As there is no mowing in St Malo, we went around the St. Malo Provincial Park via PR 403 and took up the trail heading north several miles on gravel roads. On the first grass section, we have two interpretive signs. Here we found similar deep ruts, filled with water. This is another maintenance repair job for the future. We go on to Hamonic Rd east (towards La Rochelle) and turn north along field (fiberglass culvert has a large hole on the surface which needs fixing). Farmer has levelled any ruts so all good. Turn east on gravel road, then north over a steel bridge (side cables need repairs). Found some new mud holes that were not there in the past. At the end of this road, we attempted to mow the section that goes to the municipal dump, but there is too much standing water in the deep ruts. (This section is being fixed this year, when it dries up.) We turned around and didn’t mow it as it is too risky for getting stuck. It would be hard in this tight pathway to get another tractor in to pull as out.
There is no mowing in St-Pierre-Jolys and north towards Otterburne and Niverville, as the trail northward is on municipal roadways… gravel or dirt. So we go on to St. Adolphe. The burdock thistles between the dike and under the Red River bridge are really grown in. We mowed 3 swaths and widened the trail to alleviate the problem. We found another trail sign knocked over at the top of the dike. Local resident was glad we were whacking the burdocks down as the locals didn’t have equipment big enough to handle the job. The grass along St Mary’s Rd was getting high so it’s hard to tell where trail is before we mow. We ended our mow here for the RM of Ritchot. There is no need to do the floodway until the gap is closed. Funding has just been received to do this project this year.
Trail Boss Wayne