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Trail change for the Heritage 55 mile ride
Spent yesterday talking to one of the property owners who suggested
(gently, but expecting that I would listen and follow orders) that I change
the trail to avoid going through deeded land in one area. Turns out that
what I thought was Forest Road (and looks that way on the map) and skirted
the edge of deeded land actually was on private land. While I already had
permission from the property owners that the Forestry Department and my
research had told me about, suddenly I was faced with about 10 more
absentee owners that I hadn't counted on. The land owner I was speaking to
was willing to help me get written permissions from each owner and in fact
would endorse the ride with the other land owners, but gave me a trail
rerouting suggestion that is absolutely fantastic and avoids the deeded
land issue altogether. As it is on an old Forestry Dept trail that is
actually blazed, the FD shouldn't have any problems with the new
route. I've got an appointment today with the FD to talk about it.
The new route will take riders of the 55 miler along and several times
across a small river (for people coming from less arid country than here
it'll look like a large stream!) for about 7 miles and then up to the top
of a mesa with great views through the trees along the way. Although the
old route was very beautiful, this new way is equally if not more beautiful
and offers lots of water to boot! I'll let you all know what the FD says
today about this tonight or tomorrow. I'll be riding the new trail myself
in short order and will get photos of it online for your viewing enjoyment.
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