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  • The rain has indeed been just the ticket. The river looked unusually high though, so when I got home i checked and saw we dodged a bombshell, with up to 8 centimetres falling in some of the northern reaches of the gta. Someone has put up a helpful warning sign at the exit of fourplay. I think it refers to the new cement curb blocks there, but I…[Read more]

  • Trail surfaces in great shape after the rain over the weekend. The shrubbery is doing even better. There is what looks to be another part of the same tree down in that spot at the entrance to Beaver Flat/catalyst. It is about 6″ and standing up and planted firmly in the ground like a small tree trunk. I couldn’t tell if it was a practical joke…[Read more]

  • Daytime through kitchen sink so had to find and take the alternate trail mentioned on the previous page (thanks drc!). Although I knew from the description right where it was, I literally couldn’t see it at first until I walked up the bank a little and finally saw the faint traces. For me going northbound it was more of a mini portaging…[Read more]

  • Pretty big trunk probably 30cm+ is lying just metres in from the road on the south entrance to to the beaver flats / catalyst. Over on the east I smelt the fresh lumber before I saw it, smelled just like aisle 2 at home depot, I was psyched for the cyclo-cross running dismount and vault move that I occasionally dream of, but of course I was too…[Read more]

  • Half an inch according to the TRCA; with a windy evening of drier air, I think your odds are pretty good.

  • Another daytime interruption due to construction this time under eglinton along kitchen sink. Had to portage up the south side of the embankment to cross eglinton, then was able to sidle along the outside edge of their fence for about 25m to pick up the northbound trail again. Currently it’s a lot of soft earth spread around by bulldozer so even…[Read more]

  • Well that is some sick. In better news thanks to all the recent work on kitchen sink south there is now an awesome loop via kitchen sink north coming out at wynford hill then back though the new ismaili centre parkette, along eglinton and cross back to climbax at the ibm ‘interchange’. The loop has always been there of course, just not quite at…[Read more]

  • As noted, great conditions. I’m a little puzzled at how moist things were though, given that the trca site at brickworks reported only 1.3 mm in the last 72 hours. An unusual spot of trail damage, in the form of hoofprints along the end of five play. Someone had come onto the trail from somewhere along the ravine from glendon, and cantered on down…[Read more]

  • I wouldn’t pass on fourplay/5play altogether on a daytime ride, may be worth a look from the top of the ridge. There was only two guys onsite this afternoon and they were down at the bottom by the bridge so it was easy to scoot across to 5play. I was seen exiting 5play, but they didn’t stop me from riding straight back up the road, so didn’t have…[Read more]

  • Has that one switchback in the middle of 5play been subtly regraded? (specifically the turn which is to the west side of that little helper bridge for drainage) All last year I never managed to get it, but this year it looks different somehow and it rides more like the ones on climbax. I’m also seeing or imagining a bunch of regrading on motown…[Read more]

  • Couple of the bridges to be aware of on catalyst. One has one span cracked but is easy to spot and still rideable too.. The subtler one is the angled structure (not really a bridge just a ladder structure sitting on the ground) that is sitting tucked in a 90 degree bend and that (I think) is the first structure to the north of the sharp switchback…[Read more]

  • Nice! the Don has its moments. Since I’m not much for the jumps, I do find a little extra challenge on my ride playing a game I call… rolling bird identification. Hold the laughter; you need a large fraction of a second to get a good id on a bird, but take your eyes off the trail for that amount of time and you could be asking for trouble.…[Read more]

  • Small and medium pair of logs at the start of climbax just off the paved path. Not sure if it is the one mentioned above, but there is a medium and large pair of trunks at the start of rim job just off catalyst.

  • Great day out there today, but a surprising amount of new deadfall. Would have been cool to be out riding last night with trees and trunks crashing down like that, possibly see one coming down nearby.

  • There’s a pretty big grey area around dogs and leashes. You’ll notice that no one absolutely no one runs their dog off-leash in the neighbourhood. As soon as they hit the park, it’s off with the leash. It’s all the same by-law, and It’s all good. Until it isn’t. Hopefully it won’t happen to you again for a year or three.

  • Great ride today, lot of people out. Also more kids than I’ve ever previously noticed on a Sunday ride, nice to see.

  • Doesn’t anyone here have a road bike for this situation? I’ve recently discovered the toronto app that shows re-paving schedules, so I can adjust my routes accordingly to capitalize on the latest fresh. Otherwise, GTA road riding can be more like mountain biking on a rigid niner than anyone would guess.

  • I’m impressed with the amount of gravel and incidental dirt that has been turned up in this thread. While not having much gravel to speak of, the gatineau corridor is still worth a mention. With the recent funding announcements in the news I decided to give it a look and it exceeded expectations. Between Eglinton and Ellesmere is now largely…[Read more]

  • I believe three medium size trees have recently been cut out of Bunny trail as well. I’d assumed they were already tagged (ie ash trees)? but maybe it was just a question of flow.

  • It’s certainly an interesting phenomenon. Though I was later than most to move to 29″ wheels, I am still quite astounded at how much smoother the ride is, and what a different ride it is. I probably wouldn’t go back to 26. And yet the leap from 26 to 29″ wheels, and then to altering the trail itself, is just part of the same continuum. As for…[Read more]

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