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    nmacquarrie
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    Echoing those above, everything is mint. Thanks to @crank for flagging that low tree on motown.

    There are Cow Parsnip and / or Hogweed (likely the former, though I didn’t stop to do a thorough who’s who) on the Flats. One plant very nearby the Millwood bridge is close to the trail and easily clipped on your way by. The others are south of the bridge and north of the DJs. These are a stride or two off the trail and should be easily avoided, but keep an eye if weed whacking or stepping aside to let someone pass.

    Happy trails.

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    #819972

    Crank
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    Thanks to the person(s) who removed the dead hanging tree from Motown. Great job with less than 24 hour response time! It is greatly appreciated!

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    #819977

    jcitizen
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    Folks,

    So, has every one been riding the scenic route off SHT and I’m just the only sucker who’s been missing out? Nice little addition to that area. Was thick with fluff from the trees this weekend.

    #819978

    Shortcuttomoncton
    Participant

    Also discovered it yesterday afternoon – great alternate, but chainrings are getting some serious action on those logs 😀

    #819979

    stephen_reese
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    Trailforks has a report for Training Loop that says it’s “Dry” – can that be true?!

    If so, the miracles continue, because even at the tail end of Motown Phase 3 this afternoon, there was nary a bead of moisture. On Kitchen Sink, mind you, lots of water can be found (with some woodscraps to scuttle over) right before you come up against the construction fence. Which way from there to access the northern portion? Up and to the right, or down and to the left? Are there alternate means (with parking, even) to see the northern portion from…well, the north?

    #819980

    BlurredLines
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    Folks,

    So, has every one been riding the scenic route off SHT and I’m just the only sucker who’s been missing out? Nice little addition to that area. Was thick with fluff from the trees this weekend.

    SSHT is hot. Those bricks are dialled!

    South end of Crothers down to Pottery was clean and razorwire free this evening. Forgot the battery for my head lamp, so my ride was less exciting than I’d hoped when packing up to go.

    Got chatting with the city folk (Mike) post Crother’s Woods Stewardship that closed up Flying Fuck and the word is pretty clear. Crothers and The Ridge are official no go zones full stop. Provocation is not an ideal plan as they’re clearly well aware of the greater network and have made little to no effort elsewhere. Call it a grey area, call it whatever you want, but The Ridge/Crothers are highly likely to be met with a swift hand as it is the agenda to manage those areas.

    On a positive note… We’ve got a city sanctioned build day coming up this Saturday (June 16th) thats got a couple of aims. One being to add a “gate” feature to the “hard line” and another of taking some of the extreme choppiness out of the “easy line”. If you’re keen to help out, great see you there! if you want to swing by and offer your support and appreciation to those with tools in hand great! If you want to avoid a disruption to your ride we’ll be on both extension north of Redway Road from 10 ~ 2 depending on ambition and what sort of turn out we have.

    In general if you’re keen to get involved in our trail network, legitimate or otherwise, get in touch. The ball is rolling and expressing how you might want to get behind it is going to be a real option real soon.

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    #820026

    mikester
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    HA – just discovered SSHT trail last week and wondered how long it was there. Love the bricks! What a wonderful addition to the network. Hoping that one log over goes away…

    #820030

    Dr.C
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    Walked Kitchen Sink near Eglinton to scout out best way around the construction. Cleared out the old Eglinton Ravine trail (see Trailforks for location) as best I could with my meagre hand implements. It should be the best way to get around the construction. Trail should be rideable in sections. Passes through two homeless camps, although the southern one can be bypassed by a high line. Start of the trail (when going north) is just past where you go over a downed tree about halfway between Everthing Butt and the creek section. Trail ends at Eglinton just past the bridge. You can then access the northern part of the trail from the most south-westerly parking lot of the apartments across the street. Best to use the lights at Swift St. as there are always lots of cars on Eglinton.

    While on Kitchen Sink, I gave the grassy sections a haircut so it should be good riding.

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    #820031

    Rob DeBoer
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    Well, was quite a dump… think it’s worth trying to ride in the morning?

    #820032

    repack
    Participant

    Half an inch according to the TRCA; with a windy evening of drier air, I think your odds are pretty good.

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    #820033

    Rob DeBoer
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    Yup, good to go! New tree down on Pottery east of the split.

    #820035

    Slabs
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    Beautiful ride this morning. All the trails up the West Don are clear and fairly dry. One note of caution; there is a huge tree hanging slung up in another tree over the trail on Rehab just west of the big g-out. The tree is literally dangling in the air just above the ground. Trail is ridable but this slung tree is very dangerous and should not be touched. Hopefully a strong wind will bring it down when there is no one on the trail.


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    #820038

    mcbain
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    Trails are great. bugs are reasonable. Get out there!
    Boo – 30 cm tree branch across trail @ washrooms still there but with ridearound.
    Beaver Flats – 25 cm tree across trail just north of bridge-of-changing-width and south of the turns-through-the-ferns.

    Lost my watch while pruning Boo between Lung Cancer Canada rock @ north end and road crossing by the circle parking lot. Simple Swiss Army analog watch with a (broken) brown leather strap. If you find it I’d greatly appreciate its return!

    #820039

    Shortcuttomoncton
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    Also watch for the new concrete parking barriers lining the fresh pavement at the exit to Foreplay DH – they raise the bump another 8 inches or so. Came flying out last night just after 9pm and it was just getting dark enough to give me the optical illusion that they were placed on the side of the pavement, not on top of it….bottomed out all 150mm of fork and then some, quite the wakeup. 😀

    #820040

    repack
    Participant

    Pretty big trunk probably 30cm+ is lying just metres in from the road on the south entrance to to the beaver flats / catalyst. Over on the east I smelt the fresh lumber before I saw it, smelled just like aisle 2 at home depot, I was psyched for the cyclo-cross running dismount and vault move that I occasionally dream of, but of course I was too late the brand new plywood wall backing up the new-ish fencing had already fallen over.

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