The fall weather is here and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Everything outdoors is better when it’s 68 degrees and sunny. No need to turn the hose on to water the line, I’m not soaked in sweat after sweeping a few sets, let alone riding, and the dirt isn’t dust anymore. September is the shit.
The crew got together for the first time in a few weeks, and we put in some maintenance to prep the trails for the jam this coming weekend. The summer schedule hasn’t lent itself to many full days at the trails this year, so a few features ended up a little neglected, and the heat took its toll. Fortunately it didn’t take much to whip ’em back into shape. We had enough bodies to divide and conquer, and I’ll admit it was nice to do a little digging again. It had been a while since there was any new butter at the trails.
The main project of the day was patching a big hole that had developed on the face of a landing. Water, clean dirt, a rake and a flat shovel are all it took to get it cleaned up. Mike started by laying some water on the area that he would be fixing. Next he took a metal rake and raked out the hole and surrounding surface to rough it all up and provide a surface for the new dirt to stick to. Then he added more water and started throwing up good dirt. He added water consistently as he added more dirt until he had enough to fill the hole and make the face of the landing even again. It’s important to try and get all of the new dirt to the same moisture level to ensure consistency when you start packing it. The rake is good for shifting the dirt and getting it in place and ready to be packed, as well as mixing in water consistently.
Then came the packing. Mike put a mellow pack on the entire patch before adding a little more water. Then he packed it again and drizzled some more H2O onto it. After that he hopped on top of the landing to pack the knuckle and top of the face before moving to the bottom of the landing and packing the face again from bottom to top. After that, it was time to ride it in. It held up well, and all that was left was another quick pack from top to bottom once it became too dark to ride. Now this hip is ready to roll.