Making the most of more fine weather and ideal digger conditions, we got a digger again this weekend.
Pleasantly surprised to get a brand new digger in all it’s scratch free and freshly painted glory. – 27 hours on the clock, we usually get a digger with around 3-5,000 hours.
I decided to extend the Long Cut which we started at the beginning of the month.
I was feeling a bit better about the approach to the entry so gave it a go, it ended up pretty good, although it was a bit of work breaking through the old bench of the 4WD Track which had a fair amount of rock, from here it was a gentle climb and traverse along and around the contour – plenty of tangle-weed and old Elderberry trees to knock down.
I was going to cut in a corner but then remembered it was the Long Cut – from my vantage points I couldn’t really see where the track was and how big the basin was. I ended up climbing on top of the digger and saw that there was still another reasonable sized gully to cross before we reached the envisaged boundary, so on I went.
The beers were earned that night.
Sunday and back into it, pushing the traverse along, and finally got into a narrow rocky section, this was going well and I was through but then got myself stuck that required the expert skills of Shane. Yay. The weather had turned a bit too, with quite a bit of rain.
|The Track is in there somewhere!|
|Still plenty more track in there but can’t see it from here.|
After this I spent the rest of the day raking the track then clearing the 4WD track of the rank grasses, fresh broom and many loose rocks. I also filled in the wheel sized holes that were there. The good news is that the track is ready for bikes again. A very fast and loose downhill and pretty impossible uphill – it is extremely steep – have fun!
It was dark by the time I got to the bottom of the track, so I was glad to get back onto the road and pack up.
It’s been a great year for trail building at Haven MTB Park – you should come out and see what’s going on.
The Digger has many signs of battle now and just under 50 hours on the clock now!
Happy New Year