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    BlurredLines
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    Fresh snow on glazed ice now. Studded tires (and footwear) are highly recommended.

    It was slick to say the very least yesterday before the snow started and this is not likely to make it a lot better without a bit of packing. Expect conditions to be extremely slippery, not dissimilar to the wet leaves on slick clay effect we get in the spring and fall.

    #820873

    repack
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    In lieu of much other activity here recently, I’ll elaborate on the above with an anecdote. I had a minor revelation of sorts on the weekend, when i went out without crampons, and that poor choice turned out to be the single worst read of conditions i’d ever made in my entire life. Without being a coureur de bois or anything, I have spent enough hours outdoors to sit maybe 99th percentile in canada, and yet this was out of my league. I realized I’d simply not understood what 30 cm of snow, followed by two days of thaw, followed by 5 cm of ice pellets, followed by another two days of freezing rain, followed by good solid freezing temps, meant. I was lucky to get away with three full-on wipeouts and no new injuries. The third one was a dusenberg. On the way in/out of the east don multi-path from the Taylor creek parking, there’s that short section of trail right along the riverbank, and a little squeeze at one point between the shoulder of the hill coming right down to the creek. I attempted to go a little high over this shoulder, using saplings as handholds, and sort of rappelling sideways with my feet tucked in against the ice slope so they weren’t taking much weight. Naturally I still slipped and took my full weight with just one hand on the sapling. If you’re by that way, you can look up slightly and see the sapling that saved me from about a 12 foot slide into the creek. After that experience I have been wondering if perhaps my time is past, and it is time to let the next generation take over, whose modern concept of winter will have evolved radically from my old-fashioned beliefs.

    #820876

    GeezeeRider
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    Rode some easy trails on my fatbike with no issue today, so popped in to Crothers from Pottery rd. Rode up to Loblaws. It went well, only had to hike it for a few meters. I ran out of time, or would have continued. It was a lot of work, and a lung burner, but worth it. May go back tmrw.

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    #820879

    BlurredLines
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    Out this morning on the boot pack and it is softening up. Today will be crucial with the temperatures dropping, whatever is rutted today is likely to remain rutted until this time next week (if one is to believe the forecast). If you can shuffle your day to ride after the temperature drop the reward should be real. Expecting fast and smooth conditions this weekend.

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    #820880

    flydyl
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    Went out today in the Don: first good day I’ve had this winter. Spiked 27.5 tires at very low PSI. Was a tad crusty but not enough to bother turns. Was a bit soft in the sunny spots, but nothing a little extra effort couldn’t get through. A few sections were pretty rough due to boot-holes and paw-holes, but no big deal. Was able to do the Pottery Climb, mostly without stopping, and go for a good ways north. Descent from 3 rocks was a blast. Was very surprised not to see more bike tracks! I mean, seriously, where are you people?

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    #820881

    ldpldp
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    Riding the Humber! For all you west-enders, Humber snowpack is the best it’s been this year. Super fast and packed on the main trail, with great little trail offshoots that are nicely packed as well.

    #820882

    adama
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    Two months until official opening day.

    #820883

    ghettocruiser
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    I mean, seriously, where are you people?

    Answered the call last night, as an alleged “mountain biker” who hasn’t ridden the Don trails in years… I figured during a freezing rain event was as good a time as any to re-introduce myself.

    And to un-celebrate (rub it in the face of?) the three year anniversary of a life-changing crash.

    I was running low-pressure nonfat studded tires, which were smooth sailing on the flats, with a few patches of ice that angled slightly towards the river. Am I to gather that fence-line trail under the Millwood bridge represents a long-term peace treaty with Metrolinx?

    A few dodgy sections on the south end of the Crothers “Easy” line where there was pretty narrow packing and a bit of angled ice. Once the trails came back together, the pack was wider and the ice sections mostly angled the correct direction for staying on the trail.

    It felt good, real good, to ride it again.

    #820884

    alen_z
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    Welcome back @ghettocruiser, good to have you back in the Don!

    It’s a perfectly sensible idea to go for a mountain bike ride during freezing rain. Glad to hear that your brain is back to working just fine.

    #820885

    Fred Barclay
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    I’ve been having fun in there on the fat when conditions permit! A fun hour loop starting /stopping at Serena Gundy is Gundy>swap>entrace of climax>along the flats to the exit of ejaculator>then follow the trails out onto the frozen ponds in front of the Science Centre (highlight!)>remainder of boo>back along beaver flats(look for the new meandering parts!)>back to Gundy. I was out for the Snow Moon and thought I would run into some peeps but it was very quiet, and spooky in the trees. See you on the trails.


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    #820887

    ghettocruiser
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    It’s a perfectly sensible idea to go for a mountain bike ride during freezing rain.

    People always told me not to ride the Don at night, too many weirdos. But I never saw any.

    Years later, as we barreled through the Don on a rainy night, it finally occurred to me who the weirdos were.

    #820889

    aragon
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    It’s a perfectly sensible idea to go for a mountain bike ride during freezing rain.

    People always told me not to ride the Don at night, too many weirdos. But I never saw any.
    Years later, as we barreled through the Don on a rainy night, it finally occurred to me who the weirdos were.

    Haha, I have had the exact same thought. Great to see you back riding, @ghettocruiser and glad you stuck it on the anniversary date. Hope to see you on the trails this Spring!

    #820893

    micah356
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    @ghettocruiser Agreed, great to have you back. At Joyride last night we were chatting about Don years past, and I thought, what about him? Welcome back!

    #820899

    ghettocruiser
    Participant

    Thanks gentlemen. Once the kid’s spring-summer activities start up evening rides will probably become scarce as usual, but I will ride when I can, and keep the hope alive for a group ride appearance sometime in Don fiscal year 2019.

    #820905

    mcbain
    Participant

    Winter Don at its best. Probably won’t get much better than this, and hopefully these conditions will stick around for the week.

    Mostly great bootpack and textured ice on central Crothers, Flats, Beaver, Boo (section around circle parking lot is the worst part), new bits below Climbmax and around the Sci Centre pond. Swamp is great up to Serena Gundy, Woods Gundy will be a chore but lower path is well travelled and connects to SHT. Unsure of points north. Pro tips: avoid camber and stay on the trail…

    If you pull out to pass / you’ll fall on your a$$ / cuz beneath the snow / is a sheet of glass

    @ghettocruiser – so good to have you back where you belong. Three years is a long journey! Looking forward to hearing tales of derring-do at the next crank-busting BDDR.

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