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  • #814495

    mcbain
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    Crothers was cleared of leaves two weekends ago and the Ridge/Flats got the same treatment this past weekend, so this much should be mint today. All points north still need a final going-over to remove small accumulations of muck . Expect inopportune slick spots and a few greasy sideslopes, especially where work has been done recently. This afternoon/evening could be the best you’ll get all week.

    I just wanted to thank the Crothers Woods Stewardship Team for their work this season. Since the City took over management of Crothers, this is the first year the trails have been “put to bed” clear of leaves by volunteers at a City sanctioned event. Yes, that charming @yella-one (and perhaps others) did some rogue raking prior to last weekend’s event, but the final sweep was done under the City’s watch. This was due in no small part to our very own @blurredlines who headed up the team, gently and persistently reminded the City of best practices, and rallied enough troops to get the job done. It ain’t glorious work, but it is the single most important pre-winter trail maintenance to help ensure an early start next spring. I tip my hat to you and yours, good sir! Hopefully we’ll all carve out some time next year to contribute. If you plan it, we will come!

    Santa Cruz

    #814507

    jcitizen
    Participant

    The leaf removal teams are champions of the don. It’s amazing how well the trails ride when wet compared to years past. Killer tires help too 😉

    One thing I’d like to mention again is the entry to the big wide bridge on PA. The bridge it self is sturdy as heck, but this is the second time the rocks on the right of the entry have bumped my rear tire unexpectedly, which when wet can lead to a slide, which last night had my front tire pointing off the side of it and that’s a big drop. Sounds ridiculous I know, but be wary! I’ll fix that stupid thing sooner or later!

    #814590

    Gregg Sepetdjian
    Participant

    Rode Crothers, The Ridge, Boo, Bunny Run and the flats today. 98% good, wet but firm. Greasy areas are obvious. The only really treacherous area was near the sewage treatment plant. I was using aggressive 26plus tires. Hopefully the rain holds off.

    #814594

    Neville Park
    Participant

    Someone sabotaged and destroyed part of kitchen sink

    A large down’d tree was moved onto trail on a blind riders left down section.
    Also both pre fab’d wooden bridges have been removed after the short road climb then on trail heading north.
    Finally, some new features were torn out.

    Suspect angry nature enthusiast …

    #814602

    kwarwick
    Participant

    Any thoughts on how the trails would be this evening given the amount of rain we got yesterday?

    #814605

    BlurredLines
    Participant

    Walking the dog this morning things were wet and hillsides were looking greasy. Boo trail was decent from Science Centre (as far south as I managed to get) back up to the swamp, but the swamp looked gross and the Vanderhoof Climb was an exercise in well considered foot placement. Truly fatbike season even on the stuff that runs along the edges of the river.

    #814609

    kwarwick
    Participant

    Walking the dog this morning things were wet and hillsides were looking greasy. Boo trail was decent from Science Centre (as far south as I managed to get) back up to the swamp, but the swamp looked gross and the Vanderhoof Climb was an exercise in well considered foot placement. Truly fatbike season even on the stuff that runs along the edges of the river.

    Thanks, appreciate the report. Perhaps I’ll drop by Pottery Rd trail head on the drive home from work and see how greasy the climb looks.

    #814611

    kwarwick
    Participant

    So a short walk up the trail from Pottery Rd trail head was enough to determine that riding the Don tonight would not be recommended. There was no standing water, but the trail was quite slick in spots and the off camber sections had the potential to be dangerous if grip was lost. Perhaps after another day of drying out and assuming we don’t get that snow tomorrow evening…

    #814635

    kwarwick
    Participant

    What a difference a day makes. Rode last night and found the trail in surprisingly good condition all the way from Pottery Rd to Sunnybrook. A couple of puddles here and there such as the downline at Pottery and the entrance to Swamp trail, but nothing that couldn’t be avoided. Rabbits Run was in amazing condition and almost completely free of leaves… cleaner than my driveway!

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    #814644

    Shortcuttomoncton
    Participant

    Anyone get in today? Is it worth a non-fat ride?

    #814647

    BlurredLines
    Participant

    Headed in on foot shortly. I’ll report back soon, but fully expect the ground to be in that semi frozen state.

    This is that extremely important time of year to just relax and wait for the frost. Any rutting we create now we get to live with until next spring and if we’re obnoxious we all get to deal with it all winter.

    #814648

    jcitizen
    Participant

    Headed in on foot shortly. I’ll report back soon, but fully expect the ground to be in that semi frozen state.

    This is that extremely important time of year to just relax and wait for the frost. Any rutting we create now we get to live with until next spring and if we’re obnoxious we all get to deal with it all winter.

    Fossilized Stupidity™

    #814649

    BlurredLines
    Participant

    Ground is frozen, sun is going down. Keep warm, tonight is a great night to ride!

    #814650

    jcitizen
    Participant

    Was great & sandpapry today, then it snowed. Now it’s different.

    Watch out for ice patches on Rimjob & PA!

    Guess it’s time to get fat…

    #814660

    Neville Park
    Participant

    Sunday was glory town on the fatbike.

    Motown, cat, rimjob, climb, bunny, return – all soo soo fun
    and the conditions went from sandpaper to floaty fun during the mid am to early aft.

    Rimjob wet climb corner is ice sheet … lol
    I was not the only one to fall there says the tire tracks.

    Few CX wheels rutted out some known muddy spots, now frozen ruts.

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