Tagged: The Don
September 13, 2018 at 1:10 pm #820376
Out riding the east side this morning. While riding Dr. Quads, I encountered the same trail fairy as yesterday. He is the guy who has been fixing up Dr. Quads and was putting the finishing touches on the off-camber bridge so it is now fairly level. The last bridge over the small gully is also completed and is on a high line and easy to miss your first time through.September 13, 2018 at 1:46 pm #820377
I love that fairy! Bringing life back to some classics.September 14, 2018 at 1:47 pm #820380
Very very impressed with all the work done on Dr Quads. Wow Big Thanks to that fairy!September 14, 2018 at 2:31 pm #820381
@drc, the work that trail fairy did on Dr. Quads is nothing short of mind-blowing. So much work must have gone into it!
We rode it last night North to South, and it’s looking and riding better than it ever did, but still just as challenging and as humbling as ever. Stupid, happy grin on my face when we finished—it was like seeing an old friend (who likes sucker-punching you in the gut)!
Dr. Quads is an iconic Don trail and it’s great to see it respectfully restored and reopened. Well done!September 14, 2018 at 4:50 pm #820382
Agreed, Dr. Quads is riding better than I have ever seen it. I was actually able to ride all the bridges (well… not including that flying wooden berm structure).
Not sure if the trail fairy is on the RFG forum. He is on trailforks and you can read his trail report by clicking on the Dr. Quads trail. He looks to be about half my age (sadly that does not make him that young) so hopefully he should be active in trail maintenance for many years.September 15, 2018 at 1:51 pm #820383
I read regularly but don’t post often and wanted to say helmets off and thanks to a group of volunteers on Catalyst today cleaning up the trail. I must have passed about 35-40 people from about 10 to 60 years old, men and women. They said they were with Greenpeace and most people didn’t look like they were part of the cycling community so I was very surprised to see them. While disrupting whaling activities in the Sea of Japan is a bit out of my league, this is something I could definitely get behind. Also speaking of helping out and the sorry state of some bridges on the trails, anyone who wants a hand can PM me.September 17, 2018 at 4:27 pm #820386
I was back in again this weekend and it seems like if you can ride quads it’s totally rideable now aside from the lookout/landslide area, which is amazing. In the last few weeks so much new wood has been added and so much dead wood removed! Went in during the day after riding it at night and I feel like I’m preferring the north south route. I’m never gonna be riding the harder wood, and I’m cool with that, so with that out of the way it means going north you have (IMO) better descents coming all the way from the top end of Boomerang. For sure if you like the wood coming south seems better and the bridges are the best they’ve been in years.
Here’s to the builders, and to the cleaners!September 22, 2018 at 5:17 pm #820405
Some fallen lumber after yesterday’s windstorm. Redway to Cricket Tree has been cleared of 99.9% debris (so N Crothers, Ridge, Flats, & Topo). The rest of the West Don was rideable but it’s highly likely to pick up sticks in wheels and drivetrains. A few more trees are hanging above the trail (BOT!) but the only obstruction we encountered was two trees (20 cm & 30 cm) at the very start of Climbmax. Perfect temperature & great conditions.
1 user thanked author for this post.September 23, 2018 at 4:04 pm #820406
Forgot to say thanks to Edward Scissorhands for the most excellent haircut on Rim Job, north Beaver Flats, and PA at the “BUMP”. Much needed and much appreciated!September 27, 2018 at 11:20 am #820469
So pumped on the work that keeps happening in the east don. The west has been given tonnes and tonnes of love, which rules, but it’s nice to get to the other side of the valley and see changes happening every ride. Fruitloop seems to have had a little butter applied to a few turns etc in the last week or so, so thanks to the beaver(s)!
I need to put in some time over there. Lots of room for little tweaks that can keep it running really well.
BTW, it was dark at like 720 last night 🙁September 27, 2018 at 8:59 pm #820470
First ride in far too long and this evening was outstanding!
Pottery to 3 Rocks: Tacky goodness. only wet spots were where the water crosses in volume
3 Rocks to Ridge (hardline) : Same story, Tacky and amazing
The Ridge Ideal. Reconstructed berm and table top are flowy, but table top could be longer! Ridiculous shit teeter totter is back upright and still a busted POS, worth avoiding and boosting the “bridge” instead.
Boo Trail Wide open and running smooth
The Swamp It just feels silly paling this the swamp now. It’s dry and rolling great
River’s Edge A wee bit overgrown, but clear of deadfall.
Road Apples Clear and quick as usual. Interesting little trail evolving to skirt the construction of you exit down to Wilket Creek.
Beaver Flats Wet near the slump in the middle, but otherwise rolling well. Definitely more fun southbound.
The Flats Whoever gave that a hair cut is an amazing human being and should feel like a super hero. That was a lot of trimming!
1 user thanked author for this post.September 28, 2018 at 10:30 am #820472
I seem to have dropped my wallet somewhere between Loblaws and the rocket last night, if anyone comes across it it would be swell to have it back. Thanks!September 29, 2018 at 11:55 pm #820474
asdf ghjkParticipantOctober 4, 2018 at 8:42 am #820477
I’m itching to go for a ride today. What trails are likely to be the most rideable?
1 user thanked author for this post.October 4, 2018 at 8:53 am #820478
On foot this morning everything low in the valley from Eglinton to Pottery was still highly saturated and resulted in a lot of walking out in the open fields. If I was riding today I’d likely (if the forecast holds) be looking at the flats, boo trail (river adjacent only) the swamp skipping across the river into the parking lot for serena gundy park and making my way along the rivers edge to connect over to Road Apples. Everything else I’d call debatable depending on how the sun/wind pan out today.
Just a quick reminder – If you do ride while it’s debatable… Ride on the rocks where they’re available and if you’re going through water head straight down the middle. The wider the trail gets the harder the work becomes for those who do it.
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