Part of the problem is that each Enduro rider is required to purchase a $50 permit per motorcycle plus a $15 "each participating day" fee. These monies are identified under the disguise that they are for "the environemental impact" of what the park will incure do to the damage from the motorcycle, when in reality they never are used for "environmental repair," but rather the monies are put into a "kitty" that is distributed to all of the parks which helps out the parks that mountain bikers, horse riders, and motocycle people never use.
Because the motorcycle people (this is just my oppinion), are charged a permit fee and they know that us mountain bikers are not (we basically ride for free), there is an attitude that they paid for that right to damage our trails and not have to repair them. They also know that we (SWAMP) volunteer man hours (we all appreciate the trail boss Bob Wilcox by the way), to build and maintain trails, but that still does not sway them to help out.
I believe the only solution is to build a new section of the blue trail (connecting Drunk Monkey to Sugar Mountain). There is just way to much damage on the old section----we need to just sacrifice that section that the Enduro people used to the motorcyclist.
We have every right to complain about what happened, but we all must remember that we desprately need this park and starting a fight with the motorcyclist will not help our situation. With the economy the way it is today, all budgets and we all could envision this thing getting out of hand and the park just kicking us out. I feel we should keep our concerns "low key," converse only internally and work with Bob Wilcox to design and build a new blue trail in that quadrant of the MTB park so that we can have a sucessfull and enjoyable Croom 35/50 event in February.
I know I am one to talk as I have not worked one single trail day at Croom, most of my 30 volunteer hours this year have been spent at Alafia, Boyette, and Wilderness. I will however, gladly volunteer to help Bob out with this new project because I really enjoy riding Croom, it is a gem for our club without a doubt. I encourage every member to ride this park, if you think your in shape from riding our other parks, just ride Croom for two hours on a weekend and you will see that Croom is a different animal that task the most athletic rider.
I will stay in contact with Bob and find out what a viable solution is to insure we have a decent trail to ride for the Croom 35/50 in February.