Building bridges is not our favorite thing to do, not even from an idiomatic standpoint much less so the actual act of building real bridges. Maybe that’s simply because the last three bridges we’ve had to build as a club at Poston were all over 20 feet long; one was even over 30 feet long. To this day I still have nightmares about building that 30+ footer! Today however we had to build a simple 8 foot long bridge…wow why can’t all the creeks at Poston be this small? Russell and I met this morning and I commented about how cool it was outside, maybe that’s because we had not started working yet. About an hour later we were soaked in sweat. This is not the time of year for trail work but this bridge work is something we really want to knock out sooner than later. This bridge was a snap to build and now you don’t have to dismount on the trail coming back down from the dog park fence. We also worked on the left-hand switchback right after this crossing, filling in the roots in the turn with dirt and widening the turning radius. Hopefully that switchback will flow better on a bike now. We also worked on this whole run of trail between the dog park fence and the bridge. We did a bit of trail grooming and cut out a lot of trees that were close to the trail which should help to speed it up a bit; it was tight even by PASA standards. We also cut the tree off the trail at the top of the phone line climb that been there for a few weeks. After that we drove out across the dam to the powerline cut and walked to where the Spencer Mountain Loop crosses the powerlines. That crossing has been getting choked down by autumn olive and blackberry briars so we opened it back up with a bush axe and McLeod. As a bonus we also scored a nice blackberry feast, they’re ripe for the picking right now! Word on the street is that John (jdub) was out in the woods at Poston too this morning. He opened up the whole trail corridor on old Michaux Loop and the Spencer Mountain Loop. In general the whole trail system has been getting closed in on by spring growth; we like to keep it tight but face-slappers every 50 feet gets old pretty fast. Thanks John and Russell, I can’t wait to get out there and ride after today’s work!