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    nmacquarrie
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    Yesterday mid-day:

    Crothers: there is now a rock bridge (dam?) over the stream at the pottery road parking lot, and someone has built a shelter off the Pottery DH between the big right hander and the little drainage channel.

    Boo: trees cleared! Thank you!

    Climbmax: mint.

    Motown: turned around after the wiggly bit in the middle, but vegetation up to that point is under control (for now). The dog vines really suffered over the long dry / hot spell, but the PI is thriving.

    Flats: passable, but unpleasant north of the millwood bridge. Goldenrod and Ragweed at face height and choking off the trail.

    #820190

    Marley
    Participant

    Training Loop is in great shape, and someone has been doing some very nice work in there. The rock armoring of that hole from the upended tree is a clever touch.

    Fruitloop is also riding quite well, but note there is a partially cut log down at the South end almost maybe jumpable if not for the potential consequences.

    #820193

    Crank
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    I rode Fruitloops around noon today. The dead tree down mentioned by @marley had been removed along with another tree hanging over the trail further down. Fruitloops is good to go.

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    #820199

    Fred Barclay
    Participant

    Anyone else finding puzzle pieces zip tied to trees? I found two around Sunnybrook. It’s obviously a secret code for a pot of gold. Looks like there must be at least 4 or 5 more. Let’s collect them all and redeem our prize!


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    #820202

    Fred Barclay
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    Everything running nice in the Sunnybrook area. 5 play and 6 play in good shape, trail seems to be settled in now with lots of variety. If anyone has a bigger tool there is a foot wide tree on 5 play that has a temporary walk over. On 6 play there are two down past the section I call “watch your head” Again about a foot wide each. With them gone it would smooth out a fun switch back section. Ride on.

    #820255

    mikester
    Participant

    Rode Ridge/Beaver Flats/Swamp/Woods Gundy/Secret Hidden/Road Apples before lunch – Rain served to clump the dust a bit and tighten up the trails however without more rain it will be dust again by tomorrow. Get out there ASAP!

    #820285

    Baillout
    Participant

    We had a lot of rain on Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Has anyone been in the trails today to know if they are rideable?

    #820286

    Marley
    Participant

    Heads up I saw that a construction notice was posted for the East Don trail project, which will build that long planned multi-use (paved) path connecting the forks (Taylor Creek off leash area) with the path near Moccasin Trail Park (Rainbow Tunnel). Phase 1 and Phase 2 which is North of Eglington will begin next month, and both are expected to conclude Dec 2019. Phase 3 will connect the two sections.

    Likely of interest, Phase 1 (with map) here: https://yoursay.ca/4278/documents/11529

    For reference, that river bend by Northline Rd is the lookout at the end of Motown. The “Future Gatineau Trail” is by the Bermondsy Transfer Station.

    Also, apparently construction will involve temporarily closing off the Taylor Creek lot.

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    #820288

    whisky_cactus
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    Thanks for the heads up Marley.

    I just rode the west from loblaws through to the end of foreplay. Dirt is super tacky with a few minor puddles in the usual spots. The Don was super high this afternoon. Bring a kayak.

    Tree down on the ridge, almost right where it was down last time – right before the left hand side double log over.

    Also a tree down near the end of the trail after the g-out by rehab.

    No more dust (for now)!!!!!

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    #820289

    repack
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    I took a crack at aligning the Phased 123 trail alignment with the trailforks. It’s the thick black line, not to be confused with the thin black lines of trailforks black diamond. Short of doing the registration properly, it’s good enough to show the main impact on Kitchen Sink.


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    Marley
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    Strange. The Phase 1 map was changed to remove the The “Future Gatineau Trail” reference, and the link updated. It can now be found here: https://yoursay.ca/4278/documents/11567

    Thanks @repack The Phase 3 route does not bode well for Kitchen Sink. I assume considerations need to be made for the Eglington LRT, and I am not sure if that impacts timing when this part of the work is expected to start, but I did see the Phase 3 is expected to be completed by March 2020.

    #820292

    BlurredLines
    Participant

    Small losses, small victories.

    Looks to me like the intended path sets a bridge in place that will open access to STD’s that is otherwise significantly less traveled. Additionally it looks like it’s opening up some of the terrain on the Linkwood side of the river north of Mowtown. I’ve been watching this develop at it’s standard glacial pace and while some of “the old” will go it’s creating a lot of access to “the new”. At the end of it all there’s a pretty good chance of linking up a proper loop up to Lawrence on that branch of the don rather than the current there and back or paved bail out back to the east or west.

    Also put a call in to 311 about the dead fall on the ridge… more calls = more results

    #820293

    Dr.C
    Participant

    Conditions in the Sunnybrook area from SHT up to Foreplay are excellent. The downed tree limbs on Lower Rehab have been removed so it is clear sailing.

    #820294

    micah356
    Participant

    FYI, in the current issue of Bike Magazine:


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    #820313

    Crank
    Participant

    Rode this morning about 11 am. The wind and sun were drying things out really fast. Motown, Fruitloops, Training loop, Ridge and Boo were all dry except for a few spots that are often a bit wet. Generally , excellent conditions!

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