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    randomoldguy
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    Hello all. Don’t know when and who will step up with a chainsaw for Boomerang. No one seems to have written about any other large trees down on other trails. I plan to purchase a chainsaw very soon .However I will be away from TO with my job for a few weeks. So if other riders don’t get to Boom then I will in Sept. to clean things up. And I want to add a feature at the east end of Boom on the top of the ravine. A ladder over some fallen trees. Now there is a ride around, but a optional feature would be fun. Oh and as one rides the hill back down into the ravine I want to build two good berms. May put out a call for extra shovels and hands.Hopefully all by the fall. Enjoy the riding folks!

    #811849

    BlurredLines
    Participant

    Wandering with the pooch this morning.

    Beaver Flats: Pretty Overgrown most of the way up to Sky Pilot/Rimjob

    Rimjob: A few wet spots in the expected locations, plenty of traffic yesterday while it was very soft. Could use the love of a good hard rake. (that one’s for you pun lovers)

    PA: Heavy rain has a few fall lines looking kinda rough, again a rake would help, far more concerning a few of the bridges have decking that’s coming loose and won’t likely be there long. keep your eyes open and head up when approaching.

    BoT: Dialed.

    Boo: Clear and clean end to end, even the typically wet areas are nearly dried out.

    Just a general comment, we got a lot of rain and the plants are loving it, growing fast, and closing off sight lines quickly. There’s a number of section I was able to see where folks had slipped off the downslope and tossed it into the woods. Probably time to slow it down just a touch or get out your shears and pay your dues.

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    #811851

    break_yoselfjonny
    Participant

    BOOM… Boomerang is CLEAR of fallen trees and received a haircut.

    Recommend to get after it for spring like sight lines.

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    #811852

    veteran_youth
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    That is crazy that the big tree is gone! I was through probably about 1:30-2:00 and it was still there, I tried clearing a bit of a path around the high side of it, which was obviously a bit redundant. I will take credit for the haircut in the incline between the new ladder bridge and the staircase, and also muscled a tree that was sticking into the tight LH switchback on the big climb heading EB. Working with a 6″ folding saw so limited in my capabilities.

    Lots more still to be done though: chainsaw probably required on Quads after first skinny section southbound (also were those huge blue steel pieces of gate on the jump line near the entrance there last time anybody was thru?), Froot Loop near crest of big switchback climb, Training loop at hairpin far west end near Don Mills (though I cleared enough to ride with a bit of log hop), Climax on back and forth section after first descent, ridge near Cricket lot…….there are a couple spots in Taylor creek too but I think only frequented by myself and dog walkers so not priority lol.

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    #811853

    whisky_cactus
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    I saw a bunch of drunk idiots move the training loop log out of the way, so we can scratch that one off the list.

    Other than the down trees, dirt in in great shape. Boomerang was magical. Big thanks to you trail faeries.

    #811854

    break_yoselfjonny
    Participant

    The 4pm boomerang haircut was expansive. 90% of the trail is opened back up. Looks like “someone” hiked the whole thing with a machete and a chainsaw. Only part that was missed was 10% of the furthest West side of it.

    Side note, who’s going to Blue for some hot laps today? wooooohoooooooo.

    #811855

    Fred Barclay
    Participant

    Cheers to the busy beavers on Boomerang! That trail is a lot of fun.

    #811857

    Zirca
    Participant

    Which trail is Boomerang?

    #811883

    randomoldguy
    Participant

    Hello riders. Thank you to all who cleared Boomerang from trees and shrubs!
    Marko.

    #811912

    flow_rider
    Participant

    Heads up. Random fence appeared on the flats near the k9 compound, not far from the DJs.

    #811916

    randomoldguy
    Participant

    Hello all ! Heads up! I built 2 sections of low retaining wall, on The SunnyBrook trail. Bottom section of an uphill climb to the top of the ravine, that exits in the back yard of some “expensive” townhouses, then one rides the top to the Bayview Ave exit. Riders have successfully rode by. Ride safe everyone.
    Marko.

    #811917

    d4n
    Participant

    I also noticed the fence near the djs. Weird.

    I’d llike to add caution to one of the dirt bridges on bunnyrun. A huge hole is developing, you can see the orange mesh. Could use a patch up, proceed with caution. I noticed it going north.

    #811920

    Zirca
    Participant

    Flats Fence: Anyone know the deal on this thing? I too noticed last night (pretty much rode full tilt into it, as it wasn’t there on Tuesday evening). Is this fence going to go the entire distance in attempt to shutdown the trail?

    I saw more night riders last night than I have the entire decade or so I’ve been riding the Don…had to be at least 20+ people I came across (and big groups)

    #811921

    break_yoselfjonny
    Participant

    @randomoldguy check your PM’s

    Hi Everyone, trail systems in general are running great EXCEPT everything needs a little TLC it seems.

    If you have done 10X the amount of riding compared to FIXING… What is the hold up? Why so greedy?
    If you live in Toronto and ride in Toronto why not GIVE BACK to the system?
    Not pointing fingers because it’s clear A LOT DOES get done….
    Basically, if you ride A LOT… why don’t you fix A BIT. Balance!

    Save you comments of “hey i fix lots” replies… This is a self governance thing. There are tons of wonderful bridges and tuned up sections of course. As i said, lots of maintenance is clearly being done. There are clearly a few people who CRUSH in the maintenance department. If you aren’t one of them…. step it up a notch.

    DON’T post about your fixing activities… since it’s not technically allowed you really should not say much other than report problems (and make time to try and fix yourself). If someone has a problem with methods SPEAK UP TO TEACH. This is a pirate system so it’s up to us to ensure they are maintained and safe. If someone plows into a dog walker because it’s overgrown it’s going to be our problem….

    Cheap and Easy Fixes (as i see it):

    Get a $20 machette and walk 1 trail system and clean it up (earbuds out and exercise extreme caution of course).
    *Rimjob, Doobatorium, Sky Pilot, Motown are barely passable from overgrowth….

    Get a $20 shovel and hide it on a trail:
    Bunny needs re-benching, re-enforcement and bridges skim coated (others as well).
    Fix overly rutted sections anywhere with some fill (get from off the trail).
    Top up any features that are deteriorating.
    Clear low hanging branches.

    Anyhooo…. just a friendly reminder from a jerk who may or may not quietly work and ride away in there…

    Short Story; step it up a notch to ensure we have a healthy and safe system.

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    #811922

    Renegade Hardware
    Participant

    Flats Fence: Anyone know the deal on this thing? I too noticed last night (pretty much rode full tilt into it, as it wasn’t there on Tuesday evening). Is this fence going to go the entire distance in attempt to shutdown the trail?

    I saw more night riders last night than I have the entire decade or so I’ve been riding the Don…had to be at least 20+ people I came across (and big groups)

    This topic is being looked into by a few regulars since it went up yesterday. I almost rode into it as well, also night riding last night.

    Apparently this isn’t CN/Metrolinx land where the fence is. According to out contact, it is managed by the city, and the people putting up the fence are managed and directed by metrolinx. Some questions were put out to the city and they are looking into it, since nothing was asked of them or the activity prompted by the city.

    All in all, the fence is incredibly ignorantly built. It doesn’t follow the tracks, trail, or river. It cuts the trail directly in a way to block access. I’d expect to see this fence gone within a few days or revised into a spot that doesn’t contravene the legal borders of metrolinx managed land. As it stands, it’s apparently an unlawful barrier due to it being erected without COT permission, on land not managed by metrolinx.

    Also, metrolinx is a joke. Not surprising.

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