A river runs through it

Some of the damage done by last month's floods.

Some of the damage done by last month’s floods.

Check out the South Greenway Trail, or what remains of it, down by Circle Drive and Janitell Road.

This is part of the estimated $6.5 million in damage to area parks and trails from September’s flooding. And anyone who thinks they’re gonna get fixed soon has been smoking too much of the fabled wacky terbacky. So-called “friends” groups — to wit, volunteers — are doing a lot of the work while the evil ol’ gummint concentrates on socialism and whatnot.

Of course, with the feddle gummint sending everyone home while the Baboon Caucus redecorates the Capitol in an odiferous brown hue, we may soon have more volunteers than you can shake a shovel at.


8 Responses to “A river runs through it”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    Looks familiar. The Pueblo Canyon trail by the North Mesa Mutts’ abode got wiped out too. That was one of my favorite longer mountainbike rides, as I could drop down into the canyons behind the golf course and then circumnavigate North Mesa and come up on the Bayo Canyon side. Totally washed out, according to the local sources. I’ve not dropped down there yet. Even the more innocuous Kwage Mesa trail behind my house looks like a small canyon. The singletrack acted like a riverbed channel and it was seriously downcut.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Palmer Park is a wreck. If it hadn’t been for a hundred of so volunteers getting busy in there it would look even worse. I haven’t sampled Bear Creek Regional Park yet, or Cheyenne Mountain State Park. Been a helluva summer.

      Bypassing this washout is gonna be a bitch. It sits right under an elevated portion of Circle Drive, surrounded by a trailer park, a bunch of retail, and a high school. The trail folks may have to reroute the trail up to Janitell and cross Circle at the stoplight. Ick.

      This was my favorite southern route out of Dodge. Saves a fella a whole lot of horn-honking and mirror tag.

      • Patrick O'Brien Says:

        How does it look for next June? Should I bring a shovel, pick, and Swede saw instead of a bike?

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Patrick, you may need to drive a cement mixer here. Or hot-wire one of them nifty tracked bridge-building dealie-whompuses over at Fort Carson. This is the third trail-wrecking washout in the past half-dozen years. Please, Jeebus, don’t make me ride on the roads with the crazies!

      • khal spencer Says:

        Actually, a bridge might be a good idea. Looks to me like that makes more sense than infill or re-route through all that civilization crap.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        The sad part is they bridged the creek further north, to bring the trail to the west side of the creek, then laid down a nice bit of concrete path before letting the trail go back to dirt, just a ways above what turned out to be this latest washout. I seem to recall some recent work done on the Circle Drive bridge supports, too.

        I’m not certain there’s enough room on the other side of the creek for a path, though there is a bridge down by the county lockup that could route traffic back to the west side of the creek.

        Man, this sort of thing must make the road-and-trail people crazy. I need to get further down the trail and see what the hell else has happened to it.

    • khal spencer Says:

      The problem with using creeks as trail easements is that, well, they are creeks. Water runs through them.

      • Patrick O'Brien Says:

        Creeks, rivers, and old railroad beds usually have gentle grades and available space.
        The furlough is having one positive effect. The yards in my neighborhood are looking better, and the cars are cleaner.

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