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Greetings Fellow Cyclists,

The Dyerville Loop was our final Banana Slug Series training ride of the year. With only fourteen riders, it was a smaller than usual crowd, and in fact I was expecting a larger than usual crowd because of the beautiful weather. Maybe it was just a bad weekend for people to drive out to Weott for a four to five (and almost six for some of us) hour ride. Regardless, if you didn’t join us, y’all missed out on an awesome ride.

The weather for our final Banana Slug Series training ride was spectacular. It was cool and damp at Humboldt Redwoods State Park Visitor Center when we arrived shortly after nine a.m. The ride started almost promptly at ten, and we headed north on Avenue of the Giants. The morning fog lifted as we turned right onto Dyerville Loop Road, and the temperatures rose to a comfortable level very quickly; the sun graced us with its warmth the rest of the day.

Traffic was virtually non-existent all the way to Alderpoint Road where the traffic picked up noticeably; from Garberville to Redway it was uncomfortably busy, and the stretch of 101 we rode wasn’t any more pleasant. Once back on Avenue of the Giants, the traffic calmed down to the occasional tourist, and they were all thoughtful, careful drivers.

The day wasn’t without a couple minor mishaps. At least one rider, maybe two, made a wrong turn up on the ridge, and cut the ride short. Fortunately, they didn’t choose to go in a direction that would have taken them farther out into the hills.

A huge thank you to John Dostal for officiating/timing. It’s been two years since I’ve had the opportunity to ride Dyerville Loop. I love this ride, and really appreciate it. Thanks again John!

So without further ado here are the final results of the ride:

Jess Couch 4:01

Michael Chapman 4:01

Andrea Achilli 4:08

Rick Beale 4:10

Rocky Brashear 4:24

Wally Coppini 4:58

Grant Lay 4:58

Steven Jones 5:00

Trevor Goff 5:16

Frank Demling 5:50

Tim Daniels 5:50

Chris Johnson Wrong turn?

Kevin Beirnacki Wrong turn

John Dostal Short loop/timing official

Stay tuned for RCMBA’s Harvest series rides starting in August. The schedule will be posted when it has been finalized.

See you on the roads and on the trails.

Tim

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Shamelessly copied and pasted from Rees’s e-mail…

Dear Stalwart Arcata Community Forest Volunteers,

The first workday of 2014 will be held this Saturday (January 25) beginning at 9 a.m. and concluding as late as 1 p.m. We will again convene at the upper Diamond Drive trailhead. From there we will walk nearly 20 minutes to the work site — a loop off of the northern portion of the Arcata Ridge Trail — where we will be clearing and preparing the proposed trail route for subsequent building of the trail. There will be a range of tasks so that we can accommodate a variety of physical abilities and there is much to be done. New volunteers are always welcome.

There is still no rain in the forecast (scary) but dress in layers and for work. Dennis will again provide pizza at the end. We have some work gloves but have sometimes run out (so bring your own gloves if you have them). And, we will have some water but I would also encourage you to bring some of your own.

Please let me know if you have questions.

See you on Saturday.

Rees
Rees.Hughes@humboldt.edu

Slightly More Detailed Driving Directions: Drive north on L.K. Wood Blvd taking a right turn on Diamond Drive. Follow Diamond up for bout three quarters of a mile to the crest of the hill and just before the road turns sharply to the left. Park along the road.


Rees Hughes
Co-Editor, The Pacific Crest Trailside Reader: California
Co-Editor, The Pacific Crest Trailside Reader: Oregon/Washington
http://www.pcttrailsidereader.com

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2014 Membership renewal

Bigfoot Bicycle Club is now accepting membership renewals for 2014. If you get your membership to our P.O. box, or hand it to me personally by this coming Saturday, September 14, 2013, you’ll be on the roster we send for our conversion to an IMBA Chapter. I will be turning the roster in by Monday, September 16, 2013. Our current membership dues are half what they will be once the Chapter conversion is complete.

If you’ve recently sent in your renewal, or renewed/joined at our first Harvest series ride, you’re covered.

Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Tim

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In keeping with their promise to donate up to five percent from purchases by members of Bigfoot Bicycle Club, Revolution Bicycle Repair recently wrote us a check. Their commitment to give back to the cycling community is greatly appreciated, and Bigfoot Bicycle Club will ensure appropriate stewardship of these funds. Your continued patronage will ensure more funds for the coming year. Thank you to all who participated in this endeavor.

Sincerely,

Tim

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Update 24 May, 2012: draft of City of Arcata’s press release

Whether you ride a bicycle, a horse, or love to go on foot, we all love doing it in Arcata Community Forest. Bigfoot Bicycle Club has been helping build and maintain trails in the forest for over ten years, and the tradition continues.

The City of Arcata Environmental Services, Natural Resources Department, and Bigfoot Bicycle Club are once again partnering to host another trail work day in our unending series. Join us, Saturday, June 2 at 9:00 a.m. to improve sections of Trail 6 in Arcata Community Forest.

We will be meeting at the junction of Road 11 and Trail 6. I recommend wearing sturdy shoes, long sleeve shirt and pants, and bring water. We will work for no longer than four hours.

Post trail work beverages will be provided.

Details:
Saturday, June 2
9:00 a.m.
Junction of Road 11 and Trail 6.

If you would like more information, or directions to the meeting location, please contact me, Tim Daniels, by sending me an e-mail (see “About” page of this blog for e-mail address), or calling me at 707-668-1716.

Thank you, and see you out there!

Don’t forget, volunteer trail workers are eligible for a free Bigfoot Bicycle Club membership which can be deferred to next year if you’re already a member this year.

Tim

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