Monday, November 1, 2010

They Went Thataway!

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It's all over but the ribbon-cutting! Nick Shigo's Eagle Scout project, a part of which was construction, with the assistance of scouts from Troop 55 and with adult supervision, a portion of a biking/hiking bypass around a steep, rocky section of the Oak Valley trail, is complete. The finishing touch was the erection of a directional sign at each end of the bypass. Nick also designed and constructed a bridge spanning a small pond a bit farther down on the trail.

All chiefs and no Indians attempting to hang the first sign.

Bill Dyer, Chairman of the Shelton Trails Committee, Nick's father, and Nick finally agree that the sign is somewhat level

Nick and his dad hang the second sign at the top of the hill

Congratulations on a job well done!

As luck would have it a biker appeared, having just pedaled up the original trail, as Nick was ready to leave (really!).

He was talked into trying out the new bypass, after having been told of it's open status

He has become the first official user of the new bypass, although no prizes were given! The bypass is an alternate route for bikers, hikers, dog walkers, mule skinners, or anyone that is looking for the easier path up or down the slope. Thanks to Nick Shigo and all those who helped in another trail improvement!


  1. Nice work! A mountain biker reportedly crashed going down that steep section several years ago and had to be helicoptered out. Although I guess some of the bikers actually like the challenge.

  2. They did not helicopter the injured mountain biker out. They tied him to the Gator and dragged him out - gently. Nice work on the bypass Kenny & Nick & other scouts. Send some pictures of construction.

  3. Great job! Can't wait to check it out!