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Green Trail  Waid Park - Rocky Mount - Va  96.5  14   7/19/2017  Day#2 - Another day of overwhelming heat and humidity. We were able to obtain 5 massive step rocks which we located in the park storage area - were loaded onto Tom's and Maurice's trucks by the park's heavy duty fork lift - and then transported around to the trail vicinity and off-loaded onto the canycom - which carried them by way of a short cut through the woods right to the switch-back. Excellent moves! Ron, Maurice and Shannon then set them into a very nice fan with only cosmetics left to do. Meanwhile Dave opened up the connection to the trail-head. The rest of the crew worked diligently on the long upper leg - - until Matt arrived with a wonderful lunch of BBQ and cobbler and other great stuff. Needless to say, (forget about finishing today!), the effect of the great feast plus the heat of the day was that it didn't take long for all to agree that it was time to quit and head home for a very long nap.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  20.0  3   7/16/2017  Today we finally got the 4 2000lb bridge rocks positioned the best we could and will have to live with the supports the way they are. Steve worked on removing a large dead tree and stump from right next to trail where we are getting ready to build our banked ramp off the rock ledge. Moved the next large rock down from up the hill to use for merging the bridge into the banked turn on other side of the creek. Started to get it into place, but had to stop for the day.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  10.0  2   7/14/2017  Today I wanted to go out with a small crew and try to get a head start on repositioning the center support of the main bridge to lower the bridge a little and reduce the bank on the bridge. So after a lot jacking the rocks up and working the supports out to dig under them We are still having issues getting the rocks to all line up at the same level.   Official 
Green Trail  Waid Park - Rocky Mount - Va  97.5  16   7/12/2017  Day #1 - This is a 1/3 mile relo. of the trail away from an existing steep dirt road which ascends from the park road to the ridge line.Two long arms and a single switch-back are planned. This is pleasant open woodland with a workable cross-slope and wonderfully clean and binding soil for easy trail work.We completed the shorter lower arm and were well along with the rather complicated switch-back by lunch-time. Weather conditions however were a problem - very hot and humid and most of us were experiencing undue fatigue from the steady morning labor - -so a half-hour into the afternoon stretch we packed up and came home. We should have a reasonable shot and completing the job on the next visit.   Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  18.5  3   7/9/2017  Today our focus was on replacing the temporary center bridge support with a final more stable support. We ended up installing a very heavy support on top of the base two rocks we had before, but that rock did not want to fit as it was a little too thick. We ended up with the bridge a little higher in the middle than I wanted. We have more work to do to get the 4 rocks to sit just right. We also gathered up some more rocks and worked on the reshaping of the land around the bridge to help support the bridge pieces and keep the creek in its banks. We did pretty good for the small crew and the hot sun where we were working all day in.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  38.0  6   7/4/2017  Today I am sure that most people will not be able to see all that we did. But we did replace one of the 2 temporary supports for the main bridge. We now have a permanent one at the end. We still need to work on the middle one and close the gap on the last two pieces which actually opened up a little today. Finding and placing the right rocks for the support was very hard. We had to build temporary safety supports before replacing the temporary main support. A whole bunch more rock collection and smashing was done around the more finished side of the bridge, it is now ready for some dirt covering. Also a bunch of work was done to prep for the support of the banked turn near the ledge step coming up. A bunch of organic was found under a half bench trail build that I had not noticed during the process, but was suspicious of due to the lack of organic pile. Now that whole section of trail has to be ripped apart and redone while wasting the clay that has been mixed with organic. This is much more work than doing it right the first time.   Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  19.2  3   7/2/2017  Small crew today, but we were still able to move the last 2000 lb bridge piece into place. We might need to tweak everything just a bit and later we will need to put the final support pieces in. Also we got some more rocks smashed into place for the slightly banked area behind the rocks next to the bridge and in the area in front of the bridge to help keep the rock from slipping forward. We intend to cover those area with clay later. Oh, and unfortunately it looks like we will need another big rock or two to finish the merging of the bridge into the banked turn.  Official 
Falls Ridge TNC Preserve  Montgomery County  127.0  17   6/28/2017  The bridge above the falls was repaired - one deck board/long hand rail/post/brace system was replaced. All other wooden structures in the vicinity of the falls are in good condition. The other task was to improve the degraded steep rocky section of the -----. We de-bermed where we could and dug some run-off channels but it will require more than hand-work to affect a permanent correction to this route. One permanent solution would be a relo - getting off the fall line, building a parallel trail on a reasonable grade through the attractive wood-land band on the eastern side of the road. A quick walk-thru was done dropping a line of pin flags to show this possibility.   Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  43.6  7   6/25/2017  Today we finished positioning the 2nd 2000 lb bridge rock which took some effort as the rock has a twist to it. Then we also moved the 3rd rock over and got it mostly in place. One rock to go, well of the 4. It looks like we might need a few more or a lot of fill to merge the bridge into the banked turn. We also worked on removing organic material from the trail tread ahead. And of course we smashed more rocks. This time for a bit of a banked turn on the far side of the bridge from the main banked turn.  Official 
Enchanted Forest Trail - Improvements  Roanoke Greenways - ROA_City_P&R  0.0  0   6/21/2017  No work  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  2.8  1   6/20/2017  Moved the 2nd bridge piece around 100 feet and then started jacking it up into place a little at a time and putting rocks under it. It still has a little more maneuvering needed to join it with bridge piece number one.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  9.7  2   6/18/2017  Today we hauled 6 canycom loads of clay from up on the hill down to the trail. We shoveled it to where it was needed and then spread and packed it down. We pulled all the organic material out. This finishes the clay hauling we needed to do before placing the next bridge rock.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  19.8  4   6/17/2017  Today we had a short day because I was a little worried about staying for afternoon shift due to weather lately. Not a bad call as it did storm a little later. Before we began, we found that the Canycom#2 starting rope was about ready to break. We had to drastically shorten it in order to use it today. Thankfully that was an option as there was no spare rope. I am going to buy extra and leave in the truck. We started out with smashing rocks again for around 2 hours and then we started bringing loads of clay from up on the ridge down to the worksite. We wanted to do this before putting the next bridge stone in as that will block our passage until whole bridge is complete. So we made 3 trips up to get clay and packed it down where we needed it over the crushed rock base to make the trail tread exiting the EL and shape the land around the EL (elevated stone land and creek crossing). More cracks between rocks were filled by Cathy today. The crack filling is almost complete. We also cut up the large branch blocking half of the parking lot entrance/exit.   Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  4.0  1   6/15/2017  Today I took off work and biked out to the work site before the risky weather forecast for the afternoon (good thing too). I focused on smashing rock into the ground on the back side of the bridge piece we had partially in place. I wanted to move it further back and needed a solid base for it to sit on. We will also need a solid base back there for a bit of a banked turn and to hold the bridge stable. Then I had to jackhammer the rocks some to get a better fit. Then I moved the bridge rock further back using both the hydraulic jacks. Ended up with a pretty good fit. Now we will be ready for the next piece on the next work day after we haul some more clay in for some other sections before the passage is blocked.  Official 
Enchanted Forest Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  107.0  15   6/14/2017  Note-Roger,Shannon and Maurice came early to replace a damaged track on the Ditch Witch - much appreciated! The work today was handicapped by a blistering dangerous kind of heat and the breakdown of the muck truck leaving just the two canycoms with lots of carrying distance to contend with - much credit goes to our dedicated and focused crew - we did finish the long central section and had a good shot at the near section but looks like (at least) one more full day to complete the near a third and the far third.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  33.8  6   6/11/2017  We started the day with everyone gathering and smashing rock. We needed this rock on a few important places. We are actually getting low on rock again and had to smash up some very large rocks which is more work. We need to smash the rocks into the ground to firm up the base of the huge boulders we are placing. Then it was time to move two of the 2000lb bridge pieces from down by the toolboxes all the was to the creek. Then we actually got one of them almost in place. It is going to need some tweaks and maybe a bit of shaping with jackhammer, but is looking like a pretty good fit. Before we move the next one into place, we need to bring some dirt down and across the creek while we can still get the Canycom through. The Vermeer is stuck on the berm turn side now as it will not fit through. That is a good side for it to be one as that is where the clay will come from. We have a small clay mine on top of the ridge.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  4.5  1   6/9/2017  Rode bike out to work site and smashed a bunch of rocks. Smashing rocks into the ground all around the huge rock we lifted. Trying to harden the ground under the rock so it never drops down. Also added two loads of clay to the area where we stored the two rocks by the creek. It was hard to get the Vermeer by due to steep banked turn Now it is much better. Was able to haul in some more rock to smash.   Official 
Mill Mountain Park  Mill Mountain - ROA_City_P&R  76.5  13   6/7/2017  Divided into three groups to do multiple jobs - trimming new growth on Wood Thrush connector, Fern Park, Ridgeline, Monument and Big Sunny trails; sign installations at Discovery Center, Star Trail parking lot and NPS boundary; blazing and grubbing on VA Pine. Beautiful cool day with lots of sunshine. Thanks to Renee for organizing the jobs and bringing tools.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  30.8  5   6/3/2017  Today we moved two of the 2000lb bridge stones from their storage location over to the other side of the stream closer to where they will be needed. We needed them over there before we set the first two pieces which will block our passage across the stream until the bridge is done. At least for bringing large stones or equipment through. It will be no issue to walk through. We made to trips to the clay mine and brought back a cannycom and Vermeer load each time. We used this to help shape the land around this bridge to look more natural and provide some other access points to the elevated land bridge. This dirt helps stabilize the bridge stones also. Once we get the shape of the land right, then we will naturalize the area to make it look like we have not been there. Dick came out and cut a huge chuck off of the 5 ton rock next to the creek so that it will be ready to accept the next two bridge pieces. We wanted to get the right angle. He had to jackhammer it after the chunk did not break off quite as perfect as we would have liked. It is looking pretty good now. We might tweak it just a bit more next work day so we get a perfect fit and done have to move the 2000lb bridge stones too much.   Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  1.3  1   6/1/2017  Measured dimensions and angles of all the bridge boulders and then also measured the area where they will go and the elevations. I took a lot of notes and now will do some math at home to make a plan on the placement and angles that need to be cut.  Official 
Carvins Cove Trails - multiple  Roanoke City  115.5  15   5/31/2017  The crew divided into two productive groups- one group continued with improvements to the Enchanted Forest Trail, ferrying in and laying down stone base and crush topping from the parking lot while the other group returned to the Brush Mt fire road to continue clearing tree sprouts and other debris from the side ditches and clearing out clogged culverts.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  48.0  8   5/29/2017  Nice size crew today! We started out by collecting lots of rock and smashing rock (what's new). The crew was amazed at how fast we used all that rock up. We used it to fill gaps in the elevated rock bridge and to stuff under the huge rock we have been lifting up for the last four work days. When we left today, we had the rock where we wanted it. I sure hope it does not sink anymore. A load of clay was also brought down from the mine and packed around the rocks in key spots to fill gaps and make for nice transition to surrounding landscape. We also added some support triangles to help keep the large 2000lb rocks from sliding out (just in case their mass was not enough to hold them in place). More deep organic was removed from the trail past the bridge and one last rock before the dirt transition was positioned by Mark. Last but not least, Dick cut that ear off the triangle rock we placed last week. It looks better now and that was around 100lb chuck. Thanks to Cathy for taking pictures, I will include some in my next mailing.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  4.2  1   5/28/2017  Today I worked some more on raising the huge rock next to the creek. it keeps sinking. We have stuff a huge amount of rocks under it. It also wants to slide towards the creek or maybe it is sinking towards the creek. It is hard to get a grip on the rock with the jack. I spent a lot of time just collecting rocks to put under it. It is really time consuming to try to poke rocks under there with a stick (even a fancy metal stick). Will need to spend some more time on this the next work day. Weather started to look stormy, so packed up early.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  6.0  2   5/27/2017  Today we focused on raising the huge rock by the creek. We would jack up the rock with the 10 ton jack and then stuff rocks under it and let it back down. The rocks would be crushed under the weight but we would gain a little height each time. Worked on getting the tilt I wanted for the rock to make a better flow into the banked turn. Did gather some rocks and smash them for shaping the area around our elevated rock trail.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  15.5  3   5/21/2017  Weather was threatening today. We had to cut the day short since there was a big storm coming on the radar. But we were still able to move and install the last rock piece for the mostly dry highly elevated crossing. It was a big piece and tricky to put in place. I think it weighs around 1000lbs. We also tried out our new 10 ton jack to lift the end of a huge rock to make our creek crossing better. We lifted about 5 inches and supported it with rocks under. We will lift it more next work day. We are ready to start on the main creek crossing.  Official 
Wolf Creek Greenway Maintenance  Town of Vinton and Roanoke County  82.0  13   5/17/2017  Beautiful sunny day, but pushing 90 in the afternoon. Lynn, Shannon, Roger, Dave, Stew, Jim B., and two of Lynn's friends used the equipment to clean out the tunnels. A Canycom breakdown required some running around, but thanks to Lloyd's Electric for a custom cut key and installation of a set screw. The paint crew stained Vinton's 80' bridge in the morning and the County's 30' bridge near Stonebridge in the afternoon. Great to get all three jobs done in one day! Thanks to Anita for snacks, stain and painting. Nice to have Jim Lewis back and Lynn helping.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  24.5  4   5/14/2017  Great weather. Lower trails were terribly wet, but someone had the sign in the lot set to nearly green and people were out in force. Today we spent much of the day drilling and splitting the next and final part of the rock bridge over land. Still have the 4 pieces for the creek crossing to install after we get this piece installed next week. Also worked on a few small gaps and securing and tapering the corners of the narrow section of the land bridge. Again lots of rock collecting and smashing for fill. Also worked on digging around the huge rock by the creek to get to a place to hopefully jack it up about a foot. The rock goes deep unfortunately and has tapered sides making it hard to jack against. Had to block and drain the water from around the rock in order to not have to put the jacks under water. Hope to have the rock lifted as part of next weeks work also. Also had to remove around 5 large rocks from the other bank of the creek where the bridge needs to land near the banked turn.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  23.3  3   5/7/2017  Great weather. Spent the morning raising the two 2000 lbs boulders on one side to match the level needed. Then worked with making many small adjustments until they were stable and perfectly lined up so there was no gap between them. Used the hydraulic jack in many ways in order to accomplish this. Also dug more around a huge multi ton slab that we want to left one side of to make a better approach to the main creek crossing. We need a bigger jack before we attempt that lift (waiting for a 10 ton jack). Gathered more rocks and smashed them for fill and leveling. Then we started our search for the perfect last piece of bridge for our drainage crossing. We finally found one that we think will work. It was down in a gully and partly buried. We dug all around it and finally got a chain around it. We pulled and pried it for hours, but finally got it up on more level ground and began to lay out the shape we needed with chalk line. Then we started the drilling and splitting. We got one side done and started the holes on the other side. We will be trimming 3 sides. I think when we are done trimming this rock may be in the 1000 to 1300 lb range. We also worked on another small gap in the elevated crossing and got two rocks positioned with a few more smaller rocks (100-200 lb) needed in that area.  Official 
Enchanted Forest Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  132.0  18   5/3/2017  With a large turn-out and wonderful weather it still took most of the day to haul enough stone in to the far reaches of the trail to reconstruct a deeply trenched 300ft long piece which is one of the most degraded in the whole section.However the result was amazingly good! One more stretch remains needing a major effort which we hope to repair next week, along with some tread re-shaping with the witch.One small cross-drainage was hardened.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  4.0  3   5/2/2017  Rode bike out to work site and did a few hours of work. Finished jacking the 2000lb 1/2 of 5 foot by 3 foot bridge span into place. It was slow going with much caution taken to make sure we did not loose control of the rock as we did about 30 small lifts from each side all the while adding support rocks underneath as space allowed. The great thing is that it aligned quite nicely with the other half that was already in place. A few more tweaks will be needed next work day. As a great bonus, the RIMBA ride members stopped and pitched in with a few of them staying a whole hour. It is nice to see the trail users take a real interest in the work.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  23.8  4   4/30/2017  Today we worked on hand building a section of trail just past the elevated rock trail. There was an unbelievable amount of organic material that had to be removed. Over a foot deep in places. There were a lot of rocks sticking up also. One in particular had to be pulled out and it ended up being a boulder over 1,000 lbs. Rocks were also collected and some were smashed for fill. We started the process of moving two of the 2,000 lb bridge pieces in place. Didn't quite get the second one up high enough to slide in place yet. It is a slow process to jack one end up at a time and place temporary rocks under it in order to get it raised up. The Vermeer could not even lift one side of the heavier if these two rocks, party due to the ground angle and limited working area. So we used the hydraulic jack. It is rated 4 tons, but it had a hard time lifting just one end of these rocks for some reason. I am really hoping that these two bridge pieces will go back together where we split them to better handle them. I guess we will likely see how they fit on the next work day if all goes well.  Official 
Enchanted Forest Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  105.7  20   4/26/2017  The main work plan was cancelled due to the excessive rain fall, but the smaller concurrent activity with North Cross School could be carried out without damaging the saturated trails. Nine students were bused in by Ed Dickenson, their activities leader, as well as being director of the middle school.A skeleton crew gave support such as running the compactor, loading materials by ditch witch in the parking lot, driving the trucks.Objective was accomplished. About 100 yds. of deeply eroded trail was filled with stone -railroad ballast as base and crush r run for tops - being carried in buckets and small garden wheelbarrows. Muddy patches oin the adjacent road were covered with gravel and the trail-head area spruced up also.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  14.3  2   4/21/2017  We worked Friday afternoon because the forecast for the weekend was heavy rain for 2 days. For only having two people we did get a lot done. We moved a rock around 500lb around 200 ft. We pulled it out of a ravine with a rope winch and rolled it along on logs. It will be used for a bridge support. The big set back for today was that we found two huge rocks buried at odd angles right where we needed the flat foundation. It was very hard to pull them out and then we has to partially fill the holes back in with smashed stone. We did have to shape two rocks by drilling and splitting them. Had to do some jackhammering to take a ridge off the bottom of one of our huge bridge pieces. It would make it sit unstable. We worked on positioning one of the supports. Getting the height just right is very tricky and we don't want to have to set the huge bridge rocks more than once. We collected and smashed some rocks for a firm base for our supports.   Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  13.0  2   4/16/2017  Today we pulled the 6th huge bridge piece up from the mother rock we are cutting them from. This last one did not split well and has a messed up shape on one end. I think we can still use it, but it is going to be much harder to work with as it will need a lot of extra special support. We have the back piece of bridge near where we need it and now have started to build the support structures. We have a lot more work to do for those before lifting the bridge pieces in place. But getting two bridge pieces moved close to where we need them yet not in the way was a big effort today. I think it may be possible in the next work day to put two bridge pieces into position.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  22.3  4   4/14/2017  Today we had a reporter/photographer from the Roanoke Times come out to get some photos and information for a story on our rock work. We drilled all the holes in our 6th rock bridge section and split the rock. Unfortunately this was not as nice a split as all the rest and we lost a corner and some thickness on one end. I think we can make it work, but it will be a lot more effort. We spent a lot of time raising the last big rock at the end of the trail and a smaller one just past that. It was hard to left and we had to stuff a lot of rocks under it and make many adjustment on it. Finally got it pretty close. Also worked a little more on the dirt/rock mine naturalization.   Official 
Enchanted Forest Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  122.0  18   4/12/2017  To start the day off we discovered that since last week a 60 ft monster pine had fallen length-wise down our newly constructed trail. A few pessimists muttered bad omen the rest of us maintained a jolly attitude and marched on. We had two trucks being loaded in the parking lot by the witch, shuttling ballast and crush, and unloaded by hand into the canycoms, muck truck and wheelbarrows, with the compactor running steadily, making for a good and productive day. Rough estimate - 300 ft. of turnpike built, skipping over pieces of dry well-preserved sections which did not require any work. We are probably now about half-way through the project..   Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  12.0  2   4/10/2017  Today we biked out to the site to do an afternoon of work. We finished the drilling of the last two holes of 14 needed to split the next rock we will be using for a stone bridge. Then we used the rock wedges in all the holes we drilled to split the rock. We got a clean cut and then we pulled the rock up the hill with wenches. It was hard as the rock weighs around 1500 lbs. We moved it up to flat ground where we will process it some more by splitting it again to make it a little thinner and easier to handle. We also worked on naturalizing the old dirt and rock mine some more. We still have more to do on that.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R   27.3  4   4/9/2017  We installed a small section of the rock bridge over the drainage. By small I mean only around 600 lbs. The next 5 foot section will consist of two 1200 lb pieces. We started the drilling of one of those rocks and got 12 holes drilled. Two left to go on the first cut. We finally finished bringing the "plank" section up to proper level with crushed rock stuffed under it. We have a small gap of less than a foot that still needs to be filled in that area. We worked on positioning of a large rock on the far end of the drainage crossing where it ties back into the hill. We also moved a bunch of the cut deadfall into our dirt and rock mine hole to be covered. Started the covering process.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  34.5  6   4/2/2017  Today we moved another bridge boulder into storage position to make room to cut the 4th and last piece for that bridge. After the last piece was split, we also pulled it out and put it into a storage spot next to the other on. We also worked on our causeway by lifting a large long rock higher by 3 inches on one side and maybe 6 on the other. It is a lot of work to raise it up as we have to smash rock into gravel size pieces and push them under the rock as we pry it up. We smashed around 3 buckets full. We still have a little more to do. Then we started work on the first bridge we will be building. (not the one we cut the 4 pieces for as that needs to happen later). We moved a large support rock around 400 feet and then drilled and split it for better shape to support a bridge piece. We then used the Vermeer to slowly lift and swing the bridge piece into place. But unfortunately it did not fit as well as we would like and we had to remove it again. We need to cut a little off the first support before placing the rock again. Unfortunately the second support is a little short, but we will deal with that but it will take more time. It looks like we will be able to cut some more bridge pieces out of the giant rock we cut the first 4 from. However they will be too heavy to lift so we will have to cut them twice to thin them down a little.  Official 
Clean Valley Day  Memorial Park  20.0  10   4/1/2017  Great turnout for Clean Valley Day, under Memorial Bridge. This is the canoe/kayak launch point for stage 2 of the Triathlon, so we wanted to do the heavy part of getting the site ready. Thanks to Roger for bringing his chainsaw, Bud for bringing weedeater and Robert Beatty for recruiting lots of millennial help.  Official 
Enchanted Forest Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  123.0  20   3/29/2017  Today we started an extensive up-grading of the proximal half of this trail. This is a low-lying trail and a perennial problem with frequent boggy stretches and muddy holes - and deeply eroded trenches - all exacerbated by bicycle and horse high use - also a location with frequent blow-downs of the big tall trees of the forest. We plan to turnpike much of the section in an attempt to keep the tread dry. We shall use rail road ballast (mainly No.4 stone) for a stable elevating base and also to fill deep trenches, and then a top layer of crush r' run for a smooth tread. We completed about 150 ft. today, near the trail-head, where the trail drops down steeply from the road-side. Here the trail is deeply trenched, muddy, and crowded by huge root balls from downed trees and exposed roots in the trail. We were able to tame the steep grade, partially filling the deep trench with dirt from the root balls. We consumed a small dump truck of ballast for fill and then finished the tread with crush. This is probably the worst piece of the entire trail. Things will probably move faster from here on.   Official 
Tuck-A-Way Trail Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R   3.0  3   3/29/2017  Four known blow-downs and one leaner located and removed. This work was done as a detour from the main MWC project proceeding on The Enchanted Forest Trail..  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  19.0  3   3/25/2017  Wonderful weather today. We (Steve) drilled all the holes for cutting the next slab of rock for one of our rock bridges (4 hours of drilling 15 one inch diameter holes 10 inches deep). We can not actually split this rock until we move the other three slabs out of the way. So we worked on that all day. We got one of them moved around 200 feet to a storage location close to where we need it. We started moving the second one and only got it about half way. These are very hard to move uphill as they are somewhere between 1000 and 1500 lbs and it is a tricky terrain (Chris got her rolling exercise in pulling the rope wench lever). We had a small crew today, but we did have several groups of riders stop and help us out for a bit. Lots of people also stopped to talk as they were interested in what we were doing and very happy with the trail so far. Maybe we will get some more volunteers.   Official 
Araminter Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R   112.5  15   3/22/2017  This was a project of Renee's consisting of rehabbing a 300 yard stretch of fading trail and relocating up-slope another 150 yd piece which had been washed out by storm drainage. We also hardened the stream crossing, did some clipping, cleared blow-downs and took out two large hazard trees. Due to the remote location of this trail, Renee had arranged for us to be ferried across the lake to a point where the trail dips down very close to the shore, she also coordinated the various tasks and stayed to work all day.   Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  29.5  5   3/19/2017  Today we started out collecting rock to build up the height of a section of our rock causeway. We of course had to smash some of those rocks. Then we moved a large rock that will be a bridge piece. Since it is around 1,000 lbs we had to roll on logs. Then we moved a bunch of very large cut logs to bury in our excavation area. We scooped out a bunch of last minute dirt and rock before dumping in the logs. We needed to move the logs in order to have a path and storage area for our 3 already cut bridge pieces as we will install those as one of the last things we do in this area because once we do that the Vermeer will not be able to cross the creek anymore. We also need to move the 3 bridge pieces before we can cut another piece as there is no room for the next piece to fall. We also did finishing work on the section of trail before the big banked turn. We had to haul in 3 loads of clay from our new barrow pit to get that section of trail just right for great drainage. Then at the end of the day we drove down to School House Trail exit and re-flagged that end of Rock-N-Roll Trail as the old flags were falling off and we needed to see them before the leaves came out or we might not find them. We really marked the route well this time.  Official 
The Bridges  Roanoke City  44.0  11   3/15/2017  The object of today's work was to clear the heavy overgrowth of invasive brush, vines and weeds overwhelming the natural riparian setting of the newly constructed canoe landing on The Roanoke River Blueway. A large amount of trash was also removed. Despite a record low of 17 degrees and wind chill of 3 degrees, a good-sized crew made short work of the jungle, even with a mid-morning break for hot drinks at Moe's -courtesy of Aaron Ewart local project manager. We were done and gone by noon.   Official 
Bottom Creek Natural Preserve (TNC)  Floyd County  105.0  14   3/8/2017  After much delay due to bad weather, we finally made it out to the preserve today accompanied by glorious sunshine. Three teams were organized - one team worked on erosion problems on the steep stretch of road just past the old kiosk -two issues - one digging out the obliterated lateral ditch 100 yards all the way down to the valley floor/flood plain -and two filling the deep ruts with an abundance of fist-sized rocks scavenged from the surrounding woods and covered with the spoils removed from the ditch.This was hard slow work and everybody was happy when the other two teams finished their jobs by mid-day and could join them.Team two hardened a degraded stream crossing on the red trail placing stepping stones, and re-vegetated the bare and muddy banks. They also took out a large blow-down just over the hill, repaired the trail and obliterated two illegal cross-overs on the S/B.Team three consisted of three sawyers and their swampers, and they cleared extensive storm damage on the yellow trail were not able to fit in the trail repairs and plan to return shortly to accomplish thhis.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  31.5  6   3/5/2017  Today we moved another huge rock over to the other side of creek and into place to close the gap in the rock causeway. Then we started moving in the final rock to close that main gap. We still have to two rock bridges to build. We got the 3rd piece of the big mattress shaped rock cut to size for the main bridge over the water. The stump filling in was completed. And a large pointy rock was removed from the trail route.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  27.8  5   2/26/2017  Today started off a little colder than we were used to lately, but it warmed up nicely. We finished positioning the huge boulder we moved from across the creek last week. Then we moved over another boulder and got it in place. We hand built some trail past the rock bridge area through a very rocky area. We also finished the removal of two stumps that were right in the trail path. Also smashed a bunch more rocks that we use for positioning the boulders. we also positioned some large rocks for the second drainage crossing bridge and that is going well so far.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  46.3  8   2/19/2017  Incredible 70 degree weather in middle of February again! Today we finished smashing the rocks for the base of the berm turn. Then we put dirt on top. The issue with this dirt is that it is too sandy. I am not sure it is going to stick. We might have to go find some clay. The biggest project of the day was moving the >2000 lb rock about 50 feet across the creek and into its spot next to another large rock to become part of the raised rock trail. We used logs to roll it on, but even with the logs it was not easy and was a slow process. Unfortunately we did mess up the dirt some on the banked turn getting that rock across it. We did not have time to get it set in its final position as there is a rock we need to break out that is holding it up too high. We also pulled out two problem trees and their stumps. This was hard too and took all 7 pulleys on our rope come-a-long. Some finishing work was done on the trail before the banked turn.   Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  40.5  9   2/12/2017  Again this week we had to clear trees off the fire road. One place by the far end of Song Bird was really bad. Trees were hung up in other trees and we had to pull the mess down with the truck which worked well, luckily Gerry had some nice tree straps. I need to get some to leave in the truck. It took us near an hour to cut and move all the wood off the road and even pull some old wood out of the ditch even though we did not get all the old wood out of the ditch as it is really nasty when It had sat in there for years. No new wood in the ditch! We had another tree down near where we park. It was an easy one to clean up. The weather was like spring today and bugs were even coming out. We spent much time smashing rocks again. We are almost done with the rocks in the banked turn. I think next week we will finish that part. Our large levee is almost done and I think it is going to work great. We used a huge amount of rock and are now covering it with dirt. When we are all done, I think it will look very natural. No water is ever going to go over our banked turn from that direction. We also drilled and split one of the giant rocks we harvested in prep for mating up with our other huge rock that will be part of the trail. Once we get dirt on the bermed turn then it will be time to roll the rock over using log rollers. Mona came out with her daughter and two other girls who all race mountain bikes. They really got into the rock smashing. Dick showed our new Radford student Wesley some of our past work and they transplanted some ferns and did some naturalizing. Then they helped smash some rock for our banked turn.  Official 
Virginia Pine Trail  Roanoke Greenways - ROA_City_P&R  18.0  3   2/10/2017  FINAL DAY:The DW was used to move large amounts of dirt from the up-hill side of the side ditch to build the final solid smooth trail platform crossing of the degraded road surface. The resulting cavity was filled in and covered with leaves and litter.The signs were secured. More work was done on naturalizing the residual bare road.  Official 
Hinchee Road  Roanoke County  91.5  15   2/8/2017  The crew worked on clearing downed timber,brush, an abundance of young pine trees encroaching on the road, and blocked culverts. We got to the City boundary.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  13.0  2   2/5/2017  We started out having to clear some trees off the fire road on our way out to worksite parking area. It was a very nice day, so I am surprised we had such a small turn out. We started out with rock smashing for the base of the banked turn and the fill for the drainage reroute. Then we finished the drainage reroute digging. We will still work more on shaping but I was happy we were just able to squeak past the giant rocks. We also got some deadfall out of the creek just upstream from our crossing.  Official 
Virginia Pine Trail  Roanoke Greenways - ROA_City_P&R  94.0  14   2/1/2017  Numerous tasks were targeted today - a major accomplishment was replacement of the culvert at the Hartsook trail-head with a 12 ft long and 4 ft wide crossing. This was managed by Roger H. who pre-cut the materials at home- placement was some 25 ft up-slope from the culvert site - in addition to which the team widened, deepened, and rock-reinforced the drainage ditch. They also built rock/earthen approaches and a nice curving entrance trail from the street. Another team planted 3 sign posts. The rest of the crew corrected the one remaining major storm water problem, and then began to work on the last major trail segment which is to remain on the road. This entailed major work with the DW. Unfortunately the machine broke down before we could finish. We plan to schedule a short work day and will come back when the machine is repaired, and when we have the signs to attach to the sign posts.   Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  35.0  7   1/29/2017  Guess what? More rock smashing! Yeah, we have a ton...no...many tons of rocks to smash and today was no exception. Got pretty far along though. We also made good progress on the drainage reroute despite having to work through many rocks over 1000 lbs. We used logs to roll the huge boulders on as there was no way the Vermeer could pick up rocks that size or even flip the ones over 4000 lbs. We are running out of places to sit the huge rocks.  Official 
Equipment Maintenance  Vermeer  7.0  1   1/28/2017  The right front track tensioner wheel bearing went out. I took it apart and found that the axel was destroyed along with the inside of the wheel. So had to order all those parts. Installed them after they came in. Also took the tracks off both sides and checked all the bearings in the tracks areas. I paid extra attention to track tension adjustments and if anything they were a bit too loose. Also added some hydraulic fluid and engine oil. I cleaned the dust out of the radiator fins. I replaced the grease fittings on the front attachment plate and was able to pump grease in again.  Official 
Virginia Pine Trail  Roanoke Greenways - ROA_City_P&R  40.0  10   1/26/2017  Using a break in the prolonged wet weather, we worked Thursday instead of Wednesday so allowing for two good drying days- even so it rained again quite heavily Wednesday night, preventing us from using the ditch witch. The clouds left and we had a glorious day, with good soil conditions for hand work. Despite a small turnout, we did finish most of the manual tasks - all the basic trail pieces and a short connector at the top of the loop. Remaining are two traverses of the old eroded road-bed which will require the machine for heavy grading, ditching and packing. Also remaining are the other dry-day jobs of blazing and sign planting. Finally when all is done we do have to close of the remaining boot-leg trail. Next week we hope!  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  27.0  4   1/21/2017  Today was a big rock smashing day. Had a small crew and Ikie stayed busy the whole day smashing rocks. Steve and Dick did a lot of smashing too. Steve then focused on cleaning the organic off the far bank we will be building a rock bridge over to. He had to dig out several large rocks that were not in the right position for the trail. We will probably put one of them back into the trail in a better alignment. I focused on using the Vermeer to modify the drainage upstream to avoid the trail. This is also where we are getting most of our rock and dirt. More rock than dirt by the way and it is slow going with many hard to extract boulders. Dick helped me collect all the rocks that I was digging up and hauled them to the smashing zones. Was happy to move one giant maybe 4 ton one out of the drainage path. It was in a troublesome spot and I had been working around it for some time not knowing if it was going to be possible to budge it. Right near when we had planned to stop for the day, I noticed there was a bad noise from the right track. I investigated for awhile and finally saw that the right front tension wheel bearing was coming apart. I did not want to try to change this in the field so I decided to try to drive it down to near the road so we could pick it up. I talked Dick into helping me go ahead and get it today. So we went back the get the trailer from the Roanoke Co. yard and drove back out and picked it up. Then took it to my house. We then had to load the Witch back onto the trailer so it would be ready for Wednesday crew. I guess I will be doing Vermeer repair this week.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  29.5  5   1/15/2017  Today was pretty warm for January. Today was all rock work. We started off by doing a lot of rock smashing for a bed under our huge rocks we will be placing. We also straightened up a huge rock that had it's top sloped the wrong way. We were able to tilt it using the Vermeer and then we put crushed rock under the one side to hold it up. We pulled out what we thought was a pretty large rock that was sticking up out of place in the path and put it in a better location (it was around 1000 lbs.). Well that was nothing compared to the giant rock we dug around and with much effort and all our equipment we managed to pull out and move into place as part of the trail. We estimate this one to be between 5000 and 8000 lbs! It has a real nice flat top. We also moved another large rock off to the side that we plan to use later (~1500 lbs). That was a full day of work for around 15 feet of trail.  Official 
Virginia Pine Trail  Roanoke Greenways - ROA_City_P&R  117.0  18   1/4/2017  A large crew - eager to work after missing work days over the holidays! Several things - we worked the DW really hard deeply excavating the side ditch thus restoring its functionality, but also using the deep litter/duff layer so generated for landscaping, and the heavy clay sub-soil for shaping the new trail bed where it hooks across the old road. We built a 30 yard connector for additional access at the top of the loop, while the main work party continued building a good solid hundred yards of trail on the loop itself. While this was proceeding nicely, some clearing along the flag-line was going along from below leaving a smallish gap for completion of the loop next week... With only some landscaping and signage left to make a short work day next week perhaps we have an opportunity to indulge yet again in the holiday mood and enjoy a little celebratory luncheon? However, with the threat of a big snow storm hitting by the week-end we may be planning for a day of no work and no lunch either.   Official 
Equipment Maintenance  Kessler Mill  6.0  2   1/2/2017  Shannon replaced valve stem in left rear trailer tire that had been leaking. Also put a new tube in the left Muck Truck drive wheel. That tube had already been patched twice and had a new hole, so trashed the old tube.  Unofficial 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  40.3  9   12/20/2016  Had a great turnout today. It was sunny but a bit cold. I think everyone warmed up quick when we got to building. We cut another >1000lb rock slab off of a huge mattress like rock. These slabs we are cutting off are 1.5 foot wide about 1 foot thick and around 5 foot long. We plan to cut 4 of them for our rock bridge. We made some great progress on removing organic material and troublesome rocks from the trail route. We will be adding more rock than we remove in at least several places. We are removing the ones that are sticking up at goofy angles or preventing the organic material from being removed or prevent the flow we are shooting for. Most rocks are lovingly put to good use. We worked on the banked turn before the creek. We got most of the organic out and started smashing rock in its place to shape the turn and provide drainage and stability. Reshaping the drainage behind the banked turn is proving very difficult with the giant buried rocks everywhere. It is about 90% rocks and 10% dirt. We had several people that really seemed to enjoy the rock smashing. It is a real stress reliever. We should offer trail work as free therapy sessions.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  11.8  2   12/16/2016  It started off at 24 degrees at noon and was 26 degrees when we left. It felt to us like the temperature dropped though. Even with the cold temp and no sun, we kept pretty comfortable by keeping busy with the trail work. We took out a tree that was in the middle of our best rocky trail route. It turned out it had a root structure well buried in many surrounding rocks. We ended up having to attach a very powerful 7 pulley rope come-a-long to it to pull it out and it took several large rocks with it. We cut the trunk up to use later as boulder rollers when we go to move more than 1000 lb boulders several hundred feet to use as parts of our rock bridge. We also continued the work to remove the large amounts of organic material and the all too occasional 500 lb rocks from our large banked turn that will lead into the creek crossing. Once we get the organic out, we will replace it with smashed up rocks and shape and build up the banked turn with rocks then once we have the shape, we will cover it all with a layer of mineral/clay soil and pack it down. Somewhere along the way before we bring the Vermeer back to the other side of the creek, we may move some of the large boulders > 1000lbs over to the other side of the creek. This will be hard as we can only scoot them with the machine and we can't maneuver them past the creek with the machine as we can just barely get the machine across the creek unloaded. There are major multi-ton rock structures we are trying to work around and incorporate into the trail. I think we will be using our rock rollers and come-a-longs quite a lot. I should ask for a 2 ton gantry crane for Christmas :)  Official 
Virginia Pine Trail  Mill Mountain - ROA_City_P&R  112.0  16   12/14/2016  A good day to work as long as you kept moving - cold cloudy quiet. Our goal was to transform the the detiorated road bed adjacent to the VPT into a trail with a connection up-slope near the NPS boundary, thus creating a loop. Our first job was to build the connector, about a 150 ft. U shaped trail using the DW to good effect to move lots lots of dirt to cut a suitable entrance slot into the road bed above. Then we started on the first leg of the road bed trail, a tightly curved pattern confined to the vegetated outer strip of the bench. The next piece takes advantage of a section pleasant gently sloping roadway before swinging back again into the wooded fringe. Stay tuned!  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  32.0  5   12/11/2016  Weather was nice today even though it was below freezing in the morning. Wind was low and sun was out. We started out blowing the leaves off an area upstream where I plan to harvest dirt and at the same time reroute a side shoot of the stream to join the main stream instead of crossing our trail. Had to put a bunch of small rocks in the stream crossing in order to get the Vermeer across. Navigating the Vermeer in this terrain is very challenging as it is a mine field of huge rocks everywhere. We also finished the rock smashing in our area between the trees and started adding dirt on top. It is taking forever to get dirt from this mine as more rocks are coming up than dirt. Many of the rocks are too heavy for the Vermeer to carry so I am pushing and dragging them around. Some are too big to even move and sometimes we have to cut them like we did today for one that was sticking up too much for our stream approach and it had to be trimmed back. We drilled and split it. It was an incredibly hard and heavy rock. In the afternoon we also worked on the inside turn that is a little further back just past the big rock that sticks out where we transition from insloped to outsloped trail. This area has been a little tricky for me to explain what I want and we have had to rework it a few times. This is not a typical bench cut. I am trying to make the backslope and trail merge in a way you can't tell where one stops and the other begins. That way the user's flow will actually set the center of the trail over time. There is no knee. Just a changing slope from more extreme to less extreme. This is also the low area of the trail and we need it to drain well. At the end of the day I noticed a bolt had fallen out of the Canycom that holds the rope puller mechanism on to the engine. So I hauled the machine to my house and removed another bolt so that I could dig through my bolt supply and find a match. I did finally find one and repaired the Canycom so that we will be leaving it great for the Wednesday crew. By the way, the new coat hanger choke control on the generator worked much better than the original part! I know it sounds crazy, but it is true. Thanks Shannon for the coat hanger idea.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  11.5  2   12/9/2016  To start with today, I took the Pathfinders truck in to get the oil changed at the TLC joint in the morning. Today was cold. But we warmed up quick by starting out with smashing of rocks. We were doing this in a place where we are building up the ground between two trees in order to stay out of their roots. We will cover with dirt once we get the rocks ready and we are close now. We moved a large rock from the middle of our access trail to near where we might use it. We took out a small tree that was in the middle of out trail route. We removed more organic material from the trail route where we will end up putting rocks later. A lot of work was done to dig out a huge rock that is in the trail path right before the creek. Still more work to get that out is needed. Also removed a bunch of rocks from the access trail in prep for hopefully getting the Vermeer all the way in to where we are working and to make it easier to get the Canycom in also with loads of dirt and rocks.  Official 
Tool & Equipment Maintenance  None  4.0  2   12/7/2016  Installed the new bearing and seal on the right drive axle of Canycom #1. Also changed the oil in it. Changed the oil on one of the generators and repaired the choke cable with a new control made out of a coat hanger. It took weeks to get the Canycom parts from Japan. I am so happy to have my garage back now.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  55.3  11   12/4/2016  We moved the toolboxes to a new location in the very rocky creek crossing area where we will be doing serious rock work and hand trail building for awhile. We piled rocks between two trees where we are going to be protecting the roots and making a hump between them. We removed a bunch of organic material off the trail route to the streambed. We pulled up a whole bunch of rocks on our access trail where we will be hauling rocks and dirt for some time. The rocks will throw the tracks on the equipment if we don't pull them out. We found some nice rocks in the process we will be able to armor with. We also made our first big rock cut for our 4 huge rock bridge. I think it is well over 1000 lbs and we will have to drag it over to the crossing area. We plan to get 3 more pieces the same size out of this giant rock. But to cut the 5 foot long rock off took 14 one inch holes where we inserted our 8" rock splitting wedges. The rock split very nice. Hope all the other pieces go as well. More finishing and naturalizing work was done from where our tool boxes were to the steep sidehill and even a touchup was made back on a past section of backslope that was not exactly right.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  11.0  2   12/2/2016  To start with we walked up and down the next creek we are getting ready to cross to see if we can find another way in for our equipment and a place to put our tool boxes. We found two possible places we think we can cross the creek with equipment. We settled on one and flagged the route. Next we had to put the track back on the Vermeer that came off on our last workday. That is always a lot of work and we spent about an hour on that. Then we finished naturalizing our last dirt mine. It looks pretty good now. We will do a bit of finishing naturalization along all the section from the toolboxes to the steep side hill Sunday before calling this section finished. Then we went down and cleared the new access route. We had to push quite a few rocks out of the route so that the machines could make it through without throwing tracks. We will likely use most of those rocks, so it is a good thing to have them. Some were too big to move, so we would go around them. Dick was happy to find a huge moss field and I was happy to find some nice rocks for armoring.   Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  38.0  7   11/18/2016  Well, today we worked a Friday afternoon for a change and got a good turn out. Weather was perfect. We broke into teams to work on different section of trail. One team push further hand building trail at the end of the line. We also worked on the S turn crossing the old road. It needed some more dirt on one side to make the in banked length longer. Added some dirt to a section of trail that was a little too low after removing the organic material. We started naturalizing work on the 3 dirt mines. Some naturalizing was done throughout the length from Toolboxes to end of the line. Carolyn transplanted a bunch of moss back around that last creek crossing. That area is really green now.   Official 
Mid-County Park - Disc Golf Course  Montgomery County  97.5  13   11/16/2016  GENERAL MAINTENANCE --last time-3 years ago - constructed-9 years ago. Only the right hand side of the two-mile loop was worked, and of this about 3/4 completed. Most of the trail traversing steep cross-slope showed excessive loss of tread - easily corrected by refreshing the back cut and raking out the accumulated debris- leaving an excellent trail. Happily, no erosion noted anywhere! Summer growth clipped back and a few medium sized blow-downs taken out. Blazes were good. Two sets of rotted steps were replaced by fallen locusts found right on site. The biggest job, and much needed, was the relocating of a 150 foot section of trail to cross the golf course in very steep terrain. A great improvement. Another work day is needed .  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  35.5  6   11/13/2016  Again today we had to start by blowing the leaves off the section we are going to work on. Then more rocks were collected and smashed to make two banked turns where we are making a S turn across an old road bed. Once the rock base was laid we put dirt on top and spent a lot of time adding, shaping and compacting the dirt. The afternoon crew first went back and naturalized an area that needed a little extra attention. Then they put the finishing touches on a section of trail between the big rocks and the banked turn. We also added some dirt to shape most of the trail between the toolboxes and banked turn. We are very close to finished on the long section from then toolboxes to the steep side Hill. We have to naturalize the three dirt mine drainage areas. Next week we will start out naturalizing two of the drainages and wait for the one in the old road bed because we are getting great dirt from it.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  34.8  6   11/6/2016  Today we started by blowing the leaves off the area we were working in so that we would not bury the organic material in the dirt we were moving. However it was hard because they kept falling all day. We moved more rocks into the old road crossing entry and exit banked turns to start. But then switched over to another spot where I decided we needed another banked turn to avoid an outside turn in a low spot. Lots of rocks were added and the top layers were smashed for better shaping of the turn. However in the end the turn was a little too wide and short. Had to extend and shape it some more with the dirt being added. Spent a lot of time doing finishing work on the trail between the steep side hill and the dirt mine. We added dirt to this section as it was sitting a little low after all the organic was removed and there were many odd rocks sticking up. The issue with the fill dirt was that it is too dry to compact. We carted water up from the stream in buckets, but had mixed results with wetting the dirt. The afternoon team continued work on the hand built side hill section. We decided to leave a huge rock and adjust the tread to work with the rock even though it is a little too out sloped. We think we can adjust the trail on both sides of it to make it flow well.   Official 
School House Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  122.0  16   11/2/2016  Glorious Fall weather continues! - Third and final School House Tail relo. The crew divided into 2 teams - the first team began work on a 500 ft. relocation in the vicinity of the school house ruin, up-slope to by-pass a cluster of 3 steep- walled drainages and their perennial muddy foot prints on the present trail. The second team went out further to repair a badly eroded section which is valued for its expansive view of the cove. For cribbing we used the deck boards from the recently replaced bridge nearby,and pinned by 20 pieces of 4 ft. rebar brought in for the job. Fill was by 15 to 20 loads of shale dug from a nearby bank and transported by canycom. The trail was cleaned up in general and de-bermed, and various water controls put in place. Repairs were completed by lunch time, so we able to join the relo crew for the afternoon, and all thru done and gone by 3.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  43.0  7   10/30/2016  Perfect Fall day. We finished adding rocks to our banked turn on the steep side hill and started working on the inside turn and adding dirt on top of the rocks. We ran into a bit of a problem with a huge rock that needs to be removed. We will have to break the rock out of there. We also added some dirt to a section of trail between the dirt mine and the side hill in order to get the right shape and better drainage.   Official 
Benjamin Franklin Middle School Nature Trail  Rocky Mount, Va.  112.0  14   10/27/2016  DAY#8-FINAL- Roger installed the fifth and final of his pre-cut tables.The stone path was covered with fines and compacted. One major storm water crossing was hardened with flag-stone.The switch-back trail had been badly damaged by the traffic of our heavy machines -this was repaired and mulched. Two signs were planted. All the old wooden bridges, steps, and other junk were cut up and carted out. A big load of residual fines was loaded up in Shannon's dump truck and carried back to Roanoke and stored at liz's office - one more load to come to finish cleaning up our materials site.   Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  47.0  8   10/23/2016  Today was a bit chilly to start, but it warmed up nice. We had a sawyer crew work ahead on the trail clearing fallen trees out of the trail corridor. They got far enough that we have a least several months to catch up to where they left off. The rest of the crew worked on clearing the organic layer off an inside turn drainage area we are forcing into the hillside. In order to push users into the heavy outsloped turn we are building a bermed turn just before it. To do this we have been hauling in rocks to make the base of it. Kind of like a crib wall. We hauled dirt from our dirt mine over to the area around the two big rocks (we had positioned a few weeks ago) to make the trail flush with the top of the rocks and to allow the Vermeer to make it across the rocks without throwing a track. The dirt was kind of clumpy for some reason and hard to work with. Partway through the day we noticed the Canycom was leaking oil out of the right hand drive shaft, so we stopped using it and had to go back to using a manual wheelbarrow to haul rocks. We stopped early today to go to the Pathfinders For Greenways volunteer picnic.  Official 
Benjamin Franklin Middle School Nature Trail  Rocky Mount Va.  90.5  13   10/19/2016  DAY#7- Responding to the teacher's requests an additional site was developed down near the culveret - 2 tables and 2 benches were built and installed. 1 of 2 tables was placed by creek-side trail. A foot bridge made and installed for access.The stone path was completed except for final layer of fines. Sign post set at top of switch-back.Trail was blazed.  Official 
Benjamin Franklin Middle School Nature Trail  Rocky Mount Va.  143.5  18   10/12/2016  DAY#6- A 140 ft. board walk was built across the low-lying muddy area at the low end of the drainage. It forms part of the longer loop of the nature tail, The decking is made up of of 2 by 8 boards 12 ft. long, and is 3 boards wide, supported by 6 by 6 cross-ties 3 ft.long. About one third of the 66 t. long elevated stone path was built paralleling the creek down to the site of a new bridge, which will provide sampling sites for the student creek studies.Finally, a generous layer of fines was compacted onto the all ready existing 300 ft. stone turnpike. Note the extraordinary amount of work done with a large and energetic crew - with special recognition for above and beyond to - Roger H. for collecting all the G/W equipment and all the lumber and getting it all to the work place by 8 AM, also Jim B construction wizard, and Tommy and Shannon transporting the stone from the quarry on time in their vehicles and saving us a bundle.   Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  30.3  4   10/9/2016  The ground was really wet today so we couldn't harvest dirt. We also couldn't get the machine to where we need to cut new trail due to the rocks. We decided to build some trail by hand on a steep side slope. We were able to harvest a little dirt from our hand digging, but had to sort a lot of organic out of it to use it around the big rock that we adjusted the position on and made part of the trail. We spent some of the afternoon showing our new intern some of the techniques we have used by walking most of the trail. It was a good day to do that as the drainages were really flowing and working. Then we did some more back slope finishing. Also we hiked way out past where we were working to do some more reflagging. It was hard to find the old flags. We still have a lot of trail to build.  Official 
School House Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  80.0  10   10/6/2016  The narrow 11 ft. long foot/bike bridge at Vista Point was replaced today. The materials were ferried across the Cove from the boat dock landing with great help from the Roanoke Parks and Rec staff, and the generator and other tools were brought in by trail in the canycom. Also a badly eroded and muddy section of trail near the old school house ruins was eliminated by a 450 ft. relo, and a few more mud holes were fixed. For the record - this relo. seems to traverse an old dam or pond, with the remnant of a heavy iron barrier visible down at the muddy outlet of the drainage, the site of the old boggy trail.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  29.0  5   10/1/2016  We had to cut a large tree off the fire road on the way in (after a tune up, the saw is working great again). Today was a little wet from all the rain. The trail was fine, but the clay we were harvesting was just a little too wet so it was heavier and harder to keep in one place when compacting with Vermeer (it liked to squish out). We got it mostly in place and will be able to touch up when it dries. We harvested and smashed more rocks around that second huge rock as filler and for two new banked turns where we cross an old road bed which is also a drainage. We are using some harvested clay on the trail tread again as the tread was low after the organic material was moved. This has worked out great everywhere we have done this. It is just a lot of work. I flagged the trail ahead so we can get a sawyer group in again to clear the route of downed trees. Quote of the day from our newest volunteer "Smashing rock is sort of satisfying". That is what we like to hear :)  Official 
Appalachian Trail/Catawba Valley Trail  Roanoke County  137.0  17   9/28/2016  This was a day of multi-tasking. Two teams collaborated at the VDOT-designated road crossing to build a set of seven steps up to the highway from the flood plain, and to build a pedestrian gate on each side of the road. Stone access ramps were built on each side of the bridge. Clearing of the trail was completed, and a sign post installed at the top of the mountain at the AT. Rock fill was transported from Rockydale and Roanoke County stores by Tom B.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  53.5  9   9/25/2016  First off we had to cut a tree off the fire road. Problem was that the chainsaw was not wanting to keep running. Finally got it. Today we got to try out a new piece of equipment. It was a special hydraulic jack kit that is sort of like the jaws of life by smaller. We used it tilt left two huge rocks to a better trail alignment. Three people were not able to budge the rocks with pry bars. We then smashed a whole bunch of rocks around the big rocks up close to the top and then put dirt on top. this was supposed to also make it possible to get the Vermeer through, but on the first attempt I through a track when going over the rock. It is going to have to have a temporary matting of organic to get machine over and later we can remove it. Was able to rough in the trail up to the first rock with machine. The crew worked on the trail between the two rocks by hand as I knew the machine would not be able to work in that area. This also provided some of the dirt we needed. But not near enough. Started a new dirt mine where we wanted to have a drainage. Started hauling some dirt over to the big rocks area. Did a little tread finishing work back near the toolboxes. and started another drainage area and grade reversal hump by a tree. Dick worked on some more naturalizing of the trail corridor and one of the old access trails we are done using. Also a berm turn was started down below the big rocks where we are going around another huge rock. We will use a berm to make an outside turn so that we can do a nice inside turn in a drainage area we will be making before a grade reversal. I am hoping we will be able to use the machine once we get down to that area and maybe the rocks thin out just a bit. The rocks have been very stubborn in this area.  Official 
Appalachian Trail/Catawba Valley Trail  Roanoke County  102.0  14   9/21/2016  It is 3 years 1 month almost to the day since we walked away from the banks of Catawba Creek. Since then a bridge has been built on a site 30 yds. down-stream from the present trail, creating a wet and weedy mess to struggle through. One task today was to eliminate this connection by closing it off and relocating it up-hill out of the flood-plain and just inside the forest canopy, thus lowering summer trail labor, enhancing riparian protection, and providing an attractive woodland passage.In the meantime four sawyers and four swampers cleared extensive blow-down tangles and a trail crew clipped and raked the rest.  Official 
Benjamin Franklin Middle School Nature Trail  Rocky Mount Va.  132.0  17   9/14/2016  DAY#5 - The floor of the amphitheater and the switch-back were mulched. The turnpike was completed as far as is necessary. The trail sign placed. The only main piece left is the board walk. We are unable to do this as the financing for the lumber has not been secured yet. However everything is quite adequate for the busy educational activities, including "Creek Week" starting on Monday. We shall return to finish up when the lumber becomes available.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  53.8  7   9/11/2016  Today we had to drive in with the trailer so we could bring the Vermeer out for maintenance and to use next week for NPLD on Jacobs Drop. We actually made it across the bridge and had to work a bit to turn the rig around at our parking area, but with a little work we managed. We spent most of the day trying to get two huge boulders repositioned to be part of the trail tread. We are very close now. Just want to make a very small correction to both when we have more people out there to do a bit of pry bar work. We mostly used wenches to slide them around today. Another team worked on adding dirt to the trail in 4 places and packing it down. Later in the day we actually got to the point of deciding we were done with or big dirt mine and began to naturalize it and some of the access roads. Dick also worked on hand finishing and naturalizing a section of trail while most of us were focused on the huge rocks.  Official 
Benjamin Franklin Middle School Nature Trail  Rocky Mount, Va.  124.5  17   9/7/2016  Day#4-Two additional benches were added to the amphitheater, the podium and a low table were added. For interest and for teaching purposes, two rather LARGE spectacular quartz boulders were hauled in with the rock net for display. The long loop was completed. We trucked in two more loads of no.1 stone courtesy Rockydale and laid down 100 yds. of turnpike. A good days work.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  35.1  5   9/5/2016  Today we added some dirt to a few spots on the trail from the creek up to the tool boxes. We did finishing work on the trail in the same area and a lot of naturalizing around the trail. We roughed in several hundred feet of trail. We also started the work of digging around some of the big rock on the sidehill to the next creek crossing. We needed to know how big they are and if we could move them. They are huge, but we decided to try to move the biggest one first. We spent a lot of time setting up a bunch of rigging and finally got the rock to move. We have more work to do to get it positioned just right, but now we know it is possible. The other rock should be easier to deal with. We are wanting to take the trail across them.  Official 
Benjamin Franklin Middle School Nature Trail  Rocky Mount Va.  144.5  17   8/30/2016  DAY#3- Our carpenters built a sturdy little bridge across the creek at the base of the switch-back, and into the future amphitheater, and also constructed six angled benches for the out-door classroom. The switch-back complete with crib wall was finished. Meanwhile, across the drainage, work continued on the long loop, and by the end of the day there was only about 100 yards left to complete the loop. Shannon and Tommy had hauled in about 7 tons of No.1 stone (RR Ballast), so that after lunch we could make a modest start on the long job of building a 100 yard turnpike.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  47.0  8   8/28/2016  Had a good turn out today. We finished the banked turn on both sides of the creek crossing and smashed a lot of rock and covered with dirt for the next banked turn which is almost done. This in sloped turn was added in order to get the outside turn complete before users reach the drainage. We don't want any outside turn in a drainage as it would clog. We added some dirt to some places on the trail that we want to make sure water drains away from where the out slope can not be as good due to tree positions. We naturalized a large area before the creek closing and totally finished the trail on that side. We also moved our tool storage boxes further down the trail. Cut two trees that had fallen on the trail a little way back.  Official 
Benjamin Franklin Middle School Nature Trail  Rocky Mount Va.  133.5  19   8/24/2016  DAY#2- The first bridge was relocated into the site of the new creek crossing and reinforced with fresh lumber. Uprights for amphitheater seats were set in concrete. About 4 tons of grade 1 rip tap was brought in from Jacks Mountain. Switch-back was started down to the amphitheater started. Some work continued on the long loop tail.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  31.5  5   8/21/2016  Today we finished the rock creek crossing by putting the last 3 large stones in and adding a bunch of smaller fill stones. We also started on the stone work for the next banked turn and a low spot. We continued rouging in around 300 foot of trail. We also made a new short cut to the where we park that will save us time and allow us to naturalize some of the old route soon.  Official 
Benjamin Franklin Middle School Nature Trail  Rocky Mount Va.  105.0  18   8/17/2016  DAY # 1 A large turn-out ensured a big day. We completed the 300 ft. side-hill access into the drainage from the far corner of the parking lot adjacent to the road - down to the new creek crossing. Plan to re-seat the bridge on this site. Prepared the site. Skipped the next 600 ft section, which is to be turn-piked, then it was easy going, mainly raking, going through open woodland back down to the creek and along to the site of the amphitheater. Finally - cleared the corridor back across the lowest part of the drainage in preparation for a board-walk. Satisfied, we scrambled out early just in time to escape a big boomer of a storm.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  28.3  5   8/14/2016  Hot and Humid today. Had to pace ourselves and take some breaks. We finished the closest side of the creek crossing armor and are almost done on the other side. We started to put dirt on top of the drainage rocks just before the creek crossing. We need to add some more smashed rock just before the crossing and then finish with the dirt next week. We also finished the naturalizing from before the rock gap all the way down to near the creek crossing. This weekend we were not lucky enough to beat the storm on the way out, we got soaked.   Official 
Carvins Cove Trails - multiple  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  114.0  16   8/10/2016  A large number of trail bogs have been created in the Cove by the recent months of high rainfall. Taking advantage of the abundant sources of shale along the Happy Valley Road - (and with a large and energetic crew and in spite of the overpowering heat and humidity!) - we used the two canycoms, the muck truck, Shannon's dump truck - and the ditch witch to load - we were able to clear up the bad trails - Enchanted Forest, Little Bell, part of Comet, and a particularly nasty piece of the road itself at the middle Enchanted Forest access point. We were also able to send a crew away around to the far end of School House to build a planned relo of about 300 ft, by-passing a low stretch which has been a chronic drainage problem. Note however a judgement call, digging conditions were bad, the soil being almost to the saturation point, but the crew did a great job and the new trail is entirely functional and the old route has been closed, however this section is a little rough and will need some refinement when conditions dry out. Good to have Eddie back after a long illness.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  37.5  6   7/31/2016  Today we started at 8 to try to beat the heat a little. But it was hot all day. The horse flies were bad. We set at least 6 large rocks in the creek crossing. Near the end of the day we got down to the rocks that were not quite as nice and did not fit as well. We had to jackhammer and pound them into shape. A whole lot of finishing work was done on the trail between the rock split and the creek crossing. Also a bunch more rocks were busted up in the area before the creek crossing for drainage and the banked turn/retention area. We also worked on naturalizing one of the dirt mines that we were done with. It was one that never really provided much good dirt and was always wet. We did harvest a lot of good rocks out of it though over the last few months. A storm came up towards the end of the day and we had to rush to clean up. We just got to the cars and started down the road when it cut loose. Glad we were on our way out.  Official 
Tool & Equipment Maintenance  None  13.5  4   7/30/2016  Maintenance of the Ditch Witch, including oil and filter change, fuel filter change, spark plug replacement, hydraulic cooler cleaning, air filter cleaning. Straightened the bent front grill. Raised the hood to reduce rubbing on the air in-take hose. Cleaned body inside and out; many of the labels and signs were totally black and unreadable. Lubed the various throttle connections and the non-bushings on the arms and attachments. Cleaned tracks and under housing.  Official 
Hillside Trail  Fishburn Park - ROA_City_P&R  68.0  15   7/27/2016  TRAIL REPAIR DAY #3 (FINAL)- We brought over another two pick-up loads of RR ballast and were able to scavenge remnant heaps of crush and fines to cover all of the entire sloped trail, leaving 20 yards of level entry-way plain soil - wetting down and compacting all the while. Completed stone cosmetics around the run-off crossing. Naturalized trail edging as necessary. While the trail repair was going on, several jobs were completed over on the other side of the park for the City - Bud and Frank installed a post and sign, and Liz and Blanche placed mile-markers along the Murray Run trail.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  24.3  5   7/23/2016  It was a very hot day. So we paced ourselves. First off we trekked up near Arrowhead side to deal with the yellow jacket nest in a log in the trail. However we found that someone else had already moved the log. Not sure how they managed that, but we were happy. We did see a lot of yellow jackets buzzing around and we followed them to several holes and sprayed the holes good. Then we moved on to the end of the trail and had one crew doing finishing work on the backslope and naturalizing. Another crew worked on smashing more rock for our banked turn drainage area that we will cover with dirt at some point. I worked on roughing in some more trail with the Vermeer. It was a very rocky area and I had to be really careful with the tracks. I spent a lot of time moving rocks. I still managed the throw the bad track on a hidden rock. Some of the rocks I found are big enough and square sided enough to work well in the creek crossing. Also the crew harvested some of the duff I was pulling up while roughing in the trail and used it to naturalize the section they were doing finishing work on because there was quite a shortage of it in that area.  Official 
Hillside Trail  Fishburn Park - Roanoke Citry  41.5  12   7/20/2016  TRAIL REPAIR DAY #2 - We made this short day because of the heat and humidity. Three pick-up loads of rail road ballast were transported from Carvins Cove - enough to make a stone base for about 3/4 of the targeted site, the lower 1`/4 of level trail will not need hardening.   Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R   8.8  2   7/20/2016  Tonight we planned to cut the fallen trees off the trail before continuing working on building the trail. But it turned out the trees were more numerous and some were in quite a tangle. Many trees were hanging over the trail about ready to fall. It was a whole lot of cutting. We also ran into a huge yellow jacket nest in one of the logs. We had to leave that one part way on the trail. We also had a large root ball that pulled out part of the trail. I had meant to bring some tools along, but forgot. We end up cutting some digging tools our of the wood we had been cutting. That worked pretty well and we did a lot of clean up to get the stump out of trail and hole filled back in. We ended up working past dark.  Official 
Hillside Trail  Fishburn Park - Roanoke Citry  112.0  16   7/13/2016  TRAIL REPAIR DAY #1- The final 300 feet of this trail at McNeal Dr. has suffered severe damage by storm water run-off from the college parking lot above. The velocity-reducing field of rip-rap laid out below the concrete parking lot outlet has been disabled by accumulated layers of leaves, silt, and forest debris. We carefully preserved this rocky field in removing the overlying layers of debris. Two side overflow channels were plugged but the main drainage was preserved, freshened and some additional rock added to reduce the velocity of flow. We did build a stout berm above the big tree trail-side to divert the main flow across the hardened trail bed 4 to 6 feet up-trail away from from the exposed roots. We hauled several dump truck loads of rock from the Bennett Springs parking lot for this task, also to harden the trail crossing, also to build a crib wall 100 yards further up the trail to retain fill in a large hole created by a blow-down.   Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  42.8  8   7/10/2016  Started off the day by cutting our way down the road (from all the Friday storm blow downs). We didn't have too much trouble until we got to Arrowhead junction near the wood bridge. We also cut some trees off of the end of Rock-N-Roll that we could see from the road. We ran across a trail user that was clearing some smaller trees off the access trail for Rock-N-Roll, that was really nice to see. He said he had cleared anything he could move by hand that morning. When we got to site we started by collecting rock from an old pile and bringing it over to the area before our next crossing where we are smashing it up into softball size for a layer of drainage field and banked turn support. Lots of rock smashing in that area. We will cover this with a layer of clay when we have enough rock in there. We also did some more work on the trail just below the rock split where we extended the trail on the outside edge where users were wanting to go. We will narrow it down on the inside edge. To extend the outside edge, a small crib wall was made out of rock and crushed stone was added behind it before clay was packed down. Chris came out and I showed him the idea on the technical alternate route. He then started working on the rock drop feature by adding a bunch of transitional rocks at the outside edge of the base where the easier side of the drop will be. In the afternoon some finishing work was done on the area below the rock split for about 150 feet. We also get a good start on the creek crossing by cutting and installing a huge starter rock and then building toward one side with two large rocks that were a bit troublesome to get a good fit. We moved several more rocks closer to the crossing to get them ready to be picked for the next rocks.  Official 
Natural Bridge - Buck   Rockbridge County - Natural Bridge Park  168.8  30   7/6/2016  Today we completed all the major trail construction for the second of three sections of the BHT loop, collaborating with the SCC group for its third and final work day for this season. Blazing and signing remain to be done. We now have a functional loop , using a connecting dirt road until the final piece can be built.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  23.5  3   7/3/2016  It was not supposed to rain today, but it did for most of the day lightly most of the time. We didn't want to work in the dirt much as it was a little too damp for good packing. But we smashed a whole bunch of rocks which we are using for drainage in a wet area and as support for a small banked turn and water retention area. We also smashed some rocks into the ground up by the armoring after the rock split to harden that area and widen the trail in the turn just a bit as we can see where people are riding off the edge of the trail. We spent most of the day pulling a problem tree down and pulling its stump out. The stump was really large and stubborn. Poor turnout = less work done. I could have roughed in some more trail or we could have started on the creek crossing if we had a few more people out.  Official 
Natural Bridge - Buck   Rockbridge County - Natural Bridge Park  142.0  24   6/29/2016  Working with the SCC students, we had another productive day with 500 ft of trail completed, now close to connecting the BHT loop. Part of this was tough hot going, rooting out heavy grass out in the open of a power line easement. But some of it was easy, utilizing well-beaten although obscure paths associated with the ruined mansion nearby.  Official 
Natural Bridge - Buck   Rockbridge County - Natural Bridge Park  122.5  21   6/28/2016  We met with 13 SCC students on a one-month assignment to the Natural Bridge Park (from the Washington DC chapter) and an intern with the Lands Trust - to continue work on the second section of the Buck Hill Trail. A good day's work was done - about 350 feet of new trail was completed, and a small team did a considerable job clearing winter and storm damage on the existing trail. This is the first of two, possibly three work days with this group.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  32.3  5   6/26/2016  We started out the day by backtracking on the trail to fix two spots where we did not pack the dirt good enough and there were some horse foot holes. We took a canycom full of rocks along and we smashed them into the trail bed. Obviously they broke apart and interestingly the pieces easily drove into the ground. It is amazing how many rocks we smashed into the ground. We could easily tell the trail was getting harder as we went. I am sure this will hold up very well now. Then we went back to the end of the trail where we are building and started cleaning the organic material out of the creek crossing where we will be armoring. We hauled a huge amount of rocks over to the trail before the creek crossing where we will be using them to improve drainage under the trail and also support a banked turn and provide a holding area for water runoff which will then seep through the rocks we will be putting there and keep the trail dry. We are smashing all these rocks up to softball size to have them fit better and provide lots of paths for water to seep through. We also hauled some very huge rocks over in preparation for the armored creek crossing. Later in the day the naturalizing crew made great progress in making the dirt mine area look like it had never been touched (at least in the last several years). Also some work was done packing dirt and smashed rocks around the rock armoring below the rock split. It was a very nice day with great progress for such a small crew. We had some trail users that gave us great compliments on the trail. But we also had a few that seemed upset the trail was not done yet and upset that they could not find the access trail that someone must have told them it was at the end of where we were working and it dropped down to the road. Well as we work things change and we are way past the place now. There is still a way that we get in, but it is not as obvious. They must have thought we hid it on them or something (well maybe the naturalizing did hide it a little), but you would think they could be a little nicer to people doing a ton of volunteer work to build more trails for them. Maybe they think their petty parking fee or taxes build the trails for them, that is exactly how they acted, like they were paying us and not happy with our work.   Official 
Natural Bridge - Buck   Rockbridge County - Natural Bridge Park  70.0  10   6/22/2016  Routine kind of a day with a small crew, 250 feet of nice rolling trail constructed through Kast out-crops, and three sets of steps.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  26.0  4   6/19/2016  The weather was perfect today. Not many showed up for trail work though. We started out by adding some dirt to the trail through the rock split and covered up a root. Fixed some horse foot holes. Continued the armoring below the rock split and mostly finished it. We have a few more rocks to smash and pack around it yet then pack dirt up to it and around it. We worked on naturalizing the old dirt mines and back side of the berm turn. We collected a huge amount of leave using a very large tarp.  Official 
Hotel Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  81.0  14   6/15/2016  This was our final day on Hotel. We split into three groups. One group did finish work on the relocation, hitting a 25'section where duff had been buried under the bench. Another crew did demo and naturalization of the old trail that was so eroded and cleaned water diverters. The third crew put fines on the lower, last section of causeway. Had the Witch loading materials in the parking lot and Canycom and MT running them down there, with Dave Foster on compactor. After lunch, we split up again. Creek crossings were repaired, bridge was cleaned off and out from underneath. Crush was put on the descent from the parking lot to bridge and compacted; amazingly it survived the subsequent torrential rains. Weedeated around kiosk. A big crew went in to Riley's Loop and cleared road and ditches in that area. All in all a successful day in multiple locations.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  52.8  8   6/12/2016  Today we had two sawyers because the Explore Park saw day was canceled since the work was already done by MWC. We had a bunch of fallen trees to clear for the next ~1/6 mile of trail. The two sawyers and Kristine their swamper kept busy for most of the day clearing the trail corridor. We also continued the rock work at the bottom of the rock split. Still have at least another days work on it. Lots of work done to collect duff and naturalize the trail a ways back where the big bermed turn is.  Official 
Fallen Tree Clearing  Explore Park  49.5  11   6/8/2016  At County's request we worked on cleaning up the trails on the upper end of Explore. Inmates had done the River Trail. We worked on Palmer's Pond, Turkey, Deer Run. Weedeaters by Jonathan and Bud were particularly helpful. A few newly fallen trees, but also cleared back old fallen trees that were creeping into the road's width. Left the severe hazard trees. We were done by lunch; John drove his truck to the pond to prove it was passable. Saw two snakes near the river.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  36.3  5   6/4/2016  Today we did some finishing work to the roughed in section of trail between the rock slit and the next creek crossing. We also added some dirt to both berms in some key spots. We also started the armoring below the rock slit but ran into some issues working around the roots and other rocks. Even with all the rocks we have, can't seem to find the shapes we need. One large rock we had near site was too thick to sit above the roots, so we spent a lot of time drilling it and splitting it in two. We also spent a lot of time looking for just the right consistency in organic material for the inside drainage area of the berm turn. And we are out of the organic matting for the back side of the berms. We spent a lot of time sifting through the spoils along the trail corridor looking for both types of material. We had a storm come through while we were out there. Will the rain ever stop this year? I am sure when it gets super dry we will be wanting rain, but we have had enough right now.  Official 
Natural Bridge - Buck   Natural Bridge  70.0  10   6/1/2016  This project is a continuation of trail 2 at Natural Bridge, started last year, with some kids helping. Using Bill's hand drawn map and old flags, we dug trail, built steps, cut a few trees, some rock work. Nice woods. Sure beats being in the bramble pile on Buck. When we reached the grown up road, we quit as flags were unclear from there.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  23.0  3   5/29/2016  Today we think we finally finished the big banked turn. We used a level to make sure water would drain well and found there was an optical illusion. We had to move a bunch more dirt and do a lot of shaping to finish this off. We also worked on the back slope. Then much of the back slope was naturalized. There is more to naturalize like the inside drainage area and the huge downhill slope where we built up the side of the hill for this turn. We closed up the dirt mines and spent a lot of time roughing in all the naturalizing of that dirt mine area and blending the disturbed areas with those that were not.  Official 
Fallen Tree Clearing  Explore Park  100.0  18   5/25/2016  We were told it was not doable in a day, but we really didn't believe it. But they were right. Same microburst kind of damage that hit the Parkway. Armed with a map pinpointing the worst spots, we dispersed 7 sawyers and help to the various trails. The green trail had been done. Dave Foster and help hiked way out on the yellow trail, to spend 3 1/2 hours on 26 trunks that constituted one tree. Bud and Roger attacked the blue trail, until they got to a tangle they considered dangerous. Jim and George whittled away on the red trail, with help arriving from Tom and Shannon. Lots of cutting got done, but still some hazardous stuff out there.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  28.5  4   5/22/2016  Today we started out by pulling out a stump that was in the route we wanted to take across the next creek. We used our rope and pulley rigging to get mechanical advantage. It was wet out so instead of mining dirt in the morning, we started on roughing in another 300 foot of trail past the rock split. When we got up towards the rock split we ran into some huge rocks that had to be pulled out with a 2,000 pound one wedged in right at the bottom of the split that was in the way of good flow. Finally got it out and used it for the outer edge of our armoring at the bottom of the split. We have some great rocks we pulled out of the trail route on the way to this point that we will use here. Obviously we pulled them out because they were not embedded in the trail in a way we could use them. But some will be put back in the trail in a better position. As the dirt dried out a bit we were able to move some dirt to work on berm and adding clay to trail tread in the hand built section where we had to pull out huge amounts of organic material. We also wanted to build up over large roots we wanted to keep. We have found that adding clay back into the trail tread has made for great all weather trail where we have been doing this. So it is worth the extra work.  Official 
Hotel Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  51.8  11   5/18/2016  We finished the bench on the steep section of the Hotel reroute. The material was all shale, so we carried it down to the old trail for fill. Enlarged some of the water diverters. The old trail has not been closed or naturalized. Still some cleaning up to do in terms of the benching, but almost, or substantially, complete.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  14.5  4   5/18/2016  We moved some more dirt to the banked turns and above the rock slot. We started the work to pull a tree out at the next creek crossing, but it split before the roots pulled free. Next work day we may try to pull the roots out. This is the best place to cross the creek and the tree is in the way.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  27.0  4   5/13/2016  The morning was a little wet from the early morning rain. When we got to site we found that a huge tree had rolled down into the trail. It was around 28 inch diameter and about 35 foot long. It was some kind of very dense hard wood. It took us almost 4 hours to cut this up and roll the pieces out of the trail we were done burying fallen wood already in this area, so we chose to make a bunch of seats in two locations. We cut this up into around 15 pieces we could barely roll. This was an unplanned chunk of work. We did some more work on the trail above the rock slot. It is now ready for some clay covering to finish that area. We used the Vermeer and 6 way blade to do a little finishing work before hand finishing between the moss rocks and rock bridge. There may be a little more to do next time, but one more day should do to finish this area. We do have some more naturalizing to do also, some was done today. We also moved the tool boxes down the trail a ways. We found 3 mice had built a nest in one of the boxes and had to clean that up.  Official 
Lick Run Bridge  Roanoke Greenways - ROA_City_P&R  77.5  12   5/4/2016  We built ramps to the replaced bridge. On the Norris side it was gravel and dirt; cleared lots of dirt off the street, found old curbs, got the ramp as wide as the bridge but a little steep for 3-4'. On the greenway side we implemented a Jim Brown design. 12 posts in 3 rows, with stringers on each side of each post. At lunch time he declared we wouldn't finish, but, by putting in an hour of overtime, we wrapped it up. Thanks to Shannon Palmer for picking up the materials and bringing them on his dump truck. Had one neighbor help briefly.  Official 
Lick Run Bridge  Roanoke Greenways - ROA_City_P&R  6.3  3   5/3/2016  Prep for work day. Jim designed ramp. Shannon and Liz picked up materials  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  24.5  4   5/1/2016  We had to alter the start time today due to rain. We lost a few of our scheduled volunteers likely due to this. Since it was a bit muddy out there, we mostly stuck to naturalizing our dirt mine area. We cut up deadfall from surrounding area and packed into deep parts of cuts. Then we covered with dirt and organic material and shaped surrounding landscape to match. Also we were able to work on the last section of trail before the upcoming rock slot. We modified the approach a little and protected a big root to a very nice featured oak tree wrapped around boulders. We smashed rocks up for fill to bring the trail up over the big root and fill in places we had to dig a bunch of organic out of to improve sustainability. We will cover the smashed rock with clay but leave the big rocks exposed. We have tread finishing work between the moss covered rock feature and bridge to finish, but it was too wet to mess with that. I washed the Pathfinders truck and cannycom when I got back to county yard.   Official 
Lick Run Bridge  Roanoke Greenways - ROA_City_P&R  9.0  4   4/29/2016  Met crane folks. Loaded bridge with fork lifts. Moved it to Norris. They went and got crane. We mostly watched that part and approved final location.  Official 
Hotel Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  128.5  24   4/27/2016  We started on the steep slope section, and it is pretty impressive what it takes to build trail here. Big tall back slope too. Renee helped layout drainage and alignment on lower section, and then we hauled the dirt there from the steep section. The North Cross kids built the connecting section on the upper end. At least one more day needed to finish.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  49.5  9   4/24/2016  Incredible weather today. Great turn out also. We pretty much finished the causeway/bridge project by positioning the last two main trail rocks. Then we installed some downhill anchor rocks to help guarantee a very long life for this feature. probably past the lifetime of everyone working on this. We made great finishing progress on the large banked turn also. We may do some fine tweaking on it yet, but it is mostly done. We planted some saplings Dick got from the forestry department. We naturalized the largest dirt mine by burying a huge amount of dead wood and covering with dirt and organic mater. That really turned out well. We have several more areas to fix up like that. Dick did some naturalizing around the causeway/bridge.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  35.5  5   4/16/2016  The weather was perfect today. We got the long rock bridge/causeway all connected and ride-able but have some more work to do on it to fully finish it. There is one narrow spot where we are still working on placing a large rock and ran out of time. We did a little more work on the big banked turn.  Official 
Hotel Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  80.0  14   4/13/2016  Flags got stolen over the week end, so Renee and Liz met at 8:00 to reset the flags. Main part of the crew started where we had left off. On the steep section, Liz cleared, Curt and Bud dug a ledge to walk on, to give a place to start. Jim Webb had the rule of the day - clear 6 feet of duff to get sufficient space to put the trail tread. Blanche spent most of day cleaning up places where there was not sufficient duff removal. Trail roughed in to the deer trail, just before the steep section.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  22.5  3   4/10/2016  Today we placed another large rock in the rock bridge and cut a new one that didn't break quite as well as we wanted. We went ahead and are trying to use it. We moved it into place and started raising it up as it is setting too low. We are pounding crushed rock under it and that is a slow process. We will have to add another rock on the side also as there rock left a gap on one end after we placed it. We also raised the banked turn another 8 inches or so. It is starting to take a nice shape.  Official 
Lick Run Bridge  Roanoke Greenways - ROA_City_P&R  16.5  5   4/8/2016  Site prep. Removed forms, pulled apart one wall to use timbers, graded greenway side with Ditch Witch.  Official 
Hotel Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  92.0  15   4/6/2016  We finished up the first relocation, hardening creek crossing, smoothing out the turn, checking full bench, digging final section, then closing off the old creekside trail. Then moved to the top of the hill to start the next relocation working from top to bottom. Went well, did about 300 feet. One steep section will be tricky. Beautiful day, cool and sunny.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  20.0  3   4/4/2016  Did a weekday this week. Spring is such a nice time to work. I always have people telling me that if only we worked during the week they would help. Well, this is like the 8th time I have done this and those people don't show. To be honest we didn't need many people today, we just get done what we can and enjoy the day. Gerry is the only one to come out and help the first shift and Dick came out the 2nd shift. We were able to cut and fit into place two large boulders on the rock bridge. We also cut and prepped a 3rd that we will place the next work day. We also made some more progress on the large banked turn. It is starting to take shape. This turn has been a lot of work in order to get the drainage right. This used to be a low section of the landscape, but for flow this is where the turn needed to be. So we had to raise the land to get the turn with proper drainage and natural look.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  30.0  5   4/3/2016  Small crew today. We started by further cutting up some of the deadfall with cut ends laying around and put them in a pile under the area we have been piling up dirt. We will bury them in the process. They are fall enough away from the trail, it will not effect the integrity of our fill. We added more dirt to the trail build up for big banked turn and compacted it. We shaped a big boulder to add to the bridge and put it in place. It took several tries to get a good fit. We dug up another huge boulder over a ton. We split off around 800 lb slab from it. It came out very well and we will cut around another 100lb chunk off before moving it into place for our bridge extension. I think we will be able to trim down the rest of this boulder and use it also. It is a very nice shape. Some more work was done further down the trail to remove organic material from the trail tread. There is so much of it, we will have to fill back in with clay. That seems to be the norm for this trail in many locations. It was a bit dusty today as the dirt is starting to dry out again.   Official 
Lick Run Bridge  Roanoke Greenways - ROA_City_P&R  6.5  4   4/1/2016  The fun day. Pumper truck arrived right on schedule, about 8:45. Concrete man reduced the order by 1/2 a yard. Fun watching all that equipment work. Shannon and Roger focused on the pour, stabilizing forms, smoothing top edge. Perfect amount of concrete, practically none left over. Installed an eye bolt for the break away system.  Official 
Fallen Tree Clearing  Blue Ridge Parkway  48.0  8   3/30/2016  Removed trees along Chestnut Ridge Loop Trail and along the Horse Trail near MP 119. Most were downed in the ice storm in Feb.  Official 
Lick Run Bridge  Roanoke Greenways - ROA_City_P&R  66.5  8   3/30/2016  Installed silt fence, built a temporary creek crossing, dug the footers, and made forms for abutment. Spent considerable time trying to disassemble the old retaining walls built by the City to hold the gravel ramps, all of which will be removed. Also in squaring it all. The first bridge, planned to be temporary with replacement as part of the interchange, was built in January 2012. The bridge was washed out in summer of 2013, rescued by the City, and has been sitting in a storage lot. The holes last time were filled with gravel, so it was a pain to dig them out. Forms built using lumber and rebar donated by Shannon and Roger, supplemented from Home Depot.   Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  26.3  4   3/27/2016  Today we continued to add dirt to both raised and insloped turns. We wanted to take advantage of the Jumping Jack compactor rental. However the dirt was really wet for some reason for the far turn. The near turn is now about 8" higher. We are pretty close to being able to start to shape it. We do have some more work to do downhill from the turn to shape the surrounding area and cover some fallen timber that we cleaned up and piled behind the place we knew we were building up. When it rots, it will not effect our turn as it is pretty far away. It is just an easy way to cover the stuff up. More progress was made extending the trail. It was some tough terrain with large rocks that needed to be jackhammered. Then we went back to some rock work in near the end to get a big rock down that we have been shaping up in the forest above. It was in a tight spot and it was tricky to move it. We got it down close to where we want it, but ran out of time to finish shaping it and moving it into place in the near side of the rock bridge.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  67.5  13   3/26/2016  Today we had a group of 7 med students come out to help. The weather was nice. A few people might have been slightly chilly to start, but warmed up quickly. We worked on adding dirt to our big raised banked turn. We also blew the leaves off the trail corridor ahead. We naturalized an old drainage a little better. We worked on extending the trail by hand up to the huge rocks we will drop between. We also smashed a bunch of rocks to help create our next banked turn since we had them and that will cut back on the dirt we need to use. We rented a jumping jack compactor and that really works well with packing the clay dirt we have. It gets into tight places and frees up our dirt moving machine from packing duties as we can keep it busy all day with other heavy duty stuff.  Official 
Sawmill Branch Bridge Repair  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  4.0  2   3/25/2016  Added final four bolts and reflectors to bridge. Cut a few trees on the way out.  Official 
Fallen Tree Clearing  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  31.5  6   3/23/2016  Cleared trees on Bennett Springs loop, Tuck Away, Enchanted Forest, Arrowhead, School House, and parts of Happy Valley  Official 
Sawmill Branch Bridge Repair  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  64.5  9   3/23/2016  Removed old broken rails, cleaned deck, used scaffold in creek to install underneath support for braces, re-installed posts and rails. Thank goodness for impact drill and scaffold. Beautiful day. Almost perfect count on materials. Great job team!  Official 
Sawmill Branch Bridge Repair  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  7.3  3   3/22/2016  Picked up materials from Lowe's, improvised, etc  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  27.8  5   3/20/2016  We took a chance today with the 50% chance of rain and got lucky to not have any. No problem with the trail we are working on being wet from yesterday's rain. We finished the far side of the rock bridge and banked turn approach to the bridge. We also dig more hand building of the trail further ahead through the rocky zone. Several rocks were uncovered that are too big to move and will need to be cut. We did some naturalizing around the far side of bridge. Hopefully next weekend we will work on the near side of the bridge and continue work on the hand built part of the trail. We also need to get back to our big raised turn.  Official 
Fallen Tree Clearing  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  88.5  15   3/16/2016  Multiple sawyers. Cleared fallen trees from Brushy Mtn Fire Rd, part of Happy Valley Rd, Songbird, Enchanted Forest  Official 
Fallen Tree Clearing  Tinker Creek Greenway at Hollins  11.5  3   3/16/2016  Removed trees down from ice and wind, repaired section under powerline.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  29.8  5   3/12/2016  Today we continued to add dirt to sweeping turn we have been working on for awhile. We are trying to get the drainage right and want to end up with a banked turn. We added better support rocks all around the base of our rock bridge to protect the main support rocks and keep them from shifting. We added 3 huge boulders to the rock bridge far side. A lot of time was spent cutting and shaping the large rocks to make them fit nice. More progress was made on the trail in the rocky section before the rock gap. Lots of organic material had to be moved.  Official 
Sawmill Branch Bridge Repair  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R   8.0  2   3/11/2016  Assessed bridge damage, designed bridge repair method, measured, calculated, did materials list. Reviewed work on RocknRoll  Official 
Hotel Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  98.0  17   3/9/2016  Almost finished the sidehill re-route. Practiced our "steep side slope" technique. Got in a classic rolling grade dip. Full bench, full bench, full bench.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  53.0  9   3/6/2016  The weather was great today and we had a good turnout. we broke into groups to tackle several different projects. We moved tons of rocks and sorted them by armoring quality. On another work day we will head back a little ways and armor a small drainage that is soft and use best rocks for that. We will use the less nice rocks to reinforce the downstream side of the huge armored crossing as we miss calculated the water flow a bit. Another team went back to the big armored crossing to transplant some ferns. Another group worked on the turn we are raising around 4 foot over ~75 feet length. Then the teams started mixing more and we worked on some hand built side hill train and hand finishing some machine built trail. we also worked on our rock bridge and actually placed the main rocks. We also hunted for some more large boulders and found a few. One of them we had to split into a smaller size using our rock drill and 9 1" * 6" rock splitting wedges. We were down to two people by that point and will have to have more help to flip that boulder into the Vermeer bucket. We will use that rock at the rock bridge far side and we have more work to do and the other one we started to place on the near side. On the near side we eventually plan to bring the large boulders all the way back to the other existing boulders.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  6.5  2   2/28/2016  I was getting over a bad cold and Dick had burnt his hand bad. So we decided to just go out to examine and plan the work to be done. We looked out two places we need to do a little improvement on the trail back a little ways. One is at the big armored crossing where the water has went in a different direction than expected. The other is a soft spot in a drainage where we likely didn't get all the organic out of the fill. We walked the trail ahead and planned the final route. We also explored an alternative rock route and rock mines. We have some very interesting areas that we will be going through. We had to cut a tree off the road on the way in.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  29.8  5   2/21/2016  Well, if I had it to do over, I would have cancelled the workday. It was terrible once the rain started. We put up a large tarp once the rain started and it was hard to put up with the resources we had. We did do a little rock work under the tarp, but it was cramped working conditions. We ended up using our new rock splitting wedges to split the rock we have been trying to use in half. This worked pretty good. We now have two halves we can use. We spent the rest of the day positioning one of those rocks. Dick took a team ahead and cleared some downed trees from the trail corridor. Steve and Gerry worked on preparing the area we are going to build the rock bridge across the stream.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  16.0  2   2/14/2016  Very cold today! Only two of us were brave enough to go for it. We did not get too cold. however the equipment did not like the cold. The Canycom was very had to start. The Vermeer was frozen to the ground and the mud had hardened so bad the sprockets would not turn to drive the tracks. Had to chisel them free. Out main mission for the day was to shape a huge boulder that we are placing another huge boulder next to. We need to get the mating shapes correct. We were armed with the Pathfinder's large rock drill / jackhammer so we thought the rock would have little resistance. However, one of the rocks was quite tough. We worked and worked at it for most of the day and even though we were almost finished before we left, we didn't have enough time to try the fit again. The ground was very frozen so it was not a day to harvest rock as they are frozen into the ground. I went ahead and laid out the route of the trail ahead and marked it well so we can have teams clear the corridor in the next few weeks. Also was able to break through the frozen ground and harvest some more dirt for our giant raised banked turn. This was an outside turn that used to sit low and would have been a drainage problem. We are raising this whole section of land to get the flow and drainage right. It is taking many tons of dirt. We are spending the time to make this look natural with the surrounding land and taking the opportunity to bury a bunch of old wood. No, not in the critical area of the trail and support structure, but below where we are piling up the dirt anyway. We also moved and shaped a few boulder we will be placing after the one we are working on now.  Official 
Hotel Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  48.3  10   2/10/2016  Cold. did you say cold? We had lots of second thoughts in the parking lot, but fortunately the brave persisted and the work site was blessedly out of the wind. We began digging the sidehill relo, to get the trail out of the creek bottom where it floods so often. Top inch was frozen, but the duff pealed off nicely. Nice size group of hardy trail folks. Tool truck broke down, but fortunately between us we had enough tools, and Bud rescued Eddie from side of the road.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  46.0  8   2/7/2016  Had a great turn out today. We made good progress in several areas. We fixed the flow better on the entrance to the last rocky zone we worked on. We roughed in some trail through a very rocky area by hand. We got a start on the huge rock crossing by we really need the rock drill. We moved a bunch of dirt for our raised sweeping banked turn. This turn is by far the turn that has taken the most dirt we have ever done. We have a new access route that we will be able to use for awhile which ties into our last route in, yet keeps us from having to cross our last armored zone that is hard to cross with the Canycom.   Official 
Fisherman's Trail  Blue Ridge Parkway - Roanoke River Overlook  15.8  7   2/4/2016  Final clean up before the ribbon cutting. Shoveled snow, blew sidewalks, swept all the steps, tried to adjust water in the drainage, spread leaves. The river was quite high and muddy, with about 5 steps under water. Bob Adams folks were working also, signs, parking lot.  Official 
Hotel Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  24.0  12   1/20/2016  Anticipating the frozen ground and cold temperatures, we planned a short day, raking and clearing the next Hotel relo to establish a sidehill location above the creek bed. Tom cleared fallen trees, others raked and cleared. Also looked at the proposed switchbacks on the steep hill. A very nice day overall. Several went out to lunch afterwards.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  28.5  5   1/16/2016  Transplanted a bunch of moss to the last armored feature and it now looks really nice and like it has been there a long time. More so when the moss gets seated better. We pulled a large stump out and winched it over to a wood pile that we plan to bury. The wood pile was tightened up with all surrounding wood pushed into it. We will cover all this up later with dirt and organic material. We roughed in the trail past the creek and up the side hill to the next rocky section which we started building by hand. The last dirt mine was naturalized even more. We did a little work on the big banked turn above the wood pile, but didn't get very far.   Official 
Hotel Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  90.0  14   1/14/2016  Freezing conditions Wednesday prompted working the next day under ideal conditions, however with a smaller crew. We completed hardening of two major storm water crossings and completed building the graded slope between existing lower and upper trail sections. We did some touch-up with crush here and there, and finally, some contouring of the adjacent soils to direct storm water flow away from the trail (this no doubt will need further work). Two stream crossings are planned.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  21.0  3   1/10/2016  Today turned out to be a very nice day. Much warmer than expected. It was wet out there though, but the new trail is doing very well even with heavy rain. We finished the rock feature today and graded the trail after it to slope into it correctly. We will have to fine tune it when it dries out some more. The dirt was a little too wet to pack correctly. Then we moved two very huge rocks across the upper hillside and rolled them down to where our next creek crossing will use them. We used a combination of pushing and rolling them with the Vermeer and pry bars and rope winch to keep them on track across the hillside. One rock was over 1000 lbs.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  22.3  4   1/8/2016  Today was wet and cold. Much more rain during the day than expected. We still got some work done. We removed more of the stump parts and filled in the holes back at our last rocky feature. We pulled down the tree on the hillside past our next creek crossing that was preventing us from moving up that hillside. We still have a little work to do on the stump but the tree has been cut up and moved to a spot we plan to cover up. We moved a large boulder over to the creek crossing area. We worked on a route up higher on the hillside where we plan to push some boulders across the hillside and down to the creek crossing area. We blew the leaves off of the trail route ahead through a rocky area so we can see the rocks and pick our exact route. This section for trail will need to be built by hand to preserve the rock features.  Official 
Hotel Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  116.0  17   1/6/2016  After an eight-month hiatus we returned to The Hotel Trail today to complete the turnpike crossing of the Bennett Springs Creek flood plain, and also to re-configure the badly eroded trail in its difficult climb to The Buck Trail. It was crackling-cold and a three-inch frozen crust covered the ground, but warming to a most pleasant day by late morning. What fun to be back! Several hours were spent cleaning up the mess from the rampaging storm waters generated by the recent rains. It was gratifying to note the pristine state of the trail over most of the way. A vigorous attempt was made to re-route storm water routes away from the trail with the Ditch Witch, and the trail hardened at sites where impacts would be unavoidable.A major accomplishment was to ALMOST close the long gap rising out of the flat up to join the new trail above, and to obliterate the old connection. A good day's work.   Official 
Fisherman's Trail  Blue Ridge Parkway - Roanoke River Overlook  67.5  15   12/21/2015  Day#22-FINAL DAY-This was touch-up day with regard to the steps- topping up with crush 'r run and tamping down those where the rock-fill was deficient. Sweeping all wooden boards clean of dirt and debris. Setting leaf cover on those small remaining areas of bare soil. Removing last few ribbons/flags. The other major task was to complete blocking in the rock waterfall bed with the rest of the second load of material brought in from Jacks Mountain Quarry. Note -this is beautiful blocky gleaming granite - well worth the effort of the long haul in.FINAL STATISTICS - NUMBER VOLUNTEERS:46; NUMBER VOLUNTEER HOURS:3075.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  25.3  4   12/21/2015  Today we had to bring the Vermeer back in after the maintenance. Along the way tried to fix some muddy places in the road quickly, but that did not really work out very well as it is a much bigger job. Then we naturalized the big dirt mine that we were finished with. Then we worked on trying to get the trail started across the creek which was hard because the ground at the creek was so soft. Also a tree is right in the way of where we want to go, making things even harder. We also worked some more on the banked turn area that we are slowly building up as it was a low spot before. Also a stump was removed back by the last rocky feature area.  Official 
Tool & Equipment Maintenance  None  6.5  2   12/19/2015  Installed repaired wheel on trailer. Cleaned Vermeer, trailer, and truck a little. Maintenance work on Vermeer: Change oil, oil filter, fuel filter. Fixed pin that was coming out of left arm. Cleaned air filter.   Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  24.9  4   12/18/2015  Today we were back dealing with the dead trees. We had a lot of trouble cutting up the pine that we pulled down last week. I don't know what was up with that wood, but it was overheating our chains. We pulled another dangerous hanging over the trail tree down that was a little hung up in another tree. Worked a little more on the latest banked turn. Also worked on trying to get dug into the hillside on the other side of the creek as there is no way to come from above. We are going to have to build some trail by hand up ahead as there is no way to get the machine through all the rocks (not worth the effort and risk). Had to put a bunch of small rocks in the creek the get the machine across. We plan to rock bridge this creek with some huge rocks soon. We had to bring the Vermeer out for maintenance and that was a lot of work as we can not get our trailer past the Arrowhead bridge. Also the road is too narrow for our trailer and we always have to cut and carry deadfall off the edges of the road were previous sawyers left a mess on the side of the road. I still ended up getting a rock punched through one of the trailer tires and barely made it back to the County Parking lot. Had to then take the wheel off and go get a new tire. Liz helped out.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  45.8  8   12/13/2015  Nice and warm day for December. Today a large dead tree was pulled out stump and all. It was causing a drainage issue to work around and I did not want anyone to later think we killed it by cutting it's roots. It was very stubborn though and took much of our time today. Many huge rocks over 600 lbs were moved. Some over 800lbs had to be rolled and pushed with Vermeer. We are going to use these to make a rock bridge or tall armouring over next drainage. More trail was roughed in and leaves were blown in drainage area to see what we had to work with. Fallen trees were cut up. One crew split up at beginning of work day to start at beginning of trail and add rocks around the base of trees we had piled dirt against. Work was started in next banked turn and a new dirt mine was opened near it.   Official 
Fisherman's Trail  Blue Ridge Parkway - Roanoke River Overlook  77.5  11   12/12/2015  DAY#21- A small pick-up team went in today to install the last two steps and work on the waterfall. Finally, a lot of labor, stone and effort went into improving the pathway down from the parking lot to the trail-head. Another day will be needed for general clean-up and perfecting the rock work on numerous steps.   Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  24.5  5   12/11/2015  Wonderful 70 degree weather in December. The rock feature with two routes was improved some more today. It is really turning out very good. I think people will like both routes across the rocks. We brought some large rocks down from higher up the hill. More finishing work was done on the trail tread. More trail was roughed in all the way to the next creek crossing where we will be making an actual rock bridge if everything goes as planned and we are able to find the right rocks.  Official 
Fisherman's Trail  Blue Ridge Parkway - Roanoke River Overlook  162.0  21   12/9/2015  Day#20- This was a multipurpose day, attempting to finish the project. We came close, but ended short by 2 steps and part of the water fall.The various storm water openings between the fans of steps were completed, and landscaping, revegetation and covering of exposed disturbed soil all were taken care of, and gargoyles placed strategically to discourage short-cutting across the fans. Chris Barlow, a professional landscaper, has kindly volunteered his services to develop a dramatic waterfall with rock we picked out in Jacks Mountain Quarry recently.It is about half completed. We hope to come back very soon to complete the job.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  59.0  11   12/6/2015  Great Day with wonderful turnout. We moved both toolboxes quite a distance down the trail. We did finishing work on around 60 feet of trail. We roughed in some more trail. We pulled down two dangerous trees. We moved a bunch of rock. And we worked on a rock feature and hardened drainage area combo with a technical alternative.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  20.8  4   12/4/2015  Nice weather today. Though the trails and road were very wet. We focused today on preparing for a large number of people that we expect for Sunday. We cut some large fallen trees off the trail ahead. We roughed in the trail up to the rocky area. We worked the Vermeer up and through the rock zone and harvested a large number of rocks along the way that we will be using to bridge across the next creek crossing and finishing some armor work. Also roughed in some trail past the rock zone. The last two banked turns were touched up also and naturalizing was started.  Official 
Fisherman's Trail  Blue Ridge Parkway - Roanoke River Overlook  140.0  19   12/3/2015  DAY#19- This was not one of our better days production-wise, although a high point was achieved with the installation of our signature bench on the viewing platform , designed and pre-cut beautifully by Roger H, suitably engraved by Jim B, and assembled and secured in place by Jim B and Merve B. Our other big push to complete the steps did not occur, although the one small remaining gap was completed and 4 steps were installed in the other large gap - leaving eight to go. Much fill and rock needs to be worked into the culvert area. Thanks to FOBRP member Dave Youngblood for working as "top-sider" today.   Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  18.3  3   11/29/2015  Today we did some finishing touches on two banked turns and the trail in between. Turned out that we moved quite a bit of dirt in the process. The dirt was a bit too wet today so packing was not perfect as the dirt squirmed around a little too much under the machine.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  35.5  6   11/21/2015  First off we tightened the tracks on the Canycom. One crew today focused on adding more rocks between the base of trees and the dirt we have piled up on the trees for banked turns. We have always added some, but today several spots along the trail were improved. Also we inspected much of the trail to see how it handled the huge amount of rain and it did well. We used rigging to pull two trees out of the trail corridor including their root ball and all. This took longer than we expected with how soft the ground was. Then we focused on finishing the next rock crossing we had started on. It came out very nice. We had to drain one banked turn that we knew was not finished and had filled up with water.  Official 
Fisherman's Trail  Blue Ridge Parkway - Roanoke River Overlook  126.5  16   11/18/2015  Day#18- Despite a dense region-wide cloud cover and persisting drizzle we were delighted to experience a completely dry work day - and an excellent crew turn-out as well! A very welcome development as we are striving to complete this project in three more work-days. Roger's step crew surged ahead to complete the upper flight of steps to the main trail - a significant goal - and beautifully done too - providing us with a dramatic and gracious entrance to the fans of steps unfolding below. The other two step crews made solid gains too, essentially leaving one single 15-18 step stretch to do. Bill T with his culvert team has addressed the several major issues and are about done. Finally, we are working on isolated landscaping sites along the route. All in all, very good day's work - will we finish on time?? Who knows! Stay tuned.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  30.8  7   11/14/2015  We worked on building up 2 raised banked turns. By building up the area we are improving drainage in what would normally be a trouble area on an outside turn and also making it more fun. We also put the finishing touches a previous banked turn. Some naturalizing was done   Official 
Fisherman's Trail  Blue Ridge Parkway - Roanoke River Overlook  200.0  25   11/11/2015  Day#17-A large crew, good weather and soil made for a booming work-day. Four seasoned step crews made solid progress supported by sawyers cutting and shaping steps and carriers keeping up the supply of stone, dirt and hard-wear. Work on the culvert is well along too. Roger's step team broke all records with 10 steps installed!  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  21.0  4   11/8/2015  Today was mostly about training Steve on the Vermeer. We moved several loads of dirt over to a banked turn that needed a little more work. Some finishing work and naturalizing were also done. But mostly we cleared the organic layer off our newest dirt mine and piled it up for future naturalizing once we are finished with the dirt harvest.  Official 
Buffalo Mountain Natural Area Preserve (DCR)  Floyd County  90.0  10   11/5/2015  Day#2-Eight crew members elected to spend the night at the beautiful Hotel Floyd, as guests of the State (DCR)and Wes Poulas rejoined us at the Preserve in the morning together with Maurice Turner who came for the day.Some more work was done on the crib wall, a minor route relocation was made to more stable ground, and several hundred feet of new trail was dug, meandering across the broad ridge-top interestingly through scattered boulders. We plan to continue work in the spring.  Official 
Buffalo Mountain Natural Area Preserve (DCR)  Floyd County  96.0  16   11/4/2015  Day#1-The purpose of this trail is to complete a loop around the mountain passing east/west along its north slope. We started about 200 yards from the parking lot with some 100 ft. of side-hill and two short flights of steps before turning abruptly left through a split rock to climb 50 ft.up through a spectacular slab of eroded rock to the ridge-top. This required one short section of heavy cribbing and more steps. The work was cut short at about 3 o'clock by a cold steady drizzle.About 400 ft. of trail was constructed. Wet and muddy, we retreated to Floyd where we enjoyed hot showers and the excellent accommodations of the new Floyd Hotel,courtesy of DCR.  Official 
Fisherman's Trail  Blue Ridge Parkway - Roanoke River Overlook  155.5  21   10/20/2015  Day#16- Four step crews continued working on selected sites on the final push up the hill to the junction with the main loop trail. We are close to exhausting the wood beam supply from the bone yard. For the next two weeks we shall be working on Buffalo Mountain, a DCR preserve in Floyd County. This will give us a three week respite to figure out our subsequent course here. Also - today Bill T, along with several crew members, started addressing the storm water problem which is cutting down the steep bank from the parking lot and crossing the asphalt path of the main loop-trail. The first step was completed - to construct a heavy platform in the trail where the torrent of storm water pours down a deeply eroded gutter from the parking lot above.  Official 
Fisherman's Trail  Blue Ridge Parkway - Roanoke River Overlook  168.0  22   10/14/2015  Day#15- Everything is now complete below the display and we have four step teams working on fans of steps all the way to the top. Each team placed several steps. Also working on reverse grades at strategic locations to throw off water.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  53.0  10   10/11/2015  Had a good turn out today. We had 3 team members from the East Coasters bike team and their Dads show up and some of the regular trail builders. Finally the dry dusty trail was replaced by moist clay that is much easier to work with. We worked on a very rocky section and made two routes through some rocks. we had to move some rocks into place to get the path we wanted. We worked one moving dirt for 2 insloped turns. Many upcoming downed trees were cleared.   Official 
Fisherman's Trail  Blue Ridge Parkway - Roanoke River Overlook  152.0  20   10/7/2015  Day#14 - Last week cancelled due to bad weather. Beautiful day today and no significant damage found from rain and flood. We ran 5 small teams for a good steady day's work.. One group finished up the steps to the landing, rocked in the landing surface, and then demolished the enormous root ball near by as per the Parkway request. Done here except for the installation of one of our small benches (now approved). One group is closing in on the one remaining string of steps, just below the display - still 1 or 2 steps to finish - the other 3 teams worked on step sets starting just above the display. We are on the home stretch now! - - - Item: beautiful specimen of a large red fox, death very recent, found under the bridge on the way out from work - will report to staff.Thanks to Heidi from Friends for being "top-side" monitor.  Official 
Fisherman's Trail  Blue Ridge Parkway - Roanoke River Overlook  118.5  15   9/23/2015  Day#13 - This was a rather quiet day, the main excitement being a delegation of Park People coming to check on our progress. Several more step sets were completed, good progress was made on the viewing platform - almost completed - and a start made on up the hill above the display, with the first set of steps in. A beautiful day with the soil nicely softened by all the recent rain and no signs of erosion along the new trail.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  9.3  2   9/20/2015  Today we did some finishing work on about 40 foot of trail. The dirt was very dry and we had to haul water out of the spring in order to get the dirt to pack. We completed the trail between two large boulders. From here back to armored crossing we still have some naturalizing left to do. We also added some organic matting to the part of the berm turns where we don't want people to use so that we can get users to turn earlier and avoid sliding in the loose drainage area.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R   15.5  3   9/18/2015  We again did a weekday work day to try to meet the needs of volunteers that said if only we were working during the week, they would help out. Well, not sure where they are now. Anyway we did have a few volunteers on a very nice afternoon. We still had to place some large boulders below the armored crossing we finished on previous workdays. We completed this tonight and this will prevent undercutting of our armoring work in high flow events. We also roughed in several hundred feet of new trail.  Official 
Fisherman's Trail  Blue Ridge Parkway - Roanoke River Overlook  111.0  15   9/16/2015  Day#12-With a smaller than usual turn-out, we formed just three step crews to work on mopping up gaps in the stair-line below the monument. A very satisfactory day. We completed the stair-case and landing crossing the lowest rock out-crop above the sandy beach, and also started an observation point just below the monument with flights of steps to it from above and below. We plan to plant one of the crew's signature benches here at a later date (pending approval). The third team plugged the last short gap. This leaves only one major gap below the monument but it is a difficult one, some 30ft.long. One team did start on the first fan above the monument, a milestone as it represents the first section free of the rock sleeve that extends all the way down to the river.We continue to marvel at the rugged efficiency of our mighty rock drill . An interesting guess is that we have drilled at least 100 rock holes for rebar at this point. We have a full-time operator servicing all teams- makes for efficient and skillful work.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  25.5  4   9/12/2015  Today we worked on the two banked turns some more. After testing them the day before, I realized they were too close to the drainages and needed to be a little further back. We had to gather more rocks for this and move a bunch more dirt. The dirt was so dry it would not pack, so we got water from the spring and hauled it over in buckets full. We naturalized the old access route we had down to the road. The back sloop exiting the armored crossing was tweaked a little today to make it more flowing. A bunch of naturalizing was done and finishing touches done to the trail. We are finally about to move out of this area. We still need to put some reinforcing rocks below the armored area to prevent back cutting if the creek ever flows hard.  Official 
Fisherman's Trail  Blue Ridge Parkway - Roanoke River Overlook  145.5  23   9/9/2015  Day#11 - The two lowest step teams combined today to complete the sandy beach section of the trail. Done! The next team up, building a difficult stair-case through the first (lowest) exposure of bed rock,completed this task joining to the long flights already completed. Done! Next up is the mid-level step crew with an extremely challenging section due to steepness and abundance of healthy roots, is making steady progress, three steps put in and soon now to be out onto less demanding work. Getting there. (Very good to document minimal impaction on nearby trees and shrubs). Two more teams above continue step building in the transition zone of fragmented bed rock, broken rock washed down from below, and sediment soils. Almost done.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  20.5  3   9/7/2015  We finished the rock armoring today! We also started packing dirt one the two banked turns that we had already piled up rock for. We did some finishing work on the trail just past the crossing. The dirt is really dry and sandy so packing it is very hard.  Official 
Tool & Equipment Maintenance  None  2.0  1   9/6/2015  Installed new throttle on Canycom #1. Had to drill some new mounting holes and shorten the cable. Grabbed some screws from home to hold the new control on.  Unofficial 
Fisherman's Trail  Blue Ridge Parkway - Roanoke River Overlook  193.5  27   9/2/2015  DAY#10- Five step crews stepped down smartly into a fresh cool early morning, only to climb back up the hill weary and beat in breathlessly humid mid-afternoon heat. We put a big investment of our resources (12 workers-3 step crews)into finishing the lowest section of the trail through the sandy environment of the river bank, and through the first tier of blue ridge bed rock. Not quite done but a really good effort. Will finish next time? The remaining two crews worked at mid-level finishing other projects.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  13.3  4   9/2/2015  Tonight we moved rock. We found a few more pieces good for the armored crossing. But mostly we gathered rock to support the two banked turns we are working on. This rock will cut back on the dirt we will need to use. We really only get less than 2 hours in before we have to pack up. But it still seems worth it.  Official 
Fisherman's Trail  Blue Ridge Parkway - Roanoke River Overlook  205.0  27   8/26/2015  Day#9 -A good productive day with a large crew. We used 7 step crews (yes-7)consisting of either 2 or 3 workers in each. This gave improved flexibility in placing people at specific job sites. At the end of the day, a total of 71 steps was counted, including the linking of two long series by Roger's team, which was a satisfying moment.   Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  10.0  3   8/26/2015  Days are getting shorter. This may be our last Wednesday night. Just not enough time to get much done. We did rush tonight and were able to get maybe a 3*3 foot section of armoring done with a pretty poor rock selection left. We also did a pretty big improvement on the entry and exit banked turns of the crossing. A huge amount of dirt has been moved to get these shaped better over the last several weeks.  Official 
Tool & Equipment Maintenance  None  10.5  3   8/25/2015  When we got the Canycom #1 back from Konnarock crew we found that someone extremely overfilled the hydraulic fluid with the wrong type of fluid. We had to suck all that fluid out and flush the oil several times. Then we went over to my house and worked on Canycom #2 which has not been running right. The speed constantly varies. We changed the plug and drained the carburetor bowl. No luck. Shannon took it to his house to work on it some more.  Unofficial 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  33.5  6   8/23/2015  Weather was nice today. Just a tad of rain at end of day. We spent a lot of time gathering rock for the armoring project and for backing on two insloped turns. Had one crew sorting out the organic from the good dirt in the spoils area because our dirt supply is very limited in this area and we needed more. Also worked on some trail finishing work and rock shaping to knock down two large points that stuck up from a massive rock below the next section of trail. Now bikes will easily be able to ride over that rock to keep with the intermediate ranking of this trail. Later in the day we were back to using the rock we found earlier in the day to continue the armoring project. I think we have one more day left to finish that. I think this might be the longest section of armoring we have ever done. This is one massive always flowing spring we had to cross. When we are all done, the spring should be back underground and protected again. Right now for some reason the bees are really attracted to this water.  Official 
Fisherman's Trail  Blue Ridge Parkway - Roanoke River Overlook  149.0  20   8/19/2015  Day#8- At the end of the day a total of 50 steps has been installed, probably the half-way mark. We are looking to be out of the confines of this rocky groove shortly, and towards more rapid progress. The crew worked steadily and carefully with good coordination of all units under extremely hot and humid conditions to get an excellent day's work done. Away nicely before the late afternoon thunder storms began.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  8.0  2   8/19/2015  Tonight we got all the way out to our parking spot before the rain cut loose. We waited in the trucks until it cleared which turned out to be around 25 minutes. This put a serious dent in our work time. We focused on gathering rock for one of the banked turns and putting the track back on the Vermeer. Turned out it took some time to get the track on and it got dark on us before we were all the way done. We had to hike out in the dark.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  37.5  6   8/16/2015  Today we spent most of our time working on the armored crossing. This is turning out to be a very long armored section of trail to get out of the drainage area. We got the far side done and only have maybe 5 foot to do on the leading side. A lot of dirt moving was also done to get the shape of the trail in the area better and some work was done to start on two insloped turns. But with a lack of dirt sources in this rocky area, we are using a lot of rock for the backing on these turns to save on dirt. Sarah filled in almost all the cracks between the rocks in the armored crossing with smashed up rocks. Towards the end of the day I threw a track on the Vermeer and will have to put it back on Wednesday when I bring the tools up. I knew as soon as I didn't bring in the tools this would happen. After over 40 days of always carrying the tools in, this is just the second day that I did not!  Official 
Fisherman's Trail  Blue Ridge Parkway - Roanoke River Overlook  164.5  21   8/12/2015  Day#7 -We are progressing steadily with the step construction up through a steep rocky mayhem of boulders, slabs , fractures, tree roots and a pesky spring creating a muddy mess and obscuring our drill holes as fast as we make them. Non the less, eleven steps jammed in today! Our system is working pretty well now. Beautiful weather, with no humidity, blue skies and breeze. Large crew in fine spirits, "working on this stairway to eternity"(Liz Belcher quote)  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  7.3  2   8/12/2015  Gerry and I worked on cutting large rocks into smaller pieces using a rock drill and wedges. We got some good pieces closer to 100 lbs we can use for armoring. Dick worked on finishing work on the trail.  Official 
Tool & Equipment Maintenance  None  0.0  0   8/10/2015  Installed new LED right hand marker light on flat bed trailer. Had some issues with the wire shorting as it got pinched in tight hole in hard to reach area. Had to drill hole out and tape up wire to protect it. Had to take fuse off radio and cigarette lighter to replace the fuses I blue while finding the issue. Installed new funnel on gas can. Drained water sprayer and stored in trailer. Put cover on generator. Cleaned and replaced the truck back up light on left side.  Unofficial 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  12.3  2   8/9/2015  Got a late start today because Dick's knee was acting up in the morning and I had no one else that told me they were coming. I had Rankin lined up for 3pm. Later Dick decide he could come out to at least babysit me, as we must have at least two people to have a work day for safety. He was working on recruiting help while he was out there. Rankin rode out to join us at 3pm and we got started on placing some large rocks into the armored crossing that I had gathered earlier. These rocks were very large and took both of us with pry bars to get them into place. Then we went and gathered some more rocks and placed some of those also. I worked on moving some dirt to get the trail shape right on the trail we had been roughing in on the other side of the trail and to cover up some roots that would be exposed if we did not raise up the trail in that area.  Official 
Tool & Equipment Maintenance  None  6.0  2   8/7/2015  We went and got the enclosed trailer from the Cove that had been sitting on the fire road near Four Gorge trails. We parked it at the Roanoke Co. Parks and Rec so that we could offload some of the items from the truck and only grab them when needed. We cleaned up the trailer contents and get rid of some stuff. We also cleaned out the truck toolbox and moved some stuff to trailer. We investigated the reported issue with truck lights and found left back up light was out. We did have an issue finding the key to the hitch lock so that we could pull the trailer.  Official 
Fisherman's Trail  Blue Ridge Parkway - Roanoke River Overlook  114.0  16   8/5/2015  Day#6: We had four step teams working on the lower section of the trail today, extending the previous pieces. With the sections now nearing each other, we are beginning to see the over-all effect, and it is impressive! Every step a hard-won battle. Hot and humid conditions took their toll but at the end of the day 15 new steps were in place most of them drilled into bed-rock.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  15.0  4   8/5/2015  Tonight we started off with finding a new parking spot a little further down the road. Then we still went up the old way to the trail and then Dick and Susan went down from the end of the trail where we are working and flagged a shortcut to the parking area. They moved some fallen trees and smoothed out some rough spots to make it easier to go up and down the short cut. The old short cut will be naturalized next work day. Kathryn and Brian worked on the rock armoring of the drainage crossing. We set some large rocks and moved some dirt. Dick and Susan also worked on finishing work on some side hill trail. It is getting dark sooner every week, so we barely got down to the trucks before it was dark. It was a bit hard to see the ribbons on the way down.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  21.0  5   8/2/2015  Weather was very nice today. We did finishing and naturalizing work on the side hill leading down to drainage crossing. We gathered up large rocks for armoring in the forest mostly away from the trail. We got a good start on the armoring of the drainage which was hard work with the non-stop heavy flow from the spring. It is very hard to position the heavy rocks in the water and mud. Roughed the trail in to the next boulder crossing which has two giant boulders with a small gap in between where we want the trail. It might be too narrow for the trail, we might need to fill the gap with other boulders and make a ramp. If we don't fill the gap, the equipment will not fit through and we would have to go around. Will need to explore what we have on the other side a little better before deciding.  Official 
Hotel Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  123.5  16   7/29/2015  While a team was dispatched to Rattlin' Run to plant signs, the rest of the crew worked on completing the half-built far end of the Hotel Trail, cleared storm water drain-ways, and refashioned the first significant storm water crossing about 100 yds. along, using the Witch to clear out an abundance of dirt and heavy rock, then re-using much to delineate the crossing site and harden the base.   Official 
Rattlin' Run Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  16.0  3   7/29/2015  While the bulk of the crew was occupied in multitasking on the Hotel Trail today, this team was dispatched to install trail signs at each end of the of the R R trail and to pull up all the remaining flags.   Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  14.5  4   7/29/2015  We got off to a rough start tonight because we had to first cut a tree off the road right where Little Bell and School House cross the road. Then we noticed another tree about ready to fall on the trail but it was hung in another tree. We had to pull it out with a long rope to be safe. It took us a while to cut up and clean up the mess. Then we had to clean many pieces of gravel out of a hard to get to area around the spark plug on the Canycom. Just when we thought we had them all and took off down the trail we heard a terrible racket in the engine and determined that a rock must have slipped into the flywheel area. We stopped right there and had to remove the pull starter and flywheel housing to get the rock out. By that time we were hot and soaked with sweat before even getting to the real work. We went on out and Dick and Gerry worked on a section of trail we had roughed in. They did finishing work on the trail and backslope. While Steve and I focused on the very nasty drainage crossing which had sprung an underground spring. We had to do all this hard work by hand as it was too messy and dangerous to use the machine. We are doing a bunch of pre work just to be able to armor this crossing with large rocks. I did some scoping of the path ahead to see what the rock situation was like. The rocks are not the best for armoring as they are huge and odd shaped. But I am hoping we will get lucky. If not, we may have to break out the rock cutting tools. Did I mention that it was crazy HOT! We were so wet that it looked like we had been swimming but it didn't smell like it.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  33.5  4   7/25/2015  It was another hot day. When we got there we discovered that an underground spring had burst through where we were working in the drainage crossing. It was like working in quicksand in that area. We tried to stop it up and had to dig and move dirt by hand in the area as the machine would sink. Since I was able to get the machine across once, I left it on the other side and roughed in some more trail. Lots of hand finishing work was done on the first side. we put in a banked turn near a trail drainage to prevent people from turning in the drainage. Lots of side hill shaping and naturalizing was done.  Official 
Natural Bridge - Buck   Rockbridge County - Natural Bridge Park  196.0  27   7/22/2015  This was a repeat venture of last summer by popular demand between the SCC and the MWC and was judged a complete success. 175 yards of attractive woodland trail were threaded through karst out-crops, each student being mentored by one of our crew members. We found these young men to be diligent, hard-working and quick to pick up the basics of trail building. The Buck Hill Trail Loop continues to evolve. We are fortunate with this section in locating the route along an exposed bench of karst having the best discoveries yet for rock features, and contributing nicely to the diversity of this trail.   Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  7.8  2   7/22/2015  Tonight we first went down the road to see where our next parking area might be. Then we did some more shaping in the side hill trail and got a start on the drainage crossing reshaping. Dick got a lot of naturalizing done on the section of trail where we had the tread finished. He also worked on the back slope of the side hill trail.  Official 
Fallen Tree Clearing  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  5.0  2   7/21/2015  Cleared 3 fallen trees off of Schoolhouse. Cleared a mess of trees off Arrowhead near the arrowhead rock in the creek crossing.  Unofficial 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  41.0  6   7/19/2015  Today we continued the work on the sidehill leading down to our next drainage crossing. We cleared the leaves out of the crossing to see what we have under there to work with. We also did finishing work on some sections of the trail and some naturalizing. Linda looked at one of the rocks next to the trail and said it look like a chair on its side. We lifted it up with the machine to see if it was separate from the large rock nearby. It was and we decided to right it up and make a chair next to trail. It is around 400 lb chair and it was work to get it positioned. We even added a foot stool for it! It looks pretty neat we thought. It was a very nice tall back on it like an easy chair and we made it lean back a little. The crew also removed some stumps from the trail tread that the machine was having trouble with the tap roots. Oh and it was extremely hot out there!   Official 
Fisherman's Trail  Blue Ridge Parkway - Roanoke River Overlook  144.0  18   7/15/2015  Day#5 - Slow and steady is the word for this project - another 9 steps tailored, sculpted, hammered and squeezed into the rocky cleft today - 4 crews operating - the top-most step team now encountering the iron-hard granite more typical of Blue Ridge country. It is really quite satisfying to see how the separate pieces are beginning to come together - swirling around and between the boulders and lifting over the ledges and scree. Lots more to do though.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  7.0  2   7/15/2015  Tonight it was just two of us that showed up. Yet we did get some work done. We did some finishing work on the trail tread and some naturalizing work. Also we roughed in the side hill trail into the next drainage all the way down to the drainage. That was pretty good progress for the short time we had.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  43.0  6   7/12/2015  Had a great turn out today. We broke into teams and got a lot of different projects done. Some extra naturalizing was done back at our last drainage crossing where there was an area we noticed down the hill that could look better. Some holes were patched where the trail was used when wet while it was new and hadn't had a chance to harden up. We moved another 1000 lb rock that was blocking the route. We moved the rock so that now it is part of the trail. The back slope was finished on about 300 feet of trail. The last place we were getting dirt from was naturalized mostly, just needs some more leaves. A bunch of leaves were blown down from far above trail and are ready for use around the trail. We raised the trail tread in a few spots for better drainage. We started to rough in about 150 feet of trail on steep side hill. We ran across a very large stump and had to cut it out. Lots of dead fall had to be cut out of the trail corridor.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  12.0  2   7/10/2015  Today was an impromptu day mostly since Wednesday was cancelled. I posted it on the calendar but no new emails. Did not need many people anyway as we are in a spot that is a little tricky and need experienced people. Today we moved a 400 and 1000 lb rock into place. We raised the trail tread to match the rock height and protect the roots on a very large oak tree.  Official 
Fisherman's Trail  Blue Ridge Parkway - Roanoke River Overlook  138.0  18   7/8/2015  Day#4 - We are well situated now as far as our team organization and function is concerned, and our communications and material supply lines are good. However the simple fact is that the building of these steps is difficult and painstaking. The setting is a steep convoluted rocky trough plunging down to the river. It is different to anything else we have built in the past. And although we are following a constant structural plan, each step has its own unique adaptation! None the less we are doing it very well and we are enjoying the challenge. Just 7 or 8 steps were built today - by 3 crews - with many people still away on various summer diversions. We had Bill Wilkinson from FOVR and Amanda Teer from Creek Freeks working with us today.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  12.0  2   7/5/2015  Today was a rock moving day and all I needed was Chris the master rock mover to help get through a rather rocky section. We moved a 600lb and 2000lb rock into place and moved a bunch of smaller 100-400lb rocks. We got the trail another 20 feet through what before was unpassable. I think we may be through the worse, but we will have to wait and see. The machine has very little room to maneuver next to the drop off. It will take some careful work to progress. Luckily the rocks ahead look to be smaller.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  23.5  4   7/3/2015  Even though there was threatening weather we went ahead and took a chance. It was a good thing we did because we got a lot of work done. It was not bad at all in the woods. We were able to finish around 300 feet of trail. We only have some finishing touches and we are ready for the next big drainage that we need to cross. We will be building side hill trail along one side of the drainage to get back where it is more level to cross. Next though we have a rock field with very large boulders that we need to get through. We will likely reposition some of these to make a rocky path through that area.   Official 
Fisherman's Trail  Blue Ridge Parkway - Roanoke River Overlook  142.0  19   7/1/2015  Day#3- This proved to be a smoother day. We fielded three three person teams - a very efficient arrangement given the cramped craggy work space and complicated jiggling to get the steps and side-boards just right, and then drilling and pinning them. A grand total of seven steps installed for the day!! Not much?? Well, better than last week and next week will be better even yet.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  11.3  3   7/1/2015  Tonight we moved the toolbox and made a new temporary route in from where we have been parking. We also did finishing work on the roughed in trail. We added some dirt to the trail for better drainage to replace the organic material we removed since this section of trail has little side slope. We did a lot of naturalizing work on the finished sections.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  16.0  2   6/28/2015  Well the rain must have dumped on the Cove Yesterday as it was really wet again today. But today the weather was Great! I guess everyone was out enjoying it as we had a rotten turn out once again. It was still an enjoyable day, but at this rate it will be awhile before this trail is done. Well, there is no deadline at least. Dick has really gotten the last drainage naturalized very well. Can't hardly tell how much dirt we moved around. I pushed forward with adding some drainages and rollers. We were able to start naturalizing two small drainages we made where we harvested some dirt for the trail. I had a funky curve in a drainage to deal with due to a tree I did not want to take out. Had to bank the turns in and out to straighten the trail at the drainage, preventing people from pushing dirt into the drainage with an outside turn.  Official 
Fisherman's Trail  Blue Ridge Parkway - Roanoke River Overlook  80.0  16   6/24/2015  Day#2- This was our first step-building day, and progress was slow and in spite of extensive planning not well organized. We shall examine our methods critically and make appropriate changes. A work in progress! We began at the lowest level rising up through the eroded steep rocky crease of the old trail, managing to set several steps on a work day shortened to four hours due to conflicting activities. Our new heavy duty rock drill performed well in this rugged environment, vindicating its large expense.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  12.0  3   6/24/2015  Tonight we finally had a dry trail to work on! A very nice change. We continued the naturalizing of the last drainage we went through. We worked on a small trouble spot on the entry banked turn. The damage to the new soft trail was repaired in the drainage area and the exit banked turn. We started some finishing work on the trail past the drainage. We are adding some rollers and drainage to keep the trail interesting and draining well. We are making special effort that no drainage areas are in outside turns which requires some reshaping of the land in order to avoid tree removal or poor drainage. However we are running into a lot of stumps unfortunately. Luckily the machine is able to work most of them out with a little effort and time.  Official 
Tool & Equipment Maintenance  None  14.0  2   6/20/2015  Canycom 1 was smelling on Wed, like something burning. Picked it up and took it to house to work in garage out of the heat and rain. Picked up parts and supplies from 4 different places, but still couldn't find correct hydraulic oil. Changed spark plug, air filter, engine oil. Cleaned gas bowl and various body parts. Added 200 ml of transmission oil, 80-90w. Found the belts loose and slipping, flat spot on idler pulley. Moved engine to take out belt slack. Need to order spare belts & pulley for next time. Book says load to max of 500 lbs if on slope>10%. Conveyed that to MWC operators.  Official 
Fisherman's Trail  Blue Ridge Parkway - Roanoke River Overlook  121.8  17   6/17/2015  DAY#1 - This day was spent mainly in preparation for the work. A safety talk was conducted by BRP supervisor Bob Adams. Liz conducted a tour for the crew of the devastated trail providing an over-sight of the project. Much of the lower reaches will require heavy steps pinned by rebar into the exposed bed rock. Much of the upper section will be fans of steps supported in heavy wood frames pinned to the steep slopes in such a way that there is very little disruption of the thin and fragile soils and vegetation. A work space was cordoned off in the parking lot to store our tools and materials on work days (but limited to stone piles when we are not there). The steep access trail leading down from the parking lot required a lot of work - it was smoothed out, cribbed in places, and steep dips, slides, slants and holes were filled and repaired with rocky rubble and crush in order to be passable for the canycoms. The rotted and broken hand rail repaired. A number of steps were cut and transported from a large supply of old traffic guard rails stored in the bone yard and short distance down the highway. We hope to begin the main work next week!  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  12.0  3   6/17/2015  Decided to do another weeknight work session. Again we had a lot of rain before the workday and the section we were trying to work in was very wet. Still a bunch of naturalizing work was done and we punched forward with the rough in of a long section of trail all the way to the edge of the next large drainage.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  22.5  3   6/14/2015  The Cove must have gotten a bunch of rain last night even though Salem did not. The road was wet and the trail was wet. The excess moisture in the dirt made is hard to get the dirt to compact well. We had to do a lot of extra shaping and packing by hand today. We did move a bunch of dirt and made some nice grade reversals in a very flat area in order to get good drainage and user fun. We had good reason to get the dirt from where we did today. We wanted to make a little holding pond to collect some of the water in the drainage before it hits the trail. Our hope is that some of it will also go underground now. We also reduced the grade above the trail to slow the water down. Got a good start on naturalizing the areas we disturbed. We are doing a bunch of work to prevent the need to armor this crossing as that would be way more work.  Official 
Natural Bridge - Buck   Rockbridge County - Natural Bridge Park  84.0  12   6/10/2015  Many crew members are away for one reason or another, so we took this opportunity to push along our trail work on Buck Hill in N B Park. A hot steamy day and a small crew, but surprisingly we racked up 650 ft. of very pretty trail through pleasant woodland slopes, including a graceful sweep through a grove of majestic oaks - stirring up two nests of yellow jackets in the process.   Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  7.5  2   6/10/2015  Today we did an evening work shift mid week. We spent most of the night doing naturalization in a large area we had disturbed in order to get dirt. We filled one place with a bunch of deadfall and stumps we had cut up. We started a place upstream in the drainage to get needed dirt and make a little retention pond as another measure to prevent us from having to armor this drainage crossing. We are starting to get the shape we wanted in this drainage and it is starting to dry out some and pack in good.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  19.5  3   6/7/2015  Today was the first day out there after the huge amount of rain we had during the week. We had some water cause damage in the drainage we have been working. Could be because we had not finished, but I think it is a sign that we have to do some more work in this area. It was a hard day to get the dirt to pack well as it was just too wet. We did the best we could and added dirt uphill in the drainage to flatten out a larger area to slow the water down and try to get it to sheet across the trail. I am hoping for a dry week. After awhile we had to move on and work further down the trail with the expectation we have more work to do in this area after it dries some more. We roughed in a few hundred feet of trail and had several dead trees to deal with. They did not cooperate and we had to break out the rope wench to unhang them from the other trees. We had two new (to this trail) volunteers today which is great!  Official 
Camp Roanoke - Trail Clearing  Roanoke County  30.0  10   6/1/2015  Cleared blowdowns, raked tree ID trail. Camp staff was very appreciative.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  12.5  2   5/31/2015  Today we came in from the boat dock side because of the foot race going on that used the fire road on the other side. We ran across two trees that we had to cut to get by and the road from that side is long and rough. I thought at some point we could pull the trailer in from that side, but I am not so sure now if the road is not improved. Anyway, by the time we got to School House intersection the Way Station #4 tent was gone so we could park in our normal parking place a little further down the road. This was a last minute workday as I only had one person interested in working today and I only knew the night before. First project that Mike worked on is removing a large old stump from the trail route we needed to take. That was a hard job and in two stages the rope winch was used to get two halves of the stump out. Then we were ready to start adding the banked turn on that side of the drainage crossing approach. In the crossing area I spent a lot of time moving dirt with the machine. We needed to raise the upper side of the drainage above the trail and lower below the trail. I also wanted to raise and shape the trail itself with good clay that we now have access to. The second half of the day we kept adding clay to the trail to get closer to the shape trail we were after. Looks like another day is need as we pack the dirt in layers. Each layer we have to rake out all the organic material so that the trail will stay hard packed in the future. Unlike many home builders that could learn a lesson or two about how to pack dirt, we want our trails to hold their shape for more than 5 years when any buried organic material would start to decay. The weather was threating several times as we heard the storms, but we lucked out and only had a drizzle on the way out.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  9.8  2   5/25/2015  Today we started off by changing the oil in Canycom #2. Then we headed out to the trail and finished the long sweeping in-sloped turn we have been working on for awhile. It took a lot of dirt and packing to get it right. We also pushed ahead with some roughed in trail coming out of the drainage.   Official 
Natural Bridge - Buck   Rockbridge County - Natural Bridge Park  120.0  15   5/23/2015  We returned to NB to continue the second segment of the Buck Hill Trail which we began on Earth Day. About 700 ft. of trail was completed.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Roanoke Greenways - ROA_City_P&R  18.8  3   5/23/2015  Today we were back working on taking the trail through the next drainage. We are spending some time in this drainage getting a flowy crossing with plenty of banked turns and grade reversals.   Official 
Hotel Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  66.0  12   5/20/2015  We finished off the current section of trail with an application of fines. An additional wet spot back close to the bridge was hardened. Paving was installed around the kiosk to improve its unsightly appearance. Finally, the alternate supply route used by the tracked machines to bring in the stone, was re-naturalized.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  25.0  4   5/17/2015  Today we finished the rock armoring project we started yesterday. We used some really large rocks. This should take care of the softness in that drainage. Then we moved back down to the end of the trail and spent a few hours continuing our approach to the next drainage. We put some finishing touches on one side of our large banked turn and next week we will naturalize the dirt harvesting/drainage spot we were last using before the banked turn.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  13.3  2   5/16/2015  Today we went back to do some rock armoring on a muddy drainage. we harvested a few rocks from near the site and then had to work to bring some in from further down the trail. We got some really big ones so that they should hold up well. But it was hard work moving them into place. I think we might have gotten over half way done and have some other big rocks picked out that we just need to move over to the site. Then we will have some finishing work above and below the rocks where we want to keep dirt from flowing over the rock work or being washed out below the main rock route.  Official 
Horsepen Bridge  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  64.0  8   5/13/2015  Dadah! We finished the bridge. No small thanks to Maurice who brought the Witch and rebuilt over the culvert so that we could get a truck in to carry out all the tools, scrap, etc. Tom helped Maurice and cleaned up lots of problems along the road. We dug postholes for the wings, finished deck, added final rails with Jim Brown's routed sign with date. The wings were an add on; we could have used another board but made do with what we had. We cut our own ribbon to celebrate finishing. Many thanks to Roger, James, et al for the extra time spent loading and unloading tools and equipment at home.  Official 
Mill Mountain Park  Roanoke Greenways - ROA_City_P&R  117.0  18   5/12/2015  Today we made a strong push to finish this trail because an important race is on the agenda for tomorrow. Thanks to a great turn-out by crew members (and also an excellent performance by another crew of bicycle volunteers with Renee leading, on Friday), we were able to accomplish this. Some mop-up remains - signs, blazing, perhaps some in-sloped climbing turns, but at least we are open for business. Congratulations everyone - well done!!   Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  16.5  2   5/10/2015  It was a little hot today, but can't complain too much. We got a lot of work done. We finished up one drainage area and naturalized it. We moved a lot of dirt to make a sweeping banked turn heading into a large natural drainage area that we need to cross. The high spot of this banked turn is over some large tree roots that we didn't want to cut. We started a new drainage area that we could harvest some dirt from.  Official 
Horsepen Bridge  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  32.5  5   5/6/2015  Installed 3/4 of the deck and 1/2 the railings. Carrying tools from the culvert. Are 4x6"s incredibly dense or 7" screws just a pain in the neck? We ate batteries and drivers all day, even though we pre-drilled the holes.  Official 
Mill Mountain Park  Mill Mountain - ROA_City_P&R  103.5  15   5/6/2015  We put the Hotel Trail project on hold today in order to help Roanoke City P & R complete a new (unnamed) trail down from Fishburn Hwy to the Wood Thrush Trail with a race deadline of next Wednesday. The going was slow due to difficult rocky terrain with little usable soil, about 250 ft. constructed. Also made a small relo improvement, and built two in-sloped climbing turns with the witch. Tom cleared timber through to the end.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  25.5  4   5/3/2015  Beautiful day today. We naturalized the old road route we had been using to short cut into the trail on work days. The large dirt mine we were using near the end of the trail has been naturalized also and turned out to be a very nice drainage area. We cut some fallen trees out of the trail route ahead and moved them out of the drainage area we are about to traverse as we need to adjust the contour of this drainage to keep the new trail dry. We started a new dirt mine/drainage and finished a short section of trail. We also roughed in a section of trail ahead.  Official 
Gladetown Trail  Town of Vinton  122.0  21   4/29/2015  A group of 16 students from North Cross Middle School with their advisor put in a public service day on the Gladetown Trail today. They cleared the somewhat overgrown trail including several overhanging trees, collected several voluminous bags of garbage, planted 25 nursery grown walnut trees, and stained the bridge and board walk. Anita provided the materials and oversight for the day and three members of the MWC provided tools and work mentoring.   Official 
Horsepen Bridge  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  30.0  4   4/29/2015  Continued on getting bridge framed and blocked and retaining wall finished. Should move faster now.   Official 
Hotel Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  93.0  12   4/29/2015  We successfully completed the central segment of the turnpike today except for the laying down of the final fines cap. As we were short of crush 'r run Tom made 2 trips to the quarry in his pickup truck for supplies. Maurice loaded the three machines with the DW as they cycled between the parking lot and work site, initially clearing a collateral supply route through the woods to avoid tracks ripping up the fresh finish on the rest off the trail. All together a very efficient way of doing things. An excellent day slightly complicated by other folk running a public service day simultaneously with North Cross School in general maintenance of the Gladetown Trail in Vinton, and another team working on bridge repairs over the ridge on Horse Pen. And let's not forget great back-up by Liz who saw to it that everything was ready including gas tanks before hustling out of town at the crack of dawn for Richmond meeting. What a great group we have!  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  6.0  2   4/29/2015  This evening we ran out to plant some oak trees Liz had gotten from the Forest Service (about 30 of them). We picked some spots along the trail where the trees were a little thin. We also made a new temporary access route from the road to this trail for speed and to keep from driving our tracked equipment across completed trail. Next work day we plan to naturalize the old route in. Parking is not bad where this route goes in which is a big plus also. It will be nice to not have to go up and down the rough bottom of the Arrowhead trail anymore.  Official 
Green Hill Park - Tree Clearing  Roanoke County  2.5  1   4/27/2015  Request from County staff to clear fallen tree on Meadowview Trail. Shannon walked the whole trail network, carrying the saw, but found only two trees across the trail - one small and one broken, both of which he just threw off  Official 
Horsepen Bridge  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  48.0  7   4/22/2015  We made it in last time, but the heavy rains over the week end had washed out the culvert. So carried the tools to there in Liz's truck and by wheelbarrow from there to the bridge. Worked on the foundation abutment, building it up, and then framing the bridge. Using lots or rebar to anchor the 8x8s well.  Official 
Hotel Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  91.0  13   4/22/2015  This was a good day's work. We completed the proximal segment of Hotel, and re-rocked and and re-surfaced the Y intersection, and both arms of the Y which is The Hi Dee Ho Trail - 100ft ahead across the wetland, and 100 yds back towards the parking lot where erosion, wear, and surface fragmentation was beginning to show. Disturbed surfaces were re-naturalized and all left-over stone carried out. We were happy to observe - numerous groupings of well established fiddle heads- cinnamon fern - that Malcolm Black had planted 10 years ago - - doing so well.  Official 
Natural Bridge - Buck   Rockbridge County - Natural Bridge Park  59.5  11   4/18/2015  EARTH DAY - Co-sponsored by TNC and Natural Bridge Park. MWC played a major role in preparing work site, supplying tools, and leading crews and mentoring volunteers. About 1/2 of the second phase of The Buck Hill Trail route was worked, which is on the far side (eastern side) of the hill, skirting the woods above the picturesque rolling field adjoining Rt103, eventually accessing the tourist cabins and then passing on back to the Cavern parking lot. About 77 volunteers participated in 8 crews and afterwards we all returned to the hotel for a delicious luncheon and a live music.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  16.0  3   4/18/2015  Great weather today. We went back and checked out that drainage that we worked on last week and it did much better even given all the rain we had during the week. We will keep an eye on it to see if anything else needs to be done. Then we continued on with extending the trail. The dirt was just a little too wet for packing with the machine as the weight of the machine just squished the dirt to the sides. But we need to pack with more weight than people, so we had to use the machine and just keep moving the dirt back. It just took longer than normal and the end result was not as good. We will be able to fix it up when it dries a little. Dick naturalized several hundred feet of trail we were finished with and then we all spent some time getting started on naturalizing the dirt harvesting and drainage zones. We still have more work to do on those next workday.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  19.0  3   4/12/2015  Great weather today. We found the trail had held up well from the spring thaw and rains. We did find a little damage in one of the large drainages that we are trying to resist armoring. We noted how the water flowed through and decided it needed a wider flow zone. We brought in dirt to level out the drainage above the trail and renaturalized. This should spread the water across the banked trail in this drainage better. We will check on it again next work day. Then we continued our work on building the trail. Dick spent the day planting around 50 pine trees he had gotten from the Forest Service in places were the forest was a little thin.   Official 
Horsepen Bridge  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  65.0  9   4/8/2015  This was the start of the long awaited replacement bridge on Horsepen Trail. Renee had ordered the materials, which arrived about 10. While waiting, we started transporting tools to the site and volunteers to begin digging one of the footers. The City's Toro took some time to get operational (thanks to Patrick for getting it going), so we used the truck and widened the culvert crossing to squeeze in there. Sawyers worked on clearing tight downfall. Roger led crew on layout and building retaining wall/footer. Drilled pin holes in old abutments. We got in 2 of the 3 courses on this 3-part wall. Will finish and get to stringers next time. Covered all the materials with HUGE tarps, courtesy of Renee.  Official 
Hotel Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  32.5  5   4/8/2015  After helping the "bridge team" load the building materials in the parking lot at the end of Timberview Rd., we went over to Bennett Springs to continue laying stone on the Hotel Trail. Roger had left the trailer and machines earlier, and Maurice had already done a great amount of work. Considering our small nunbers we accomplished a lot, almost completing this proximal section of the trail.  Official 
Camp Roanoke - Tree Clearing  Roanoke County  3.5  2   4/1/2015  Removed three large, very dead pine trees, at request of Camp staff.  Official 
Hotel Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  100.0  16   4/1/2015  Continued turnpike construction. This is slow tedious work, and we worked steadily through 'til early afternoon, until running out of rock material. About 300 ft. built.  Official 
Camp Roanoke - Tree Clearing  Roanoke County  3.0  2   3/31/2015  Reviewed hazard trees for potential removal.  Official 
Green Hill Park - Tree Clearing  Roanoke County  1.0  1   3/31/2015  Cleared down tree on Meadowview Trail, at County request.  Official 
Hotel Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  105.5  16   3/25/2015  Another spell of dry weather, but compromised yesterday by showers bringing back the surface water. But -- we found the section of Hotel nearest the parking lot to be fairly dry, so we were able to start the turnpike construction there. The work was slow and tedious and the mood a bit listless, but we made good progress about 1/2 the section done to the first creek crossing. Liz brought her truck to transport rock from down the highway, which was a great help. We have permission to build bridges at the crossings. Plans are developing for one Eagle scout project.  Official 
Hotel Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  93.5  17   3/17/2015  A large crowd turned out today to take advantage of a break in the many weeks of rain and snow. Never the less we are still unable to work on the turnpike across the low land. Instead we constructed an approved relocation of about 300 ft. of the trail over the adjacent knob, thus eliminating a very steep eroding climb. The actual connection was still too wet to work. A warm welcome is extended to Ron who returns after a prolonged absence due to family illness.   Official 
Hotel Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  2.0  1   2/17/2015  A short relocation was flagged around the knoll just ahead of the current work area. This eliminates the steep eroding climb onto the knoll and the difficult descent at the other end of the knoll, all the better to conform this trail to beginner status.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  19.5  3   2/8/2015  Very warm day in the 70s. But the trails were very muddy due to tons of people that just refuse to learn about freeze thaw issues. We of course went through the woods with the equipment instead of over the soft trail. We first spent around 1.5 hours repairing horse and bike damage from people totally ignorant about trail conditions. We put cones out to try to let people know to not use the new sections of trail until they have had a chance to harden up, but afraid that will not stop them. Will make up a sign to put on the cones for next week. We naturalized the last place we were getting dirt from and refined the trail tread in that area to be an outside turn in the drainage area. We continued our work of harvesting clay to build up the trail tread in this 8" deep organic flat land area. When we pull out the organic, we end up with an 8" deep ditch we have to fill back in. It looks terrible while we are working on it and it looks great when we are done and finish naturalizing the areas we are mining dirt from. Dreading comments from people that don't understand what we are doing. We had a pile of brick by the road at the junction of School House and Little Bell that we were using to repair trail damage when we could not find enough large rocks. However the environmental easement people wrote up the City on the bricks so we had to start hauling them out on our way out today. Maybe they can be used for around the kiosk where we are stacking them now. We could not use them on the trail this time of year with the other projects we are doing and the freeze thaw. So we will have to haul in rock later to fix the sections we were going to use brick on. Actually I was not too wild about the brick on the trail anyway. But it is so much easier than harvesting large rock and hauling them for miles. But the rock looks so much better and now we know where to find large square-ish rocks. However, not anywhere near enough volunteers to repair all the damage the non caring users are causing, so the trails may be a mess for awhile. A group of 4 mountain bikers did stop and help us load the brick into our truck. The parking lot was totally overflowing and people parked all over the place and along the road when we got back. Nobody milling around there helped us unload the brick. Someone complained about there being no maps. Guess they thought we worked for the park. Saw an IMBA Trail Care Crew vehicle there, odd they were out using the trails in this post thaw condition.  Official 
Rattlin' Run Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  2.0  1   2/4/2015  Finished blowing the worst leaves off of the trail where they were the deepest. These leaves were holding water and hiding rocks.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  18.3  2   1/31/2015  We had a very productive day today. To start with the ground was frozen. So we walked ahead and planned the layout of the upcoming sections. We then cleared the deadfall. We also worked on some backslope in a drainage area, but it was hard to finish with the freeze and then thaw conditions. So we moved on to cutting new trail with the Vermeer. We used the machine to cut out the organic layer that was about 8 inches deep. Then we mined dirt to replace the organic we took out to make the trail tread. We have a great place we are harvesting dirt from and will be able to naturalize it perfectly when we are done. It will also serve as a drainage area. We drove the equipment cross country to avoid damaging the trail as it thawed.  Official 
Hotel Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  60.0  10   1/28/2015  We found the ground to be frozen hard, so the morning was spent carrying in a good supply of large stone for side-walls to the turnpike, and filling up the trail core with RR ballast, thoroughly compacting it. After lunch we tried to excavate new trail base but that proved impossible due to the frozen state of the soil, so we went home at 2PM.  Official 
Rattlin' Run Trail  Roanoke Greenways - ROA_City_P&R  6.0  2   1/25/2015  Blew some of the worst leaf piles off the trail. Did most of the trail, but there is still a little more to do. Ran out of gas.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Roanoke Greenways - ROA_City_P&R  22.5  3   1/25/2015  Today we spent much of our time replacing 8 inches of organic material with clay so that we would not end up with a trail that held water. The organic material would never hold up to heavy use. We also extended the rocky section a little further out of the drainage as we had the rocks available and it will hold up better and should be fun and interesting. We pulled a dead tree out and three stumps. Also dirt was stuffed in between some rocks and moss was planted around the edges of the trail in the cracks in the rocks.  Official 
Hotel Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  123.0  16   1/21/2015  DAY#1:Because this trail is readily accessible from the parking lot, and is level for the first 1/2 mile it suggests an opportunity for use by children and other novices, much the same way as the Bennett Springs Loop serves on the other side of the road. A stone turnpike is planned which hopefully will be erosion-resistant through the 1/2 mile or so initial section through the creek flood-plain. About 300 ft. of trail base was built today - a blocky form of granite 15 - 30lbs. in weight is used for side-walls and the fill is 4"-8" high and the fill is rail-road ballast.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  17.0  3   1/17/2015  Today the ground was frozen, so we could not do our dirt work to finish the trail we roughed in a few months ago. Instead we worked more on the two rocky sections we are up to. We added about 10 new large rocks. We also built some trial by hand between the two rocky sections. We got to use our new rope winch with up to 4 pulleys for mechanical advantage to pull large rocks up from below the trail.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  11.0  2   1/10/2015  The Temperature started at 17 but got up to 30 by the end of the work day. To be honest, it was not bad at all and we started getting hot when it got to 25. We did feel a bit of a chill when we stopped for a snack break. We had to cut around 5 trees off the road to get in. Since the ground was too frozen for the steep area we needed to get dirt from with the machine, we just did hand work today. We pulled some trees out, most were dead, with our rope winch and in some cases we used all 4 pulleys for a mechanical advantage. Some trees broke, but most we pulled the whole tree out roots and all. We have a good route to the next rock section and pulled the duff off the rocks to see what we had. We did hand building between the two rock sections. It was tough work as the organic layer is very thick with lots of rocks mixed in. It was just two of us working today. I guess the cold scared people off, but it was nice and no wind. Great day to do trail building.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  11.0  2   12/28/2014  We worked on the old road crossing drainage issue where we are changing the trail flow into an S curve. It is getting better since the last few days we touched it up. Now that it had dried out more, we were able to touch it up some more. Then we moved on to the end of the trail where we are working on a rock crossing. We moved 5 more rocks into place and added some dirt to the area. There is not much more work left in this area and then we will be able to move to the next section.  Official 
Rattlin' Run Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  83.5  14   12/10/2014  Final full work day! This was a general clean-up day - fixing isolated problem spots: adding crib walls, refining tread, firming up loose rocks, naturalizing disturbed areas etc. Still remaining to do - - blazing (too wet and cold right now), hardening up 2 muddy spots on Song Bird (too muddy right now), completing signs (being made).  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  15.0  3   12/7/2014  We worked on the road crossing drainage that had been holding some water. We could only touch it up a little as it was really too wet to work with. We got the water draining better. Then we moved on to the end of trail were we moved a ~1000 lb rock about 50 feet and moved it into place as part of the trail to step down from the rock slab the trail crosses. We but a few other rocks into place and dick add some moss.  Official 
Rattlin' Run Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  116.0  17   12/3/2014  A small team went in from the parking lot to finish up the rock work spanning the water shute and slab to the power line, and then coordinated with a second group which had moved ahead correcting the trouble spots identified by the numbered flags. The main group started from the Cove end completing connection to the Song Bird Trail.  Official 
Trough Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  113.8  20   11/30/2014  Today was a workday to repair the water diverters and jumps on the Trough. It was a combined work day between Pathfinders for Greenways, Blue Ridge Gravity, and RIMBA. We had a great turn out and got a huge amount of work down.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  21.0  3   11/28/2014  Today we finished the S turn work we started yesterday. After we brought in more dirt and did the final shaping and naturalizing, we then focused on shutting down the dirt mine that we had been using extensively for all the trail work in that area we were looping around. We made it look like part of the old road bed that it intersected and naturalized it. Then we moved on to work on the latest rock field that the trail crosses. We moved several rocks and installed one boulder ramp down. We have several more rocks to install to get our ramp down.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  10.0  2   11/27/2014  Today we moved back to a previously built section to improve the flow since we had access to a bunch of dirt before we close down our dirt mine and naturalize it. So we spent the whole day moving dirt and packing it down to make a s curve through an old road bed turned drainage.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  21.0  4   11/22/2014  Today was below freezing when we started. But the ground was not very frozen. We did have a little freeze thaw effect later in the day and the trail got a little slippery. The dirt did not compact as well either earlier in the day. We have made it to the next rock crossing and picked our route. We put in another insloped turn to get to where we wanted to cross and still have a nice flowing trail. We have some more finishing work in this area before progressing across the rock. We have to do a little rock work on the far side to get the machines across and notch down the hardness level for bikes a little for our main route.  Official 
Rattlin' Run Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  52.5  7   11/21/2014  This was supposed to be a "mini" work day but turned into a full day. Brian B, crew leader of the Week End Trail Crew, brought some grip hoysts, ropes and other pieces to assist us in moving some big rock in building a rock bridge over the gutter and slab formation of the first major drainage on this trail. It was slow going but we are quite pleased with our efforts, the center piece for the bridge being a beautiful 5ft. beam-shaped slab. However there is a more to do, including continuation of a foot-way across the long steep slanting rock which extends out to the power ROW.  Official 
Rattlin' Run Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  87.0  13   11/19/2014  This was a day of easy digging, good progress was made but we fell short of joining up to Songbird, which is climbing steadily and will join our trail at a low ridge now visible several hundred yards ahead.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  13.5  3   11/15/2014  We spent some time scouting ahead to find the best places to cross the next two rock fields. There are two routes that look pretty good. Maybe we will branch again and make a harder option. Then we spent the rest of the day finishing trail with a double banked turn and some drainage areas. We naturalized a few drainage areas. We transplanted some more trees. Lately we have been transplanting most of the trees that are in the way since it is the time of year that they may survive.  Official 
Rattlin' Run Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  25.0  5   11/14/2014  As the trail is nearing completion we conducted a walk-through today to document the deficiencies which must be corrected before the trail can be viewed as completed. Some 19 items were noted - many are minor but some are significant. Liz has notes on each. The sites were numbered and flagged. The crossing of the first drainage is a major project and is not included, being scheduled for a specific work day in two weeks.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  8.0  2   11/13/2014  We did finishing work on around 100 foot of trail. Working to add some rolling features and prevent any future muddy spots by providing wide drainages and making sure the trail tread is above the lower edge of the trail and working to keep the trail tread around 18-24 inches.  Official 
Rattlin' Run Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  105.0  14   11/12/2014  Today we put the finishing touches on the two climbing turns, hardened one drainage crossing, and extended the trail another 300 ft., passing by a spectacular bifid Pine with one gigantic arm split away and lying parallel to the trail. We are now in full sight of Songbird 200 ft down-slope. We also brushed out - but left otherwise unimproved - a plunging a short-cut, by-passing the long switch-backs, creating a very advanced technical trail.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  21.5  3   11/8/2014  Today we continued building the new trail. We roughed in several hundred feet. We worked on narrowing down a small area a little ways past the first climbing 180 degree turn that we found odd while inspecting the whole trail today. We also spent some time trying to perfect the natural rock berm by adding some dirt around it and making sure we have the trail built to easily utilize it and be able to naturalize around the trail. We transplanted 3 large trees that we had to dig out of the trail route. We put them in an area that was bare of trees. We worked on finish work in a section of trail roughed in last work day.  Official 
Tool & Equipment Maintenance  None  5.0  2   11/7/2014  We unpacked the new Canycom. We unloaded the backhoe attachment from the trailer as we don't use it that often. We also unloaded the compactor and put both under the shed. Liz took the Muck Truck to Brian's house for repair work on the tire that keeps going flat. We fixed the Ditch Witch right hand left arm bushing retainer which keeps coming off. Liz purchased a thicker washer hoping that would hold up better. The snap ring is very hard to install in the tight area.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  14.0  2   11/6/2014  Today we worked on naturalizing and fine tuning the trail tread. Also did some flow improvement on a left hand turn and spaced the drainages so they were not in the turn. To do this we raised the height of the turn and in-sloped it for a longer distance. Made the drainage less ditch like. Then worked on adding an in-sloped turn after a nice banked rock turn expecting some users to fully utilize the rock and wanting the flow of the recovery turn being banked. The drainage is very natural. Then worked on raising a section of trail that was awkward through some trees. Making the trail a little higher here will add to the flow and move the drainage away from the troubled previously flat to sunken and odd rooted area.  Official 
Rattlin' Run Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  112.5  15   11/5/2014  We are now working on the long switch backs prior to crossing the last drainage and linking up with Songbird. We built two climbing turns. We also raked out, but left with minimal improvement, an alternate short cut straight down the hill expressly for advanced bikers.350 ft. trail built today.   Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  14.0  2   10/30/2014  Only two of us came out today. It was a very nice day. Dick worked on naturalizing sections of trail that we had finished. He also watered the moss he has been planting. He cleaned up some of the tracks we had been making through the woods with the machines. I touched up spots on the trail that needed a bit of finishing. Then I started building more trail. I focused on lengthening the drainage into an old road and make it a smoother transition. Then I worked on adjusting the route of the trail a little nearer to a large angled rock to put it in play for those that want to ride it like a berm. Then further down the trail I worked to raise the trail up around some trees where the flow was a little off. I used the dirt I got from another section that I am making a long and gentle drainage out of. It was really nice to go at my own pace and focus on getting the flow the way I think it should be.  Official 
Rattlin' Run Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  131.0  18   10/29/2014  Three sawyers worked their way in from the parking lot clearing blow-downs, and residual unsightly or hazardous stumps. Liz was out ahead adjusting the pin flags. The rest of the crew worked on trail improvements and digging new trail, now into the long switchbacks approaching the Songbird Trail connection. After lunch a few of us drove around to the site of the Weekend Crew's rock work. The two crews plan to collaborate with rock work on the RR trail. During the afternoon the trail-working team finished the first 100 yd. upper arm of the switchbacks, and grubbed out the upper turn. About 600 ft. of t rail completed.  Official 
Tool & Equipment Maintenance  Roanoke County  6.0  1   10/29/2014  Rod Liebel sharpened and repaired a large number of miscellaneous hand tools.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  57.5  9   10/26/2014  Today we put some finishing touches on a long section of trail that we had roughed in. There was a bunch of organic material that we had to remove to hit good dirt for the trail and this left a trail that was too low and too wide in sections and instead of cutting a bunch of dirt out below the trail we just brought in some good dirt and raised the trail a few inches and filled in some of the back slope cut. Several members of BRG (Blue Ridge Gravity) came out to layout a rock drop-off alternate route utilizing the large house size rock we built around. The Naturalizing crew were busy transplanting moss and making the large rock ramp look nice. They naturalized around 200 feet of trail also.  Official 
Rattlin' Run Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  150.5  19   10/22/2014  We returned to the Cove today after several months hiatus; but we redeemed ourselves by fielding a large crew and building 1,200ft. of new trail.   Official 
Natural Bridge - Buck   Rockbridge County  18.0  6   10/20/2014  LAST THINGS - Bench installed at the highest view point. Finishing touches were put on the last set of steps. Leaves were blown off the trail in preparation for the up-coming ribbon cutting ceremony.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  15.5  3   10/18/2014  Today we finished the large rock feature we have been building the last 4-5 work days. It looks like a stone arched bridge. Now the naturalizing crew will make it even cooler looking with a moss treatment. We also worked on the trail on each side of the feature. We had to bring in some dirt to get the shape right. We were supposed to get some volunteers from the Go-Fest, but nobody showed up.  Official 
Waid Park  Rocky Mount Va.  130.0  15   10/8/2014  DAY#5 FINAL DAY. This was a big day with many loose ends being tied up. The biggest job was the laying and rolling of the entire trail with fines, the task made much easier by the advent of heavy rains the previous day producing perfect consistency of the stone. This task was finished by mid-day. Much of the rip-rap side wall of the turnpike was reworked and extended having been crushed into the ground by the roller. Heavy rock was used cosmetically to add stability to the bridge. Several quartz boulders were placed beside the bridge as features. The immediate trail impact area was cleaned up and naturalized and the exposed soils covered. Some rock cribbing and soil compaction was done along the wooded side-slope, Discarded soil was retrieved from the meadow excavation and used to bulk up the outer slope - it was then seeded and strawed. The upper terminus was made into a handicapped accessible landing in the road ROW. We had a pleasant luncheon visit by the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the B of S and we were each presented with a nice knife hand tool.  Official 
Tool & Equipment Maintenance  None  7.5  3   10/7/2014  Canycom Repair We installed the new shifting lever into the transmission. It took a few tries to get it right. Put rest of Canycom back together and loaded onto the trailer.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  26.0  5   10/4/2014  Today a two man crew continued the naturalizing from our big rock roll to the top of the huge house rocks. They cleaned up some huge rock faces to highlight them along the trail and planted moss on the rock cracks. 3 of us continued our rather large rock hump project. We added 3 smaller rocks on one end and lowered the huge rock we moved last week into place. Then we moved three more rocks over there and tried to position them. We cut and worked on one until we got it and have the next one ready to go. Matt pulled a huge rock out of the downhill drop alternate route. We would like to use it, but I guess we were getting tired at end of day and thought it might be best to not mess with it. Maybe next time we will be fresh and decide to include it in the hump.   Official 
Tool & Equipment Maintenance  None  3.0  1   10/3/2014  Investigate why the Canycom was stuck in one forward gear. Found that there was a part broken inside the transmission that shifted the gears. Called Canycom to order new part and they said this part was made to break if someone put too much force on the shifter.  Official 
Natural Bridge - Buck   Rockbridge County  56.0  8   10/2/2014  MINI WORK DAY: Two sets of rock steps and one set of cedar log steps were built. The trail was blazed. One blow-down was taken out of sink hole. The trail was plotted by GPS. This CONCLUDES WORK except for the installation of a bench.  Official 
Waid Park  Rocky Mount Va.  102.0  12   10/1/2014  DAY#4: The rail road ballast base of the turnpike was completed down to the lower exit, finishing touches done on the bridge and the trail aligned to it, and the trail down through the wooded hill also completed except for the fines. The main finishing work is the addition of surface spreading and compaction with fines and some cribbing up along the hill section.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  26.5  5   9/27/2014  Today was NPLD. Three of us focused on naturalizing about 250 feet of finished tread. Two of us continued our special huge rock moving project. We added two rocks around 400 lbs each to our structure and pulled up a very large 1500 to 2000 lb rock almost into place. We will have to finish placing this rock next week. We were late getting back to the lot for pizza that the City of Roanoke Parks and Rec provided to all the crews out doing trail work today.   Official 
Tool & Equipment Maintenance  None  6.0  1   9/26/2014  Installed new tracks on Cannycom. While airing up the tires on Muck Truck, I discovered that the power transfer wheel on the left side had a bad leak. It would not hold air at all. I proceeded to take it apart for the first time. First the wheel had to be removed and it is a tight fit. Then 5 bolts hold the two halves of the wheel together. Well it holds very tight even without the bolts as it was very hard to pull the two halves out and get to the tube. Sure enough the tube had a hole in it. But my patch kits were not working well on the thick old rubber. I had to take it apart twice. I then thought I had it, but the next morning it had lost air. Much better than before, but will need new tube I guess.  Official 
Natural Bridge - Buck   Rockbridge County  97.5  12   9/24/2014  DAY#5: This is the last full work way here. We completed construction of the trail itself, created a proper entrance at the parking lot and installed a trail sign. We made big progress in installing the four sets of steps which are necessary. Left to do - complete steps, blaze, map trail, install one bench at a view site. We will do these things as a mini-work day with a small crew on an off-day. There is a blow-down in the sink hole which needs to be removed.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  32.5  5   9/20/2014  Today was a beautiful day. However we were stuck just using the Muck truck to try to haul everything out there, so we cut back on what we brought out. We did get a few loads of dirt with the Muck Truck, but it was much more unstable than the Canycom on the tricky terrain. We lowered the big rock we placed last week by about 8 inches. We think this will be better for connecting to the existing trail level. We also placed another rock and angled it a little. But most of the day was focused on finishing some of the roughed in trail so that Dick's Naturalizing crew would not run out of work. We completed around 800 feet of trail.  Official 
Waid Park  Rocky Mount Va.  119.0  14   9/16/2014  DAY#3: The crew functioned superbly in small strategic teams presenting a well coordinated whole: bridge building, busting up rip-rap and transporting it for the trail wall of the turnpike, loading stone into assorted carriers, laying a RR ballast base, topped with crush, the DW still busy excavating sections of trail bed, but also providing a drainage system for storm water run-off, and the mighty roller was vibrating and compacting and wetting all over the place as the various layers went down. About 400 ft of turnpike was built(fines yet to be placed) and a further 250 ft. of trail up on the forested hill-side.   Official 
Tool & Equipment Maintenance  None  4.0  1   9/15/2014  Repair charging circuit for Ditch Witch. I thought it was the regulator and we purchased a new one. I took it down to my workbench first thing to test it like I did the old one. I found that the old one was really good and a battery load is required for the regulator to do anything which is a little odd. So I fixed the one wire that was pretty burnt and turns out if was likely the main problem. I also removed a wire that was shorted to ground that came from the regulator that is not used. But I don't know what it might do in the regulator if it is grounded. I then wrapped the wired with better protective wrap and routed them in what I hope is a safer and cooler spot. I also installed a new plastic storage box on the machine that Jeff Young donated. I had to load up and return the machine to the County Lot.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  14.5  2   9/13/2014  It was raining all night and still some in the morning, so I cancelled the trail work for 9am. Later in the day the weather improved. We started after lunch by getting the Vermeer and doing the 50 hour maintenance. This meant changing the oil, filter, and Hydraulic filter. Then we loaded the machine back up and went over to deliver the Vermeer back the Rock-N-Roll and did a little trail work. We spent most of our time moving a very large rock into the trail as we plan to make a long rock ramp in that area. This rock is to be our middle and highest point.   Official 
Waid Park  Rocky Mount Va.  36.8  7   9/11/2014  MINI-WORK-DAY (MWD)- Built:- a low-water bridge - 12' by 5' with chocked kick-rails... 3 stringers-6 by 6's;deck - 2 by 6's. anchored by re-bar 2' and 4' ..Project coordinated by Roger H.  Official 
Waid Park  Rocky Mount Va.  102.0  12   9/10/2014  DAY#2: About half the crew worked to cut the trail bench down and around the central wooded hill, supporting the Vermeer. About half of the bench thus built was stoned and rolled extensively. Meanwhile the remainder of the crew worked along the lower and final 1/3 of the route, which runs along a seasonal stream. Here, confronted with dense root patterns from the surrounding large trees, much rock, and promise of real problems with water flow during wet periods, we decided a turnpike would be the best way to build this section. Six to twelve inch rip-rap was used to define the route and construct the side-walls. The base thus defined will be filled with rail-road ballast and topped with gravels.   Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  8.0  2   9/9/2014  Tonight Matt and I went back out to rescue the Ditch Witch and bring the Vermeer out for the Wednesday crew as there was no way to get the Witch fixed in time. We had the hardest time we ever had getting the track back on. It was twisted in a way that covered the access hole to loosen the track. It took us at least an hour to get the track back on. We jump started it off the Vermeer and drove them both down to the truck loading area. I wanted to get the Witch to the garage to work on the charging system, but the Wednesday crew needed a machine. There was no easy way to carry both machines and attachments and powered wheelbarrows all out at the same time. So we hauled out the Witch first to my garage. Matt had to go home. So I dropped him off and proceeded to haul Witch to my house and jump start it and offload it. Then headed back out to get the Vermeer in the dark. I used the trusty bike head lamp for light. All went well and a trailer full of equipment was ready for Wednesday crew. But it was a late night!  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  9.0  2   9/8/2014  Tonight after work, Matt and I went out armed with some tools to put the track back on the new Vermeer machine. We had to tip the machine with a winch a little to get weight off the track. We had a little trouble finding a place to pry the track on with the new machine design. But getting the weight off helped a lot. Then we decided we had enough light to do some trail building. We worked for about an hour or so and then discovered the battery died on the old machine and it was dead in the trail. They needed a machine for Wednesday, so we thought we would get the old machine out and I would fix it before Wednesday. However after we went and got the jumper cables and got it going, it was dark and we ended up throwing a track on the old machine trying to get it out in the dark. We had to quit for the night and did not dare try to get the new machine out.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  19.0  4   9/6/2014  Today we discovered that finally we had eliminated the bee issue in our trouble spot. We repaired the trail we had dug up there and worked on surrounding trail touchup. Then we went back up higher where we have been building the next section downwards to meet up with where we stopped below. We were making pretty good progress and almost had the trails connected, but it got very rocky and I threw a track on our new machine for the first time. We do not have the tools to put it back on yet, so we had to leave it where it sat. Matt was using the old machine to do finishing work with our new 6/way blade. Chris has his expert route reconnected with the main trial now. A few people were testing it today. Dick was busy naturalizing the sections of trail we have finished through that first very rocky zone and fixing some of the areas we have disturbed further off the trail.  Official 
Waid Park  Rocky Mount, Va.  104.5  11   9/3/2014  DAY#1: This trail will be about 1/3 mile long, cinder, handicapped assessible, configured to complete a double looped stacked trail pattern . About 1/3 of it will be across a moderately side-sloped meadow, the middle 1/3 through mature mixed woodland, and 1/3 down the flood-zone of an ephemeral stream. Today we completed the meadow portion and half the woodland portion, using the DW, MkTk, Ccom and Whacker(roller)to compact crush r'run 3" deep 4' wide, capped with another 1" of fines. We enjoyed a fine lunch courtesy of Paul Chapman and the Franklin County P & R.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  19.5  3   9/1/2014  Small crew today. We started out working down low in the rocky area. Jeff got in the bee suit and really dug into the bee zone, but we are not sure if we got them all or not. We will have to see next week if we got them all. We worked on shaping up the trail tread in a few spots. Then we moved up the hill where we have an old road access to the trail and are working our way down to meet up with what we have done lower. It is easier to cut trail downhill and it was easy to get the machines around some rocks that way. We have about 800 feet roughed in and hit another smaller rocky section and repositioned two large rocks, one was around 700lbs and the other 300lbs. It is another area too tight to get the machines through, so we found a temporary way around for the machines.   Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  39.5  8   8/30/2014  Continue work in the dual route rock sections. We had round 3 battle with the bees. This time we had a bee suit that Bryce loaned us and I am glad we had it as I put it on for good measure to finish off the nest and found the nest was much bigger than we thought and they attacked me several times and the suit held them out. Dick and Janice were naturalizing the areas we were done with and even doing plantings. We moved a large ~1000lb rock to direct the users where we wanted them to go and to make a nice seat and even a skill feature for those inclined to ride over it. We also leap frogged and started building about 1/8 mile ahead working back. Going was fast until we hit another very rocky section.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  29.0  4   8/23/2014  Today we had a small crew and again focused on the parallel path rocky section we have been working on. We worked a little near the bees we found last week until they started coming out. Then we found their hole and started to spray and spray and spray. This was not effective. So we sprayed and dug into the place they were coming in and out from. We found that they had a long horizontal tunnel and we ran out of spray right when they really started pouring out. We had to abort. I came back the next day and put Seven over their hole. They were still coming in and out. I watched them eat it for awhile and left. Hope they are dead when we return next week. No activity from the Yellow Jacket nest on Arrowhead that got me last week. The gas must have worked over some time. We built another section on the main trail and then helped Chris move a 4000lb rock on the expert loop. We exhausted ourselves and pushed the equipment (straps, rock bars and come-a-long) to the limits on this one. I hope the experts like this rock we sweated over for hours. We will end up burying most of it again so nobody will appreciate the effort we went through to adjust the position of this one rock we wanted to take the trail over. On the main easy trail we see that some people are avoiding our smooth rock feature that should be no problem for even a beginner. So we are going to block the go around with a 1,500lb rock I think, even though we will have to move it around 100 feet. Dick continued his great naturalizing work from the banked switchback to near the rocky section we are bogged down in. The trail is draining nicely with all the rain we have had and looks like it has been around for a long time. We have ended up with a 2 foot wide trail tread for the most part except where we do bermed turns which might be 3 foot wide. Oh, Also we cut two fallen trees out of the trail on School House Trail that Renee told us about.  Official 
Natural Bridge - Buck   Rockbridge County  105.0  14   8/20/2014  DAY#4: Good progress was made today despite the oppressive heat and humidity. Scrubby area now returning to pleasant mature woodland with nice glimpses to the north of the distant blue ridge. Large rocky outcrop with view is a nice trail feature. Estimate 2 more full work days.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  64.8  10   8/16/2014  First we all had a battle with a huge nest of yellow jackets that were right in the way of the direction we needed to go. We fought and fought, I got bit in the face twice. Our 3 cans of spray seemed ineffective. Then we split into 4 groups. 1 group of 3 (2 sawyers) hiked out Arrowhead to clear several fallen trees off the trail. Dick lead the naturalizing crew (I think he started off by himself but picked up the saw group when they came back. The 3rd group worked on the expert section of trail and made good progress. They even moved a rock over 2000lb about 15 feet and put it in the perfect place right in the trail. They were being very creative with a small hand wench and rock bars. The 4th group worked on the main trail route competing the rock armor section, building a few sections of trail both by hand and with machine. We also moved a 500 lb rock into place, but that sounds wimpy now!   Official 
Natural Bridge - Buck   Rockbridge County  127.5  17   8/13/2014  DAY#3 - A good turn-out and a pleasant day to work. A small crew began from the top working down to the parking lot. Defining the route down through this fragile area comes none too soon as our frequent trips through here is beginning to adversely impact the area. The main body of the crew continued building tread at the front end. Some 450ft.dug today. Nice views opening up to the north - from glimpses through the foliage to several view points with dramatic panoramas.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  15.8  3   8/10/2014  We postponed the trail work from yesterday to today due to rain. The forecast was better for today, yet it rained on us all day. The trails were too wet for us to bring any machines in. So we hand carried the tools we needed for today. We mostly just did rock work and hand build a very rocky section of trail. We moved a 1,000 lb rock into place as part of the trail tread to butt it up next to two others. Also start to fill in a gap between large rocks to make some rocky trail tread. Also opened up an old road that we will use to bring the equipment in for a pretty long section of this trail work as it crosses our new trail twice. This will keep us from running over our brand new trail so many times with heavy equipment.  Official 
Natural Bridge - Buck   Rockbridge County  182.8  29   8/6/2014  DAY#2; The group of 12 SCC students joined the MWC for a very productive day of trail building. Each student was paired with a crew member for mentoring in the skills of trail building. Under a good forest canopy the early morning work was cool and pleasant. Later work moved to the dense thickets of old overgrown clear cuts where we were exposed to densely hot and humid conditions. Our sawyers Tom, Hugh and George had plenty of work to do clearing downed timber (some of it quite big) out of the trail route. Because of the extreme heat and humidity we quit at 2.30, but despite the short day we racked up an incredible 850 feet of trail constructed!  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  47.8  8   8/2/2014  We had a large crew and made great progress today. The weather was threatening, yet we had no rain. Turned out to be a very comfortable day to do trail work. We got the trail roughed in all the way into a very rocky section where we had to start building the trail by hand in order to keep the characteristic of the rock we wanted. We also started doing two routes through the rock in order to have an easier and more challenging option.   Official 
Appalachian Trail  New River Valley relo  93.5  11   7/30/2014  We divided into three teams to finish the remaining tasks on this final large-scale relo of a AT. These were - complete the construction of 2 sets of steps high on Hemlock Ridge, hand finish the rough bulldozer cut in the middle of this tract, smooth out a very rough stony 200 yards of tread just above Clendinen Rd. All were completed in good time.  Official 
Explore Park  Roanoke County  20.0  8   7/25/2014  A crew was formed to clear trails of blow-downs and debris resulting from a recent storm. Three sawyers and six swampers. The damage was mainly located about mid-way along the Deer Run Trail, two places on the Palmer's Pond Trail, and widely scattered sections of the yellow and blue bike trails. The work was completed without incident.  Official 
Rattlin' Run Trail  Catawba Mountain - McAfee Knob  97.0  14   7/23/2014  The day was extremely hot and humid. Started early went home early. Good progress with a good sized crew. 350 ft. of trail built on easy grade thru mature open woodland. Soil very sandy, sporadic stretches thick with rocks and roots however.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  20.5  3   7/19/2014  The weather was questionable today, but I am glad we did not cancel as it turned out really nice. It was a small crew, but with two machines we made great progress. We are starting to get into some big rock and are trying to build it into the trail, very tricky with the machines. Also having to deal with some nasty stumps. We are getting a little behind on the naturalizing. The leaf blower was broken down today.  Official 
Appalachian Trail  Bluff City  126.0  14   7/17/2014  Today was an annual Konnarock-dedicated day. We actually continued working on the new route at last year's location.We finished the gap between the site of the recent rock work shop and the power line. Simple enough but the ground was iron-hard. We also continued out across the open power line easement. The next 100 yard section is extra-ordinarily steep,and is comprised of brecciated degenerate lime stone. Fortunately the nature of the rock is allowing us to get a full- bench cut about 1/3 done today.  Official 
Advanced Stonework on AT  Giles County  76.4  7   7/13/2014  Crew worked on AT near Pearisburg in Giles County in the Advanced Stonework Workshop taught by Jolly Rovers.  Official 
Advanced Stonework on AT  Giles County  70.0  7   7/12/2014  Crew worked on AT near Pearisburg in Giles County in the Advanced Stonework Workshop taught by Jolly Rovers.  Official 
Advanced Stonework on AT  Giles County  77.0  7   7/11/2014  Crew worked on AT near Pearisburg in Giles County in the Advanced Stonework Workshop.  Official 
Happy Valley Culvert Cleaning  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  6.0  3   7/10/2014  The big culverts for Carvins Creek (between Comet and Songbird) were almost completely blocked by flooding, derecho, etc last year. Some efforts have been made to pull stuff out, but suddenly the creek is dry and you can get in there to stand on the bottom. Two sawyers and one "thrower" were able to clear the major debris. Two of the culverts were totally blocked and two more than half blocked, so this was a significant clearing effort that will prevent future road damage. Anyone have any Tide to clean these muddy clothes?  Official 
Rattlin' Run Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  99.5  15   7/9/2014  Early start because of the heat, early finish because of a storm. About 200 yards of fairly easy contour trail dug in open wooded side-hill. Two yellow jacket's nests along the way.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  27.0  5   7/6/2014  Another day with perfect weather. We started out getting water in a big blue plastic barrel that Dick brought out. We filled it too full as it sloshed all over the place when we Canycomed it to where we used it to wet down our bermed turns. We used buckets and our hands to splash the water on the trail. The sprayer we brought kept clogging with the particles in the water. That one barrel of water really went a long way, it didn't matter that a lot splashed out. We will not fill it so full next time. Then we spent most of the day doing hand finishing work. But the last few hours we got back to extending the trail. We put another berm and drainage in and roughed in around 200 ft. We also dragged a big ~800 lb rock up next to the trail which makes for a nice looking bench.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  38.5  6   7/5/2014  Wonderful weather today! We had both the Vermeer and Ditch Witch out today and 3 operators. We made great progress with over 800 feet of trail better than roughed in, as some of it is pretty close to finished. But we still have quite a bit of finishing work yet. Still great progress. The other good news is that we got water out of the stream and wetted down our first two banked turns and it really helped the dirt stick, we will see if still good when drys again, but I am guessing it will be OK. We are going to bring bigger water containers out tomorrow. We have two more banked turns to pack down and I am sure we will have many more. It is great to be building new trail again. And this is much easier so far than the Four Gorge Extension was. The Extension was on some seriously steep side hill with lots of hard shale. We are running across some seriously big solid rocks, but so far they have not caused us much trouble, but I am sure they will at some point.  Official 
Rattlin' Run Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  27.5  5   7/3/2014  This was a mini work-day - one in which a small group targets specific small projects on an off-crew day. Using the witch and canycom, we hardened one muddy spot adjacent to the power line, created two "nicks" to lose water, and rebuilt on ragged banked turn. Finished up at 12.30 walking out in twilight conditions of a massive storm build-up.  Official 
Natural Bridge - Buck   Rockbridge County  80.0  13   7/1/2014  DAY#1: A 12 member group from the Student Conservation Corpse currently in residence at the resort was assigned to work under Pathfinder supervision in brushing out the proposed trail route. The entire piece was cleared in a single day and with no difficulties.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  11.3  3   6/30/2014  Installed repaired trailer tire. Cut deadfall off of trail route. Build a banked turn in order to make a drainage in a straight away instead of an outside turn that would clog over time. Will also make for better flow. Due to the lack of clay in the soil, we had to use a bunch of rocks for the structure of the turn. I really hope we can get some of this soil to stick when it gets wet. Right now, it is not showing any signs of hardening.   Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  29.0  6   6/28/2014  Today we continued our work on the new trail. We did hand finishing work on the first machine roughed in 100ft. Then the naturalizing around that section was completed. Another crew pushed forward with the clearing of deadfall in the proposed trail path. And I used the Vermeer to rough in around 200ft of trail. I am concerned as to how well this dirt is going to pack on our bermed turns. It seems to have too much sand in it. We ended up having at least 3 stumps to chop out by hand as we were afraid to bust the 6 way blade busting them out with the machine. We are running into some very heavy square rocks that are a bit hard to bust out with machine, but very nice armoring rocks that we are setting aside for when we might need them.  Official 
Explore Park  Roanoke County  36.0  8   6/27/2014  Blazing of the park trails was COMPLETED TODAY color coded according to the general plan.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  14.5  2   6/27/2014  Today we started a new trail called Rock-N-Roll which goes between Arrowhead and Schoolhouse trails. We are using Pathfinders for Greenway's new Vermeer 800. We did have to cut our way out there down the road as whoever cut the logs off the middle of the road over the last few years left them lay ALL Over the sides of the road and not wide enough to get the trailer through. Unfortunately I missed one hidden in the tall grass and punctured one of our brand new trailer tires. It is much more work to cut these heavy and long logs embedded in the mud in the road ditches now than the work to cut them correctly to begin with. I wish people would leave these across the road if they don't understand how to clear the road correctly. Anyway, we did get a start on the trail, but didn't have much time left after all the work to get to site.  Official 
Rattlin' Run Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  26.0  5   6/25/2014  One significant drainage problem on the lower loop was corrected today. A muddy parch due to wet weather cross-flow, about 300 yards in on the right arm of the loop, was shaped with the ditch witch, and hardened by paving with heavy flat rock, some transported previously and the remainder scavenged and carried to the site today by the canycom.  Official 
Four Gorge Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  31.5  6   6/21/2014  Today we armored the final crossing on Four Gorge trail! We are now done with repairs on that trail. We also had a crew harvesting rock in the morning which we used for some more armoring right up at the parking lot where the runoff from the lot was causing issues.   Official 
Four Gorge Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  16.8  3   6/14/2014  Today we harvested some nice rocks from the Ratlin Run trail area. We hauled them all the way over to the next gorge after the big bridge on Four Gorge. This is the last spot we need to armor except maybe a bet more right at the parking lot. We were able to get around   Official 
Tool & Equipment Maintenance  None  18.0  2   6/13/2014  Changed Engine Oil and Transmition gear lube on Canycom. Checked Dump Oil. Cleaned air filter, gas pump, and gas filter bulb. Drilled holes in bed to drain water. Checked and adjusted track tension on left track. Shortened pull rope. Changed Engine Oil and filter on Ditch Witch. Changed hydraulic fluid and filter. Replaced the missing washer and snap-ring for right arm. Cleaned out the nasty area around the hydraulic pumps and engine air outlet. Changed fuel filter. Changed outer air filter. Cleaned fuel pump. Replaced two tires on the flatbed trailer.  Official 
Rattlin' Run Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  73.5  11   6/11/2014  Continued to make reasonably good progress today - 200ft. new trail - with a small crew, many being away on Summer activities. Yellow jacket nest encountered giving rise to acute discomfort to a few.  Official 
Murray Run Greenway - Trail Repair  Roanoke Greenways - ROA_City_P&R  13.0  3   6/8/2014  Huge tree fell and pulled out a chunk of trail. Dan Henry's crew arrived to fell the tree, just several hours too late. Dan delivered rock for cribbing. Thanks to the GRCCL volunteers who stepped right up to fix it, working on several different days (total hours here).  Official 
Four Gorge Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  40.0  8   6/7/2014    Official 
Appalachian Trail  New River Valley relo  114.0  13   6/4/2014  This was the third and final day for us to work on the 7.2 mile relocation through Celenese Company property. Activities centered around the steep north slope of Hemlock Ridge, immediately south of the Clendennin Road. We clipped and raked over the waw residual wounds left by the trail excavating machines. Also we put in steps down to Clendennin Rd. and added several more flights to the steep north slope where necessary. Finally, the last 1/4 mile of tread above Clenennin Rd is extremely rough and rocky, and we had toime tio improve about half of this.   Official 
Four Gorge Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  35.0  6   5/31/2014  We finished the large water drainage relocation at the bottom of the long climb. It turned out very well I think and most people are going to really like the insloped turn with no mud hole. Then we worked our way up the long hill and added 3 more water diverters that will drain the water off the trail and get the erosion in this area under control. The Naturalizing crew was 4 strong today and boy did they get a lot done. All the ground we disturbed the last few work days has been re-naturalized and looks great. We ended the day working on the last bit of armoring we had left to do in this side of the trail. It is an odd spot that gets a lot of water flow for some reason. There was a little armoring already there, but it was not working well. We pulled it out and redid it. We could call it finished, but I think we are going to put a few more hours in on it next work day. We will be finishing up the Four Gorge work on the end side next week and then the following week we will go back to the parking lot side and armor one last crossing that we skipped the first time through. We will pull the Ditch Witch out of there next week and take it home after a year of being out on the trail. It will get some loving maintenance after all the work it has done.  Official 
Four Gorge Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  18.5  3   5/24/2014  Finished the armored crossing we started a few workdays ago. We ended up using all the rock we had. We also worked on the raised turn that has been slowly drying out from all the wet dirt we deposited there several weeks ago. Then two small drainage were installed in low areas of the trail following the armored crossing. Finally some work was started to correct a mud hole that was the result of a low spot trying to drain right in the outside edge of a turn, which means it is doomed to ever drain correctly. So the low drainage area is being moved down the trail to a straight area. That means we have to raise and slope the whole section towards the new drainage. We also choose to go ahead and in-slope the turn so that people will be using the high side of the trail and the water will go the other direction. As a bonus the trail should have nice flow for bikes. We will be doing all the naturalizing of the disturbed areas next work day.  Official 
Rattlin' Run Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  75.5  11   5/21/2014  It was slow going today, with a small crew and heavy rock work through the drainage we came to last week. About 200 ft. of trail constructed.  Official 
Appalachian Trail  New River Valley relo  13.8  2   5/17/2014  Working with 12- member Konnarock crew, plus Josh, on sidehill trail construction and griphoist removal of trees. Above Clendinnen Road.  Official 
Four Gorge Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  22.5  4   5/17/2014  Today we continued the creek armoring project we started the last work day. We finished one side and got another few feet done on the other side. We are finally out of the water. We were able to shape the section of trail we have been raising sloping for drainage. It has been very soft and we added some rock to help harden it. We did collect another 1000lbs of rocks for armoring. Glad we did as we went through all of them and have been having trouble finding good shapes to armor with.  Official 
Appalachian Trail  New River Valley relo  102.0  12   5/14/2014  The weather held despite the threat of thunder storms. We met Andrew Downs and proceeded to the same location where we cleared trail-way in preparation for the trail machines. Today we cleaned up some of the heavy handed effects of the dozers, also we put in 3 sets of locust steps, drained a small spring which had been opened by the trail cut, placed heavy stepping stones in the creek, fine-tuned drainage at several switch-backs and finally, raised and cribbed the trail bed over the roots of a very large elm. We were pleased with the results and were out of there by early afternoon.  Official 
Rattlin' Run Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  4.5  1   5/14/2014  Pin flagging. Trying to stay several drainages ahead of the crew.  Official 
Rattlin' Run Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  135.5  19   5/7/2014  Back after missing one work day due to heavy rains. About 500 ft. of trail built today, some was straight forward side-hill, some difficult steep cross-slope with massive boulders and tilting rock, one crossing of a rough steep-sided drainage.  Official 
Four Gorge Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  34.8  8   5/3/2014  Today a film crew for Cox Conserves Heroes program came out to get some shots and interview volunteers and trail users because I was nominated for a volunteer award for leading trail work over the years. Cox Communications is awarding 3 volunteers in Virginia a total of $15K to give to their favorite non-profit. So besides doing a lot of talking today, we added two small knicks to drain water off the trail. We got the SK500 down to the next creek crossing we are armoring. We dug it out and then started placing rock. We left a bit if a mess out there because we did not have an afternoon shift and had to wrap up early. We put the dirt we dug out for the armoring back in a low spot on the trail. However, it had a bunch of water in it and it made quite a mess. We will have to wait for it to dry up over the next two weeks before we can straighten that out. In the end it will actually be much drier than had been.  Official 
Rattlin' Run Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  3.5  1   5/3/2014  Flagging from the Songbird end. Several alternatives flagged by Rich Edwards, but all in the same color. Pin flagged several drainage crossings and back toward crews' work.  Official 
Four Gorge Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  25.5  4   4/26/2014  Today we finished digging out the upstream side of the double culverts. We took some of the nice rocky mix and spread it lightly on a few sections of trail they have been soft in the past or that we had recently worked on. I think this will last many years before it needs to be cleaned out again. It should never need this much clean-out again I hope. We hauled out some burnt pieces of culvert. We still have another big piece to haul out, but it is closer to were we will be working next.   Official 
Rattlin' Run Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  142.5  17   4/23/2014  This was another day of building trail between and over blocks of fractured sandstone. The nature of this terrain lends itself to the building of a highly demanding, technically advanced trail,with many tilted slabs,ledges and slots. (as opposed to a flow trail). We crossed the next drainage which is anchored trail-side by an interesting feature - a jutting rock shelf which carries a waterfall after a moderate rain-fall. 550 ft. trail built today.  Official 
Four Gorge Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  23.5  4   4/19/2014  Today we finished the 2nd drainage in an in-sloped turn on one of the steepest most eroded sections of Four Gorge. We hope this will be enough to stop most of the erosion. Then we made sure the mud hole at the bottom was eliminated with good drainage. After that we fixed two more drainage areas to drain better. Then we arrived at the double exposed culverts. Our task here is to clean out the nice rock and dirt material that is blocking the culvert and put it on top. Then there will still be many tons of it and we will use that to firm up the trail in a few spots with a light sprinkling. We can only imagine the numerous days worth of back braking work it would take to move this much material without machines to help. Chris moved a bunch more rocks to our next armoring site so now we are ready to start that when we have the right turn out to match the logistics with the other activities and skill sets. Dick has continued to lead our naturalization efforts and the results look great. Jeff and Scott are gaining great Ditch Witch and trail construction skills.  Official 
Tool & Equipment Maintenance  None  10.0  1   4/18/2014  Matt and a relative of his took our badly bent and cracked bucket that we purchased with the Ditch Witch SK500 about 6 years ago and recently went from a mildly damaged attachment to much worse damage after using on our new more powerful Vermeer. Matt greatly reinforce the bucket, so now we hope it will have a better chance at withstanding the extra force from the new machine in combination with a little extra care.  Official 
Rattlin' Run Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  114.0  19   4/16/2014  Starting at the power line a good 500 ft of mid-mountain trail was built today with a large crew. The route here is outstanding, bobbing and weaving through open piney woods across broken sandstone slabs. There is a sense of remoteness here with offers of frequent glimpses of the impressive flank of Brushy Mountain to the right.   Official 
Four Gorge Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  20.5  4   4/12/2014  We are moving faster now that we have gotten past the area we were bogged down in for so long which just happened to be right in the middle of the 3 mile long trail. Now our walk to the work site will be getting shorter each week. Today we had great weather. We had a small turn out, but since we mostly had machine work to do, it worked out. We split into 2 crews to start with one crew moving large rocks to our next creek crossing armoring site. While the other crew had to first spend about 20 minutes to find a rock bar that got left out last work day. After putting in one more water diverter above the switchback, we moved to the section of trail that has had the most erosion along the longest length of trail. It is a steep section, but we had to get the water off the trail. So we added a significant water diverter in the top 3/4 of the drop. We also put an in-sloped turn in where the trail had gotten 6 foot wide from people going on two sides of a tree that was in a bad spot. We got the trail back down to 2.5 foot. For the bottom of the drop it was too steep and curved for a water diverter, so we choose to make it a gentle in-sloped turn with a large drainage area on the inside of the turn. We moved much of the dirt we had to dig out here to the uphill turn. We had to quit before we finished that lower section. Much naturalization was done on all the areas before that last section. We still need to haul some old burnt pieces of culvert out when we get a good chance to do that.  Official 
Tool & Equipment Maintenance  None  5.0  2   4/12/2014  Vermeer came and fixed our hydraulic fluid leak last week. It was up in the control panel area in a very hard to get to area. But since this leak was up so high in the machine, the oil traveled everywhere and was even blown all over the engine from the fan. So we had to clean the whole engine compartment by hand as we do not believe in power washing our equipment from past bad experiences. We also remounted the fire extinguisher a little higher so that it would not interfere with opening the hood. We also started the install of the 6-way blade electrical switch. But we found out that the switch was intermittent and will have to try to get it replaced. We had to add around 1/2 gallon of hydraulic fluid to replace most of what leaked out. We did not want to over fill, so we will need to check level with machine hot also. We also discovered we are going to need 1-1/8 inch socket and ratchet to adjust track tension which is different than the 30mm we use for Ditch Witch.   Unofficial 
Appalachian Trail  New River Valley relo  139.5  15   4/9/2014  We continued the clearing work started last week across Celanese land. We fielded 5 chainsaw units - each consisting of one sawyer and 2 swampers. One unit started in from the north end, the others continued from where we stopped last week at the south end. We cleared about one mile, leaving a short 1/2 mile in the center most of which is in fairly open wood land.   Official 
Four Gorge Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  70.0  10   4/5/2014  The weather was prefect today. We had a really good turn out. We had both the Canycom and the old Muck Truck running full time today. We finished elevating a section of trail about 500 feet long total. We finished the last 200 feet and then the disturbed area where we harvested dirt and provided drainage, was naturalized. Also several loads of shale crusher run was thinly spread in places that may get soft in rain or freeze thaw. We also hauled in around 1000 lbs of large rocks and improved the small creek crossing at the end of the section of trail we were raising. After all that was done, we used the Ditch Witch to cut 4 drainage grade reversals. We are happy to be out of the area we have spent so much time in. We do have some burnt up culvert pieces to carry out...maybe next week.  Official 
Tool & Equipment Maintenance  None  6.0  1   4/5/2014  Total hours over the past 3 weeks sharpening all of the weekend crew tools and putting new handles on 2 tools. Even repairing a pulaski that was bent very badly. It is so nice to use sharp tools!  Unofficial 
New Trail Layout  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  5.0  2   4/4/2014  Today Renee and I walked the trail layout as part of the City approval process. She seemed happy with the route and took many pictures. She will take this through the approval process over the next few weeks. The trail is right at 2 miles long.  Unofficial 
Appalachian Trail  New River Valley relo  135.0  15   4/2/2014  We are working with other groups on a very desirable and long awaited 3 mile relocation of the AT, made possible by the changing energy needs and consequent willingness of the Celanese Company to grant the ROW. We fielded 4 chain saw teams and cleared 1 mile of trail-way, making ready for the bull-dozer work of actual trail construction. Hot heavy work over difficult terrain but all went well.   Official 
New Trail Layout  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R   5.0  2   3/28/2014  We took GPS readings with two units for the new trail route between Arrowhead and School House trails. It turned out to be just over 2 miles.   Unofficial 
Four Gorge Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  21.0  3   3/22/2014  Small crew today. We actually broke into individual projects. Tim spread a thin layer of rock on a few sections of trail that have been muddy after thaws. When the expected freeze thaw happens this week, the rock should mix with the dirt. Dick worked on naturalizing areas we had disturbed with the trail work over several sessions. Brian used the Ditch Witch to raise the trail tread in some muddy areas that were muddy because the trail was the lowest point around. There was a spring in one section that was tricky to work around as it was making a mess.  Official 
Explore Park  Roanoke County  26.0  4   3/20/2014  Team 2 walked the Back Creek Nature Trail, clearing two large blowdowns and numerous small ones. Open up the entrance on each end to make these more obvious. Most of this trail follows an old road bed. Then moved to the far end of the River Walk and cleared Deer and Turkey Scratch trails.  Official 
Explore Park  Roanoke County  65.0  10   3/20/2014  The purpose of today's work was to clear selected trails in preparation for public use next month. We met Liz at the visitors center where she supplied maps and coordination. We split into two teams - one team drove around to Rutrough Point and walked the red blaze bike trail, clearing some large blow-downs, clipping and doing some very minimal raking. We also walked the River Walk Trail from the parking lot to the Old Salem Turnpike encountered several large blow-downs one of which we left as an interesting feature and easily passable.We cleared a layer of thick mud from the bridge deck, this being caused by the lowest side rails butting onto the deck, trapping the sludge. The replacement of these rails with 2 by 4's, affording flow space across the deck would be desirable. After lunch we worked on the western loop of the white- blazed bike trail, not much to do ,although we did install some drainage ditches where erosion was present.   Official 
Four Gorge Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  21.0  3   3/15/2014  We had great weather today and was able to finally move the Ditch Witch down the narrow cliff side trail with less fear of slipping off. Down at the bottom of this section of trail were several constant muddy areas. This was because the trail was lower in these areas than all the surrounding ground. We decided to raise that area for the trail while at the same time cleaning out the nearby creek bed and bank, making sure the trail drained in that direction and that the creek was not blocked by the huge log jams. We raised the trail by over a foot and maybe 2-3 foot in some places. The new 4 way bucket worked great at keeping dirt out of the creek by allowing us to pull the dirt back.  Official 
New Trail Layout  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  10.0  2   3/8/2014  Today we canceled the regular trail work day because, due to thaw and snow from day before, we were worried about damaging the trail to get to the work area. So Jeff and I decided to continue our work laying out the new trail between Arrowhead exit and Schoolhouse trail. Today we finished to rough layout and focused on redoing the Arrowhead end and changed it from intersecting Arrowhead to coming out independently to the fire road near Arrowhead exit. We still wanted to have people ride by the cool huge house sized rocks we found last time, and we did even better by going near a nice cliff and other rock formations and going under and over the house size rocks while still trying to keep grade under 5%. We ended up with about 400 foot of near 10%, but felt that was best in order to not put switchbacks on top of each other due to some layout difficulties in the area like a half bowl and spring that was hard to avoid. As we were driving out, we worked to partially unclog the 4 huge culverts that were almost totally blocked causing a huge water backup near the Bennett Springs gate side section of road.  Unofficial 
Bottom Creek Natural Preserve (TNC)  Montgomery County  24.0  6   3/6/2014  A small group returned today for a short time to finish up - cleaned up the road, deepened some parts of the ditch, cleared outside the gate, and finished covering raw ground with leaf litter. There had been a very hard freeze during the night which made the job difficult.In general however, things look good!  Official 
Bottom Creek Natural Preserve (TNC)  Montgomery County  120.0  18   3/5/2014  We took advantage of a warm sunny window to work today.The remainder of the ditch clearing and filling in of erosion channels on the road were completed. Much of the recent snow was still present due to persisting low temps (20's) and so it was a bit mucky,and less than optimal for work, however when the soil dries out conditions should be fine as long as no vehicular traffic goes in and foot traffic stays on the road proper. The fresh disturbed soil was covered with leaf and pine litter.   Official 
Bottom Creek Natural Preserve (TNC)  Montgomery County  85.0  11   2/27/2014  The threat of bad weather prompted a change of our-work day to Thursday, a move which usually limits the number of people available to work. This was our first day to use the Vermeer. Raves all around. A great little machine. Quiet, powerful and very maneuverable.The object was to open up the long neglected road ditch in order to establish erosion control, and improve water quality of storm water run-off. About 1/3 of the road was done.  Official 
Four Gorge Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  35.8  11   2/22/2014  Today 5 students from VTC School of Medicine came out to help with the trail work. Since the creeks were flowing strong we could not do any armoring. However we were able to gather some large rocks with the rock nets to prepare for armoring later. We also collected some rocky soil and spread it lightly over some sections of trail that were soft in order to make those areas less prone to weather issues. After the trail work I helped the Wednesday crew load up the new Vermeer Skid Steer for some work they are going to do this coming Wednesday.  Official 
Rattlin' Run Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  56.0  16   2/12/2014  With the prospect of frozen soil and a heavy snow storm expected by early afternoon, we took the opportunity to tie up some loose ends on the Bennett Springs Loop Trail and be home before the snow arrived. We collected rocks in the canycom to harden some muddy spots, improved drainage in some of the dips and de-bermed some other places. The soil was frozen 2-3 inches. Tread deeply rutted in many places by bike tracks. However, all things considered our work is now completed on the loop, the trail is in reasonably good condition, and we put in a good morning's work.  Official 
Four Gorge Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  28.0  5   2/8/2014  It was snowing as soon as we were ready to start. We were not sure how frozen the ground would be. Again we decided it was not safe to move the Ditch Witch to the next section as the narrow trail was too slippery. So instead we gathered rocks for armoring. Later in the day we hauled 3 loads for rock over to our last armoring project to fortify one side on the downstream water exit. We noticed a place were water had flowed in last big rain. We also mixed some crusher run into the mucky trail to make it more weather proof.  Official 
Read Mountain  Roanoke County  107.0  18   2/6/2014  A perfect Winter's day was a welcome relief after missing two weeks of work to rain snow and frigid temperatures - made even better by a free breakfast courtesy Roanoke County P & R and hosted by Lindsay B before she gave us the beautiful new signs, posts and hardware for the Read Mt. trails. We sent three three-man teams out across the preserve installing them, additional improvements were - re-alignment of 300 ft.section of badly eroded trail, some de-berming and improving of erosion controls, and improving the design of two sets of rock steps.   Official 
Four Gorge Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  30.8  5   2/1/2014  Today we started out working on Four Gorge. However we knew it would get very muddy out there when the temperatures went from freezing to 60 through the day. So we hand carried the tools out, instead of using the tracked wheelbarrow. We were limited on what we could do as the ground was very frozen. We started out by cutting a bunch of deadfall out of an area we need to gather dirt from to raise the trail tread in an always muddy area. Also naturalized an area were we had worked last week. With the trail as slick as it was, we were too scared to take the Ditch Witch down the narrow side hill to the next section where we need it. Then later in the day we switched to laying out the new trail between Arrowhead and School House.  Official 
New Trail Layout  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  13.0  2   1/25/2014  Started the layout of a trail from Arrowhead to the Boat Dock with a drop down trail to School House. This trail mostly follows the 1400 foot contour. We started near the big rock crossing on Arrowhead. We found some great rock features to route the trail near or over along the way. We started a route down to School House. But, we are going to have to redo that for better alignment. That is where we will start next time. I think this trail is around 2 miles so far, but we will need to GPS it later.  Unofficial 
Four Gorge Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  31.1  5   1/20/2014  Today we finished the huge armoring project. We also worked on the two so called berms. They were really supposed to just be insloped outside turns, which were done to fix bad water retention caused by people changing the trails by riding on the trails when the ground is soft and pushing the dirt to the outside edge. So we just made it so that now when users are pushing dirt to the outside it will not be as harmful and the trail will now drain on the inside to a runoff spot in a straight section of trail where the dirt will not get pushed into the drainage as much. However, it was thawing while we were out there and not the best day to be working either, as the ground was way to full of water and would not pack well. We will have to touch up these areas after the weather improves and the ground dries up some.  Official 
Four Gorge Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  19.5  3   1/18/2014  It was very cold. Below freezing all day. We had issues with all the locks frozen including the lock to get into the Cove, and then the locks on the trailer and the Ditch Witch. We used starter fluid and PB blaster to unfreeze them. We hauled the new 4 way bucket out to the machine and brought back the standard bucket. Since the ground was so frozen we just focused on the armoring project we have been working on for many work days. The frozen ground was hard to dig for rock placement. I think we have one more day left on the armoring.   Official 
Rattlin' Run Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  137.0  19   1/15/2014  The recent rains produced several muddy stretches (especially under the lower power line) but in general the trail has held up well. The whole crew (18) combined to carry paving rock up to a key trail point from where the canycom could transport the rock down to the power line crossing for hardening.We used the canycom to make life easier carrying the heavy rock tools in to the first major rock transit. We completed the remaining 150 ft. of trail up to the steep rocky slope, and have begun etching in the descent to the small stream 50 ft. below. Liz is ahead of us fine-tuning the route, and Bud, also ahead,has cleared the way with his weed eater through a wicked stretch of brambles.  Official 
Tool & Equipment Maintenance  Vermeer  3.0  1   12/31/2013  Tooth bar for the new bucket could not be attached until holes were drilled in bucket. Shannon picked up both on his 1 ton truck, took to machine shop at plant, drilled holes and returned. Bolts require very large socket.  Unofficial 
Rattlin' Run Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  140.0  19   12/18/2013  Made good progress with a routine type of a day on moderate side-hill traverse - about 400 ft. trail constructed, - and the second climbing turn begun. Liz came out to flag ahead and brought a beautiful pound cake for all to enjoy at lunch time.  Official 
Four Gorge Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  16.5  3   12/14/2013  Since we had a small crew we focused on moving further down the trail thinking we would be better able to split up on the next work day if we had more people. We worked on a problematic mud spot on an outside turn which is always hard to deal with as users push the mud out due to the turn. We had to raise the trail in the turn and drain it in a straighter section. This kind of repair would be very hard to do by hand. We are not finished and will need to naturalize the area after we get the drainage and flow right. We also did some hand work on the backslope on the next section of steep side hill. It was almost 90 degree backslope before. We also can not get the Ditch Witch through when the backslope is 90 degrees. We do not want to make a wider trail, the cool thing is that a sustainable backslope also allows for machine access besides preventing the trail from ditching on the inside edge from falling water off the steep backslope.  Official 
Rattlin' Run Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  106.0  18   12/11/2013  This turned out to be a brilliantly sunny day, chilly only when not moving, and no wind. Good steady progress on moderate side-hill with a big crew. Trail below us muddy in spots, but our work site was optimal.  Official 
Four Gorge Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  26.0  4   12/7/2013  We put in another full day at the gorge crossing we are getting to know all too well! The worst part is that it is smack dab in the middle of the trail, so it takes a while to walk in and out, not to mention the time it takes to bring rocks in. We have really made some great progress in widening the water channel to make sure the storm runoff will stay in the channel. I think in one more day we might have the main trail armoring done. but we will still be spending a lot of time with armoring up and down the channel also.  Official 
Rattlin' Run Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  117.0  17   12/4/2013  The whole crew pitched in to collect a good supply of heavy crib-wall rock at the site of the lower climbing turn, then six of us remained to build the in-sloped turn (and complete by early afternoon), while the remainder of the crew went on up to work on constructing new trail - about 400 ft. for the day.  Official 
Four Gorge Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  53.5  9   11/30/2013  Another great turnout! We did not harvest any rock today, but we used up almost all the rock we had harvested in the past on what may be our biggest crossing ever. It is going to be close to the size of the one at the end of the trail. It was a little tight with everyone working in the same area, but it worked out. We have had to do a lot of work to widen the channel and armor it way past the trail in order to keep the runoff from jumping the channel and taking dirt and our trail with it. Maybe one or two work days left here, but some people might be able to move on to next area that needs some work after we finish the mechanized work here and are left with naturalizing and finishing armoring touches.  Official 
Four Gorge Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  74.8  12   11/23/2013  Great turn out today! Weather turned out much better than forecast as we had no signs of rain and temperature was perfect for working. we split up into 3 crews. One crew worked on collecting rock from the Rattlin Run trail area. They used both the Canycom and the just repaired Muck Truck. They filled the trailer parked at Bennett Springs lot until 12:45 at which time we moved it to a nice neighbor's back yard where they hauled the rock about a mile to the work area on Four Gorge. The Muck Truck had a rough time handling the narrow trail and tumbled down off the steep narrow trail and rolled about 20 times. It sustained some damage, but is still functional (the repaired structure held fine). We did not have time to get all rock hauled up, so there is some piled in the neighbor's yard that we will haul in next work day. Now for the next teams work...This team's mission was to clean out the clogged drainage area upstream of the crossing we are working on. This clogging has caused the runoff to take unfavorable paths thus displace dirt and trail in the past. This crew sorted out the rock from the dirt and widened the drainage channel while lining the channel with rocks to protect the channel from eroding. Finally the remaining volunteers worked on the rock armoring of the trail. Some large rocks were installed. The huge amount of trail traffic did have some impact on the progress. I would guess that around 100 people came through. Received mostly great comments, with only a few negative comments or users that didn't even slow down.  Official 
Rattlin' Run Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  124.5  17   11/20/2013  Another good day with easy digging - somewhat sandy soil with very few roots and rocks to slow us down. 875 ft. Recent light rains have greatly helped firm up the new tread. Some sections are particularly interesting, dipping and winding through scattered rocky outcrops.  Official 
Four Gorge Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  38.5  6   11/16/2013  Today we accessed the middle of the trail from a kind neighbors property which saved us a large amount of time. We hauled some square 100-200lb rocks found near the new Rattlin Run trail all the way to the middle of 4G! This is a lot of work, but worth the trouble to have a stronger armoring that will hopefully hold up to the strongest flood. Also finishing work was done on the reroute out of the drainage. 3 water diverters were constructed. One low spot was in the middle of an outside turn, so it had to be moved to a more straight section of trail and the turn got a berm feature which will direct the water to the drainage and keep the users from pushing dirt to block the drainage as much.  Official 
Rattlin' Run Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  149.5  21   11/13/2013  A cold crisp day, brilliant sunshine, light dusting of frost early, looked like snow. Great day to work and lots done -850 ft.(most ever?) - away from the sandy soil at last, and up on good side-slope you can work with, trail assuming some drama, winding through numerous rocky out-crops.   Official 
Four Gorge Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  27.0  4   11/9/2013  Today we continued our work on Four Gorge Trail. We used the back pack leaf blower to just blow the low side of the trail so the leafs would not hold water and dirt on the draining edge of the trail. Since we had a small crew we started the major machine work to reshape the exit of the next crossing moving the trail from the drainage up the side of the hill. We have more work to do to put finishing touches on this and we need to move some dirt out of the drainage yet. We also tested bringing large rocks in from the road side of the trail, but that proved very difficult. However one 500 lb rock was brought in and place as the start of the large armoring project in this drainage. We lost a track on the Ditch Witch yet again for no good reason, I am convinced we have a bad set of new tracks where the tooth spacing is a little off. The weather warmed up nice after a cold morning.  Official 
Rattlin' Run Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  150.0  21   11/6/2013  After completing minor changes in the loop trail, we started up the main RR trail towards the Cove, leaving several hundred yards undisturbed at the beginning, to discourage use of the trail under construction. Good progress initially with easy digging, work becoming slower with rocks and roots as we turn into the first cove.  Official 
Four Gorge Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  41.5  8   11/2/2013  Continued repair work on Four Gorge Trail. Today we built two grade reversals with drainage on a steeper section of trail that was showing some erosion. We also fixed the mud hole that many people had been going around when wet and another one a little further down the trail. We finished the rock armoring section that needed to have the down stream area rough armored to prevent back cut in heavy runoff conditions. Some work was done to shape a banked turn on one side of the crossing. Also a lot of rocks were collected for the next crossing that needs armoring. Also at that area a huge downstream undercut pit was filled with rock.  Official 
Rattlin' Run Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  112.0  18   10/23/2013  A good turn out enabled us to work with two teams, one continuing up the left side of the loop, the second team continuing the main focus along the right side. By the end of the day we were close to meeting up, essentially completing the route. However there are significant sections, which for one reason or another, are uncompleted or are in need of improvement. Several days of work are anticipated to fully complete the loop. Liz has been flagging the main trail, and had two experts out today to evaluate a 7" chestnut tree higher up on the ridge.   Official 
Four Gorge Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  16.5  3   10/19/2013  Continued repairs to Four Gorge Trail. Today we added 3 water diverters in the form of added grade reversals. In one spot the original trail had a low point in an outside turn with trees blocking the drainage. We moved the drainage to a straight section of trail and dig an inside banked turn in the area that had the issue. Now water will drain away from where the users will be and then when it hits our new drainage area it will flow across the trail at one outsloped point in a straight away. Started training Jeff and Scott on the Ditch Witch. They each got about 1.5 hours on the machine learning how to build the drainages and water diverters and then naturalizing when finished.  Official 
Rattlin' Run Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  88.0  13   10/16/2013  About 400 ft. of trail cleared today. Good progress for a small group.  Official 
Four Gorge Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  51.0  9   10/12/2013  Today we work some more on the backslope of a steep sidehill and we were finally able to get the Ditch Witch past this very tight spot. We then were able to clear out some drainages further out of the trail. We still have some trail repairs to do before we start our armoring of the next big crossing where the black geo-tek is showing. We had a good turn out today.  Official 
Rattlin' Run Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  114.0  18   10/9/2013  We split into 2 groups, one to go over the rough trail on the left,started by the North Cross boys yesterday, while the rest proceeded on to continue the extended trail on the right. Some 500 ft. trail completed. Liz and Blanche continued flagging main trail.  Official 
Rattlin' Run Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  135.0  20   10/8/2013  Ed Dickerson brought 15 North Cross Middle School boys on a public service project. 4 MWC members were present to supervise and teach. We had a good day, after a short safety talk we set to work and and about 250 ft. of trail was built.   Official 
Four Gorge Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  20.0  4   10/6/2013  Continue work to repair problem areas on Four Gorge trail. Today we just focused on converting the vertical backslope of a long side hill section into a proper angled backslope. This is a lot of work by hand and that is the only way to do it once the trail is in because we can't even get the machine through this area let alone try to cut a backslope. That has to be done when building the trail originally. We are not widening the trail tread, and in some cases we are even making it narrower even though it feels wider. It will be easier for people to pass now as they can lean to the inside and put a foot down on the backslope which was impossible before.  Official 
Rattlin' Run Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  127.5  21   10/2/2013  Dave and Jim W installed a culvert over the road-side ditch. The sawyers were busy. About half the day was consumed is fine-tuning the work done on NPLD last Saturday. Another 300 ft. of trail was cleared in gently undulating open woodland. Estimate half of loop completed.  Official 
Rattlin' Run Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  317.0  71   9/28/2013  Great turn out for National Public Lands Day. We continued the work of MWC, building the lower Bennett Springs loop. Many hands make a fun time. Most dug trail, others cleared and brushed. Lunch provided by the City and lots of door prizes. Mtn bikers were riding through by the end of the day, even though only half built.  Official 
Rattlin' Run Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  110.0  16   9/25/2013  Today was the FIRST DAY to work on this major addition to the Carvins Cove trail network. The first step was to clear a one mile beginner's loop trail on the flat land opposite the Bennett Springs parking lot. It was easy work, winding through open mixed hardwood/pine woodland, mainly a matter of clearing the route of brush and downed timber, and digging out the duff - although drainage issues will probably show up in time. About 1,500 ft. of trail were cleared.   Official 
Four Gorge Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  25.0  5   9/21/2013  Worked on the upstream and downstream sides of the latest armored crossing we built. Naturalized the drainages that we built before. Worked on building better angled backslope on next steep sidehill section of trail which will make a more sustainable trail and allow us to get the trail machine to the next section where we need it.  Official 
Appalachian Trail  McAfee Knob Fire Road  135.0  18   9/18/2013  Another productive day was spent in correcting drainage problems and filling in pot holes on the fire road. It is estimated that about 2/3rds. of the road has now been worked on.  Official 
Four Gorge Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  18.3  3   9/15/2013  Well, I guess it was optimistic last week to think we were 3/4 done on that armored crossing. While we did finish up the main crossing, there was a lot of work to do on both upstream and downstream sides of it to reinforce it. We still have some more to do on the next work day before moving on.  Official 
Appalachian Trail  McAfee Knob Fire Road  110.5  15   9/11/2013  The road is badly eroded due to obstructed drainage ditches and culverts. Much effort was invested in clearing out the brush and small trees and sediment clogging the road-side drains, and filling in pot holes with the excavated dirt..  Official 
Four Gorge Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  43.0  6   9/7/2013  Continue repairing erosion, washed out creek crossings, and mud holes. Today we installed 4 grade reversal water diverters and got about 3/4 done on an armored crossing.  Official 
Four Gorge Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  24.5  4   8/31/2013  Continued working our way to the next damaged crossing and adding water diverters as need along the way where there is evidence of erosion. Had to fix the backslope on a steep side hill in order to get the Ditch Witch through. This will help the trail be more sustainable and allow the water to sheet off better. Added 4 water diverters.   Official 
East Montgomery Park  Montgomery County  140.0  20   8/28/2013  DAY #2- The remaining half of the foot trail loop was completed. Although it is quite close to the lower river bank section, the potential advantage as a park facility for this piece is not just to provide a loop, but being on higher ground has a better chance of remaining accessible when the river is up, with an interesting view of the river as its destination. The fitted 6 by 6 border for the handicap trail is complete and looks wonderful. The stone fill is about 2/3rds done. The high-light of the day however was an excellent cook-out lunch provided by the Parks and Rec - hearty thanks to Brad, Mitch and Kim our hosts.   Official 
Four Gorge Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  15.0  2   8/25/2013  Almost threw a track again getting around a tree on a narrow part of Hi-Dee-Hoe, so built up a water diverting roller which also allowed safe passage of the Ditch Witch. Added two water diverters on the hill going down to first Culvert because it was showing signs of increasing erosion. Added another water diverter on the trail coming down to the bridge from the far side as it too was showing signs of high amount of erosion. Modified the banked turn a little from last week so that it could be used over a wider area. Also spent a few hours harvesting nice rocks from a hillside to use at the next crossing.  Official 
East Montgomery Park  Montgomery County  117.0  18   8/21/2013  DAY #1 -There are two projects to be done - a handicap trail from the parking lot to the shelter about 300 ft, with a shorter branch to the children's play area, and a river trail loop perhaps 1/2 mile in length. The trail work will be easy, as it is through sandy soil, in the flood plane, and is more particularly a simple clearing away of brush and a few down trees to give an easty way to walk and enjoy the river.  Official 
Four Gorge Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  42.5  7   8/17/2013  We started our adding a little more armor to the trail right out of the parking lot. Then we moved on to work on the Deep Creek Junction bridge on Four Gorge Trail. We got all the mud and dirt off it and put in a water diverter to prevent it from happening again. We also added some armor to the culvert crossing before the bridge. Then we added two more water diverters up the trail further and even added a bermed turn before one of the diverters because we had to out slope the trail at the diverter and we did not want the dirt pushed out by people making hard outsloped turns. We threw the Ditch Witch tracks 4 times due to narrow trail corridor.   Official 
Appalachian Trail/Catawba Valley Trail  Roanoke County  125.5  17   8/14/2013  Day #9 - The trail was finished today from the creek to the AT, however we did not clear the final 30 yards to the AT because we cannot complete the lower part - crossing the creek and traversing the field - as we are awaiting review by VT.   Official 
Fallen Tree Clearing  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  4.0  2   8/13/2013  Cut large tree off Four Gorge Trail.  Official 
Hi-Dee-Hoe  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  28.0  5   8/11/2013  Today we worked on Hi-Dee-Hoe right near the parking lot. We had planned to do that and move on to Four Gorge, but it took us the whole time by the lot. We added a large water diverter near the top of the trail and armored the place where the water will flow. We also cleaned up the concrete water diverter half way down and made a bigger opening for it to drain. We used that dirt in the parking lot for this project and cleaned it up the best we could, but the dirt was really mixed in with the gravel. We also put better rock armor in where the water had been going over the trail by the bridge. Also we noticed that the rip rap under the bridge was in really bad shape and all the dirt was almost out from the footer of the bridge on one side so we put some rocks under that footer to hopefully reinforce it.  Official 
Appalachian Trail/Catawba Valley Trail  Roanoke County  98.0  14   8/7/2013  Day #8 -We were able to fill in the gaps which had been too wet to work up until now. Then it was on to build another 300 ft. of new trail, placing us almost to the old road bed which will take us to the top. This will finish this section of the blue blaze from the creek to the AT.   Official 
Four Gorge Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  27.5  5   8/3/2013  Day 6: We finally finished the big gorge crossing armoring project! Today we reinforced the stream bed around our work to protect it from the next big storm. This is the biggest armoring project we have done and by far the most weight of rock. It is hard to estimate the tonnage, but it is safe to say it is over 25 tons. We also reinforced the big crossing on 4G ext. We have some more work to do there yet.   Official 
Appalachian Trail  Bluff City  68.0  8   8/2/2013  Part of the mid-week crew went down to the Pearisburg area to work with Konnarock on the long standing relo project around Bluff City. We laid out about 100 yds of new trail extending the section built but abandoned several years ago now coming out to the highway through a recently acquired forested tract. We also cleared out about 1/4 mile of the unused section.   Official 
Four Gorge Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  23.3  3   7/28/2013  Day 5: Continued the work to armor the gorge that got blown out in the past rain storms. Got closer to finishing. One more work day should do it. Both banks are done. But we still have some finishing touches and we need to reinforce the stream bed around our work to protect it from the next big storm. We are making this massive in order to try to make it survive big storms. We spent half the day collecting more massive rocks from further up the mountain.  Official 
Appalachian Trail/Catawba Valley Trail  Roanoke County  129.5  18   7/24/2013  Day#7 - The crew split into several groups and accomplished much today. Two teams worked on sets of steps above the power line easement, two teams worked on trail - one building the numerous connecting sections between steps and the other far away, pushing along the flag line about 300ft through attractive mid-mountain woodland with numerous large spectacular trees - all supported by the chain saw team cutting locust steps for one group and clearing large downed tree trunks and limb tangles for the other. Nice visit from Liz who came out to check progress and supplied popsicles. Estimate (approx.) for the day - 500 ft. new trail and 30 steps.   Official 
Four Gorge Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  37.0  7   7/20/2013  Day 4: Continued the work to armor the gorge that got blown out in the past rain storms. Came close to finishing. One more work day should do it. One bank is done and the other is on the way up now. We are making this massive in order to try to make it survive big storms.  Official 
Four Gorge Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  14.0  5   7/19/2013  Day 3: Today we gathered large rocks for the gorge we are armoring after the storms blew out the culverts. We filled the trailer with some large rocks with a few over 300lb. We did have a thumb smashing accident which required us to cut the work short and make a trip to the ER. Thanks to Jim for taking me in to the ER and then Liz, Roger, and Bill for cleaning up the equipment and hauling down the trailer we had to abandon in the middle of the fire road.  Official 
Four Gorge Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  53.5  8   7/14/2013  Day 2: Continued the work on the 3rd gorge from the fire road. The first part of the day we collected rocks and repaired some light damage to a previously armored mud spot. We worked hard to collect the largest boulders we could find in the 200-300 lb. range. We do not want this to ever wash out in the future. Then we worked for the rest of the day placing as many boulders as we could starting in the middle of the gorge and working out  Official 
Four Gorge Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  9.0  2   7/13/2013  Day 1: The huge amount of rain we had this month has blown out the trail in several of the gorges. Today we started work on the 3rd one in from the end of the trail near the fire road. This is the gorge that had the 2 culverts that always stopped up. We pulled those 2 culverts out and then used the Ditch Witch SK500 to move the dirt that was still left from the one side of the culvert to shape the crossing to be rock armored. We also collected and sorted the rocks at site as we went.  Official 
Appalachian Trail/Catawba Valley Trail  Roanoke County  90.0  12   7/10/2013  Day #6 - After three dry days, the soil was workable up-top but still water logged below. The creek was high and fast, with signs of recent flooding every where. The digging was easy and we laid down 400 ft. of trail today! We are in sight of the yellow blazes of the NPS boundary for the AT corridor, so we are reaching a mile stone in a way, after all the delays. It was very hot and humid, and we had planned to quit early, but we were hustled on out at 2.30 anyway by rumbles of thunder and big storm clouds building far up the valley to the north. Most of us were home by 3.30 when it started raining buckets - again. But we had a great day. 400ft.  Official 
Appalachian Trail/Catawba Valley Trail  Roanoke County  91.0  14   6/26/2013  Day#5 - We enjoyed a great breakfast with our spouses and Liz at Famous Anthonies in Salem, before a fine work day with clear weather and a large crew. We managed to do a little work on the lower segment - several short sets of steps and 150 ft. of trail, passing under the power line, although the soil was still difficult. The main crew made good progress up top with nice looking trail - some of it steep side hill, about 300 ft.   Official 
Fallen Tree Clearing  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  21.5  5   6/22/2013  Cleared trees from Enchanted Forest, Comet, Tuck-a-way, Fire road near 4 Gorge Extension, Hi-Dee-Ho, and Horse Pen.  Official 
Fallen Tree Clearing  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  7.0  2   6/21/2013  Cleared trees from Song Bird, Arrowhead, School House, and Little Bell.  Official 
Appalachian Trail/Catawba Valley Trail  Roanoke County  48.0  8   6/13/2013  Day#4 - (Worked Thursday due to rain)- A short day due to impending storm. Small crew as usual when not on usual day. Put in one of two sets of steps on high trail, and a nice piece of trail although only 100 ft.   Official 
Tool & Equipment Maintenance  None  12.0  2   6/8/2013  Ditch Witch SK500 repairs and maintenance: Replaced right main track tensioning wheel ($300 part). Old bearing was totally shot and mostly gone! This damaged the inside of the steel wheel. Replaced bearings on 4 of the track idler wheels. Fixed the loose arm control lever and added two screws to improve design. Changed oil and filter. Cleaned out the air intake compartment under hydraulic fan and cooler. Cleaned air filter. Replaced right side hood latch. Cleaned all the track areas of the machine.  Official 
Appalachian Trail/Catawba Valley Trail  Roanoke County  118.0  16   6/5/2013  Day#3- The frequent rain has resulted in saturated unworkable soil at the lower level of our current work site. We were able to work on a higher trail segment which climbs then crosses the side ridge, about 300 ft. of trail constructed. We did a little clearing to expose a great view northward up the valley.   Official 
Appalachian Trail/Catawba Valley Trail  Roanoke County  124.5  18   5/29/2013  Day#2 A glorious day to work. Even though 6 dry days away from the incessant rain, the soil still a little gummy , but not bad.A big turn-out (18) ensured a productive day with the step team putting the finishing touches on the first sets of steps, Lyn chisteling out stubborn rock intrusions, and the main crew laying out some 500 ft. of trail with easy digging.  Official 
Tuck-A-Way Trail Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  21.5  3   5/18/2013  Raised the tread on a low section of trail to prevent much of the muddy spots. We moved a small section of trail away from an eroding and moving creek bed where we thought the trail might fall into the creek in a storm.  Official 
Appalachian Trail/Catawba Valley Trail  Roanoke County  91.0  13   5/15/2013  Day #1 - Starting at the gate at the east side of Catawba Creek Ron and small crew put in a short set of locust steps, and then some 20 yards up-hill worked on a difficult piece which crossed slanting bed-rock - with stone steps and a robust crib wall. Rest of crew made excellent progress with 5-6% grade and steep side-hill above the stream, some 300 feet done. First real summer day! VT fish people doing experiments on fish populations in the creek.The recent flood had wrecked their initial work.  Official 
Tinker Creek/Carvin Creek Greenway  Roanoke County  45.0  10   5/9/2013  The slippery eroded length of trail over the grassy knoll above the Plantation Rd bridge was hardened with four loads of shale brought in by Shannon from Radford about a week ago. The soil was suitably moisturised and softened by recent abundant rains. Unfortunately due to the same rains we could not bring in the witch to compact but we did the best we could with a loaded canycom.  Official 
Tool & Equipment Maintenance  None  41.5  2   5/6/2013  Spent several nights repairing the 6 way blade. Replaced main pivot pin and added 3 times thicker bushings top and bottom and made brand new pin. Also replaced pivot cylinder bushing joint with stronger design. The old bushing had serious cracks. Installed new hose on pivot cylinder.   Official 
Tuck-A-Way Trail Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  47.8  7   5/4/2013  This weekend we were back working on the section of Tuck-A-Way Trail between the 4 way intersection with Comet and the Enchanted Forest, plus some work on Enchanted Forest. On Tuck-A-Way the extra wet Spring has shown us another place where the water sits on the trail and turns the trail to mud. We both rock armored and raised the tread of the trouble area and beyond to prevent future issues. Also Gordon and Mark armored some more muddy spots on Enchanted Forest.  Official 
Poor Mountain Natural Area Preserve (DCR)  Roanoke County  98.0  14   4/17/2013  TRAIL REPAIR -The entire length of The Canyon Trail was worked over, mainly re-forming the back slope to a more sustainable angle, also did some minor repairs, widening the tread in many places and obliterating a short cut at one of the switch backs.We were very pleased with the day's work - the trail really looks very good.  Official 
Comet Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  14.0  2   4/14/2013  Finished the trail reroute started yesterday. We brought the plate compactor out and added some more dirt in low spots. We finished the banked S turn. Also we naturalized the dirt harvesting area. We also used the leaf blower to first cover the new trail totally and then just blow of a more narrow trail tread than the total area we disturbed. Just the high 1.5 - 2 foot of the crown shows now. Except the banked turns are a little wider. The leaf blow really works well for naturalizing. We did have a little technical issue with the compactor and had to go get new belts.  Official 
Comet Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  32.5  6   4/13/2013  Reroute ~300 ft of trail that was in low swampy area and had a very large puddle that never dried up. We moved the trail to a little higher ground and on top of that we raised the trail even more with compacted fill. We shapped it to have a crowned tread. Expand armoring on a creek crossing near were the reroute starts. Armor a place on another dry creek bed that regularly gets a deep hole. While we were at it on the reroute, we added a few banked turns for nice flow.   Official 
Falls Ridge TNC Preserve  Montgomery County  97.0  14   4/10/2013  The deeply eroded Falls Trail was filled in and naturalized. It was replaced by two C shaped segments crossing and re-crossing the original trail and breaking up the fall line pattern. . A major source of water flow was found in a channel running into the trail from the drainage ditch of the old woods road above, and this was re-channeled back into its original route. There was a large tree across the Bradley Trail which was cleared. The long flight of steps beside the falls was cleaned up and repaired.Eight visitors were encountered during the morning, not bad for a mid-week day, four dogs all on leashes.  Official 
Mid-County Park - Disc Golf Course  Montgomery County  98.0  14   3/20/2013  DAY#4 - Final day mainly mopping up doing little pieces of trail here and there where Steve told us to go.Thanks to Jim O the whole of the main circuit of the Nature Trail is now well-sculpted, and the sawyers have taken care of the scattered blow-downs along the route. We also returned to the first day's work site to finish hardening an actively eroding cross-drainage.   Official 
Mid-County Park - Disc Golf Course  Montgomery County  97.5  13   3/13/2013  DAY#3 Interesting roller coaster day.Mainly cold(low 30's),grey and blustery - then actually warm at times(low 40's) and calm - with abrupt plunges of temperature with howling wind and driving snow. What fun!(see pics) Pity the weasles that stayed at home. Remarkably, we made good progress on the long relo and put in another nice set of steps and a short connecting trail.  Official 
Comet Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  23.0  4   3/9/2013  Started the armouring of one of the multi-path drainage crossings. We will leave the log crossing open and cut the trail better to the armoured route and close the other routes. We have at least another work day to finish up.  Official 
Comet Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  13.0  2   2/24/2013  Testing new trail machine (Vermeer S800TX) we are considering buying. This time we took it out to harvest large rocks. The extra power of this machine really paid off and allowed us to find some nice large rocks that were buried. We took these rocks to the enterance of The Comet trail head. We will use those to armour that nasty multi path crossing soon. We will leave log and pick one of the other routes to armour and improve the trail while closing the rest. We also cleared the trees off of the fire road going up the mountain and all the way over to Buck.  Official 
Mid-County Park - Disc Golf Course  Montgomery County  112.5  14   2/20/2013  DAY #2 - Last week cancelled due to bad weather. The remaining 1/3 of the second long flight of steps (total:32) was finished today in short order with the whole crew focused on it, while a small group scavenged almost another full load of steps from the residual down and dead material at first week's site. Then,with some difficulty took 12 locust logs in the canycom across steep terrain to a course site where 1/2 crew remained to build a set of steps and 100 ft. of trail, while the remainder of the crew hiked on further to start a 1/2 mile relo, about 1/3 done.   Official 
Arrowhead Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  23.0  4   2/16/2013  We tested a new trail machine today, the Vermeer S800TX. This is a more powerful machine that we have been using. We were pretty happy with it. We built several water diverters on Arrowhead trail near the bottom. A few were just fixes of existing ones.  Official 
Fallen Tree Clearing  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  12.0  3   2/9/2013  Cleared fallen trees from the lower trails. About 15-20 trees  Official 
Mid-County Park - Disc Golf Course  Montgomery County  134.0  16   2/6/2013  DAY #1 - An additional nine goals is planned for the existing eighteen-goal course. Note-the MWC re-designed and built the perimeter nature trail in this park several years ago,creating a sustainable trail, greatly lessening the impact of the course on the nature trail.The current project is to design and construct trails connecting goals to tees and tees to goals. The terrain is forested and crosses steep hills and gullies, with a specially managed botanical zone in the vicinity of the small streams.The work will be interesting because the lay-out of the course is driven by the aerial nature of the sport, not the logical location of foot paths. Numerous steps will be needed. Today two short trails were built and one steep flight of about 25 locust steps finished, and another steep set about same length 2/3rds completed.  Official 
Boxley Fields  Botetourt County Parks and Recreation  42.5  17   1/23/2013  Day#5-The remaining piece of trail was completed and finishing touches made to steps. Too cold to blaze.  Official 
Song Bird Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  11.5  3   1/20/2013  Armoured another drainage on Song Bird gate end of trail. It was very muddy out and windy, so it was slow going. We had to watch what area we were working in due to danger trees.   Official 
Song Bird Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  14.0  3   1/12/2013  Since it rained all day yesterday and the trails were still wet in the morning, we decided to stick to something close to the road so that we would not tear up the trail getting to the section we wanted to work on. So we chose a muddy drainage on gate end of Song Bird. It took the very small crew all day to dig out and armour that drainage.  Official 
Boxley Fields  Botetourt County Parks and Recreation  123.5  17   1/9/2013  Day#4 -Our excellent carpenters were active today. Jim B pre-cut a podium and Roger H pre-cut a bench both of which were assembled and secured on site. These guys are really very good and we are fortunate to have them! In addition,the spur trail to the out-door class room was completed, about 400 ft. of the main loop was cut through tall grass on the north slope (good views), a stack of locust steps was cut and transported by canycom for two sets of steps plus another 200 ft. of trail from the other trail head of the loop.  Official 
Boxley Fields  Botetourt County Parks and Recreation  0.0  0   12/23/2012  The short section of unfinished trail was completed and finishing touches done to steps. Too cold to blaze.  Official 
Boxley Fields  Botetourt County Parks and Recreation  127.5  17   12/19/2012  Day #3 -The plan for construction of the out-door class room proceded without a hitch.Pete Peters delivered the lumber and stayed all day to work with Jim, Roger, Lynn and Maurice. Three concentric rows of three sets of benches were made. Very professional!The rest of the crew struggled with clearing trail through dense thickets of Johnson(?) Grass. This is an interesting environment - big sweeps of tall grass, open single aged impressive tall straight poplars (and several massive aged ones) some with lightening scars on their north sides,evidence of old fire everywhere, frequent views of Porter Mt. in the Blue Ridge, and a long curving rail road in the distance, with frequent views of speeding trains.This is going to be a great walking trail.   Official 
Song Bird Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  19.5  3   12/14/2012  Armoured a large drainage area that was often wet and impossible to keep draining as it is in a turn and the dirt always got pushed out to block the water. Now the large rock will keep it solid.  Official 
Boxley Fields  Botetourt County Parks and Recreation  116.0  16   12/12/2012  Day#2 - Jim B and Roger H led a small group in work on the out-door classroom, prepared on the eastern slope of the hill with a nice back-drop of the Blue Ridge.Eighteen post holes were bored by Roger with his augur mounted tractor and 4 by 4's were set in concrete. Meanwhile the rest of the crew continued work on the main trail loop, about 350 ft. being built,and hundreds of pounds of trash were collected and carried out for re-cycling.   Official 
Song Bird Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  10.5  2   12/9/2012  Today we had a poor turn out for trail work. So we changed our plans from armouring to some machine work that is easier when there is a very small crew. We worked on the section of Song Bird between Tunnel road and Happy Valley road. We added two grade reversals at the last downhill at end of trail to try to stop errosion. We repaired the existing errosion with dirt. We worked on 4 other drainages and deburmed other section of that trail. We will likely do some armouring of the drainages in the future.  Official 
Song Bird Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  10.0  2   12/7/2012  I was on vacation and couldn't resist doing some trail work. John Yates agreed to join me and we focused on preparing Song Bird drainages for some more armouring. Used the Ditch Witch to reshape around 5 drainages for better flow. For one of them we converted a outsloped turn with poor drainage into a raised banked turn and moved the drainage to a better spot where the trail was straighter. Cleared a sight line on a blind turn to improve safety. Naturalized all but the last drainage we worked on.  Unofficial 
Boxley Fields  Botetourt County Parks and Recreation  131.0  19   12/5/2012  Day #1 - a large turn out and easy digging made for a good start with 1,437.5 ft. of trail built.  Official 
Song Bird Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  38.0  7   12/1/2012  Gather two huge loads of rock for armouring from top of mountain and truck down to Tunnel Road for one batch and put the second back a Comet trail head. We used both the truck bed and our dual axel trailer to haul the rock. We will have a lot of good rock to chose from on our next armouring day!  Official 
Tinker Creek/Carvin Creek Greenway  Roanoke Greenways - ROA_City_P&R  114.0  19   11/28/2012  Short work day today.Put the finishing touches on final section, brought many loads of shale in with the DW to pack into the soft soil around the big curve (the ridge line towers above on three sides here) Relocated 150 ft of poorly located trail on the next knoll, plucked out as much rock as possible on the Fisherman's Trail,did some discrete clearing of scrubby growth between trail and shore to improve viewing of the lake. completed blazing.LAST FULL DAY.  Official 
Song Bird Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  20.5  3   11/25/2012  Today started out around freezing so I guess that scared off some of the volunteers. The weather turned out to be very nice for trail work. We armoured another drainage dip on Song Bird. It took us a little longer as the rock supply is not as nice as it was Friday, the shapes were not as square and the rocks were smaller. Next workday it will be time to go rock collecting again.  Official 
Song Bird Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  47.8  8   11/23/2012  Several volunteers showed up to work off the turkey from the day before and enjoy the nice cool sunny day. We used the rocks collected from previous work days to armour 4 drainage dips that had often been muddy. Just cleaning out the drainages has not been effective in the past. Now we should have an all weather fix.  Official 
Tinker Creek/Carvin Creek Greenway  Roanoke Greenways - ROA_City_P&R  0.0  0   11/21/2012  Thanksgiving  Official 
Song Bird Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  16.8  3   11/18/2012  We gathered rocks from the top of the mountain and stacked near Songbird Trail on the Tunnel Road. We are now ready for some armouring on the next work day.  Official 
Tinker Creek/Carvin Creek Greenway  Roanoke Greenways - ROA_City_P&R  97.5  13   11/14/2012  Finished grading the curve and section down to the first bridge. Hardened the dips. Due to recent rain the lowest dip was really too wet to work but as we were taking the DW out we did work on it but heavy wet clay left the finish rather rough. Upper side-hill finished.Finally, put in a berm on the edge of the gas ROW where there was no earthen mound protection for the trail.   Official 
Tuck-A-Way Trail Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  18.0  4   11/10/2012  we put the finishing touches on the Tuck-a-Way - Enchanted Forest connection. We naturalized the sides of the trail to narrow the trail down to 1-2 foot width. It took a lot of time to collect and haul the naturalizing material. We also armoured two more muddy spots on Enchanted Forest. We started armouring the bank of a bend in the stream to stop the errosion before it undercuts the trail. We will need to bring in some more boulders for that yet. Next we will be working on the drainages on Song Bird and we moved the left over rocks over there to prepare. The weather was wonderful and we saw many people useing the trail. Everyone seemed happy with the improvements.  Official 
Tinker Creek/Carvin Creek Greenway  Roanoke Greenways - ROA_City_P&R  130.0  20   11/7/2012  Nice breakfast at the K&W before heading out to work.The trail was extended about another 200 ft. The ditch witch was used to cut dips and the canycom brought in large quantities of rock to nest around the extensive superficial root system of a large maple tree adjacent to the trail on the boggy curve near the gas line ROW- auf wiedersehen Timo!  Official 
Fallen Tree Clearing  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  10.0  2   11/4/2012  We rode and cleared the following trails: Comet Enchanted Forest Little Bell School House Song Bird Happy Valley - from Bennet Springs gate to far end of School house Did not get to Arrowhead. There is one large tree still on School House, near the largest water crossing but it is an easy go around. I was running low of fuel so elected not to cut it since it is really not causing any issues.   Official 
Poor Mountain Natural Area Preserve (DCR)  Roanoke County  118.0  16   10/31/2012  There was a good turn-out to enjoy a great day working in the mountains. Blustery high winds spawned by hurricane Sandra, overcast and chilly, but cold only when we stopped moving. Makes for uncommonly good 10-minute lunches. Our main goal was to repair a section of the Canyon Trail where the root fan of a large blow-down had exposed a tretcherous 20 ft area of side-sloping bed-rock. Fortunately we were able to find a enough large rock to build a crib wall, which when back-filled with rubble created a sufficient bed for the outer one half of the new trail. Also, fortunately the bed-rock was sufficiently degraded and fractured that we were able to calve out a base for the inner half of the new trail. We also replaced one inadquate switch back, took out 10 blowdowns, improved on our previous drainage crossing, and cleared much of the rubble that had drifted across the trail where it traverses a scree slope. Our second main goal was to re-cut the back slope of the Canyon Trail, we were able to do about 1/3 of it before running out of time.   Official 
Tuck-A-Way Trail Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  23.5  4   10/27/2012  Still working between Comet and the Fire Road. This section used to be very muddy. We did a little rework on the two rough armoured crossings because people have been going around them. We also added dirt to around 200 foot of trail that was too low so water would stand. We crowned the trail so that it was higher in the middle. This way water will drain to both sides keeping the middle dry. We plan to naturalize the sides next work day to make the trail feel more narrow the way most people like. Also used the rocks we gathered last work day to Armour the muddiest spot on Enchanted Forest. We started to use rock to protect the bank of the creek where it comes close to the trail and has been cutting into the bank in the bend. We will need to put quite a bit more in there to secure that bank.  Official 
Tinker Creek/Carvin Creek Greenway  Roanoke Greenways - ROA_City_P&R  112.0  16   10/17/2012  Continue to build trail along easier slopes. Good progress. intresting feature tree.  Official 
Enchanted Forest Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  30.0  4   10/14/2012  We spent most of the day gathering large rocks from the top of the mountain to use for armouring two muddy sections on Enchanted forest. We also cleaned out the drainage area of the largest mud hole to keep the water from backing up. After the armouring is done we will naturalize the drainage area. We piles up the rocks near the area to be armoured. Some Carvins Cove Trail Crew members may come our during the week to do some of the armouring before our next weekend work day.  Official 
Tinker Creek/Carvin Creek Greenway  Roanoke Greenways - ROA_City_P&R  102.5  15   10/10/2012  Good progress with 300 ft. of trail constructed. As the severe cross-slope eases we find we can get full bench. Hopefully, the two crib walls now underway will be our last. The canycom and Jim's car hood were put to use but we are now entering an area where random rock is plentiful.Merve and Blanche blazed the trail (yellow) from the parking lot over the ridge and a short distance into the Cove. Roger installed a sign in the parking lot at the request of P & R   Official 
Tinker Creek/Carvin Creek Greenway  Roanoke Greenways - ROA_City_P&R  149.0  18   10/3/2012  Improvements were attempted over the most difficult stretches of the route in preparation for the ribbon cutting ceremony to be held at the Plantation Rd bridge next week-end.Some of the University dignitaries are planning to hike the trail. It was exceptionally humid and everybody was exhausted by the end of the day. A good effort was made, but about 1/3 mile remained unimproved.   Official 
Tinker Creek/Carvin Creek Greenway  Roanoke Greenways - ROA_City_P&R  113.8  23   9/29/2012  National Public Lands Day volunteers worked on the trail in morning and afternoon shifts. Roanoke City P&R had cook-out for the volunteers. Worked from Carvins Cove side.  Official 
Tinker Creek/Carvin Creek Greenway  Roanoke Greenways - ROA_City_P&R  173.5  28   9/26/2012  Work was begun from the lower end of the trail where it joins the fisherman's trail. Progress was rapid,with a large crew, through ideal rolling woodland on gentle slopes, about 400 ft. constructed in easy soils.One hardened crossing . We had 15 North Cross students with us today.  Official 
Gauntlet - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  15.0  3   9/22/2012  Continued the work from last week to rock armour a large grade reversal above a very steep section of trail. Today we had a very small crew and it took us all day to finish the other 1/3rd of this project. This is a very smooth and gentle curve, so it should not be harder for anyone to go over than the dirt that was originally there before it turned into a V shape. We used a lot of rock on this feature. Later, we plan to install another one higher up the trail than this one.  Official 
Tinker Creek/Carvin Creek Greenway  Roanoke County  13.5  3   9/22/2012  Shannon brought donated stone and we made ramps from the bridge back to the trail. Got great compaction.  Unofficial 
Tinker Creek/Carvin Creek Greenway  Roanoke County  145.0  18   9/19/2012  Bridge built in a single day. A huge effort!  Official 
Gauntlet - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  20.5  4   9/15/2012  Today we repaired one of the reverse grade water diverters just before one of the steepest sections of trail. It was all dirt before and was wearing away and water was flowing over it causing trail errosion. We gathered large boulders and set them in a patern to make a rounded hump grade reversal to direct water off the trail. This kind of fix should hold up forever. We got a little over halfway done, but left the project in such a state the the trail was still usable and should already prevent water from cresting over the reversal. We just want to extend the uphill armour to prevent any undercut and make sure we keep a nice long transition instead of a sharp old fashioned water bar that does not last and is not as enjoyable for all trail users. This diverter is impossible to ride around and nobody should need to.  Official 
Tinker Creek/Carvin Creek Greenway  Roanoke County  84.0  28   9/14/2012  Built and installed picnic table and bench. Built 150 feet of trail.Hollins students and staff participated.  Official 
Tinker Creek/Carvin Creek Greenway  Roanoke Greenways - ROA_City_P&R  106.5  16   9/12/2012  Heavy rains had caused deep channels of erosion to cut the benched trail under the power line,with the prospect of big slices of earth falling away with subsequent storms. The run-off appeared to be from a single source, namely the access road running down from Dancing Tree Rd. to the utility service road, the storm water pouring powerfully across the road and down the steep slope onto the trail below. Our remedy was to install 150 ft. of silt fence above the trail, so pitched as to divert the run off past the vulnerable bench to flatter terrain. Here we hope it will dissipate before reaching the trail, but if it should reach and cut through the trail, it will be a situation much easier to deal with. In the meantime, Maurice led a small group to stack and pack the breached bench and out-slope with good-sized rocks transported in by the canny, topped off with raked-up dirt and rocky debris fallen from the back slope. Nice job! Now - will it hold up?? Big question. We have never done this before. The remainder of the crew were not wasting time either, over on the Cove side, they built yet another crib wall and dug another 100 ft. of trail.  Official 
Tinker Creek/Carvin Creek Greenway  Roanoke Greenways - ROA_City_P&R  105.0  14   9/5/2012  Work continues on the route down to the boat dock still in the very steep section, we are working for full bench where ever possible but progress is much delayed by the need for extensive cribbing. About 150 ft. of trail constructed today.  Official 
Tuck-A-Way Trail Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  33.0  6   9/1/2012  Continued work on armouring the muddy areas. We extended the armouring exiting the creek because of all the water that is carried up the trail out of the creek. We also rip rapped the banks all around the trail interface to the creek crossing to control any errosion and protect all the work we did. Replaced the logs in one muddy spot with rock armouring which will last many times longer and drain better.  Official 
Tinker Creek/Carvin Creek Greenway  Roanoke Greenways - ROA_City_P&R  110.0  16   8/29/2012  The day was mainly occupied by moving cribbing rock down from the ridge to the trail site, either along already constructed trail via canycom, or directly down the precipitous slope using a grand invention by Jim R - a car hood acquired from the junk yard, rigged with ropes and used as a sled - efficiently moving large amounts of heavy rock with surprising ease. Of note - a nice rock wall built by Dave F. to take the trail around a large pine tree on steep side-slope.  Official 
Tuck-A-Way Trail Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  43.0  7   8/26/2012  Worked on what used to be the very muddy area of Tuck-a-way between Commet and Enhanted Forest. We reduced the grade out of the creek to a more sustainable grade and then started to armour the trail comming out of the creek. We also made a place for the water to flow to a lower place on a few other muddy spots in that area.  Official 
Tinker Creek/Carvin Creek Greenway  Roanoke Greenways - ROA_City_P&R  81.0  11   8/21/2012  Most of the day was spent in bringing down crib rock which we had deposited on Tanger's ridge road. Only several people spent the day working on trail, but later in the day we did get several crib walls in.  Official 
Fallen Tree Clearing  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  12.0  1   8/18/2012  Accumulated time clearing fallen trees from the trails in July and August.   Unofficial 
Tuck-A-Way Trail Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  47.0  7   8/18/2012  Continued work on what was the most muddy section of Tuck-A-Way near Enchanted Forest intersection. Armour 3 spots where the trail has low drainage areas. Got another load of rock from the top of the mountain. Also worked on the road near the big culvert. Graded the low muddy spot to make sure water flowed off the road and then put down a lot of rock to prevent more mud from forming when the road is used too soon after rain. Drained the next muddy section of road but was out of rock.  Official 
Tinker Creek/Carvin Creek Greenway  Roanoke Greenways - ROA_City_P&R  112.0  14   8/15/2012  About 250 ft trail built, some ereas we skipped over, other pieces partially worked, as we are going across very steep terrain which will require cribbing and we still do not have the necessary material.  Official 
Tinker Creek/Carvin Creek Greenway  Roanoke Greenways - ROA_City_P&R  88.0  11   8/8/2012  With all the formalities complete,we are now able to continue this trail into the Cove. Off to a good start with about 200 ft.of trail built,including a somewhat difficult ridge-line crossing, where the Cove-side approach is rather too steep but appeared to be the best option.This section will require much cribbing, we plan to bring the rock in from elsewhere, figuring it would not be ethical to strip the landowner of all his usable rock, further the rocks particularly near the ridge are covered by a beautiful lime-green moss which should not be disturbed.   Official 
Tuck-A-Way Trail Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  53.0  6   8/5/2012  Today we started on improving the really bad mud hole issue on Tuck-A-Way between Comet and Enchanted Forest. It is a big project and we spent a lot of time hauling rocks to the site. We used the Ditch Witch to try to drain the mud holes before we started armouring. The holes were so deep it was hard to find a lower place to drain them. We are trying to not spend as much time placing the rock here as we did in other projects. However on one of the spots there is visible water flow, so we have to pitch/stack the rocks with the flow on that one.  Official 
Read Mountain  Roanoke County  31.5  9   8/1/2012  Spent a short half day with the DW repairing tread from the power line up through the section with the very narrow ROW - removing trail-braiding, deberming and setting some reverse grades. There is much more to be done, but we ran out of time. Plan to spend a full day when possible.  Official 
Tinker Creek/Carvin Creek Greenway  Roanoke County  40.5  9   8/1/2012  Spent half day finishing up the grading with the DW between the gas line and the power line. This is the last day we plan to have the machine,its tracks are badly eroded and in need of replacement,so in the afternoon we proceeded over to Read Mt to do some remedial work there before returning the machine to the county storage yard.  Official 
Little Bell Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  34.5  8   7/28/2012  Used bricks to armour a low wet area of the trail that was always muddy. I hope the bricks are not too lite to hold up with heavy use. We had a good turn out with 4 new volunteers. The weather was finally a little cooler.  Official 
Tinker Creek/Carvin Creek Greenway  Roanoke County  88.5  14   7/25/2012  One group worked on several tasks in the power line area, hand finishing as the D W put in reverse grades,refining the bench, and hardening the steep slope between the edge of the woodland and the floor of the power line easement. The other group went over to the Plantation Rd. end built a short side trail down to a pleasant creek-side rest spot. The heat was exhausting and everybody quit around 2 o'clock.   Official 
Fallen Tree Clearing  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  5.0  2   7/24/2012  Cleared ~5 groups of fallen trees of Brushy Mt. fire road. Cleared 2 trees off Trough Trail. Cleaned up some brush piled up on downhill side of trail that could cause water to not drain from trail correctly. Also cleaned up some cut brush that was piled in the road's drainage ditches by others.  Official 
School House Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  30.5  7   7/14/2012  Finished the big muddy creek crossing armouring project today. It only took us 2 work days for this, which is pretty good especially since we had to import all the rocks from miles away. With our use of rocks between 100-300 lbs and carefull placement/embeding, I think this will last over 100 years.  Official 
Appalachian Trail  Catawba Mountain - McAfee Knob  94.0  15   7/11/2012  Worked on the section of AT between Hwy 311 south to Beckner's Gap. Some 30 to 40 blow-downs were cleared, Maurice and Roger had worked from Rt 624 to the Gap several days earlier. Timo, Bud, Roger, Maurice and Tom did the chainsaw work, while the rest of the crew either supported them or did trail repairs and cleared summer growth.It was a great effort on the part of the chainsaw teams and we were through by early afternoon.  Official 
Appalachian Trail  Catawba Mountain - McAfee Knob  12.0  2   7/9/2012  The trail was opened up after extensive storm damage involving many blow-downs.  Official 
School House Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  28.5  5   7/8/2012  Started on the armouring of the muddiest creek crossing since it was finally dry enough to work in. We are using rocks over 100 lbs, some were 300+ lbs. We got a really good start and that is great considering it was over 100 degrees out today and we had to work slowly to not overheat. We should be able to finish the spot in one or two more work days.  Official 
Fallen Tree Clearing  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  9.0  3   7/3/2012  Cleared 4 trees of 4 Gorge Trail incuding a very big one on the new 4 Gorge Extension. Cleared 5 trees off Schoolhouse Trail. The lower trails are now clear as far as we know. We hear there is a lot of work to do on the upper trails though.  Official 
Cemetery Clean Up  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  15.0  1   7/1/2012  This is for the cemetery close to Song Bird Trail just off the main road. Cleaning years of deadfall debris, repairing the fence and then maintaining the cemetery throughout the summer with timely weed eating. Thinned out a five foot buffer area around the perimeter. Accumulated hours this Summer.  Unofficial 
Tinker Creek/Carvin Creek Greenway  Roanoke County  49.5  9   6/29/2012  General clearing of trail under the power line continues.Overwhelmed by the heat, quit at lunch-time  Official 
Tinker Creek/Carvin Creek Greenway  Roanoke County  94.0  14   6/27/2012  Good progress using the Ditch Witch in working our way around a very steep section under the power line while the rest of the crew worked the trail on up from the gas ROW towards the power line .   Official 
Four Gorge Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  24.0  4   6/23/2012  We finished the armouring project we started last week. It turned out to be much longer section than expected as we could not get the curve we needed for a shorter drainage section due to the existing crib wall which we could not go below the top of. We also started on the next mud hole by cutting out a large drainage area. We may do a small amount of armouring here next work day.  Official 
Tinker Creek/Carvin Creek Greenway  Roanoke County  48.0  8   6/20/2012  Work was cut short due to the excessive heat. Several hundred feet of rough clearing was done with the Ditch Witch in the thick brush under the power line. Some fifty feet of trail was built in the shady woods below the line.  Official 
Four Gorge Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  15.0  3   6/17/2012  Worked on armouring wet spots. Expanded the length of one spot we did last week and improved the naturalizing around that area. Naturalized another drainage area that we cut last week. Then we started on armouring another muddy section. But this turned out to be a big section and our rock supply was not as good as we thought. We had to just slop out the middle so we could leave at a reasonable time. We will pull those rocks back out and finish next weekend.   Official 
Tinker Creek/Carvin Creek Greenway  Roanoke County  84.0  12   6/13/2012  Used the Ditch Witch to put finishing touches on the upper section below Cove boundary, and to start long section through heavy thickets under the power line.   Official 
Appalachian Trail  Catawba Mountain - McAfee Knob  72.0  9   6/8/2012  We continued the work of last summer with the Konnarock Crew, installing check steps and in genaral repairing the badly eroded and heavily impacted northern and southern approaches to Mc Afee's Knob.  Official 
Tinker Creek/Carvin Creek Greenway  Roanoke County  0.0  0   6/6/2012  No work today. Plan to work with Konnarock on the AT on Friday.  Official 
Four Gorge Trail  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  21.0  5   6/2/2012  Armouring muddy spots on Four Gorge Trail. We started on the far end off of the fire road since we were setup already to work from that end. A few spots we will just install wide knicks to give the water a place to drain. Other consistant trouble areas we are armouring with stone. We armoured 2 spots and cut drainage areas for 4.  Official 
Tinker Creek/Carvin Creek Greenway  Roanoke County  82.5  11   5/30/2012  Worked backwards from the crest of the Cove across Tanger property about 200 ft. skirting the base of an interesting rock exposure. Slow and heavy work clearing scree away for the trail.   Official 
Four Gorge Extension  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  24.2  5   5/26/2012  Finished the Four Gorge Extension trail today. We just had to finish some naturalizing off the side of the trail in the areas effected by the dirt cut out during the trail build. Then at 1pm we had a crew change and started gathering large rocks from the near the top of the mountain to use for upcomming armouring projects. We will be starting with armouring some mud holes on Four Gourge trail because we are set up to work in that area already. We piled the rocks at the enterance to the trail. We also cut a fallen tree out near the top of the Hi-Dee-Hoe trail that some riders told us about.  Official 
Tinker Creek/Carvin Creek Greenway  Roanoke County  66.0  11   5/23/2012  Completed another 250 ft. of trail on the lower Hollins section. Left early to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Gladetown bridge.  Official 
Four Gorge Extension  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  32.0  8   5/19/2012  Put up 3 signs for new trail at each end and one at top of Tuck-a-way. Fine tuned trail tread and naturalized starting from far end and working back. Still have about a days worth of work before we meet up with the previous section we had finished a while back. For the second half of the day we worked on the very beginning of the trail and added 5 water drainage features.  Official 
Gladetown Trail  Town of Vinton  88.0  12   5/16/2012  ADDENDUM: After heavy rains the upper segment of the trail- from the trail head to the bridge - becomes slippery and muddy. Today the Public Works dept. for the Town brought out three dump truck loads of mulch from the trash transport station and we mulched the entire trail with the exception of about 25 yds. approaching the upper side of the bridge which we will treat in the next couple of days. Summer growth was also cut back.   Official 
Tinker Creek/Carvin Creek Greenway  Roanoke County  0.0  0   5/16/2012  Work cancelled due to bad weather  Official 
Tinker Creek/Carvin Creek Greenway  Roanoke County  0.0  0   5/9/2012  No work - took a trip to The Channels but washed out by terrible weather.  Official 
Four Gorge Extension  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  15.0  2   5/5/2012  We finished the last armoured crossing and worked on the tread a little at the end of the trail. Also got some more of the naturalizing done. Still have some more to do yet. We fought with rain for at least 70% of the day. It made the work slow.  Official 
Tinker Creek/Carvin Creek Greenway  Roanoke County  120.5  17   5/2/2012  Easy trail work and large crew makes for good progress through a very nice open mature hardwood cove extending from the gas line ROW down-hiill for about 300 yds towards Plantation Rd.A smaller group struggled to clear the dense blackberry thicket beneath the power line.This is a difficult piece with steep terrain - we plan to bring the Ditch Witch out for this.  Official 
Four Gorge Extension  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  15.5  2   4/29/2012  Harvest rocks for armouring from the road up near the top of Gauntlet. Haul into the 3rd armoured crossing on the new trail as local rocks are hard to work with. Finished one side of the armouring and better protected banks down stream of the crossing. Moved some dirt so that it would not wash into the creek during high flow events.  Official 
Four Gorge Extension  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  31.5  8   4/21/2012  Started on the armouring of the last big crossing. The first big crossing is done. We used the Witch to dig out the area for the rock first and took the dirt away from the drainage area. There was no water flow today. A crew worked on fine tuning the tread and backslope on the newest sections of the trail. We will soon be ready to finish the naturalizing of the rest of the trail and install signs. We may then spend a few days going through and tweaking a few sections of the trail trying to perfect it.  Official 
Tinker Creek/Carvin Creek Greenway  Roanoke County  97.5  13   4/18/2012  First week's work was continued, the trail was extended another 100 yards, and some work was done on regrooming. Ed Dickerson and Andrew Miller brought 13 North Cross students who worked with the crew until 2 PM.  Official 
Four Gorge Extension  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  26.5  4   4/14/2012  Finished the large creek armoring project today. Next week we will start on the next one which should not take as long. Did finish work further down the trail. Dave and Allen started off the day cutting a few downed trees off the lower trails.  Official 
Gladetown Trail  Town of Vinton  140.5  20   4/11/2012  FINISHED TODAY. A 32 ft. bog bridge was constructed across a slough some 30 yards north of the bridge, using donated used RR ties as sleepers,and most of the remaining 2 by 12's for planks. A nice wooden seat was made and placed at a point overlooking the wet land. The trail was completed. Signs, grouted and stained, were placed at each trail head.Took out all the remaining wood and scraps.  Official 
Four Gorge Extension  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  30.5  4   4/7/2012  Today we finished the rough in for the trail. We still have some finishing work to do and another stream crossing to armour. We are very close to having the largest stream crossing armoured. We spent half the day harvesting rocks from further away. We are having some trouble finding enough well shaped rock. Matt shaped a very nice banked turn at the end of the trail where it meets the fire road. We think people will really enjoy it going the other way. Logan, a boy scout, came out to learn how to build trail and may be building a trail near boat dock for his eagle scout project.  Official 
Tinker Creek/Carvin Creek Greenway  Roanoke County  322.8  45   4/6/2012  DAY #1 -Mid Week Crew and Pathfinders volunteers worked with Hollins students to build trail on Hollins University property.   Official 
Poor Mountain Natural Area Preserve (DCR)  Roanoke County  127.5  17   4/4/2012  The Overlook Spur Trail and view-point were completed. The corrective measures at the lower switch-back were completed. The whole crew went on down and improved a steep drainage crossing with rock steps, and worked on a short relo at the base of the mountain. In several short stretches vertical back cuts were corrected and partial benching turned into full bench, but a lot more of this could be done.  Official 
Four Gorge Extension  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  58.8  10   4/1/2012  Continued the work on the big armoured crossing. Also worked on backslope in area cut last week and did some finishing work on the trail tread and naturalizing the spoils area. More trail was roughed in with the Ditch Witch and a track was thrown which cost us around 2 hours delay.  Official 
Poor Mountain Natural Area Preserve (DCR)  Roanoke County  160.0  20   3/27/2012  POOR MOUNTAIN REVISITED - Today's goals were-(1) to extend the Overlook Spur to a more appropriate view point. The new destination has indeed a commanding and dramatic and unobstructed view westward - this accomplished without disturbing any Table Mountain Pine - and will justify the trail name - Overlook Trail (2) Reconfigure two poorly constructed switch-backs on the Cascade Trail, considered to be hazardous.The work was strenuous and slow,but all were well pleased with the effort. We are about 10% short of completion on both goals. We hope to finish in a timely manner next week, so the full crew can go further on down the mountain to re-align about 100 yards of trail across a side drainage.   Official 
Four Gorge Extension  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  19.5  3   3/25/2012  It was a very wet day today, but 3 of us desided to brave it. As it turned out, it was a productive day. We collected a bunch of rocks for our armoured crossings which takes a lot of time to carry them long distances. We finished one side of the big crossing. There was too much water flowing to finish the other side today. Matt pushed ahead with roughing in new trail with the Witch but it was tough going with slick surface.  Official 
Gladetown Trail  Town of Vinton  33.3  7   3/16/2012  Gladetown Bridge - finished bridge; did stone approach  Official 
Gladetown Trail  Town of Vinton  100.0  16   3/14/2012  Gladetown Bridge - tightened bolts and washers; set posts; installed deck; installed ramp; trail to bridge.  Official 
Four Gorge Extension  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  52.3  10   3/10/2012  Roanoke Times came out with us today and stayed for a few hours interviewing the volunteers and taking lots of pictures. Everyone was happy that the trail work will be in the news and hopefully stir some more interest. We worked on armouring our largest creek crossing on this trail. It takes a lot of time to set all the rocks and we have another day of work left on it. A lot of finishing work was done on the trail tread and the back slopes. Matt ran the Witch all day roughing in a long section of trail and working on some nice rollers and banked turns.   Official 
Gladetown Trail  Town of Vinton  54.5  8   3/8/2012  As a follow-up on yesterday's build a small team came back to secure the beams and set the stabilizing blocks between the beams.  Official 
Gladetown Trail  Town of Vinton  158.0  20   3/7/2012  A good START was made on both the bridge work and the trail.The bridge work was staged from a dry area several hundred yards from the site.The bridge foundations were greatly strengthened to prevent sinkage. Four beams,(2 by 12's approx. 25-1/2 feet long)were put together by three laminations with metal plates and each carried in by a team of 12 workers. Heavy! 514 lbs a piece,according to Jim B. Went smoothly thanks to good planning by Liz and Roger - and good carpentery talent in the crew. About 1/2 the final segment of trail was cleared, but needs further finishing work in addition to completion of the remaining half.   Official 
Fallen Tree Clearing  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  12.0  3   3/3/2012  Cleared trees off Arrowhead, Songbird, and Enchanted Forest. Arrowhead was quite a mess on the far end.  Official 
Four Gorge Extension  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  8.0  2   3/3/2012  Continued work on new trail. Since it was very wet out, we had to just rough in some new trail instead of doing finishing work. The soil is sandy in this area which is not near as good to work with as the clay and rock.  Official 
Four Gorge Extension  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  26.0  4   2/26/2012  The ground was still frozen when we got out there so it was hard to fine tune the tread. Also we could not work on the armoured crossing as the creek was flowing. Worked on some back slopes. Continued the trail using Ditch Witch and got to the next ravine. This one will likely need some armouring also. Will wait untill we get the other one done before we start this one.  Official 
SPCA Dog Trail  Roanoke City  127.0  17   2/22/2012  TRAIL WAS COMPLETED today (with one minor exception). The hill-top trail was cleared. It has a 30 ft. clearing at the north end, with a view of the Blue Ridge to the east, two very rustic benches, access at each end from the main trail. Mulching was completed. Two sign posts were installed and several large rocks were hauled in from the side of the road - could be made into landscape features if desired. The bank above the steps is not satisfactory, needs cribbing, when we come across some suitable rock we will bring it in and finish this piece.THE TOTAL LENGTH OF THE TRAIL SYSTEM IS 0.25 MILES>  Official 
SPCA Dog Trail  Roanoke City  111.0  17   2/15/2012  In contrast to last week's miserable weather, today was perfect. We enjoyed pizza and drinks courtesy of the SPCA - nice to be appreciated! Completed the main trail including short set of locust steps at the south end. Used all the mulch. Plan to make a loop with a path along the ridge, with a small park at north end which at present is smothered with vines and brambles.   Official 
SPCA Dog Trail  Roanoke City  65.0  13   2/8/2012  This trail will be about 1/3 of a mile long, flowing around a small wooded knoll adjacent to the main building. It will be used for walking the dogs.We dug about 300ft. today, By lunchtime a light rain had turned the tread into thick mud forcing work to stop. We will obviously have to use a protective mulch.   Official 
SPCA Dog Trail  Roanoke City  24.0  6   2/7/2012  PRELIMINARY WORK for tomorrow's work day. Picked up three truck loads of mulch from the city's public site and deposited them at each end of the trail. Cut locust logs and cleared all the larger timber from the trail route.  Official 
Four Gorge Extension  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  39.0  7   2/4/2012  Worked on insloped turn just past the big ravine. Did finishing work on backslope and downslope for the trail in the ravine area. Started to prep the area for the armored crossing work. Threw a track on the Ditch Witch and had to spend around two hours at the end of the day to reinstall it.  Official 
Read Mountain  Roanoke County  120.0  16   2/1/2012  FINAL DAY. The trail team went to the top of the short cut to clean up the unfinished portions, and also to define the trailway down from the big stairs to the cliff-top. The step team built the connection from the main trail to the new trail. The trails await names and directional signs. Note- a small group will return to modify the trail just above the parking lot, where there are some minor design problems. We need the ditch witch to do this.  Official 
Four Gorge Extension  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  9.0  2   1/29/2012  Continued with Four Gorge Extension. Was able to get out of the big ravine. But still needs finishing work.  Official 
Fallen Tree Clearing  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  12.8  3   1/28/2012  Cleared fallen trees off Enchanted Forest, Arrowhead, School House, and Gate side of Song Bird.  Official 
Lick Run Bridge  Roanoke Greenways - ROA_City_P&R  102.0  28   1/28/2012  This was the "finish it" day. We installed deck and rails. Many hands makes light work and we had many hands. We were almost done by lunch, but food prevailed and we finished up shortly thereafter.  Official 
Lick Run Bridge  Roanoke Greenways - ROA_City_P&R  52.3  10   1/25/2012  A GE work day organized by Mike Franke. We drilled and set the posts, installed the blocking between beams, and installed the face plates at the end. Special thanks to Steve Schmitt for bringing his many saws and to Shannon Palmer for the walk boards and lumber delivery.   Official 
Read mountain  Roanoke County  120.0  16   1/25/2012  Steps and connector trail completed. Some minor trail work to be done and the entrance to the main trail still needs to be built.  Official 
Four Gorge Extension  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  31.0  7   1/22/2012  Worked on cutting in the trail coming out of the big ravine. Only got about another 15 feet on that as it had a lot of solid rock and a lot of dirt had to be moved a long way in order to keep it out of the creek. The bigger chunks of rock were sorted out to be used for armouring. Most of the crew worked on hand finishing about 300 foot of trail before the ravine. They did a lot of naturalizing work on the down slope also and narrowed back the tread to give a nice finish to the trail and make it look like it has been there for a long time.  Official 
Lick Run Bridge  Roanoke Greenways - ROA_City_P&R  36.0  10   1/19/2012  Bridge beams delivered by the City in the morning. Crew set and bolted them down in afternoon.  Official 
Read Mountain  Roanoke County  97.5  13   1/19/2012  Work continues on the long set of stone steps. Approx.250ft. of new trail completed.  Official 
Read mountain  Roanoke County  82.5  11   1/12/2012  Lower set of steps completed, finding the single strap works best off-trail dragging big rock over longer distances.Now working on finishing up the upper set and the mid-level landing. Trail team going well with 200 ft. new trail.  Official 
Four Gorge Extension  Carvins Cove - ROA_City_P&R  20.0  4   1/7/2012  Continue the work near the largest ravine. We have some of it roughed in, but there is a lot of finishing work left and we are starting to rough in the climb back out of ravine.  Official 
Lick Run Bridge  Roanoke Greenways - ROA_City_P&R  35.7  13   1/7/2012  Site prep and sill installation. Dug trenches 2' deep, filled with gravel, set sills, squared.  Official 
Lick Run Bridge  Roanoke Greenways - ROA_City_P&R  9.0  3   1/6/2012  Delivered gravel to the bridge site to go in the trench on Sat. Thanks to Bill Palmer for use of his antique dump truck. Then set up batter boards and squaring system.  Unofficial 
Lick Run Bridge  Roanoke Greenways - ROA_City_P&R  7.0  4   1/5/2012  Met at site with Don Witt, who was to help with drawing details for volunteers, and with Shannon Palmer, who helped layout and square.  Unofficial 
Read Mountain  Roanoke County  138.0  18   1/4/2012  Full crew turn-out - everybody glad to be back after the two week break for the holidays. Temp in the high 20's but bright sun and no wind, so a great day to work! We are building the short-cut connector trail between our new trail and the Buzzard's Rock Trail several hundred feet above. We split into 3 groups - one starting on a lower set of steps from the lower trail, one starting on upper steps, connecting up with the third group starting on the actual connecting trail. This will be an interesting section of trail - a long run of steps, and a trail dipping and turning through big qnarly trees, many rock formations,and another nice cliff face,which today was a glittering wall of icicles lit up by the bright sunshine. The ice showed no sign of melting all day.   Official 
Roanoke River Greenway - Mile Markers  Roanoke Greenways - ROA_City_P&R  41.0  13   1/1/2012  Working with 4 men with the Kiwanis Club, installed mile markers on the Roanoke River Greenway from Vic Thomas Park to Bridge Street  Official 
Report Summary:   Total Project-Days = 585      Volunteer Hours = 31,902.9     Staff Hours = 736.4     Total Hours = 32,639.3