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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby sworks88 » May 16th, 2009, 1:23 pm

KEEP IT COMING!!! lol....Yankee loves the rain and the more we get makes the trail last longer into the season. I am heading out there next week.
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby ReidRules18 » May 19th, 2009, 8:06 pm

Rode today and the trail is in good shape. Someone has removed the tree that was down around the 2 mile marker. Nice work thanks! I didn't do the warm-up loop, has anybody been out there is it still underwater?

On a sidenote, Blamp it was nice to meet you! I hope your laps went well I know it was a great day out and you inspired me to go for round two.
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby blamp28 » May 19th, 2009, 10:22 pm

Great night for a ride. The trail was awesome!! I ran into Reidrules in the parking lot. Nice to meet you Reid. I avoided the warmup too last week there was a lake around 1.4 miles in at the bottom of the rocky descent. I haven't looked at it since. Reid, I did make two laps but the second was a slower and more painful one.
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby honkonbobo » May 20th, 2009, 11:56 am

as of yesterday afternoon the small lake is still there on the beginning loop. the walk around it is starting to beat a path through the woods.

the rest of the trail is fast and fun.
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby deuce » May 26th, 2009, 7:08 am

Rode monday morning first thing. What a difference a week makes... Sand is getting deeper than I like. I hate flying headlong into a sand pit not really being able to steer and the second you try to correct a little it grabs your front wheel and you're done. You can only hope you have enough momentum to bring it back. I don't know if it was the trail conditions or me, but this ride seemed to zap my energy more than normal. Also, I noticed towards the end along the portion of trail that parallels gun lake road horsetracks and droppings. I am pretty sure that they aren't allowed on the deep lake trail, at least according to the map. Not quite sure if it was a horse rider that was lost or how or/if to report it.
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby Bigtymer » June 5th, 2009, 9:29 am

Hey deuce you just need to go faster and crank it hard through the sand. If you have enough speed it almost feels like your floating on top of the sand. I love it! I rode yankee for third time this week. This trail is so sweet it makes not want to ride anywhere else:)
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby deuce » June 5th, 2009, 4:58 pm

don't get me wrong, I love yankee too. I just love it a little more in the early spring when all the other trails aren't ready yet as well as in the fall (pre deer season) when the leaves are starting to turn. I usually ride a SS 29er and while the big wheels help me "float" through some of the bad spots I find it gets tough to ride. I live in Charlotte and it is just as close for me to drive to Fort Custer. While it doesn't offer the same workout as yankee, I find it a much more enjoyable ride.
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby Bigtymer » June 5th, 2009, 9:31 pm

ahh yes fort custer. the red trial, granny's garden, the amusment park. I love that those trails!
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby Green Giant » June 14th, 2009, 2:58 pm

If you were out at Yankee today, Sunday the 14th and left a 29 inch wheel in the lot, I left it with ranger station at the lot. You were driving a white malibu I believe and had a red fisher 292. I hope you got it.
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby sworks88 » June 14th, 2009, 3:40 pm

Sorry to hear about the wheel. Good luck if you lost it.

How is the trail?????
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby ReidRules18 » June 18th, 2009, 7:27 pm

The trail is in great shape, get out and ride it! There is a tree down after the 10 mile marker on the climb before the soupbowl that you can't ride over but you have to get out and walk around. That's it.

Saw Doug out there (Paydirt) I hope your ride went well!

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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby ReidRules18 » June 18th, 2009, 7:29 pm

Green Giant wrote:If you were out at Yankee today, Sunday the 14th and left a 29 inch wheel in the lot, I left it with ranger station at the lot. You were driving a white malibu I believe and had a red fisher 292. I hope you got it.


There is a thread in the General section of this forum, it looks like your wheel has been left at the ranger station, I hope that helps!
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby paydirt_07 » June 18th, 2009, 8:06 pm

ReidRules18 wrote:The trail is in great shape, get out and ride it!
Saw Doug out there (Paydirt) I hope your ride went well!


So true, Reid!
Had a great ride! Gonna sleep well tonight.
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby ReidRules18 » June 20th, 2009, 10:00 pm

Went out there today (Saturday 6/20/09) after the storm went through last night. I figured it would be more of a Re-con mission to clean up some down branches and report on what trees were down. As it turns out, no trees were down and I only had to remove a handful of down branches. I assume someone beat me out there as the down tree I reported a couple days ago has been cleared THANKS!

Because of the excessive rainfall the trail has the climbs and descents washed out and sand has built at the bottom of climbs. There are no standing puddles. Just an FYI.

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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby i69whitey » June 22nd, 2009, 4:35 pm

was out friday afternoon just before the storm rolled in
found the trail delightfully tacky, perfect for an eeesider.
did get lost without an escort, missed the whole far loop
rode it all on the second lap. excellant trail, top ten in MI
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