I'm now making my way south from the New England States. Had a stop earlier this week to meet up with the President of long time BRC member, the Berkshire Trailriders, Jason Myers in East Hartland, CT. They are in the throes of setting up for their coming dualsport event, which I've heard is tough enough to make even the best of us cry. Thankfully, Jason was willing to take time out of the middle of his morning to meet with me, let me know what they are up to and give me some much valued feedback. I heard a real frustration with the state of Connecticut when it comes to trails. What little they have, seems to be only as a result of agreements with gracious land owners (again), and that mostly in southern Massachusetts.
Then, trying to keep on schedule, I headed down to New Jersey for a meeting with the Directors of the New Jersey Beach Buggy Association in New Egypt, NJ. Lot of good input at that meeting and big concerns with the state of New Jersey and what they are and aren't doing when it comes to access. They are very concerned with access to their beaches and the affects of some potential new regulations limiting that access. Interestingly enough, these guys spend a lot of time sportfishing from the beaches and simply want to maintain their freedom to access those areas they have been enjoying since forever. Some of their buggies are classics. Check them out at http://www.njbba.org/.
Now, it is time to catch my breath a bit and regroup for a couple days near Washington, DC before I head out south toward Virginia and North Carolina and the next leg of the Tour.