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    mcbain
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    On foot this morning through the Swamp / Woods Gundy / SHT / and boardwalk in Burke Brook ravine. Even before the rain conditions were super greasy with puddles of the Don’s trademark “silty slip” in low spots. After the downpour things were 10x worse. The wind is helping to dry things out, but the humidity is doing the opposite. With thunderstorms predicted to loop around again, it ain’t looking very good for today at all.

    It didn’t rain much in the Crothers area yesterday but the Don definitely crested its banks just north of Eglinton so I’m pretty sure the Flats would have been submerged in spots and the south end underpass might have filled up. Again. Love you Paul! A dog walker texted to say the railway underpass at the north end of the Flats was completely under water last evening. Hopefully it’s still there today – post up a damage report if you have any info.

    The much-discussed roller on Roller Flowster has a knotted rope installed for walkers/runners. It won’t interfere with riders unless they’re somehow off-line waaaaay up-slope. More importantly it should cut down on erosion at the lip for more roll and flow…

    #816983

    ell
    Participant

    June 19
    Walked Secret Hidden trial ( i find this trail is a good sample for other trails, but less wet than the swamp ) this morn 8;30 am not too bad. A few mud spots some slick sections could be pretty dry by the afternoon if no more rain falls.
    Mosquitoes are out in force.

    #816986

    repack
    Participant

    It was all dried up in the east boomerang fruitloop and training loop, aside from the usual persistent wet spots. I just discovered the east part of boomerang tonight so yes it has a trunk down and also the high line over to fruit loop has quite a trunk down too.

    #817028

    Dr.C
    Participant

    The downed tree near the east end of boomerang just before the up and down ladder bridge is now cleared.

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    #817032

    mcbain
    Participant

    Really greasy early this morning on riverside trails but pretty good higher upslope. Should be outstanding this afternoon and evening. Carpe diem…

    Rim Job is closing in fast on all sides. Eye protection mandatory!

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    #817033

    nmacquarrie
    Participant

    There are Cow Parsnip or possibly Giant Hogweed (more likely the former, though I didn’t stop to take a long enough look) growing near the trail between the roadway / bridge at the end of the flats and the junction with Catalyst. Either way, both of these plants contain sap that will cause serious burns. Be sure to avoid and be very careful if doing any trail work in the Don to clear vegetation. http://www.ssisc.info/blog/entry/1983673/giant-hogweed-vs-native-cow-parsnip

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    #817034

    Dr.C
    Participant

    The last of the downed trees on Boomerang has been cleared. Managed to get a ride in before the rain hit and the trail was running very good except for the muddy quagmire where the west end high line joins back in to the main trail. This is a section that could use some redesign.

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    #817035

    Renegade Hardware
    Participant

    Curious if anyone is in today and can report on the main trails. been a while and need to get a ride in but the drive is far!

    #817036

    Rob DeBoer
    Participant

    Got in before the rain this morning. Rode Pottery, Loblaws, Flats, Ridge, Boo, Secret Hidden Trail… all running well. HOWEVER, plant growth has exploded! The Flats is super narrow and sight lines are non-existent in stretches, so take it easy through there. There’s also a big tree down just in from the tracks at the west end.

    #817037

    Renegade Hardware
    Participant

    I have a gas powered trimmer I can bring next week. If someone can help carry the can we can probably clean up the flats in 30 mins.

    #817038

    matthewg
    Participant

    Just as Rob mentioned, Most trails were just good enough before the rain came. Depending on what other rain is coming I assume it’s too wet/slick now.

    And yep, huge tree is down when exiting the dirt jumps just before bell ringer. It’s gunna need a serious clean up with a chain saw or two. Sorry!! @yella-one

    #817039

    Renegade Hardware
    Participant

    did you ride today?

    No rain for the last little while and radar looks hopeful with at the most a sprinkle around 7, hoping someone has been in since the rain. I’ll venture down around 7 regardless I guess. If trails were fine yesterday, they should be fine today with the little rain we had.

    #817040

    matthewg
    Participant

    Rode today from pottery road to cricket tree to the flats and back and it was just good enough. Little sheen on the dirt but it wasn’t slick.

    On my way into work (around leslie and eglinton) there was some decent rain.

    #817043

    Renegade Hardware
    Participant

    yea, wasn’t too bad last night. Kept the ride short since we started at about 8pm. rode pottery to cricket, lower line was bad, upper (“harder”) line wasn’t bad. the usual standing puddles but mostly hero dirt.

    Going to be bad for the weekend and next few days I’d imagine now with the heavy rain we are seeing.

    Of note, a large tree is down on the flats at the djs, gnomes are already in action.

    #817044

    mcbain
    Participant

    Out walking this morning and got caught by the BUCKETS of rain. The Don filled its banks again @ Eglinton. Big tree down at S end of Woods Gundy and will require a beaver or team of horses to drag it off to the side. SHT was essentially one long puddle. Not sure what the weekend will bring but today is a write-off.

    Maybe we should be boating instead of biking this year? Strolled up the Burke Brook boardwalk to check out the whitewater: a class 2-3 creek run with Gauley-esque release from the tunnel under Bayview, a few eddy-serviced waves, and a great playspot at little arched bridge at the bottom. Sadly, if the dozen or so sweepers don’t get you, the water quality probably will.

    Coyotes: I’ve encountered a fair number in the Don Valley and they were always heading the other way even before I saw them. This morning at the S end of the Swamp was the first time one held its ground. I was about 10 m from it, my two dogs about 3m. Not cornered, not angry, but not going away either until I started making a serious #$*@ ruckus. Those guys are hyenas of Canada. Creepy.

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