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    d4n
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    Guys, please be careful when doing Vietnam, that you watch out for this pipe sticking out. If you go right, you might fall into the stream. If you go left, you risk hitting the pipe. Those that have done Vietnam know what I’m talking about. The pipe knicked my left arm, thought I hit a branch and i was bleeding out of a pretty big gash. 4 stitches.

    I plan to wrap a popped inner tube around it so no one else gets hurt..and maybe some caution tape. Anyone can beat me to it though. I’d say this is pretty dangerous.


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    #811404

    d4n
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    A big tree fell blocking the path on Vietnam after the second set of logs


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    #811413

    mcbain
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    Happy Canada Day! On foot early this morning starting at PA and heading north. Walked for an hour in the rain and some parts of the trail still didn’t get a drop of water while others became pure slip. Conditions should be fantastic over the weekend. A few notes:

    PA – there’s some new work at the J-log alternate drop line. Looks smoother, faster, funner but worth checking out first.

    Secret Hidden Trail – Both the pipe and fallen tree reported by @d4n are actually here and not Vietnam. Tree is a 50 cm willow and may just become the next logover… Nice job wrapping the pipe with a tube! (and sorry about your arm).

    Grape and Dog-Strangling Vines are starting to cross-link – sometimes right across the trail – and will be looking to grab wide bars. I’ve already heard of one OTB on Rim Job for this very reason.

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    #811436

    Zirca
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    Hadn’t been out for a while, but got out yesterday for a night ride…greatest addition…the new gravel parking lot at pottery. My car appreciates the level and increased space.

    To no surprise, everything is bone dry and dusty (ridge/crothers/boo/bunny/climbaxx/ejac)

    There is some nice trail maintenance being done to reinforce/widen Bunny. Thanks to the builders.

    #811464

    Matty F
    Participant

    There is construction going on underneath the Overlea bridge. The crew has blocked off Boo trail and the adjacent roadway. So your only option to cross underneath the bridge is to take Bunny Run.

    #811466

    Renegade Hardware
    Participant

    Very dry in there, so conditions on some trails are starting to deteriorate as the surface crumbles due to lack of moisture. Even some of the more ridden and packed down trails are becoming loose over hardpack as the top surface cracks and seperates. Hope we get more rain soon.

    #811467

    repack
    Participant

    Of course the construction people did make an effort to block off the lower Boo trail, in the interest of safety, but when i went through last night quite predictably a trail though the deeper weeds around the end of the fencing had been beaten quite flat by the passage of dozens and dozens of people. By the time I got to it, It was rideable though not on a road bike.

    #811470

    BlurredLines
    Participant

    Heads up Crothers Woods riders. Pottery Road trail head climb got itself a hair cut this evening, sight lines are greatly improved! Additionally some rut/water running down trail removal has begun. The last 30 or so feet of the initial climb are soft and loose, but a tad wider and far more stable as pedalling platforms go. The Stewardship group will be continuing down towards pottery road and can always use some extra hands (Monday’s 6 – 8)

    If everyone can do their rain dance it’d be awesome because otherwise conditions everywhere are dry, dusty, and blowing out…

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    #811538

    Renegade Hardware
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    Huge tree down on the ridge, in the VOTLR area right after the bridge. Not going to be an easy task to remove safely, but a great opportunity for a new bridge feature since it all lines up nicely and the wood is good 😉 .

    #811544

    alegs
    Participant

    Tree down on Boo as well – good height for working on your limbo skills.

    #811545

    jcitizen
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    Huge tree down on the ridge, in the VOTLR area right after the bridge. Not going to be an easy task to remove safely, but a great <span class=”d4pbbc-underline” style=”text-decoration: underline;”>opportunity</span> for a new bridge feature since it all lines up nicely and the wood is good 😉 .

    I think this’ll have to a be a city job, no?

    #811549

    Renegade Hardware
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    Huge tree down on the ridge, in the VOTLR area right after the bridge. Not going to be an easy task to remove safely, but a great <span class=”d4pbbc-underline” style=”text-decoration: underline;”>opportunity</span> for a new bridge feature since it all lines up nicely and the wood is good 😉 .

    I think this’ll have to a be a city job, no?

    Isn’t that always the case these days? Not sure what distance they claim stewardship for anymore, it used to be to the bridge and this is past it, but I’m sure that’s changed since I last GAF. At any rate, it’s a huge tree and not something a backyard arborist can handle, so removal would have to be city but it shouldn’t stop those pesky gnomes from building a nice roll over on solid hardwood for the time being. Who knows they may show up this week.

    #811550

    Neville Park
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    From what i can tell all the rain squalls did last week was rut out some of the steep faces in the north (rehab, smiths, etc) careful setting your line friends 🙂

    SHT / Vietnam – new big log has roll over option-ish now. Still a bit loose / sketchy, but doable and allows your to maintain a bit of flow. Thanks to whomever took on the task.

    #811556

    BlurredLines
    Participant

    More soft stuff on the climb up from Pottery Road. Crother’s Woods Stewardship tackled another small section this evening. Needs tires on it to pack it back in fully, but the climb is getting a lot of positive and much needed attention.

    As for the Tree Down in VOTLR, it’s beyond the current city maintained area (as in we’re on our own).

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    #811559

    flydyl
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    RE: the DOWN TREE on the Ridge:
    It’s beyond my skill (and puny chainsaw) but I think maybe the thing is to cut from below. A good size cut {under} the trunk will (I think) cause it to crack under it’s own weight. Then, as noted above, a bridge could go over. I’m happy to take out the little tree, if that’s any help, but the big one is out of my depths. Give me a shout on Trailforks (http://www.trailforks.com/profile/dylanfly/) if there’s a work party taking shape.

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