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Postby sisu » October 28th, 2005, 2:35 pm

Yesterday I rode from Brandemere to Olson and when I emerged from the underpass (new graffiti there, still unintelligible) I looked to my left and wondered why there isn't a piece of trail heading north along the east side of M14 which would eventually dump you out on Dhu Varren west of Pontiac Trail. From there you could do a loop or two in Olson, then head south and hit the trails in Leslie park and work your way back to Bandemere.

Bill M, have you ever looked into who owns that stretch of land?
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Postby bill_m » October 28th, 2005, 2:56 pm

MDOT owns the easment for M-14 that backs up to the parcels of private property. It would require MDOT to allow us onto a portion of the buffer between the highway and people's backyards. I don't think they would be crazy about that idea. Then there is the issue of the multiple bridges. You can't really go underneath them easily with a bike, so you would have to cross the road and again go onto private property.

I guess the route would need to be walked and evaluated. It is an interesting idea, but I don't know how doable it is. We got really lucky with MDOT at Olson Park along M-14 due to there being such a large uphill slope to act as a buffer. You can see how much they gave us between the old and the new fences on the North border of the park. It would be a cool route though.
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Postby sisu » October 30th, 2005, 3:35 pm

yeah, and the people who own houses that back up to M14 might not be crazy about it, either.

In any event, the out and back on the current trail system is tons of fun, the trail has nice flow in both directions. . .
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Postby sisu » November 10th, 2005, 4:02 pm

rode most of the bluffs yesterday, there's a big tree down in the northernmost valley. In Kuebler Langford there's a tree down on the "secret" trail section.
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how's it lookin

Postby a m a n d a » November 28th, 2005, 2:49 pm

i was hoping to ride some tomorrow, tuesday-wondering if the trail may be too wet for a ride-any one know?? :roll:
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Olson Park direction

Postby dew » December 4th, 2005, 7:10 pm

Lately, I've been riding Olson a lot at night, and for the sake of variety several friends and I have ridden the Woods loop backward (I figure it is OK after dark because of the light warning, and people are slower, etc.). Everyone who rides with me (maybe 7-8 people) seems to agree it flows better in this direction, and it is reminiscent of the trail before it was upgraded a few years ago.

Bill M, is there ever any thought about reversing the direction of the woods loop?
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Postby bill_m » January 18th, 2006, 4:24 pm

I have to admit that I sometimes ride the trail both ways too. That is one of the perks of the trail still being new. More people are discovering it everyday however, so we should really stick to the official direction during daylight hours. It is cool backwards, but personally I prefer it forwards. I will ask the question at next meeting though.

Thanks for the input.
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Olson Park/AA Loop

Postby sisu » March 31st, 2006, 12:15 am

This particular forum needs a name change, as per above perhaps.

I gingerly rode the AA loop and Olson Park (not bluffs, not cedar bend though) today. Most of it is in fine shape. I'm pleased at how Olson is getting really buff back in the woods. Needs more riders up on the ridge though. THe small intestine trail I mean. Olson has just one or two soft spots (pizza cutters have been out dang it) but I dismounted and walked around them easily.

As to be expected there were a few muddy spots down by M-14 but the ground was plenty solid to walk around them.

Any rain and I won't ride these trails, too iffy right now.
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Postby scat silvurz » March 31st, 2006, 12:34 am

yesssss - the small intestine!!!!
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AA loop conditions

Postby sisu » April 1st, 2006, 12:27 pm

Just took a walk on some of the aa loop trails. Messy. We didn't get that much rain yesterday, but conditions are muddy esp in lowlying areas. Hard to even find a spot to walk around the mud pits. I didn't even consider riding. . .
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Postby Climber92 » April 19th, 2006, 2:57 pm

hit it on tuesday and rode it twice. Trail is in GREAT condition except for the mountain bluff trail, which has a small patch of mud.
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Postby sisu » May 4th, 2006, 6:30 am

I rode through Keubler Langford from HRD up to the bluffs, and usually I hit that cool section of trail that veers off to the right and crosses the stream, but someone has tried to close off the trail with a bunch of sticks and limbs. Could be the girl scouts, but it sure doesn't look like their property when you scope it out on a map.
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Postby mcginnis842 » May 24th, 2006, 1:31 pm

Took a ride yesterday (5-23-06) the trail is dry and the greenery is reaching a nice hight. Though the trail seems to be one big rut on the lower trails. It's seems that a combination of water run off and riders on wet ground seem to have caused a dramatic change from end of last season. Also the jump on the upper trails seems to have been taken down.
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Postby sisu » June 2nd, 2006, 3:31 pm

Cedar Bend isn't suffering any erosion damage I'm happy to report. But there are some big trees down before the cliffhanger section, a chainsaw will be needed.

And on the other side of town, Bluffs needs some serious trimming. I'm gonna try to get out there some in the next few weeks with the loppers.

The muddy sections of the AA loop are getting better but still bad. Getting wider and wider. . .
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Postby Climber92 » June 8th, 2006, 8:29 am

rode it tuesday, the trail was very overgrown in some sections. needs mower BIG TIME on plateau trail!
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