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  • #820041

    mcbain
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    Some new work in Crothers near the Poo Plant courtesy of yesterday’s Stewardship event. Just east of Redway Road:

    1. The rotting log filter at the entrance to the “Harder” line just east of Redway Rd has been rebuilt out of rock. Longtime riders may remember the challenging logpile that used to guard the entrance.

    2. Nearby on the descending “Easier” line there are many significant tune-ups to eroding berms and rock armouring of perpetual wet spots.

    Quality work all around – thanks to all who participated!

    #820048

    Rob DeBoer
    Participant

    Ditto that.

    #820049

    repack
    Participant

    Daytime through kitchen sink so had to find and take the alternate trail mentioned on the previous page (thanks drc!). Although I knew from the description right where it was, I literally couldn’t see it at first until I walked up the bank a little and finally saw the faint traces. For me going northbound it was more of a mini portaging experience than rideable but no matter I’m always up for a good portage. Now that I know how it goes I’d rate it as a fairly good workaround under the circumstances.

    #820055

    mcbain
    Participant

    Beaver Flats – trees at south end and 2/3 up have been cleared. I can’t confirm but I’m guessing that the tree on Boo by the washrooms is gone too. Thank you masked man!

    Catalyst – some pretty hefty rock work was done to replace a failing bridge. Well done is an understatement. Good to see that trail getting some much needed love!

    Flats – Hydro One did some cutting beneath the towers but thankfully stacked the firewood well off the trail. Also lots of massive carp in the river. Get fishing!

    Bunny Poop (seriously, that’s the name?) – the DH got a much-needed haircut.

    #820057

    repack
    Participant

    Trail surfaces in great shape after the rain over the weekend. The shrubbery is doing even better. There is what looks to be another part of the same tree down in that spot at the entrance to Beaver Flat/catalyst. It is about 6″ and standing up and planted firmly in the ground like a small tree trunk. I couldn’t tell if it was a practical joke or for real. A smaller 4″ log over on climbax just metres from the start of the main climb was just beyond the limit of moveability but a handsaw would make quick work of it.

    #820060

    Dr.C
    Participant

    @repack wrote: “There is what looks to be another part of the same tree down in that spot at the entrance to Beaver Flat/catalyst. It is about 6″ and standing up and planted firmly in the ground like a small tree trunk. I couldn’t tell if it was a practical joke or for real. A smaller 4″ log over on climbax just metres from the start of the main climb was just beyond the limit of moveability but a handsaw would make quick work of it. ”

    Although there is a small chance that the 6″ tree limb that was standing up at the south entrance to Beaver Flats/catalyst may have been a slung limb, I doubt it since it was one that was cut off the main tree that was down. Anyways, the tree limb was very soft and easy to cut up with my handsaw. It is now completely removed so if there are any more cut limbs sticking straight up out of the ground it would definitely be deliberate.
    Other riders reported that the small tree down at the start of the Climbmax climb was removed.
    Trail surfaces in great shape.

    #820084

    Rob DeBoer
    Participant

    Surfaces were getting pretty dry this morning… hard to get a grip. This rain will help, and the next week looks sunny and mild. Sweet!

    #820105

    repack
    Participant

    The rain has indeed been just the ticket. The river looked unusually high though, so when I got home i checked and saw we dodged a bombshell, with up to 8 centimetres falling in some of the northern reaches of the gta. Someone has put up a helpful warning sign at the exit of fourplay. I think it refers to the new cement curb blocks there, but I might add another possible hazard at that exit as it occurred for me. What with the new pavement, road bikers doing reps come back down that hill at a good 30+ kmh. I’m pretty sure most of them are aware of the trail exit there, but at the same time they’ll be more likely to call out and want you to stop rather than attempt a swerve/avoidance.

    #820114

    BlurredLines
    Participant

    Mighty dusty out in the east last evening without much precipitation in the forecast. Expect it to get all sorts of slippery over the weekend with traffic.

    #820116

    repack
    Participant

    In the absence of a lot of regulars, it seems I’m posting up a bit of a storm here recently. There is certainly a lot of dust. The closest I came to wiping out though was on the pavement. The river flooding last week left a big pile of sand on the paved path in the east don below wynford hill. Coming off kitchen sink I was rolling with some speed and paying no attention whatsoever to the pavement. After I recovered my balance, I found I was actually appreciative of that little curve ball the Don had thrown at me.

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    #820119

    BlurredLines
    Participant

    The much needed rain is all but absorbed. Conditions last evening were as close to perfect when moving as it gets, stop and you found out how humid it was in an instant.

    The Flats: On the side of overgrown
    The Ridge: Absolutely mint
    Boo: Excellent as usual
    The Swamp: Dry, not even sure what to say about that
    SHT/SSHT:both clear and quick.

    Looking like we’re in for rain overnight again and we’ll start to see a wee bit more water now that everything has been soaked down.

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    #820126

    mcbain
    Participant

    Muggy and a bit buggy this morning but most of last night’s downpour is already in the ground. Should be great tonight.

    SHT – all good
    SSHT – two 20-25 cm trees down across the trail. One at very north end by the fence gap, the other a little further south-ish/downriver by the S-bricks. Also sad to see the decapitation of the deity 🙁
    Woods Gundy – all good
    Swamp – a few puddles but good to go
    Beaver Flats – all good
    Flats – fence at north end sealed off again so didn’t go that way
    Ridge – all good

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    #820127

    georgejessel
    Participant

    Confirming that as of last night the Flats are blocked by a fence at the north end. However, there’s a makeshift path around the fence along the river. I don’t think it will take much to remove the new fencing. Such a pointless move by CN.

    #820128

    mcbain
    Participant

    SSHT – trees are out of the way so all clear
    Rehab trails, Smith’s Edge/Roller Flowster (S.E.R.F.?), 4play all in great condition

    #820129

    repack
    Participant

    Hehe, I’ve long been thinking Smithster for short, but such beautiful trails and scenery just there of all places also frequently has me thinking of Brooke Burke, a B-list TV host from years past.

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