A couple weeks ago Decorah had around four inches of rain in a very short time frame, it didn't take a lot of thought to know that some of the local singletrack would be affected in a big way. River Trail and IPT are two popular trails which were hit hard, requiring days to dry out and become ridden without damage.
It had been around a week or so, and I was out for my first clipless ride on IPT. A lot of work had been done for the trail, but there is still plenty to be had. The trail was tacky and I looked in awe over the flat weeds. Then, towards the middle of my ride on IPT I came to a section that had been drastically changed due to the flowing water. It was amazing. The hard packed dirt trail withstood surging waters which took away a good amount of earth off the side of the trail.
Now instead of greenery, you look down and see layers upon layers of rock. I will admit, I was nervous! The amount of trail you had to ride on compared to before the rain was much smaller, and I will never admit to being a fan of drop-offs, even if the visual is neat.
This is a great reminder as to what nature can do to our lower-lying trails and how they can be affected. Also, it reminds us who love the trails, of all the hard work our local DHPT group does for maintaining them.
Our trails are a joy and used by many- runners, hikers, horseback riders, and mountain bikers. Periodically DHPT will host trail workdays which is an excellent opportunity to extend a helping hand for upkeep, repair, and overall improvements on our local singletrack. If you are interested in being kept in the loop- visit their website and ask to join the mailing list.
The next trail work date is Monday, July 13 at 5:30 p.m.- keep watch on their blog/Facebook or join their mailing list for more details. If you are a user of our trails and enjoy them, this is an excellent way of being able to give back to what brings us so much joy and recreational fun. As the saying goes, many hands make light work. Volunteering some time to assist with trail workdays is an easy way to give back to the local community!