Tagged: The Don
June 7, 2017 at 10:53 am #816887
Should be decent in there tonight, keep an eye out on the steep stuff facing north.June 7, 2017 at 11:43 am #816888
On foot from the Swamp up to 4play. Greasier than expected in many spots but not wet/muddy. Conditions should be outstanding later this afternoon / tonight / tomorrow. A few notes:
Nature is growing super fast so sight lines are shrinking and some trails (like Rim Job!) are narrowing to cheese-grater width. If you prune, reach and cut waaaaaaaaay off the trail and please don’t leave pungee branches.
The bottom third of the Vanderhoof entrance/exit trail is in rough shape. Your bike is gonna get dirty on the way to Amsterdam…
Wet spots in Woods Gundy are tuning up nicely – straight through the middle please.
SHT also drying up nicely – 99% sure there’s a big patch of Giant Hogweed growing off-trail near the middle section. Last week it was at my waist, now it’s head height (6′). No danger of riding through it. Yet.
Skipped over Rehab & Roller Flowster but 4play is primo.June 7, 2017 at 3:19 pm #816889
The downed tree on The Ridge has been cleared so it is smooth sailing. Conditions south of Cricket tree are mostly dry with the odd wet spot. The grassy plants lining the Flats are bar height or higher so sight lines are getting shorter. It is a caterpillar feast on some of the trails.June 7, 2017 at 6:20 pm #816890
The Vanderhoof climb was just fine for years and years, and this year it just went to pieces. A new path just to the north has been gradually materializing, which was comparatively dry and firm but of course that entire slopeside will likely always be wet. I tried telling my kids that caterpillars are preferable to mosquitoes but they didn’t agree.June 7, 2017 at 8:57 pm #816891
I think I cleared all the caterpillars out of the back of Dirt Farm, or at least I picked dozen or so of ’em off of me. Anyway, there’s a skunk living at the end of that trail under the pedestrian ramp that climbs up to Motown and over to Taylor Creek, so stock up on tomato juice if you ride that bit of trail.June 8, 2017 at 8:32 am #816892
Trails were great last night – Thanks to who ever took the tree off the ridge!!!
New log down and sketchy log ladder on Boo north of archery – will surprise you as you head north.June 8, 2017 at 9:19 am #816893
Catalyst thru Climbmaxxx to Dirt Farm (CCD) yesterday, and how!
Things only starting to grease up near the end of Rim Job into Doobitorium (with some rutpuddles on PA).
Thanks again to @alegs, this time for BoT wall ride tips.
Shocked I was able to link some switches on Climbmaxxx; said hi to the dangle-worms for @jcitizen.
Watch out for a pair of pokey stumps around the blind curve after Dirt Farm’s deepest roller.
The new connector to Motown looks great!June 8, 2017 at 10:51 am #816894
Holy shit the caterpillars. If you’re at all squeamish about thousands of tiny, wriggling worms hanging from threads in a never-ending fringe curtain of horror, best stay off The Flats for a bit. Otherwise, awesome riding today! The new turnaround lines at the Pottery Road UH/DH are cool… thanks to the builders!June 8, 2017 at 1:09 pm #816895
Ugh, gross! I was hoping they’d be disappearing, but sounds like they’re blooming now. Will be interesting at night…June 8, 2017 at 8:27 pm #816904
Dry and rideable Ridge today, if a bit broverpopulated.
Elsewhere: @rob_deboer‘s fringe curtain of horror, Crothers Worms.
Thanks to all the trail fairies for their improvements and tree removals!June 9, 2017 at 11:22 am #816907
Greasy this eve but totally rideable, get in there in the am before the showers.
PSA: I came across a solo ~13yr old kid who crashed after the 2nd flowster roller. I got him down to the gravel trail but he’s going to feel it in the morning. If I wasn’t going slow we both would have felt it. Builders take into account that anyone can use these trails; riders do the same.
Paramedics had to go in and carry a guy out of this second roller on Wednesday night. Not sure if that persistent mud patch at the bottom has been the culprit, but I would suspect so. I see absolutely no good coming from multiple people getting injured; all it takes is for an insurance company to file a claim and the City will be all over it. So if anyone would like to get together to work on building a drainage feature, please PM me – I live nearby. Thanks!June 9, 2017 at 11:43 am #816908
I found about five of those caterpillars around my apartment this morning…June 9, 2017 at 1:46 pm #816910
Paramedics had to go in and carry a guy out of this second roller on Wednesday night. Not sure if that persistent mud patch at the bottom has been the culprit, but I would suspect so. I see absolutely no good coming from multiple people getting injured; all it takes is for an insurance company to file a claim and the City will be all over it. So if anyone would like to get together to work on building a drainage feature, please PM me – I live nearby. Thanks!
I had a scary moment at the same spot last week but happy to report as of yesterday is pretty dried out now. The surface didn’t dry evenly so I might try to level it out a bit on the next ride.
Overall the conditions of trails are excellent. They will likely start getting dusty next week. Motown is pretty overgrown (thanks to all the rain) and the mosquito population is alarming.
Kudos to the member at rehab run yesterday widening the ridge!June 9, 2017 at 9:59 pm #816913
Looking great for the weekend. Compared to the horror stories in other areas, trails north of the Swamp have no caterpillars and relatively few mosquitoes. Even Cat / RJ / PA are tolerable at a walking pace.
As for Roller Flowster rollers – my guess is it’s not the wet spot causing the trouble (although feel free to dig out the uphill end of the existing culvert to fix that problem). From the start of the first roll-through the line looks dead straight through both rollers to the next horizon – just point and shoot, right? However, there’s a slight and important veer to the left atop the second roll-through and little time or space to adjust. If you’re coming in hot (which is easy to do) you’re weightless, brakeless, and off line into the next gully. Aim to deadpoint the hump in the middle and you’re golden.June 10, 2017 at 11:27 am #816915
On foot from Eglinton down to Redway. Get out there!
Bullfrogs: at the north end of Boo in the pond beneath the arcing concrete bridge there are about a 100 chubby bullfrogs noisily looking for mates. Definitely worth checking out – I’ve never seen so many frogs and toads in the Don Valley.
Caterpillars: finally saw what all the fuss is about on the Flats *shudder*. A swath of trees by the Rocket are completely stripped of green by those hungry buggers. If you stop and listen you can actually hear the chewing of a bazillion little mouths. Creepy…
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