Tagged: The Don
February 3, 2018 at 11:01 am #818696
Ice, not bare earth, in most of the mid-West (Boo, BF, Swamp). I guess the softening earlier in the week was worse than I thought! Rumour has it the Thursday night right almost had its first Polar Bear swimmer!
Great green-wax cross-country skiing this morning through the open spaces of ET Seton. Checked out the pond below the Science Centre and it’s ideal for skating (also skiing and biking) with two pads already shoveled! Heading there this afternoon for a family skate.February 3, 2018 at 6:23 pm #818697
Did a quick ride in don today starting at Pottery Rd. and Bayview. The trails looked un-ridable to me, with ice everywhere there had been exposure to the sun.
Surprisingly, it was pretty grippy. The ice was rough, and had a crusty surface that offered more traction than I expected, even with no studs. I had to force my brain to ignore the ice, and just keep going. I kept the bike upright, and rode home without incident.
A little snow will make things even better. Lets hope for the best.February 6, 2018 at 10:51 am #818700
XC skiing was even better this morning through ET Seton & Serena Gundy. Science Centre pond perfect for skating. Boo / Swamp / WG outstanding with grippy snowpack. Cold but worth the effort!February 6, 2018 at 10:06 pm #818701
Perfect for fat, half fat and non fat alike. A few icy spots in beaver flats. Go get it!February 8, 2018 at 12:03 pm #818703
Skiing through the midwest again – stunning sunrise and perfect conditions. Pond rink is shoveled. Zero tiretracks and softer conditions but definitely enough foot/snowshoe traffic to ride fat on Boo & Swamp. You can always bail to the lightly covered paved path.February 12, 2018 at 12:19 pm #818707
Looped around Beaver Flats (good) and Boo (great) this morning on snowshoes. Compared to yesterday’s early morning ride/walk/ride on full fat, conditions have firmed up considerably and the crust provides plenty of traction. Trails to the south and north have very good bootpack. Get out there this afternoon / evening!
Flats – fences were all sealed up yesterday around Millwood Bridge and workers had piled a bunch of cuttings to block the trail OUTSIDE the right-of-way as well.February 16, 2018 at 10:52 am #818723
Another window of great winter riding has closed – hopefully everyone got out last Tuesday.
On foot through N Crothers / Ridge / Flats this morning: the first two are mostly bumpy ice with frozen mud poking through (although some extended areas of soft) while the Flats is deepening slush at one end and extended puddles at the other. Overnight cold temperatures might make it possible to ride on top of the muck, but it’ll be treacherous.
FYI – hazard tree removal in Crothers has begun with chainsaws singing near Loblaws. Expect (and respect!) trail closures.February 16, 2018 at 2:19 pm #818728
Man we have a finicky winter bike season in this city.
I miss riding bikes.February 20, 2018 at 9:24 pm #818755
Yup. I’ve been reduced to bloody spin classes.February 25, 2018 at 2:43 pm #818769
Fingers crossed for dry-enough paths tomorrow…February 25, 2018 at 7:14 pm #818770
Fingers crossed for dry-enough paths tomorrow…
If you mean paved, probably. If you mean dirt, hard no.
Went for a walk this past morning and the ice sheets are all melting quickly anywhere they remain. The frost is out of the first few inches of soil pretty much everywhere and things are going to be VERY soft until we either manage to dry out or see some low temperatures freeze it up again.
1 user thanked author for this post.February 25, 2018 at 10:24 pm #818773
Good to know, thanks.February 26, 2018 at 12:33 pm #818780
All Don trails are, on average, good to go in the 3rd week of April, hence the 4/20 ride as the quasi-official start to prime riding season. While some trails are ready earlier (Flats, Ridge) and some later (Swamp, Climbmax) and climate change is a thing, we’re still a LONG way from damage-free riding. *sigh*
What’s a rider to do?
1. Don’t give up your spinning membership quite yet.
2. Be the early bird: when the temperature drops below freezing overnight you can enjoy frozen mud ’til about 9:00 am before the sun turns it slick and mushy again.
3. Laps on the Flats: while it’ll get rutted to heck and widened to 4-lanes, it is the one and only trail in the Don that heals itself. That said, you’ll now have to ride it end-to-end as track-crossing at the Millwood bridge is not an option. Please help re-establish the new/safe/legit line by riding outside of the fenced right-of-way. And FFS stay off the dirt jumps!
A few notes:
1. Hazard tree removal in Crothers seems to be finished. They did good!
2. Hydro One is ramping up to bury a cable between the Leaside Transformer Station to the Todmorden Junction (near the south end of the Ridge). At some point between now and June there will be an open trench crossing the Millwood bridge climb and, in general, access along the gravel road below will be impossible. They are aware of the trail and will attempt to minimize access issues. Lots of trucks/equipment on site this morning!
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Going out and fixing what I can in Sunnybrook today via 3-7 if needed. Happy riding.
Up Up and away, expect April 14th.
This will also be my last year doing trail stuff in the don.
1 user thanked author for this post.March 1, 2018 at 9:47 am #818828
I think Toronto might have the stupidest weather in mountain biking.
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