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Postby Climber92 » October 19th, 2005, 3:44 pm

i saw that those obstacles were gone. :( i was planning to go on them to embarrass my dad, and they were gone. drat, runners should stay on paved paths where running is supposed to be done. also, u should have to understand, that mount biking, adn or mountain bike trail running(whoever thought that up)is coherently dangerous. i didnt sue anyone when i cracked my nose open at lakeshore, geez. and those obstacles are hard to get hurt on, unless you are being stupid.

Rode the trail again with my bros and Dad. this has become my favorite trail, and i hope for it to continue growing.

i htink that there is property that we havent taken full advantage of yet, nad i would be pleased to see a mile or two more of trail. If you need work done i can get 4-5 people out there.
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Postby Climber92 » October 20th, 2005, 5:06 pm

also, me, my dad, and a group from school are going out on Thur. 29. The schol is supporting this, so we got the release forms, and the IMBA rules of the trail, along with a map. i hope we have a good time, and get a decent # of people to come.
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Postby gregL » October 21st, 2005, 7:19 pm

did a quick night ride of the trail today and it was in good condition. The only scary part was when I was accosted by an unleashed dog as I exited the forest loop. Fortunately lifting up my front tire like I was going to drop it on him and yelling scared him off. probably the owners didn't expect anyone else to be out there since there were no other cars in the lot, but still...

I also wanted to say thanks to the people who put together this trail. It's nice to have a fun trail near enough to ride to. I'd be willing to help out at future trail days, but I don't own tools of my own
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Postby scat silvurz » October 21st, 2005, 9:23 pm

was it a german shephard? I've seen a guy running his gs off leash there before....
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Postby gregL » October 23rd, 2005, 3:08 pm

I'm not 100% sure, but I think a labrador. definitely not german shephard
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Postby Climber92 » October 24th, 2005, 7:47 am

who ever it is NEEDS to keep the dog on a leash. i ride there at least once a week, and hope to not encounter that dog
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Postby sisu » October 25th, 2005, 11:24 am

I was riding the Bluffs on Saturday and some guy had a large hound out there w/o a leash (he also was using a circa 1970 walkie talkie. Weird). I almost ran the dog over and the guy was like "whoa, watch the dog". "then git him on a leash" I snarled. Not the way to spread the love for Mt Bikers, but when I encounter hikers with dogs (on leashes) who pull them out of the way to let me pass, I ride by slowly and thank them profusely.
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Postby adroit rider » October 25th, 2005, 11:34 am

i find myself riding my bike like an unleashed dog. Like a scaveging Pit Bull looking for some single track to attack. I know it scares the crap out of other riders and especially hikers but I can't hold back the dog in me...

Put your self in the hiker's shoes and I bet they see Mt Bikers as we see unleashed dogs...
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Postby K2Beast » October 25th, 2005, 11:51 am

Adroit Rider wrote:...Put your self in the hiker's shoes and I bet they see Mt Bikers as we see unleashed dogs...

Usually mountain bikers don't bite people... but beware the :twisted: Beast ;)

I will be carrying a dog deterrent from now on... I got bit on the ankle while riding on the sidewalk by a pitbull terrier on the 15th... no more taking chances for me. :evil:
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Postby Climber92 » October 25th, 2005, 12:00 pm

going out on thur with a group from school, we got waiver forms, and racks for the bikes, most of these people have never ridden before, so we'll see how it goes
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Postby Climber92 » October 26th, 2005, 7:53 am

Hit Olson last night, and lo and behold....there was an unleased dog. Some people will never learn, it was white, and I can't guess what it was. After the woods trail and the perimeter trail join up, there was some brush on the trail(which I moved), and a branch that had broke and was hanging over the trail, a.k.a....headbanger for a tall rider. It hadn't fallen yet, but it will soon, judging by how much it was still attached to the tree, adn the weather we're supposed to be having. Also, the obstacle on the Plateau trail has a slightly dislodged rock,and may completely fall out of place soon.

all in all it was a great, yet utterly COLD ride

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Postby adroit rider » October 26th, 2005, 8:01 am

I was out there last night and everything went swell except for one guy cracked his Rocky Mt, another got a flat, another snapped his front mech cable, and another had really bad brake drag.

Definately cold!
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Postby Climber92 » October 26th, 2005, 12:19 pm

about what time were you out there, I didnt see any other riders
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Postby Climber92 » October 27th, 2005, 6:36 pm

hit it agan on thursday. right by where one of the obstacles was, across the wooden bridge, there was another headbanger, which I(being short)didn't notice. In the plateau trail there were some leg smackers, but great all in all.
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Postby bhollen666 » October 27th, 2005, 7:11 pm

I rode it with a few friends Wed night, and on one of the climbs in the woods section we climbed straight into a runner coming down the trail at us. The wrong way on the bike path. He moved into the grass along the trail and said "Go ahead!" to let us try and continue to climb past him. If it was on a turn, we might have rode straight into him. Come to think of it, I think he was wearing an iPod or similar radio, so he wouldn't of even heard us coming. :evil:
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