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    Shortcuttomoncton
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    I’m pretty worried about the tick situation – I check after every ride but still haven’t seen any in the Don. But from the reports I’ve seen they are rampant in almost all areas outside of Toronto. I know a person dealing with Lyme disease and it sounds like a terrible, terrible experience.

    I’ve heard that washing your clothes in a chemical called Pemethrin is the best way to deal with ticks – I looked around for it but I’m not sure it’s available for sale in Canada. Anyone have a better solution?

    #817433

    Renegade Hardware
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    Bug spray. Simple as that. You can get some with picaridin in it as well, as that is very strong towards ticks. On skin, deet is ideal, on clothes, picaridin. I think picaridin is not supposed to be used on skin, and it’s highly toxic to cats apparently.

    If you’re not a fan, there are things you can spray onto your shoes and clothes that will help repel them. I’ve concocted a mixture of tea tree oil, lavender oil and water into a spray bottle that I use on gear (keeps bacteria from growing) that would probably help repel them, but it’s hard to beat deet for avoiding bugs.

    Like I said, they were rampant outside of Toronto in the west. It was pretty insane, actually. But now that we’ve had some hot dry weeks, they are mostly gone. they thrive in cool, damp weather.

    That said, it’s been mostly dog ticks. Deer ticks are smaller, and carry lyme disease. Those are the ones to watch for.

    #817434

    Rob DeBoer
    Participant

    Sweet riding this morning! A few moist spots, and on one of the switchbacks east of Redway there’s a mud pit that nearly took me out. Also, be careful of the double log pile on SHT, the bigger one is getting a bit loose.

    #817435

    Shortcuttomoncton
    Participant

    Bug spray. Simple as that. You can get some with picaridin in it as well, as that is very strong towards ticks. On skin, deet is ideal, on clothes, picaridin. I think picaridin is not supposed to be used on skin, and it’s highly toxic to cats apparently.

    If you’re not a fan, there are things you can spray onto your shoes and clothes that will help repel them. I’ve concocted a mixture of tea tree oil, lavender oil and water into a spray bottle that I use on gear (keeps bacteria from growing) that would probably help repel them, but it’s hard to beat deet for avoiding bugs.

    Like I said, they were rampant outside of Toronto in the west. It was pretty insane, actually. But now that we’ve had some hot dry weeks, they are mostly gone. they thrive in cool, damp weather.

    That said, it’s been mostly dog ticks. Deer ticks are smaller, and carry lyme disease. Those are the ones to watch for.

    Thanks – this summer I usually spray myself with OFF (DEET) before my rides so I agree with you there. I think you’re mixing up Permethrin and Picaridin though – Permethrin is the one that’s toxic to fish and cats, and you don’t apply it to your skin – only to clothes (you still need to apply DEET to your skin). It apparently kills ticks & insects that land on your clothes within a couple minutes, and you can “wash it in” for about a week or two until you need to re-apply the solution. So whereas DEET will simply get the ticks to not like you (if you’ve sprayed that area, which can be tricky), Permethrin actually kills them quickly.

    Picaridin is an insect repellent like DEET – it’s some sort of alternative version I think.

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    #817436

    Renegade Hardware
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    ah, gotcha. thanks.

    #817439

    BlurredLines
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    I’m terrible at taking pictures and loading them up here, but got some solid (and legit – yep, I’ve got permission) work done out on The Ridge Sunday morning. That blown out exposed root segment after the second g-out (the one with the small booter on the right) got the full rock treatment. They’re reasonably smooth, but still a ton of rocks and dirt at the top end headed north hopefully that will cure the drainage/brake dragging/cleats climbing up a loose rooted climb issues that area was seeing. If not there’s a lot more rocks where those came from.

    Next up is the “bridge” at the bottom of that g-out and a face lift to a proper sustainable crossing (repurposing some concrete refuse and brick I’ve found into a crossing that time and erosion will have a challenge defeating.

    If you hate it let me know, if you love it let me know, if you’re interested in lending a hand get in touch.

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    #817440

    Rob DeBoer
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    I rode the Ridge both ways today, and thought the rocks were a good addition. Thanks!

    #817442

    nmacquarrie
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    From Saturday afternoon, here’s my submission for ‘biggest tree cleared, solo and without tools, while trying to wait out a surprise downpour.’

    Location: the first of the two switchbacks heading downhill (north) on PA from the Tremco plant. Guessing it came down in bad weather at the end of last week.


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    #817456

    micah356
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    I came across this info page regarding the erosion at the lookout / Dr Quads entrance. Sounds like construction may be starting in the next few months.

    East Don River behind 30 Northline Road Erosion Control and Slope Stabilization

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    #817464

    Mr.Smith
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    Heads up for wasp nest in hills. Been out this morning and last night and biked through a swarm. Will try and remove the stinging situation ASAP

    Opening Excavator Tonight. Also will be trimming floating on a Vine. And adding rock armoring to Catalyst this week. Don’t ride if you see caution tape. there’s no where for us or you to go. But down the hill. Look for ETC signs for our Work (EverlastTrailCrew)

    also. To the rider who pushed me out of the way cause I was rock armoring Smith’s Edge you sir don’t deserve to be mountain biking, and told you to wait due to the massive pile of dirt and rocks in the middle. Thanks for waiting and riding over everything anyways.

    #817466

    ell
    Participant

    Where is Excavator ?
    Thanx Mr Smith for all the work.
    😃

    #817467

    Renegade Hardware
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    also. To the rider who pushed me out of the way cause I was rock armoring Smith’s Edge you sir don’t deserve to be mountain biking, and told you to wait due to the massive pile of dirt and rocks in the middle. Thanks for waiting and riding over everything anyways.

    I find this 0% surprising. Welcome to Toronto. Wasn’t always like this in there, unfortunately.

    This week should be prime for riding, finally!

    #817468

    iBeRash
    Participant

    Went for a spin yesterday after work. Started out from Pottery as I rode to the trails from work (Ossington/Queen). Made my way to Redway. Ran into a couple buddies and chatted it up for a bit before continuing on through Crothers, the Ridge and then the Flats, back up Sun Valley to Pottery. It’s getting a bit dusty in places. A couple of spots on the Flats are really close to going into the river. Other than that, things are looking pretty nice.

    #817469

    Shortcuttomoncton
    Participant

    What’s the status of the newer trail that runs north from the top of 5Play? Not sure of the name – I followed it north again last week for the first time in a couple months and it eventually ended up at the same spot, the bottom of a hill with a “trail closed” sign, and a slightly alternate way back up the hill that was pretty awkward. Looks like there may be some potential there and perhaps a way to loop back to the end of 5Play via a lower trail – is that the eventual plan?

    #817476

    Mr.Smith
    Blocked

    What’s the status of the newer trail that runs north from the top of 5Play? Not sure of the name – I followed it north again last week for the first time in a couple months and it eventually ended up at the same spot, the bottom of a hill with a “trail closed” sign, and a slightly alternate way back up the hill that was pretty awkward. Looks like there may be some potential there and perhaps a way to loop back to the end of 5Play via a lower trail – is that the eventual plan?

    More or less. However that was found to be impossible as the whole bottom is considered to be sensitive marsh. And should be avoided at all costs. And is why trail closed sign is their and loops you back.

    Excavator includes the berm transfer and rock jump at the start of Smith’s edge with a 8 Tabletop dropping you down the hill like gspot. Instead of up and along the hill. Then into a 15 hip gap, A 12 tabletop, a 6 step up. And back to trail. Still making touch ups. And need bike repairs after a few crash tests.

    I’ll be slapping out painted signs and sticking them on trail forks by Friday. ( 5 play extension sections )

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