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Luton Yellow Loop

Postby brooklyn steve » October 19th, 2008, 7:18 pm

For all of you who do not know where the yellow loop is. It breaks off of the blue loop after the sweeping left turn just before the soy bean fields.
Look for the yellow arrows as well as the yellow and orange ribbons dangling from the trees. It will be marked better soon. But you all know the more you ride it the more the trail will develop! Get out and ride it!
Have fun!
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Postby de5m0mike » October 20th, 2008, 2:18 pm

I too am loving the new yellow loop. It adds a whole new level of difficulty to the trail.
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Postby Purple is a Fruit » October 27th, 2008, 8:46 pm

Rode Luton for the first time on Sunday afternoon (10-26) and was quickly pelted with hail for the attempt. :lol: Overall, I was very impressed with all the work and effort that has gone into building such a nice system. I saw a group of about 6-7 rec riders out shrieking and fussing at some of the low lying, muddy spots down by the creek. But they were having fun. The leaf cover does make riding the trail a bit more of a challenge, but as it gets ridden in more, that should improve. Due to all the rain last week, the low lying spots were quite muddy and wet.

BUT, I had so much fun out there yesterday, I decided to go for it again today with a night ride after work. 3 laps and LOTS of deer in the area. The areas that were wet yesterday were considerably better today (not covered in mud from head to toe today...just a little over the toes!). Even with the howling wind, once you get into the woods, the riding is great.

Overall, I think this trail is quite a compliment to the other two trails in the immediate vicinity. GREAT work Rick and the rest of the Western Chapter who've developed this system!
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Postby RickPlite » October 27th, 2008, 9:53 pm

Thanks Purple,

This area is similar in soil type to the game area in locations (clay or high water table). Please try to avoid this trail when it is raining or has rained recently.
It has also come to my attention that many mountain bikers have chosen to ignore the County's request to not park at the barn on Kies Ave. It has been a privilege to ride here, not a right. Please obey the no parking request and park at the D&W Plaza at 10 Mile and Northland Drive until we establish a parking lot on 10 Mile.

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GPS Data

Postby kskinner » November 3rd, 2008, 8:30 pm

Does anyone have gps data that includes the new yellow loop that can be uploaded to this site?
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Postby Bigtymer » November 6th, 2008, 12:35 pm

How long is the new yellow loop
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Postby RickPlite » November 6th, 2008, 1:46 pm

just over one mile for the yellow loop which brings the whole system to 5 miles in all.
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Postby trout_smith » November 19th, 2008, 3:41 pm

Is night riding allowed at Luton?

How do you pronounce Luton?

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Postby shoe » November 19th, 2008, 4:29 pm

trout_smith wrote:How do you pronounce Luton?

Luton is pronounced "L U T O N".
Hope that helps.
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Postby mtbyker » November 19th, 2008, 4:44 pm

Dad and I did laps out there today, 3 of them, and it was a blast! Pretty challenging to get up some of the stuff on the yellow with my big gear and worn out Schwalbe Fast fred tire! Second time I had ridden it, first time since the middle of Summer. Nice job guys! We even ventured out on the new trail, lots of hike a bike, but still great fun. When that piece is done it will make the trail a great destination any time of year, and especially during hunting season.
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Postby RickPlite » November 19th, 2008, 4:45 pm

from the county website:

"All county parks shall close at dusk. All park users must leave at closing time."
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Postby trout_smith » November 19th, 2008, 7:16 pm

shoe wrote:
trout_smith wrote:How do you pronounce Luton?

Luton is pronounced "L U T O N".
Hope that helps.


Thanks. From now on, ever shal I call it "Ell-you-tee-oh-enn". Is that Indian?
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Postby tenner42 » November 23rd, 2008, 9:01 am

Western group worked on the RED loop yesterday. Great elivation, sweeping turns and overall takes the total trail system to a new high.

Rick - Fantastic work on making this masterpiece come to life!
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Postby bil » November 23rd, 2008, 4:24 pm

rode there today for the first time, A+ you western chapter guys, that thing has something thats missing from most trails, FLOW and man this trail flows, nice use of rocks, parked at the d&w there was lots of cars at the barn, I don't know why its an easy ride from d&w and riding is what its about, anyways I'll be back, nice job building and thanks.
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Postby singletrack mind » November 24th, 2008, 2:23 pm

I just want to say thank you to Rick and the crew for your work at Luton. I haven't seen the new stuff you did on sat. but I love this trail. Lots of fun. Thanks again! Hope you enjoyed the cookies and bread.
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