Ice Age Trail Extends Thanks

by Free Speech on November 3, 2009

Lodi, WI~

Lodi Valley News serving Lodi, WI & the Lake Wisconsin area with local information since Earth Day 2008.

Lodi, WI

Dear Friends of the Ice Age Trail,

Ravine behind the Lodi Schools prior to bridge construction

Ravine behind the Lodi Schools prior to bridge construction

Thanks to all of you who helped out this past weekend on the  “Roctober” Wildcard Weekend project.

Over 80 volunteers build tread, trail, rock walls, bridge bracing, a  camp site, trail reroutes, moved about 100 wheelbarrow loads of  gravel, and installed posts with signage!

Thanks to you, they were well-fed and slept well, energized to accomplish a ton of great stuff!  The bakers, cookers, cleaners, servers, sweepers, counters, and register-ers supported all that work.

The (mostly) completed bridge project

The (mostly) completed bridge project

From Ron Wolf’s first presentation to our chapter to Al Trienen’s first holes for the poles and footings to Tim Malzahn’s nailing the last yellow blazes and IAT shields on the trail posts, many of you have given you time and talent to see this dream come true.  Thank you!

In the next few months the Lodi Valley Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance will be coordinating with all our partners a celebration and dedication of the bridge.  Before then, some landscaping and cosmetic aspects of the bridge still await completion.  But right now, if you want a premier experience, hike through the city of Lodi on up past
the golf course, and out through the prairie above the middle school, along the newly worked trail tread down around the school’s orchard to the bridge.  Enjoy the results of your hard work!

See you one the trail.

Bill Beers
IAPTA Lodi Valley Chapter Coordinator

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