We thought it was clear that the trail leaders had the responsibility of organizing their group and leaving at the scheduled time. We'll make that more clear next time. We chose leaders and gave incentive for them to do that. It was their job to choose a route, round up their people and roll out. From what I saw, there was maybe 2 people ready to go at the scheduled times. I don't expect leaders to hunting down people that were supposed to be in their group. I really don't get the guided trail ride thing anyway. It ends up too clustered. I never sign up for a trail ride. I just follow a group of people with big tires.Having trail leaders with more responsibility is a good idea. I admit I didn't do much in the way of being organized but I also didn't want to just take over and piss anyone else off. So maybe I was just too passive. And Andy you're right in that it often goes out the window when the participants don't show up or switch groups but had there been a designated meeting time even for just trail leaders before their assigned groups left and then we did tech inspections etc it just make people feel a little better about the event.
And that's the way it should be but what are you going to do when you're the only one sitting there at the schedule time? That's the problem. No body shows up when they're supposed to.I don't like to be this way but if I lead next year and we're more than 15 minutes past our appointed leaving time we're going with or without you.
I was at the Pavilion when food started rolling in. I had no plans to eat at the potluck so I left to go eat my own dinner. Looked like it was under control. There was food. There were hungry people. Bam.As for the potluck...never really been an official deal BUT having presence there was missed. Andy you said on facebook that the other event/trail rides aren't NAXJA events...but the Crawl is. In my opinion NAXJA needs to be there even if just to say howdy and let's eat. Sure we're all grownups and can eat anyway and we did...but there were a lot of folks scratching their heads and wondering where you guys were...again we waited to be respectful of event leaders/organizers.