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  • #810725

    a-hill
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    Rehab and flowster are also prime. Just watch the bottom part of the bowl near the end – it was still a bit slick when I went through. If you see some tracks that look like a massive 2 wheel drift off into the woods that was me.

    The exit of forplay was also a bit moist, but the rest is great. Climbmax was prime as well, except for a big puddle before the small doubles.

    Didn’t venture into catalyst, PA, the swamp, grundy or SHT

    Santa Cruz

    #810730

    mcbain
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    On foot this morning on Cat / Rim Job / PA and conditions were surprisingly good – damp but not the slightest bit greasy. Sadly on the way home at 10 I think it snowed for a few minutes. Nice out of the wind, nasty in it.

    FYI – Lots of debris on the trail from all this wind. The bridge on Instant Gratification (the down-up shortcut from Catalyst to Doobatorium) was recently smashed by a tree.

    #810745

    tec
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    Any trail conditions update since yesterday and last night’s rain/snow/hail?

    #810748

    BlurredLines
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    @tec – Haven’t been in yet, but the wind and sun suggest to me it’ll be tacky if not nearly dry. I’ll be there by 6:00pm and can confirm conditions then

    #810749

    Neville Park
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    motown – quads – fruitloop
    all mint with the rare puddle where to be expected but the berms were holdin’ to-day

    coupla new pump rollers on motown ph II

    #810750

    jcitizen
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    Mother Nature just whizzed all over that mint.

    In my bicycle life there might be nothing I hate more than a late day tinkle by the Ol’ Lady.

    #810790

    jcitizen
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    Last night was 85% Heroic, 10% great, 4% ok, 1% grease, 100% fun. This morning would be a fantastic time to be out. Love not sweating my ass off and having the foliage be super alive but not being slapped around by it.

    #810795

    jcitizen
    Participant

    Oh yeah, and I saw a second beaver this week. Small one down the paved path by Gerrard, and then right by the entry to Climbmax I saw a huge one swimming. Nature!

    #810822

    mcbain
    Participant

    Superb conditions. Lots of people stopping to talk on the trails and enjoying the mosquito-free conditions. Get out there cuz they won’t last. Especially on Climbmax! A few notes:
    1. Stinging nettle (everywhere) and poison ivy (Flats, Doobatorium) are coming up fast – time to break out the kneesocks.
    2. A Don Valley first nature sighting for me – stopped to wash my hands in the river and jumped back thinking I was being attacked by a turd. Turns out it was a 15cm crayfish! That’s good news for the Don River!

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    #810826

    jcitizen
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    Superb conditions. Lots of people stopping to talk on the trails and enjoying the mosquito-free conditions. Get out there cuz they won’t last. Especially on Climbmax! A few notes:
    1. <strong class=”d4pbbc-bold”>Stinging nettle (everywhere) and <strong class=”d4pbbc-bold”>poison ivy (Flats, Doobatorium) are coming up fast – time to break out the kneesocks.
    2. A Don Valley first nature sighting for me – stopped to wash my hands in the river and jumped back thinking I was being attacked by a turd. Turns out it was a 15cm crayfish! That’s good news for the Don River!

    Wait, you “washed” your hands in the don?

    Seeing a crayfish is pretty cool, though.

    #810844

    BlurredLines
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    Head up Crothers Riders, there is a large (larger than my pack saw) tree down on the “easier” line as you approach the poo plant. It’s impossible to miss, but it’s fallen in a fashion that crosses both the “climbing line” as well as the main trail up slope from it. Email already in to 311, but the more the merrier!

    otherwise conditions are real nice under the canopy. A reminder that the greenery has it pretty dark in there so lights are a good plan if you’re riding earlier/later as that brief window of sunlight hitting the forest floor during sunrise and set is officially over.

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    #810848

    mikester
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    @blurredlines – you know I’m a lover of that easy line and complained about that tree that “harshed the mellow” last year until it got cut.
    I actually called the city this am – 17 min call – they said 72 hr response time (start the clock) .

    As you exit Woods Gundy heading south and before you hit Eglinton the is a gooey spot as you make a sharp right. A scrap wood “bridge” has appeared. Haven’t seen that corner that bad in a few years.

    #810858

    aragon
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    Quick heads up (literally) required for a fallen tree on the upper line of the downhill section of Foreplay before the switchback and climb to the last part of the trail. It is a large tree and during the day it might be obvious, but it made for quite the adventure (read quick tuck and roll) during our night ride last night. Much too large for any handsaw short of one of those 19th century two-person crosscut jobs.

    Otherwise, trails were amazing and nearly dusty last night – the rain today should take it back to hero dirt (assuming not too much falls!)

    #810893

    Gregg Sepetdjian
    Participant

    Good morning, I rode Crothers, ridge, Flats,Motown, Boo and Bunny this morning. All spectacular.
    Gregg

    #810898

    repack
    Participant

    The undergrowth along motown is filling in rapidly, always a great ride but if you’ve been spooked by reports of ticks recently in the GTA I suppose now’s the time to ride it rather than later. Boo trail upper seems to have suffered some damage from what I can only guess is people stepping slightly over the edge to make way for passing and inadvertently dislodging the banked edges or the logs supporting. Does it have a preferred direction, ie could it be treated as a de facto one-way trail?

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