Today was a weird day. I was expecting to go about my normal routine of work then digging, but that didn't quite happen. Instead I decided to take a day off from the trails to go ride around the city with some friends from out of town. It was nice to do something a little different because I've had pretty much the same routine going on for the past few months. If it weren't for my trip to California back in March I would have been able to count the number of times I've ridden my bike this year on one hand. Between family, work, CYDI, and trying to get the trails going there hasn't been much time to think about riding. It's funny how things change as you get older. Ten years ago I would have gone out of my mind if I went more than two days without riding. Fast forward to now and I rarely even think about my bike most days. That seems pretty weird considering a good chunk of my day is spent looking at bike videos and building stuff to ride. It's been an uphill battle to get the trails going this year. We took on some pretty big projects that we probably shouldn't have considering the lack of manpower these days. Somehow even with fewer people than ever we managed to build a whole new section. I'm not going to lie, it was mad stressful and I definitely had a meltdown or two, but that shit is all stacked up and ready to be dialed. Today's little deviation from the normal program really gave me a chance to think about things and realize what we were able to accomplish and how close we are to reaping the rewards of all the hard work. With a little luck we should be able to have our opening day later this week. For the first time in months I'm actually feeling good about the trails rather than being stressed out on the amount of projects that need to be finished. It seems like a strange coincidence that when I hopped on the computer tonight I noticed that the post count for the site was at 999. CYDI is kind of like the trails in that it is one big ongoing project. As soon as I get one thing dialed with it I'll have an idea on something else to change or something new to add. We are about a month and a half away from the one year anniversary of site. It's absolutely crazy to me that in less than a year myself and now Tom Arkus have found 1000 trail related things to post on here. Anyone who says that trails are dead can go fuck themselves! Trails are far from dead, and if anything they are seeing a revival. There are younger riders like the Gnarnia Crew who are riding and building their own trails, legendary spots have become legal, and the trail community as a whole just seems to be a lot tighter. On top of that, I'm still finding pics and footage of trails that I've never seen before, even after almost a whole year of searching the internet for anything trails related! I know I'm kind of rambling at this point, but I guess what I'm trying to say is that I'm psyched on where things are. My trails are about to start running, trail season here on the East Coast is about to be in full swing, and this little project that is Can You Dig It is still going strong. Thanks to everyone who checks out the site and everyone putting in work behind a shovel. Here's to another 1000 post!
Mosquitoes have been a huge problem at my trails since day one. Last year was particularly bad and we tried anything we could think of to deal with them. This year we are trying to be proactive and nip them in the bud before they have a chance to hatch. As a matter of fact I just got back from going on "mosquito patrol" as I call it. Of course a storm rolled in right after I finished so now I'll have to go back tomorrow and make sure there isn't any standing water. It's a weird coincidence that when I got home and hopped on the computer I noticed that Janis had posted a mosquito article over on Trailrambling. Definitely check it out cause there are some good tips in there for dealing with those little fuckers.
Dave King, Clint Reynolds, and Gilly are down in Guadalajara Mexico working on this wild course for the Red Bull Conquers event that's going down at the end of the month. That's one ambitious artist rendering of what the course will look like but if anybody can pull off building some wild shit like that it would be those guys. Check out the flyer and press release after the jump. (more...)
Well, not exactly. The likelihood of us making an app is pretty slim, but I did make it so that you can add a Can You Dig It button to the home screen of your iPhone or iPad. The site is already mobile device friendly, so once you add the button you'll be just one click away from all the latest trails related content. Check out the instructions on how to add it after the jump. (more...)
Matthew Stadler from the Panamoka Trails composed one hell of a guide that covers pretty much any and everything you need to know about drainage. I particularly like the names that he has for stuff, especially "yoda hole" and "reach around." Check it out over on Trailrambling and then go get your drainage worked out!
Red Bull's Dreamline is coming back as part of their signature series, and it's going down on August 10th in Angel Fire, New Mexico. The last Dreamline was one of the most talked about dirt contest ever and I'm expecting nothing less of this one. They are claiming that the course will feature "the largest shark fin features ever seen, and a jump that will send riders at least 35 feet in the air". Head over to Dig for the contest details as they actually have more than the Red Bull site does right now.
I don't know what trails these are or who they belong to but I saw this on Facebook last night. Take a second and sign the online petition they've created and hopefully we can sway things in their favor!
Jäunt just launched a brand new website and released this edit of Tom Dillon’s New Zealand trip to go with it. There isn’t any trails in it, but WOW, what an adventure! Peep the edit and then check out the new Jäunt site.