My wife gets very jealous of how much time I spend working on the bike trial, and how little time I spend on our yard. So I guess if she reads this I may be in trouble.
I took a bit of time this morning to fix up some spots on the Tickville Gulch trail. For years I wondered how that gully got so deep. After all I had never seen much water go down it. This year though we have had numerous flash floods go down the gully. By the marks on the side of the gully you can tell that the water was more than 6 feet deep. The fast moving water has gouged out some new channels that are 4 feet deep. Now I understand how the gully got there.
It is amazing how well the trail has held up with the large amount of water that has gone down the gully this year. This morning I re-routed a couple of spots. One where the water was digging out a big trench in the trail, and then another where the trail needed to be pulled out of the bottom of the gully. I now only have one more spot that I need to re-route to make it so that the trail never just follows the flow of water.
There are a couple of places where the trail crosses the bottom of the gully that have been fine until the new flash floods. I smoothed out the transition across the bottom, but the next time a big stream of water goes there there it will mess it up again. Someday it will either need a bridge or some cement to make a permanent fix.