aconsola wrote:Jones is looking good. Rode there last week before the rains came.
Did a little trail touch up here and there. I particularly dislike when a bailout gets turned into the main trail and good, sometimes challenging, sections get bypassed to wither away. I reworked one such intersection and made it obvious where the trail should be going.
You're a man after my own heart. I've learned there are numerous reasons for people bypassing sections of trail. Degradation
- the trail either needs fixing or re-routing. Degree of Difficulty
- people tend to default to something easier, as if it were supposed to be, and they loathed a challenge. Mystery
- they simply cannot see where the trail goes, and so they tend to default to the straight and inane. I could point out examples of all of these at Jones. Interestingly, some corrections are left alone, some are undone, and one notable old cut has surprisingly died in favor of the original path.
I find that when remedying these transgressions, it is helpful to make it look like nothing has changed. I toss in some logs and branches, and strew over them with leaf matter to make them look "normal." The unwitting will remain so and follow as you intend, but it is surprising how many times the lazy and ill mannered will expend the energy to undo your corrections.
Whatever. I ride the trails as I built them regardless. Of course, they are more fun that way. And so it goes...