around-The-World.” “Soulcycler” combines 350 breath-taking photos from 33 countries, set to music, accompanied by a selection of uniquely emotional stories from around the globe. Gunn delivers a front-row seat to the pursuit of his lifelong dream of cycling the planet.