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New mountain bike trail honors Howie Wemyss | Biking

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New mountain bike path honors Howie Wemyss | Biking

When Howie Wemyss was on Fb final week studying a put up from the Coos Biking Membership he burst out LOL.

“That they had posted one thing a few new path and once I obtained to the second line I laughed out loud,” he mentioned over the cellphone. “I had no concept what they had been going to call it.”

Mockingly, the path had been on his thoughts. He walked it a yr in the past with the membership’s govt director Jason Hunter once they had been wanting on the path as a possible Gorham to the Glen pathway with mountain biking in the summertime and cross-country snowboarding within the winter.

“I wanted to get out within the woods and see how they had been doing,” he mentioned. “So Sue (his spouse) and I grabbed our bikes to see it.”

“That was a very enjoyable path,” he mentioned. “I haven’t carried out plenty of biking this summer time so it was a problem to climb the hill out of the valley. The downhill was swoopy enjoyable.”

Wemyss retired in Might after a virtually 40 yr profession at Mount Washington beginning as a Mt. Washington Auto Street driver and happening to turn into normal supervisor of the highway and Nice Glen Trails.

Hunter says honoring Howie with a path identify has been on the membership’s minds for some time since he has been so instrumental to path improvement on the Pineside of the community.

“Howie noticed the significance of getting a path community on the town and helped make it occur as a land supervisor for Gorham Land Co.,” he mentioned in a e mail. “So I’d say he had plenty of affect within the improvement of the Pine Mountain aspect of the community.”

Hunter admits Wemyss was in all probability shocked and a little bit embarrassed by having a path named after him however deserves the popularity.

“Our tact is rather less straight ahead and regular,” he mentioned.

The path, rated superior/intermediate, is the membership’s first machine-built path. Completed close to the top of August, the route is a 1.8-mile loop damaged down right into a half mile climb, half mile rolling traverse and a 0.8 mile downhill.

Although the path could sound like a tasty sushi deal with, that’s not the intent. It’s extra of a play on Howie’s identify. Consider it extra like “How we roll.”

“That is undoubtedly a play on phrases which I believe could be very intelligent,” mentioned Wemyss.

However for sushi-loving mountain bikers who’ve rice, cucumber, crab meat and avocado stuffed California Rolls or rice-filled fatty Philadelphia Rolls containing salmon, avocado and cream cheese on their minds, Howie Roll can even fulfill because it’s loaded with a handful of hole jumps and rollers with loads of large berms and excessive velocity sections.

“I don’t eat sushi,” he mentioned.

To search out it, head east on Pipeline till you see the indicators or attempt Church Road.

Constructed with grants offered by Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund and Folks for Bikes, that is the primary part of a multi-year venture on the Pineside of the rising Coos Trails community that now has about 25 miles of trails.

Weymss was impressed with the “wonderfulness” of the bottom.

“Gorham is blessed with a very nice sub-surface,” he mentioned. “It’s obtained materials that may maintain up properly when the drainage is completed proper.”

Along with Howie Roll, the membership is endeavor one other venture—rebuilding and bettering the CCC Perimeter Loop, lower within the Thirties, in Moose Brook State Park. That has a focused completion date of Oct. 1.

The membership additionally has two path work days scheduled for Sept. 19 and Sept. 26. On Sept. 19, meet at Moose Brook State Park at 10 a.m. to do some filth work, hall trimming and lumber hauling on the CCC Perimeter Loop. On Sept. 26 there’s some wood function builds and filth work within the Jungle. Meet at 10 a.m. on the Promenade Road baseball subject in Gorham.

Wemyss and Sue additionally checked out the Jungle once they rode Howie Roll.

“Lots of people in Gorham learn about it,” he mentioned.

It’s introductory sorts of trails geared to younger riders.

The membership plans to print a brand new map this fall that may embody Howie Roll. Additionally, search for an replace on the Trailforks app quickly.

“I’ve loved watching the membership develop and see how a lot vitality they’ve,” Wemyss mentioned.

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