Tylor’s grandfather originally purchased the first 80 acres in the late ‘60’s and built a cabin out of recycled materials that sits over the creek that runs through the valley. In the early 80’s, him and his wife permanently moved there. They created an extremely steep road that took them to the top of their property. It wasn’t uncommon for their truck to slide down the hill as it took a few attempts to make it to the top. The nickname became Slick80. Later, another 80 acres were purchased but the nickname stayed. Don’t worry, this road is now part of our trail system.
They started noticing random piles along nearby roads where people had dumped things like washing machines and dishwashers. During the time, there wasn’t anywhere nearby for people to get rid of their old or broken appliances (or trash) so he decided to open up his land and allowed people to dump their appliances and other recyclable metals.
A PORTION OF THE PROPERTY BECAME A SCRAP YARD.
If you are curious what that means exactly, it means people were allowed to dump their recyclable metals here; refrigerators, water heaters, tin cans, soda cans and anything and everything metal. Unfortunately, people took advantage of the property and dumped their trash as well; tires, insulation, mattresses, plastic, and glass to name a few. Tylor’s grandfather recycled scrap metal until 2012.
We moved here in February of 2014. Even though the property had only been vacant for a few months, it hadn’t been maintained in a long time.
The place had become a scrap yard and a dump.
In the beginning, our main job was cleaning the property. We have learned a lot about the scrapping world and currently have a strange knowledge of metal.
IN 2014 WE RECYCLED 35 TONS OF SCRAP METAL. WE’RE STILL COUNTING.
(35 TONS = 70,000 LBS)
It’s important that you know this little tidbit. It is what makes this place unique and what gives Slick80 character. Besides trail builders, we are recyclers. Our sign was created out of scrap that we found right here on the land and we decorate the trails with the strange stuff we find here. Scrap metal that is still usable is put towards fixing this place up.
WE ARE NERDS WHEN IT COMES TO METAL AND BIKES.
We started to build trails in July of 2014. Slick80 started to become a reality when we had our first quarter mile built (portion of Wolf Rd.) We started hosting volunteer work weekends and eventually some wacky events.
We still recycle and we’re still cleaning this place up, but the main goal is to create a playground for mountain bikers and build a community for all those adventurous people out there.
If you want to know even more about our crazy lives and wacky adventures here at Slick80, you can read all about it in more detail (and pretty pictures) on our blog at Slick80.Wordpress.com.