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  • Great ride last night in the full West Don. Darkness falls early and quickly so get a full charge on your lights before you head out. Yeah, I didn’t. To sum up:

    Catalyst – failing bridges
    Rim Job – all hail the whipper snipper man – thanks D!
    PA – bridges on Tremco climb failing
    BOT – scaffolding narrows trail to sub 750 mm after the big wall…[Read more]

  • Definitely not vandalism this time – City of Toronto workers dismantled it completely and hauled out about 75% of the wood (the rest fell further down the hill). The dog walker who spoke to them said they were responding to a complaint. And that’s exactly how our bylaw system works. SAD! etc Lead-in to the former jump is now closed off.

  • Trump Jump
    Born Sept 1, 2017
    Died Sept 25, 2017

    Friendly dog walker texted me a photo of the remains. It’s a zero sum game in terms of user safety though; they left the run-in wide open so now it’s even more likely someone unfamiliar with the trails will ride into the chasm. If you get there before me please try to close it off.

  • Ventured down the Flats this morning. Love the new Metrolinx trail closure strategy of dropping cut trees into the fence gaps *sigh*. Now there’s a worthwhile job for someone with a saw…

    Trail pruning can get pretty OCD and it’s easy to go overboard – when you’re holding a hammer everything starts looking like a nail. Be a bonsai master: cut…[Read more]

  • Hot. Dusty. Crunchy leaves.

    Heads up on Boo & Beaver Flats adjacent the archery range: if you wondered at the bright green paint, there’s a 3-4 week project to address a failing trunk sewer line buried on the west side of the river. The omnipresent @trailhead made contact with the City workers yesterday and even showed them how to get to it!…[Read more]

  • And the fine weather continues…

    Heads up re: some new work in Crothers Woods at Redway Road. The penultimate CoT trail event today re-routed the west side descent. Problems with drainage (that mucky corner!), poor sight lines to downhill road traffic, and general inefficiency causing users to shortcut the corner were all addressed. The new line…[Read more]

  • Heads up: further deterioration of bridges on Catalyst and PA (just on Tremco climb) is noticeable even after only a few days . Looks like the warranties are all expiring in the same month!

  • Fantastic riding conditions on the weekend and a sunny forecast ahead. Cooler temperatures, few mosquitoes, Don-crete trails, and some leaves starting to turn. Be prepared to pick a million little burrs off your kit though…

    The annual Wild Bettys’ Funduro is scheduled for Tuesday evening in Crothers Woods on the trails south/west of Redway Roa…[Read more]

  • Been out of town searching the country for non-rainy riding conditions. No idea what the Don is like, but looking forward to getting back to the motherland. In the meantime, this:

    I’m not one for debate at the best of times (let alone an InterWebs forum) but since I’m mentioned by name I’ll bite. In the spirit of alternative facts, here are a…[Read more]

  • Out walking this morning and got caught by the BUCKETS of rain. The Don filled its banks again @ Eglinton. Big tree down at S end of Woods Gundy and will require a beaver or team of horses to drag it off to the side. SHT was essentially one long puddle. Not sure what the weekend will bring but today is a write-off.

    Maybe we should be boating…[Read more]

  • Really greasy early this morning on riverside trails but pretty good higher upslope. Should be outstanding this afternoon and evening. Carpe diem…

    Rim Job is closing in fast on all sides. Eye protection mandatory!

  • On foot this morning through the Swamp / Woods Gundy / SHT / and boardwalk in Burke Brook ravine. Even before the rain conditions were super greasy with puddles of the Don’s trademark “silty slip” in low spots. After the downpour things were 10x worse. The wind is helping to dry things out, but the humidity is doing the opposite. With…[Read more]

  • Beautiful out there. Borderline chilly! Any light showers should soak in pretty quick, so fingers crossed for good riding through the weekend. Some notes:

    Roller Flowster – thanks to whoever dug out the culvert at the rollers (and for not putting the dirt in a worse location). Feel free to do that anywhere a drainage is blocked in any trail…[Read more]

  • On foot from Eglinton down to Redway. Get out there!

    Bullfrogs: at the north end of Boo in the pond beneath the arcing concrete bridge there are about a 100 chubby bullfrogs noisily looking for mates. Definitely worth checking out – I’ve never seen so many frogs and toads in the Don Valley.

    Caterpillars: finally saw what all the fuss is about…[Read more]

  • Looking great for the weekend. Compared to the horror stories in other areas, trails north of the Swamp have no caterpillars and relatively few mosquitoes. Even Cat / RJ / PA are tolerable at a walking pace.

    As for Roller Flowster rollers – my guess is it’s not the wet spot causing the trouble (although feel free to dig out the uphill end of the…[Read more]

  • On foot from the Swamp up to 4play. Greasier than expected in many spots but not wet/muddy. Conditions should be outstanding later this afternoon / tonight / tomorrow. A few notes:

    Nature is growing super fast so sight lines are shrinking and some trails (like Rim Job!) are narrowing to cheese-grater width. If you prune, reach and cut waaaaaaaaay…[Read more]

  • On foot around Boo, Beaver Flats, Cat, RJ, PA, BoT yesterday and it was good enough. This morning Swamp, Woods Gundy, SHT, Rehab trails, Roller Flowster. Should be Don perfection by this evening so get out there and “go west young [insert gender here]!”

    Swamp – almost dry!
    Woods Gundy has a few muddy spots along the climb – careful southbound on…[Read more]

  • On foot from Eglinton to Redway.
    some fresh work, one bit on a semi-blind S-bend with a water hazard. Heads up if you can’t see around corners!
    sadly losing an edge to the river nearish the N end, at the classic high-speed-S-bend-with-a-root-in-the-middle. The exit berm heading northbound ends in a wheeltrap (or plummet) to the river below.…[Read more]

  • On foot through Beaver Flats / Cat / RJ / PA / BOT loop this morning. All good to go! The Swamp is really, really swampy. Red ants are drowned out of their homes and wandering everywhere so careful where you sit and/or lay your backpack. First mosquito bites of the year (20+) – Ground Zero for those hungry buggers is Climbmax and surrounding area.…[Read more]

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