To all that regularly ride the Silver Comet Trail, you probably have noticed how nice the Brushy Mt tunnel is these days. Back last spring Chris Pettit organized some volunteer work parties and we cleaned out the mud and muck with stiff brooms and squeeges (sp?). I am sure you remember how muddy the tunnel was after the big monsoon. It was near impassable. It stayed that way until we cleaned it out.
Well Chris took it to the next level and obtained more volunteer help that included someone that had a bobcat. They have improved drainege all up and down the trail in Paulding and Polk counties and made major improvments to the drainege on the east side of the tunnel preventing water and mud from running back into the tunnel.
Also he took it upon himself to purchase a 4 wheeler and with the help of Jim ( looks like Santa Clause) who rides a Velocraft low racer recumbent, attached a high power blower on the front so they can run up and down the comet blowing leaves, sticks, pine cones, etc off of the trail. All of this is volunteer work done on their own time and expense.
Anyway, Chris has obtained a donation from Ohio Gratings for new grates that will replace the grates on each end of the tunnel. These will be grates that will not sag like the ones currently in place. Donations are needed for the contract work that will be needed to install the new grates. Seems that Pauldinng county will not commit the funds to do this. I am sure times are tough for them as it is for everyone.
If you regularly ride the trail please consider donating something to help pay for this
It's amazing how good the trail is these days. The drainage in the tunnel is wonderful - even the day after a heavy rain, the tunnel is almost completely dry - just a bit at the west end. But, more impressive is how clean the trail is along the "maintained" areas. There's barely a leaf or twig on the trail - it's just a delight to ride. I saw Jim heading down the trail with the blower contraption - it's a sight to see, but he's doing some wonderful work.