Segments 2,3 and 5 will open late August or early September, and Segments 1 and part of 4 will be constructed and open this Fall. However, we discussed and decided on names for all the trails to make sure the right names got on the right trails. Here they are:
Seg 1: [Kids Trail]: Quality Time. Trail description will make clear that intended for beginners and kids. Will have skills features intended for those groups as well as more advanced riders.
Seg 2 [Green Trail Out of Parking Area]: Primary Goods. John Rawls was a famous philosopher who penned A Theory of Justice in the early 1970s. Rawls conceptualized primary goods are those goods that are most representative of citizens’ fundamental interests.
Seg 3, 4, 5 [Green Loop]: Bimini. Juan Ponce de León and his search for the Fountain of Youth included references to Bimini. Native South American peoples, such as the Arawak, told him of a land called “Bimini” where the fountain could be found.
Seg 6 [Green Climb]: Doughboy. Homage to Fort Benning and the term’s usage in reference to members of the Army.
Seg 7 [Green Gravity]: The Bug. A popular form of gambling when Phenix City was Sin City. As in, “catch the bug.”
Seg 8-11 [Inner Blue Loop]: See See Rider. Homage to Columbusite Ma Rainey, who originally recorded See See Rider in the 1920s.
Seg 13-16 [Outer Blue Loop]: Lonely Hunter. Homage to Columbusite Carson McCullers and her work, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.
Seg 12 [Blue Connector]: Tie Snake. Chattahoochee’s Loch Ness Monster
Seg 17 [black; after the tornado this trail may become a bit more handcut/traditional trail. Picturing hand built, exposed, and steeper where we can do it.]: Stockade. Stockade Blues is famous song by Columbus native Thomas P. Darby; picked up by soldiers across the world.
Seg 18 [blue; flowiest, we will ultimately strive to have a trail with little pedaling and plenty of air time available, though it won’t be a full-on jump trail]: Swavey’s. Swavey’s was the first flight school in Columbus in the 1930s.
Seg 19 [blue; enduro, rocks, some climbing; keep it narrow and lots of rock booters and drops]: Ironclad. Homage to ironclad ships and Columbus’ place in the naval history of the Civil War.
Seg 20 [black; same as Seg 19 except black]: Bless Your Heart.
Seg 21 [black; the one that gets all the pics, a short run with hopefully big options]: Sittin’ Pretty.