Martin’s Dairy Trail Report / Scrub Restoration

With the extended dry spell we’ve had the last month or so, the trail has just been in horrible shape. Today, Shael and I went for a ride and run. I chased him down Carriage onto Bell and then we finished the rest of the loop. I’m happy to say that the trail conditions have improved significantly with the wet weather. Much less sugar sand and solid hard pack most of the way.

Important Note: The parking lot was filling up when we arrived. The visitors were from the Spruce Creek Mountain Bike Association, the state, the Dept. of Environmental Protection, the county, and other stakeholders. I was informed that they were out to mark the new trail, so the work can begin. Once, the new trail is cut, they are going to go in with the heavy equipment and begin the scrub restoration. The only thing I can do is hope everything works out for all involved. For me, the canopy is the real issue. Trails can be moved fairly easily, but it takes decades upon decades for the oak canopy to provide the shade needed for hard pack singletrack.

About Jim Newell

Associate Professor of English, Daytona State College / Thinker / Ponce Inlet Surfer / Improviser / Dad
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