Blazing the Fly Rod Crosby Trail underway

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Working on bog bridging are, from left to right, Jim Roderick and Bud Godsoe.(Photo courtesy of Ben Godsoe)

MADRID – The High Peaks Alliance hosted two volunteer work days in August and have scheduled another work day for Oct. 2 to start construction of the Fly Rod Crosby Trail, a new heritage trail that will eventually stretch 35-40 miles from Strong to Oquossoc in the western Mountains of Maine.

About 20 people showed up over the course of two days and built approximately two miles of trail along the western bank of the Orbeton Stream. Volunteers cut a corridor for the trail, built two switchbacks up a
steep hill and constructed a section of bog bridging (elevated cedar planks to keep hikers out of the mud) through an especially wet area.

This was chosen as the first piece of the trail to be built because it will both ease traffic on a heavily used multi-use trail on the other side of the river and, once completed, allows for a nice loop option utilizing both trails.

Local businesses chipped in to help the volunteers. On the 28th, Edmunds Market generously provided burgers, hotdogs and rolls for a cook out at the end of the day. The Carrabassett Coffee Company provided free coffee and a percolator to get everybody going first thing in the morning. David and Virginia Robie, owners of the Star Barn Bed and Breakfast provided the grill and came out to do some trail work.

Organizers would like to thank everyone who came for a great couple of days of trail work and to Edmunds Market and the Carrabassett Coffee Company for supporting construction of the Fly Rod Crosby Trail.

There will be another work day Saturday, Oct. 2 and organizers are asking people to meet at the Reeds Mills Road bridge across the Orbeton Stream in Madrid TWP at 10 a.m. Please contact Ben Godsoe with
the Maine Conservation Corps at 578-0306 for more information.

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