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Postby Mike_D » January 16th, 2006, 10:53 am

I rode the 1st and 2nd sections on Sunday (did not have time for the 3rd, back section so I'm not aware of the status on this section). There is a new tree blowdown on the 1st section (on the north side of the gravel road) so if anyone as a chainsaw, feel free to help clear the trail.
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Postby redrabbit » January 16th, 2006, 9:31 pm

I rode the entire system on Sunday. Covered in leaves but in good shape. A little hard to follow the trail in the back section due to the leaf cover on the ground. I came accros a couple riders that got turned around. Maybe that trail should be marked as well as the one that starts on the north side of the road.

Otherwise, a good first mtn ride of the year ride. :D :D :D :!:
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Postby Purple is a Fruit » January 29th, 2006, 11:32 am

A big thanks to whomever hauled out the chainsaw to clear up the large blowdown that was on the north side of the road (fast trail).

There was about 1-2 inches of snow on the trail prior to the rain on Saturday. That made for things to be a little slick in the turns, but otherwise completely ridable.

The techincal section was muddy back in "the swamp", but the trail was clearly visable even with the snow cover.

Overall, couldn't complain about being covered in mud in January! :D
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Postby Mike_D » January 30th, 2006, 10:53 am

Purple is a Fruit wrote:A big thanks to whomever hauled out the chainsaw to clear up the large blowdown that was on the north side of the road (fast trail).


These guys are responsible for the clearing of the trail on the day after the snowstorm that hit us overnight on Friday the 20th.

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From left to right: Creakindale, Slowpoke, Mntn-biker (photo courtesy of Slowpoke)

We had ~ 6-7" of fresh snow for this ride.
Here's a pic of my bike after the ride (courtesy of Creakindale):

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Postby admiral haus » January 30th, 2006, 10:59 am

All that beautiful snow. I am insanely jealous
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Postby SlowPoke » January 30th, 2006, 11:01 am

Gone now.

Replaced by mud.
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Postby Purple is a Fruit » January 30th, 2006, 8:32 pm

Slowpoke, Mntn-biker, and Creakindale-

Thanks again for clearing the trail. Your bikes after the snow look alot like my bike after going to Ionia to ride that weekend. Silly me, thought we'd head east and avoid most of the snow. Not so.

Thanks again. :D
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Postby cramer » January 31st, 2006, 9:26 am

I got this picture of my bike that same day, same trail...

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What a great day to be outside! Hopefully we get some more snow here soon.

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Postby duotone » January 31st, 2006, 12:09 pm

Great Pics! (I hate snow, stop wishing for more please....) :wink:
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Postby daisylubob » January 31st, 2006, 12:13 pm

admiral haus wrote:All that beautiful snow. I am insanely jealous


i am insanely happy it is there and not here :D
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Postby Mike_D » January 31st, 2006, 12:49 pm

daisylubob wrote:
admiral haus wrote:All that beautiful snow. I am insanely jealous


i am insanely happy it is there and not here :D


There is zero snow here right now and I am insanely happy :D
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Postby redrabbit » February 4th, 2006, 8:12 pm

Rode Bass River today. 3x on the fast trail and 1x on the technical trail. Trail was in good shape but for some mud in the back area of the technical trail. Looks like the rain/sleet/snow coming down tonight might make the trail messy this coming week.

I noticed a coupleof the log piles that were there a couple weeks ago have been removed :? Maybe the piles deteriorated to a point and needed to be pulled out???

I felt they added another element to the trail and didn't hurt the flow. :twisted:

Any thoughts from others who normally ride there?
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Postby purple helmet » February 4th, 2006, 8:38 pm

i'll have to see what's gone, but generally the safe and ridable piles stay...
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Postby mtbyker » February 4th, 2006, 8:56 pm

I really liked all the downfall, except the one spot you couldn't even attempt. But I also realize that Bass River gets riders of all abilities and safe is good 8)
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Postby redrabbit » February 4th, 2006, 10:41 pm

The unridable logs are still there. There is a pretty good path being created that cuts the corner around them. Perhaps moving them to a spot and arrangement that is more ride able. :idea:
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