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  • Just back from a week out of town, was hoping to ride tomorrow but it looks like there’s been heavy rain today. Re the insects, i’ll take any number of mosquitoes over the invasion of the ticks looming in the offing; I’m thinking of pitching a camera getup with AI software for wholebody tick detection and optional removal via robotic arm on…[Read more]

  • Busy evening on the trails. Eight pedestrians in three groups, 2 people starting a new line on roller-smith, and 1 guy walking a chromag. Didn’t see anyone actually riding. Thanks for the recent brush cutting on dirt farm; makes a huge difference.

  • Just beat the rain; the vague menace of it hanging over my head, combined with the underlying and ongoing high standard of maintenance, produced my best ride all season. Wasn’t just me. I passed a guy on 5play that was just bustin’ at how ‘awesome!’ this trail he’d just discovered was. re the shortcut on motown I had already had half a notion to…[Read more]

  • 38.1 mm according to trca. I’m astounded that much came down in such a short time.

  • Conditions are good indeed, so good a couple of cyclo cross riders were induced to take a crack at fruitloop where I encountered them headed northbound in the central part of the trail.

  • Late afternoon ride great conditions throughout the west don. More rabbits than mosquitoes. Took a look at that newly (re?) opened connector from the berm farm at the end of bunny trail over to the rail crossing. Awesome section it is, but is it new? there’s some log work at one point that looks to be about 10 years old. Could it have just been…[Read more]

  • Am I the only one with a recollection of an exchange of posts on this very forum at the time the trail was constructed? I clearly recall the Smith’s edge name from that time. It was also implied that trailhead got involved in that construction at an early phase. As for who ended up with the naming rights, I don’t know but for the longest time…[Read more]

  • Hehe. I guess what really intrigued me about this was the idea that the built environment would need caretaking from a concerned private individual, exactly as we all take for granted on the dirt trails. We talk about sustainability of dirt trails every day, it’s a high bar of competence and credibility for a builder to achieve, and we apply it to…[Read more]

  • Just wanted to note a ‘trail condition’ that wouldn’t normally appear here but which I appreciate nonetheless. I’m not in the habit of taking the riverside trail between climbmax and bunny run, and so I’ve noticed that someone has recently gone and filled in all the cracks in the pavement along that stretch, with little 6″ long patches of asphalt,…[Read more]

  • Thanks to whoever did all the trimming in the west don; curious to know what sort of weedeater that was used?

  • Driving south on Bayview not long ago the rain was torrential down to York Mills, had the wipers on double time. After that it lightened and so far hasn’t broken the canopy at Eglinton. If we don’t get any more tonight then I’d call that one as close as it could get.

  • Three days of riding in a row, and I’m just easing into early spring form. Despite the recent attention on fruitloop there is another two trunks down. One is an easy ride around for the moment, but the slump on the hillside that caused it has to be seen to be appreciated.

  • Thought I might squeeze in a ride before dusk but it was still too wet. I just discovered the trca website with rain stations all over the gta,. A great resource, but how accurate? according to the brickworks tally, 1.8mm fell during the shower from 2.15 to 2.35 pm. At my house, I would have guessed it was rather more than that, and four hours…[Read more]

  • Great day out there, about 30 hours after that downpour the river was still well above normal level and yet only a few mud puddles to show for it and the trail itself was in great shape. Stopped by Leonard Linton on the way back for my annual look at skateboarding in Toronto, at the Vans event. Compared to last year, the helmet count was down…[Read more]

  • It was all dried up in the east boomerang fruitloop and training loop, aside from the usual persistent wet spots. I just discovered the east part of boomerang tonight so yes it has a trunk down and also the high line over to fruit loop has quite a trunk down too.

  • The guy with the weather station in sunnybrook park seems to have taken it offline, or else I can’t find it. It only rained for about 20 minutes this afternoon in my neighbourhood, but a substantial amount must have fallen because when I went out to have a look about 7 pm, it was barely debateablely rideable and I elected not to get my bike…[Read more]

  • Just rode through there tonight, Boomerang is in great condition though I didn’t take the high line over to fruit loop, and while fruitloop has 2-3 trunks down across the trail and 3 spots with surface water, it is otherwise in surprisingly good shape. Dr Quads is beyond my abilities, turned back before I saw it.

  • It can’t be all things to all people, but in my view I cannot imagine that any other ‘greater area’ in the world, with at least 5 million people that is, would have a better trail network right in the middle of it.

  • The Vanderhoof climb was just fine for years and years, and this year it just went to pieces. A new path just to the north has been gradually materializing, which was comparatively dry and firm but of course that entire slopeside will likely always be wet. I tried telling my kids that caterpillars are preferable to mosquitoes but they didn’t agree.

  • On that note, I must say I was reasonably impressed with trailforks, having just looked at it for the first time the other day. I would say it’s got the green blue black designations for the Don pretty much right, perhaps those ratings have made at least a start in this direction and helped out more than we know.

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