Tagged: The Don
July 30, 2017 at 7:30 pm #817358
Busy evening on the trails. Eight pedestrians in three groups, 2 people starting a new line on roller-smith, and 1 guy walking a chromag. Didn’t see anyone actually riding. Thanks for the recent brush cutting on dirt farm; makes a huge difference.July 31, 2017 at 2:00 pm #817359
Funny – I did a Serena Gundy/Rehab/Sunnybrook/5Play loop up from Eglinton at 7pm last night and didn’t see anyone the whole time! Conditions are epic right now.July 31, 2017 at 10:03 pm #817362
Rimjob got hit by Weedwacker Man! Should be running much nicer now that you can see where you’re going.
Also beware of the herds of atomic mosquitoes up there. Layer on the bug spray, and if you have a mechanical, just drop everything and run, those suckers will bleed you dry!August 1, 2017 at 5:12 pm #817369
Sitrep? Did it rain?August 1, 2017 at 6:52 pm #817370
It did rain but the conditions are pretty good. You won’t be ruining the trails nor will you be setting PRs. Just rode Loblaws to cricket and it is mostly dry with few slick sections.August 6, 2017 at 6:47 pm #817385
Heading out to do fixes on Smith’s Edge. Watchout for damage on roll ins in May not get to till tomorrow afternoon.August 7, 2017 at 10:55 am #817416
2 bridges on Cat have suffered some damage from recent rains. One is slumping into its ravine, another is missing some woodwork and could grab your wheel if you’re unlucky. (nice work on that first switchback though!)
1st bridge (southbound) on Bunny Run has a hole in the middle.
Otherwise conditions were prime yesterday. (Pottery to PA + Climbmaxx & Bunny)August 8, 2017 at 10:59 pm #817421
Someone has erected some scaffolding under the rail bridge south of eglington on BOT. It’s not worth going that direction as it’s all sitting right on the trail. Otherwise trails are in great coition.August 10, 2017 at 1:52 am #817422
Yeah, saw the scaffolding when I went through there this evening; yellow caution tape lying around too. Me and my buddy had to dismount to walk around it as there’s only a few inches worth of real estate left to get around it.
Took a short spin starting at Seton’s first lot … CAT-RJ-PA-BoT-Climbmax and then rode back to Seton via the paved path. Dirt was awesome for the most part–especially from CAT to PA. A few dusty spots here and there, but overall dirt was nice and grippy.
Haven’t ridden these trails in a very long time. Definitely some nice changes made, but also sad to see some of the old features gone at the same time. Awesome work, trail fairies! My out of shape and aching legs thank you all!August 10, 2017 at 12:46 pm #817423
Oh yeah! Totally forgot to mention this in my post, but the whole time I’ve been reading about the bug situation in the updates from all you guys … here I am thinking “ah, they’re just exaggerating” … . Riding Climbmax nearing sunset … . Oh. My. Days. Every time we stopped to take a short break, to session certain sections or whatever, we got absolutely SWARMED. Not one ounce of exaggeration in any of those bug warnings at all. Dear Lord, the mosquitoes!August 10, 2017 at 1:24 pm #817424
It’s no joke, I would not ride the northern trails without replant, it’s just not worth it.
Spent 4 days up north east in the back country last week, wow, that was pretty intense dealing with the bugs. At around 8pm you would hear a loud hive sound getting closer and closer over the lake, and yup, mosquitoes. Was like a horror movie. With the moisture we’ve been having, it’s a banner year for bugs, esp mosquitoes. Now that WNV has been found in T.O. again, I’d keep yourself protected as much as possible.
This is the worst I’ve seen it.August 12, 2017 at 6:51 pm #817425
Just back from a week out of town, was hoping to ride tomorrow but it looks like there’s been heavy rain today. Re the insects, i’ll take any number of mosquitoes over the invasion of the ticks looming in the offing; I’m thinking of pitching a camera getup with AI software for wholebody tick detection and optional removal via robotic arm on dragons den as a post-ride product for folks who live alone and/or don’t have a partner willing to perform such a comparatively unpleasant task. I hope the tick thing turns out to be another over-hyped y2k scenario. But, in the event that it does not, here’s to the much-maligned mosquito (and no disrespect intended to regions that have the dengue fever and malaria, I refer to mosquitoes solely as we know them in Canada).August 13, 2017 at 4:03 pm #817426
Trails are pretty good. Little greasy in spots but as long as you don’t mind charging through a few puddles in the usual places, it’ll be a great ride.August 14, 2017 at 8:45 am #817430
Just back from a week out of town, was hoping to ride tomorrow but it looks like there’s been heavy rain today. Re the insects, i’ll take any number of mosquitoes over the invasion of the ticks looming in the offing; I’m thinking of pitching a camera getup with AI software for wholebody tick detection and optional removal via robotic arm on dragons den as a post-ride product for folks who live alone and/or don’t have a partner willing to perform such a comparatively unpleasant task. I hope the tick thing turns out to be another over-hyped y2k scenario. But, in the event that it does not, here’s to the much-maligned mosquito (and no disrespect intended to regions that have the dengue fever and malaria, I refer to mosquitoes solely as we know them in Canada).
It’s not overhyped. Ticks have been on the rise in the horseshore area. Especially out by Dundas where we take our dog. I’ve pulled about 50-100 ticks off her already, no joke. Shes on the meds but they bite anyway. I’ve pulled several off my GF, and a few off myself already. In the spring to early summer, it was a guarantee you’d have a few on you for any hike in the woods, as they thrive in wet conditions like we had. To make life easier, I got a wart freeze spray thingie to keep in the car, 3 or 4 squirts kills the tick, and can just pull it off. Much easier than dealing with tweezers and able to get to spots on back of the body. Haven’t found any ticks in the don however.August 14, 2017 at 9:58 am #817431
trails are prime
get well the gettin is good!
PS – hope everyone watched Jesse Melamed win yesterday! was live on Crankworx site – neat to see how FAST those racers run Drop in Clinic!
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