Putting the best foot forward.

Having gotten cracking on the bit of trail work I discussed on Wednesday, I had some fire in my belly to get back up in them thar hills before the rains returned, and make use of that effort we put forth. Plus, all of that rain on the horizon, I reckoned I should get while the getting was good.

Naturally, my good times were periodically interrupted by stops to grab abandoned poop bags, and in at least one instance, help to cover up a reroute that would eventually turn a fun little stretch of singletrack into double, triple, or quadruple track;

Personally I don’t mind stopping mid-ride to move some rocks and sticks around. It’s just more time playing in the woods for me. Plus, even though it’s an incremental effort, it helps the overall health of the trails, and healthy trails are just about one of the best things in the world.

And for those who now feel compelled to bust my balls for riding muddy trails, I actually took the time to walk through the muddy sections I came across.

I’m a martyr like that.

So having gotten my pre-rain ride under my belt, and even taking time to document a little bit of rad-getting;

Certainly, I’m no Connor Fearon, but I m(f)ake the best way I can.

-And it’s with that, I can now spend the coming days pumping water out of my studio with a smile on my face.

And speaking of trail work- let’s circle back around to this post in which Jocelyn from Portland Design Works clued us in on some new singletrack being developed right smack dab in her home town of Portland, Oregon.

Well, old Yafro recently got in touch with a bit more info as well as an array go photos of their recent work day courtesy of Jason from Berm Style;


There’s a Cheevil in the wild photo in here;

I wonder if he was one of the invasive species they were trying to eradicate.


I’ll be damned if that doesn’t do so much good for my heart I can actually feel it swelling in my chest;

Or that might just be all the macaroni and cheese I just ate.

Either way, check out Berm Style’s entire post and see if it doesn’t do the same for yours.

If not, then you might just be dead on the inside.

Finally, in closing, I will share an email I received from Jason a couple of weeks ago that has nothing to do with anything relating to trail work, but everything to do with being a good human;

Hey Stevil,

Regarding the sweet components of life, I share with you this wonderful piece of art that I won in a silent auction to benefit the Magnolia Fund, which provides assistance to those who need access to abortion;

Part of the event was a theatrical viewing of They Live, which I’d only ever seen on the small screen. For your convenience, here is the clip to which the needlepoint refers;

It is now posted above my desk to remind me to kick ass, which sometimes I forget to do.

Keepin’ it Rowdy in Athens GA,
Jason Perry

Now, as the lights begin to dim on this, our 1,438th post, whether it be donating to a worthy cause, keeping singletrack single, destroying the alien Illuminati, or anything between, I encourage all of us to continue putting our best foot forward.

Whichever of the three that might be.

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4 Responses to “Putting the best foot forward.”

  1. Largo February 17, 2017 at 6:45 am #

    Speaking of trail building, check this trail out. The Old Ghost Road in New Zealand.
    It blows ones mind to see what the builders accomplished. I had the chance to ride it while in NZ recently. Had a one day weather window so did it in a day instead of bikepacking it. The Old Ghost Road homepage has some videos on the building of the trail. It’ll bring a smile to your face, and no poop bags.

  2. Crank February 17, 2017 at 7:41 am #

    Gun violence? Really? Not what I wanted here.

    • Stevil February 17, 2017 at 8:34 am #

      That’s why it’s not on auto-play, and you actually have to make the conscious decision to click the play arrow on the image of the professional wrestler with a mullet holding a shotgun.

  3. pedalman February 17, 2017 at 9:34 am #

    That video is sooo 80’s. Nowadays we chew bubblegum, kick ass and post to social media all at the same time.