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Posted: April 16, 2014

Hit the trails for free – after putting in a little work

It’s not news that it was a rough winter. And when you’re lamenting the shape of your lawn and yard, take a minute to think about what all those awesome trails you rode last fall look like this spring.

Since the warm weather has made a few appearances of late, mountain bikers are likely itching to get out on those trails. But first there’s a bit of work to be done.

Cliff Krolik at Back Country Excursions in Parsonsfield is offering the free use of his trails on April 26 to those who are willing to put in a little time making those trails better. Help out with a half day of group trail maintenance and take part in free rides – guided or not – and instruction if needed.

“Mainly we’ll do trailwork each day with at least one ride planned each weekend,” Krolik said in an email.

Trail riding at Back Country Excursions. Shannon Bryan photo

A second riding and maintenance day will be held on Saturday, May 3.

Riders/trail workers can contact Krolik ( about overnight accommodations – he says the yurt will be available – and breakfast and lunch are provided.

Plan to show up around 9 a.m.

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