June 3, 2016 at 4:00 pm #811014
Just ripped it top to bottom. It’s a dust bowl in there. Cleaned my bike with a blower vs a water hose. Sight lines are bad, be careful if you go in this weekend.
Ran into @aerius giving the Northern loop a trim. Thanks!June 11, 2016 at 11:11 am #811093
I hiked into the north loop this morning to clear out the fallen tree just south of the golf course. The way is all clear.
The trail is slick with the usual puddles after last nights storm. I would guess by this evening into tomorrow things will be pretty good. A nice change from the dry dusty conditions.June 22, 2016 at 7:50 am #811259
If you are heading north on the east side of the south loop, there is a tree down just south of Dundas St at the very bottom of the cool roller-coastery downhill. As soon as you get to the bottom and the trail starts to turn to the right, right before where that log used to be you’ll be right into it.
You won’t see it from the top of the hill or even at the bottom, so you may assume the trail is clear. It’s at a blind spot and you won’t see until you come around that first right-hand corner.
I didn’t have a saw with me last night to clear it out.June 22, 2016 at 8:41 am #811260
Hey @warden great chatting last night – sorry I had to run, coaching duties, you know how it is.
Thanks for the heads up. That is a very quick (fun) piece of trail. Will be heading in this evening to take care of that unless someone gets to it before me.June 22, 2016 at 6:56 pm #811286June 22, 2016 at 6:57 pm #811288June 23, 2016 at 8:07 am #811290
You’re a gentleman and a scholar. 🙂June 23, 2016 at 9:32 am #811294
@warden, not a problem.
The REAL thanks should be to @braindamaged for his hard work clearing the South trail! Your hard work is very appreciated!
I also spent sometime clearing up the ‘Bloordale By-pass’ trail – or so I have dubbed it. I love that trail since it keeps you off the often very crowded paved section and on more dirt. Anyway, you may noticed that the entrance and exit are a little covered but that is more for visibility reasons. One is a little exposed there and I didn’t feel like answering questions last night. In any event, the rest of the trail is cleared.
Oh and yes, it is dusty and dry in there – but that shouldn’t come as a surprise given the weather lately.June 23, 2016 at 11:35 am #811297
@fietser, what kind of tools do you bring to clear out the trail (like overgrown sections). Shears?
The most-north loop at the airport is getting really overgrown and I wouldn’t mind trimming it back.
Other than that, I guess a collapsible saw for branches and small trees?June 23, 2016 at 11:51 am #811299
@warden good question, as it somewhat depends.
I always have a folding saw in my pack as a just in case. When I know I am going to be spending sometime clearing I will usually also throw in a pair of hand pruners as well. That is what I had last night for the jobs I completed.
For larger clearing missions things differ slightly. In rather low ‘visibility’ areas – say Southern section or far North that you are talking about I will use a machete to clear brush. However, in areas that are a little more visible, for obvious reasons, I will bring gardening shears which I can carry fairly well in my Camelback (see pic). I wrap the poky bits with a cloth – the handles kinda hit me in the head if I get really rowdy but I tend to keep it fairly mellow when riding with them. The machete is the best and most efficient tool for the job (other than a brush trimmer which is pretty cumbersome and LOUD) but as mentioned earlier, I tend not to like answering questions when I am doing this kind of work and a machete tends to attract unwanted attention.
Assuming we can ever get our schedules to match up (HA!) I am always up for some work. I know @braindamaged was keen for the same – but is also in the same boat re: scheduling
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I have to say that the machete when sharp is an all around amazing tool. It will cut the tall grass back, cut down all the young saplings sprouting up. Then you can use it to trim back branches and bushes. For larger stuff it can even be used like an axe with great results. With a little skill and endurance one can clear out a fair bit of trail in a three hour session.
As I told @fietser on Sunday, I’m will to meet up for bigger work projects. I’ve just been stupid busy this past month to try and plan anything. Hopefully July will see me return to a more normal work load.June 27, 2016 at 8:35 pm #811328
Thanks to everyone for all the work!!
A couple of weeks ago I did a walk through of the stretch between Burnamthorpe and the metal stairs with some rechargeable hedge trimmers.
I’m willing to meet up for some more trail clearing as well, but yes, scheduling is always in play.
Did a full loop yesterday and man is it dry…June 27, 2016 at 8:45 pm #811329
Community effort @allantats. Always has been and always will be. Do what you can when you can is all we can ask. Together we are better for it.July 2, 2016 at 9:48 pm #811418
Happy Canada day!
Just a heads up. as of this past Friday I just finished a month long project of clearing sight lines and over growth south of Dundas. I’ve put in close to 50 hours, evenings and weekends in an attempt to make It as safe and fast flowing as possible. If you usually ride the northern loop I encourage you to make the trip south for a ride.
My next goal is to give the matheson loop the same treatment. I personally have been avoiding that section for the past month because of how bad it has gotten.July 3, 2016 at 7:48 am #811419
Thanks very much for your efforts @braindamaged The southern loop is indeed running amazing! I plan to head into the Northern loop to cut back the overgrowth as well. I am away until the 12th but it’s top of the list when I get back. I’ll fire you a message and see about hooking up to coordinate our efforts. Thanks again!
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