Tagged: The Don
November 30, 2017 at 9:23 am #818269
Yes, I’ve been remiss in not thanking every raker and maker, a thousand times over, for this happy autumn. Thank you!
Not sure which right turn you mean, @jcitizen – around the post at the exit?November 30, 2017 at 9:32 pm #818273
yes thank you trail fairies, never seen anyone all year but the foreplay/fiveplay transition makes it very apparent how much your work helps. yesterday was amazing, felt like the last man on earth in the don. prime conditions and not a soul to be seen, besides people yelling at dogs in the distance.
i noticed bunny poop riding smoother, put it down to my increasing radness but more likely its been tightened up
in 2 years of attempting, i finally cleaned the millwood climb! climbax clean still a season or more away methinks…December 1, 2017 at 3:38 pm #818274
I felt like riding my bike today so I went out about noon with the intention of riding pavement as I didn’t expect trails to be any good after the rain yesterday. However, I went to Flats/river trail to check it out and found it to be mostly dry. I checked out Crothers/Ridge and found it to be dry, fast and grippy with the occasional damp spot. Boo was also ok as was Motown. It looks good for the weekend!December 3, 2017 at 8:10 am #818280
With conscripts in tow did Ridge (tree still down)and Boo then circled north through the Rainbow Tunnel and rode Kitchen Sink & Motown north to south on Sat afternoon and the later two are in fantastic shape. Lots of evidence of making and raking on both trails – high recommend you ride them today!December 4, 2017 at 7:28 pm #818286
A little too slippery today.
Tomorrow’s double-digit warmup and rain + around zero for the rest of the week = a recipe for unrideable?
What say the experts?December 4, 2017 at 11:12 pm #818287
Currently the conditions you’re looking for occur between 9:00pm and 9:00am on days when the temperature has been below freezing from the time the sun went down. Frozen is good, not frozen is likely to be wet/soft and rutting out terribly.
We had a great string of luck with higher winds, some sun, and minimal precipitation, but we’re into that part of the season where we either have great smooth frozen sand paper or Fossilized Stupidity™ for the rest of the season. It’s really up to the individual wether they want to ride frozen ruts all winter or not.December 5, 2017 at 12:01 pm #818289
The fencing fairies are back at it again, the flats are on lockdown for now. The bell ringer is the only way in or out for now (thanks Paul!). The fences at the end of Motown and Std are back as well, and pretty hard to get around.December 7, 2017 at 11:15 am #818293
Hi, new to the forum. Thanks for everyone who have been reporting trail conditions. I found them useful so I’d like to do the same.
Rode with a buddy last night from Dog Park to Pottery Road. Overall the trail conditions were decent with the usual mud spots. A couple hills on the Ridge were slippery.
Also, one strange incident to note. When we rode the Bunny Run Upper (going southbound) at around 8 o’clock someone was yelling from the top as we passed by a section. I can’t remember the exactly words but something like “hey!…. you can’t f**’ing ride here…blah blah blah”. I slowed down slightly but I didn’t stop as I was caught off guard and was busy enough to keep my balance on the trail.
He went on for a few seconds then stopped as I assume he saw my buddy came up riding behind me (with the lights). I couldn’t tell how far he was from me at the time nor how many folks were there actually. We regrouped at the exit of Bunny Run and I was a bit pis** off but not worth to go back given how dark it was. For the safety of our MTB community something to note if you are riding alone and riding at nightDecember 7, 2017 at 11:21 am #818294
Prime early bird conditions. Daylight is more than adequate by 7:30 am. You’ll want to be off south facing trails by 9:30 am , but can go into overtime if it’s overcast. 7-day forecast is promising!
Beaver Flats – crispy conditions make the middle section do-able, except for the pure icy spots building up (potential luge, skeleton, and/or bobsled depending on orientation and #’s). Further sewer re-construction has temporarily massacred a larger section of the snaky trail but they should be done and gone by month’s end.
Vanderhoof Climb – the two sketchy nail-infested log overs have been removed and replace with three log+dirt grade reversals. Careful on the DH first time through.
Oak trees finally gave up their leaves so some fresh litter on the trails. Fresh!December 7, 2017 at 4:13 pm #818296
Is there any winter temperature at which daytime riding is non-destructive? Is overcast a requirement?December 7, 2017 at 7:57 pm #818297
@stephen_reese Overcast is definitely preferable as you approach freezing. Once you hit about 5 below you’re generally going to do well even in the sun, but that’s certainly not a hard fast rule . It truly comes down to using your good judgement. If the soil is soft, tacky, and you’re able to visibly leave a track it’s probably time to head home until things cool down.December 8, 2017 at 11:57 am #818300
Frozen sandpaper, very few ruts. A few updates from the mid-West:
Boo – tree across trail just north of Overlea bridge. As well, workers have closed off a short section of trail nearest the sewer construction adjacent the archery range. Pretty thoughtful of them to put out signs and everything! Just take the grass or paved path around this.
BOT – scaffolding has been removed. Line is boot-raked and clear of debris as of 10 am. Since none of us has ridden this section at speed in 6+ months maybe take it at rock-half-tempo the first time through.December 8, 2017 at 3:06 pm #818302
Rode about 12:30. Conditions were excellent on Crothers, Ridge, Boo, Swamp and Motown. All were hard and fast. Gusty cold wind may have kept the trails from thawing. It also made me cold. On the Ridge by the big bridge a crew of 5 workers were clearing brush around the trail. They had a chain saw. They had not removed the big tree lying further north on the trail but maybe were working in that direction. Another crew were working on the Flats/River fence just north of the big bridge. I could hear lots of hammering but couldn’t see much from where I was on the ridge.December 10, 2017 at 3:15 pm #818307
Prime conditions today on the Ridge, Boo, Climbmax, Bunny Run, Dirt Farm, and the Flats. The ground was entirely frozen around 1pm.
There are now serious issues with the Flats when the trail parallels the tracks before Millwood bridge. There are fence posts all along the trial–and for a section in the middle of the trail–presumably in anticipation of new fencing going up presently. Some of the posts are removable, and some were removed, but that whole section of trail may become unridable in the near future. Very annoying and surely unnecessary.December 11, 2017 at 10:49 am #818318
Might be due time for a connector trail on the ridge side vs the flats. I can’t see CN ever stopping all traffic on the flats, esp with the DJs were they are (good luck stopping thousands of people from accessing it), but this might at least keep regular trail rider traffic down enough to stop it from getting as much attention.
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