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  • #804868

    BlurredLines
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    North is dry, fast, and awesome. A few soft spots on Roller Flowster. The bottom of the newest jump line by the fenced path is a bit of camber and might get a little loose if it gets dusty in there over the weekend. Foreplay seems to have been cleared of debris (Thanks anyone/everyone) and the Asylum Climb is at it’s brilliant point. If you ever wanted to clear it, but couldn’t this is your golden hour.

    #804870

    RyderRay
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    Sweet! Can’t wait to get in there again.

    #804876

    Matty F
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    Generally pretty awesome through the West. There is a seriously muddy patch near the top of PA that is pretty much unrideable, right before the first steep roll-in section with two line options. There is a down tree on Catalyst that needs to be walked through, but it’s easy to spot.

    What’s with the patches of the Ridge where someone is shoveling dirt over the most benign root sections? I don’t see the point. Those stretches of trail were dead simple to begin with, and the dirt has not been packed well. In one case there is a crater left from the digging that happens to be smack in the middle of one of my lines, and almost caused me to crash. Furthermore, the craters just fill with water and hinder drainage. Horrible work. Please stop.

    The new Roller Flowster revision to the formerly-Smith’s Edge is great. A few spots require some speed to be scrubbed, so watch out if you haven’t had your first run on it yet.

    #804890

    Zirca
    Participant

    Anyone go in today? Worth trying, or wait until tomorrow?

    #804900

    break_yoselfjonny
    Participant

    Agree with the above regarding “the ridge”. There has been ongoing work on in this particular section for a couple seasons now appearing to be by the same person. The excavation appears to not be considerate of trees/roots and drainage paths which has resulted in poor quality changes.

    Message to the builder (assuming can read or may read):

    The little jump downhill tabletop jump just created is far too small and only really works going eastbound. Needs to be at least 4′ longer and ideally should have a route around it as well. You have created bomb holes directly beside this jump in order to build it… DO NOT GET YOUR DIRT TO BUILD FEATURES FROM UNDER TREES OR DIRECTLY ALONG THE TRAIL. Bad for trees and bad for flow.

    Any effort with a shovel with good intentions is appreciated however, the work is of suspect quality and clearly not being done with drainage and flow in mind.

    In Summary:

    NEVER DIG BOMB HOLES FROM DIRECTLY ADJACENT THE TRAIL, GET YOUR DIRT WELL OFF THE TRAIL.

    NEVER DIG DIRECTLY UNDER OR AROUND TREES AND DO NOT CUT THROUGH ROOTS.

    PAY ATTENTION TO DRAINAGE PATHS AND ALWAYS LOOK FOR A ROUTE TO CLEAR WATER RATHER THAN TRAP IT IN POOLS.

    Conditions everywhere else are ALL-TIME.

    There is a bridge on Catalyst that is on it’s last legs bulging downhill and holding back a cesspool… If that lets go when someone is on it they are going to be radioactive…

    The section of trail on PA that is out is very mucky, watch your step or lose a shoe.

    Smith Edge is so hot right now. I sailed into a small tree on the flowy section (looks like i wasn’t the first).

    #804915

    jcitizen
    Participant

    Smither Flowster or whatever it calls fucking kills it right now. Agree with Matt, you could lose your shit on some spots, but over all it is a really fun and unique addition to the trail. My old beef with it is that it is so far from my house, so shorter rides I have to ride a lot flat stuff to hit it. Good work, team!

    #804916

    TomkDH
    Participant

    Smither Flowster or whatever it calls fucking kills it right now.

    I agree! I think Smithflowstersedge is easily my new favourite! big props to the new builders + overtaken originators.

    #804918

    Zirca
    Participant

    Smither Flowster or whatever it calls fucking kills it right now.

    I agree! I think Smithflowstersedge is easily my new favourite! big props to the new builders + overtaken originators.

    +1 Hands down my favourite trail on the Don. Killer flow, super fun. Massive thanks to the builders.

    Rode everything in the West end….all is mint, as expected.

    #804923

    flow_rider
    Participant

    Just a heads up that this weekend Go Transit cops on bikes were ticketing on the rail line / connecting path between the Brickworks and the Pottery Road Trailhead. They mentioned that there will be increased 2-way Go service on that rail line starting soon. So watch out for more frequent trains along there and the flats.

    #804929

    jcitizen
    Participant

    Just a heads up that this weekend Go Transit cops on bikes were ticketing on the rail line / connecting path between the Brickworks and the Pottery Road Trailhead. They mentioned that there will be increased 2-way Go service on that rail line starting soon. So watch out for more frequent trains along there and the flats.

    I saw them as I was about to cross the train bridge by the Djs, but turned around to avoid them as they gave me a little honk. Prime time for those guys to cash in on all the cyclists and walkers.

    #804933

    aragon
    Participant

    Just a heads up that this weekend Go Transit cops on bikes were ticketing on the rail line / connecting path between the Brickworks and the Pottery Road Trailhead. They mentioned that there will be increased 2-way Go service on that rail line starting soon. So watch out for more frequent trains along there and the flats.

    What were they ticketing for? Riding the single-track along the rail line? That “trail” has been there for over 15 years, and is quite separate from the tracks… they had an issue with that? I always thought that was a safer bet than ridign next to cars doing 95 km/h on Bayview…

    On a somewhat related note, for those of you that use the Dupont CP freight line access road to get to the Don from the West side, I was stopped for the first time in 5 years riding it by actual CoT police (not the CP “security police” who I have seen several times and usually wave as I go by). They were actually pretty cool, and once I told them there was a couple dudes sleeping on the bridge I just passed, they let me off without any complication to go check on them. They initially did take my name and address to ensure I had not been caught trespassing before, so there is obviously some danger of getting a ticket for being on there. Forewarned is forearmed, and all that…

    #804934

    micah356
    Participant

    @aragon I cross the Dupont tracks on Bartlett every day on my way to work, and there have been several police cars at a time parked there a few times recently.

    #804935

    aragon
    Participant

    @aragon I cross the Dupont tracks on Bartlett every day on my way to work, and there have been several police cars at a time parked there a few times recently.

    @micah356 Yes, I have seen them there more often when commuting around as well. It’s very unfortunate that that resource (ie the CP access road) is not available to recreational users like the West Toronto Railpath, but I also understand that as CP’s main freight line, they are likely not too happy to have people bumbling along next to “potentially hazardous goods” see http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/cant-avoid-big-cities-when-moving-dangerous-goods-railways-say/article17793755/ Hopefully a solution is found to carrying these goods through busy residential corridors, but likely not in my lifetime.

    #804936

    encorp
    Participant

    Through the shop I do work with the OPP and TPS, I’ve been in contact with a GOTP officer who was discussing the tracks in the Don with me. I forget what the interval is but if I remember correctly he said trains will be increasing traffic in both directions and during peak times we could see a train passing every 20 minutes or so.

    I’ll send him an email and see if we can get some communication going. He did say that GO transit is open to the idea of safer routes to cross the tracks but that CN is not, so we’ll see what comes of it. At the very least I’d like to find out the frequency of trains so we can get the word out.

    #804984

    tec
    Participant

    Anyone have an idea of how much it has rained in/near the Don today?

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