Words:Â Dorothy Luebke
Pictures:Â Jaclyn Delacroix,Â Tina Yiu
Trail: Â Team Pangor
My back aches, my pants are filthy and if anyone asks me to grab a bucket, it had better be full of Coronaâ€™s. Â Trail days are hard work, love them or hate them, they are a requirement so that we can all have trails to enjoy, today and tomorrow. Â For me trail days are a full emotional journeyâ€¦
Knowing warm out of the oven cinnamon buns and coffee await all the brave soldiers that decide to come out to lend a hand.
After being briefed on safety issues and being given a work plan, we all pitch in, taking tools and supplies into the trail. Â Oh boy, weâ€™re going to get this ball rolling!
Good organization on the part of our trail leaders meant that we all had our tasks pre-assigned. Â We get to the trail and immediately got to work. Â Productive workers are happy workers.
A catered lunch which we each packed for ourselves meant we could stop for lunch when we were hungry. Â No need to hike out and back for food. Â Trail side packed lunches meant that for some, lunch only was a brief stop on the work and back at it. Â Thanks Whole Foods â€“ West Vancouver
Seeing so many friendly faces coming out to help with the trail work makes it seem like fun. Â We had bunnies and their spouses, pets, friend for overseas and sponsors all in attendance. Â Â This just makes the day so much more fun. Â Giggles and laughter was ringing around us as we worked.
New to this year, when building under the TAP program, trails are official closed. Â This meant no need to hop out of the way every 15 minutes to allow for riders to past through. Â We were able to work uninterrupted by riders all day. Â That is just sweet!
Realizing that our efforts helped make Pangor a better trail. Â Before and after pictures show how much one day of work can alter and improve the trail. Â Well done, everyone.
Surpassing the expectations of our trail lead builders, they had a plan, we finished it, and then did Â a little bit Â more.
After all the hard work is done and all the tools have been tucked away. Â It was time to sit down, relax and enjoy the hospitality of Ryderâ€™s Eyewear. A roof top patio with bbq at the ready to serve up Â burgers, a cooler full of drinks, and some pretty goofy sunglasses. Â This is why trail days rock.