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Re: Poto: Rolling Hills Park

Postby dnale » April 23rd, 2013, 5:37 pm

Wanted to get out tonight and now it's raining...grrr
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Re: Poto: Rolling Hills Park

Postby ChrisInYpsi » May 2nd, 2013, 8:20 pm

Did a 32:35 lap tonight - my best yet with the new ridge mound line. Like Michael mentioned yesterday, I was the only rider tonight which seems crazy on such a beautiful day. Trail is great except for the muddy spot after the pond at the end. There are a few trees that seem to be slowly leaning across the trail little by little but for now they're ok. The meadow sections are starting to grow in earnest now after the rain and warm temps.

Looks like the new slides are gonna be fun in the water park.

Michael, I feel really bad that I can't commit to adopting a section of the trail. I will continue to attend trail work days as I'm able, and I always ride with a hand saw to take car of small obstacles as I encounter them.
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Re: Poto: Rolling Hills Park

Postby Steve_Balogh » May 4th, 2013, 6:02 pm

Trail was in great shape this afternoon, dry, fast, I cleaned all of the new sections on my fatbike - those are breaking in nicely. There was a rut in the mudhole by the road, I flattened that out by riding through it a few times - the sun is drying that out, will probably be solid tomorrow.

One ugly thing happened to me before the large logpile: Going uphill into a switchback my bike's rear tire kicked up in the air, felt something weird catch my right pedal, almost sent me into the brush, but I didn't crash. Went back to look at what I hit - was a 7-8" stick someone stuck into the ground on the right side of the trail. My right pedal came down on top of this "pungee stick" which was strong enough to take that impact. I never saw it, thankfully my right ankle didn't get speared by this booby trap. I pulled it out of the ground, clear to me this was placed by someone, was not random deadfall. If I had been on my 29r, I would have probably gone through the brush and faceplanted the tree :evil:
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Re: Poto: Rolling Hills Park

Postby shopsonian » May 6th, 2013, 8:44 pm

Trail looks great. Haven't ridden there is a few weeks. 21min to the fence line, 33min total, but missed the new big mound turnoff. This is becoming a really nice trail. I could cut some time off with better legs/lungs, but also with knowing the trail better and better handling, so to me that's a good trail. The chimichanga for lunch and the enchiladas for dinner right before the ride probably didn't help either. :lol:
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Re: Poto: Rolling Hills Park

Postby Mikeyb64 » May 14th, 2013, 6:52 pm

I finally made it out there on my MTB. I haven't rode the RHP single track since the first trail day. Trail is riding fast. Even the new munger section felt fast. There are a lot of slappers out there so watch out. I also found a tick on my leg. I noticed it on the sidewalk after the munger mounds. That's the first time I've seen a tick out there.
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Re: Poto: Rolling Hills Park

Postby Mikeyb64 » May 22nd, 2013, 4:49 pm

This explains the ticks. http://www.annarbor.com/pets/ticks-pets-dogs-cats-humans-how-to-prevent-illness-bites/

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Re: Poto: Rolling Hills Park

Postby ChrisInYpsi » May 24th, 2013, 5:28 pm

Hard to believe it rained this week from riding the trail tonight. It's dry and ready to go. I brought my fatbike expecting some mushy spots but found none.

Lots of face slappers so grab a few as you go. It was nice to see John Galt and Michael out tonight on slapper patrol.
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Re: Poto: Rolling Hills Park

Postby Mikeyb64 » May 24th, 2013, 7:54 pm

ChrisInYpsi wrote:Hard to believe it rained this week from riding the trail tonight. It's dry and ready to go. I brought my fatbike expecting some mushy spots but found none.

Lots of face slappers so grab a few as you go. It was nice to see John Galt and Michael out tonight on slapper patrol.


After riding RHP today I went to Home Depot and bought some pruning tools and was planning on doing some trimming in the AM. Will there be anything left? :wink: I was also planning on taking a shovel to a few spots in the upper mound.
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Re: Poto: Rolling Hills Park

Postby michael48197 » May 25th, 2013, 7:06 am

Mikeyb64 wrote: After riding RHP today I went to Home Depot and bought some pruning tools and was planning on doing some trimming in the AM. Will there be anything left? :wink: I was also planning on taking a shovel to a few spots in the upper mound.


I appreciate you being proactive in making the trail better. There are definitely still some face-slappers out there, but much fewer and less severe than before John_Galt, ChrisInYpsi and I went through yesterday. However, I'm thinking that the upper mound should be kept in as primative state as reasonable. That climbing turn needs a wider benchcut especially as the rider passes the tree on the right, but there are only one or two compressions that I think should be SLIGHTLY modified. Don't "top" the bump, but find some dirt to the side to fill in and pack down the swale. If you really feel like putting in a lot of time and energy, you could try starting to build up a berm at the bottom of the hill at the end of the section. Great care will be needed if building a berm to prevent forming a dam and retaining water. If you do it, you definitely can't excavate in front to push soil up into a berm. That will just create a trough for water. Creating a good berm might work be starting with a couple of good logs, arrange them in the right shape and then back fill some soil dug up from elsewhere.
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Re: Poto: Rolling Hills Park

Postby Mikeyb64 » May 26th, 2013, 4:49 pm

Saturday I trimmed almost everything I could reach for the first 2 miles. I took me way longer that I was expecting so that's as far as I got with the trail work. I saw about 10 rides out there while I was working. There are a few new lines and a jump in the crater area. Ticks are still out so keep checking. Trail is rocking today. Did a full lap with the new stuff in 25:43. 8)
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Re: Poto: Rolling Hills Park

Postby dnale » May 26th, 2013, 6:11 pm

Dang you guys are killing me. I've been reassigned to the Cleveland area and I miss riding my in back yard

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Re: Poto: Rolling Hills Park

Postby ChrisInYpsi » May 26th, 2013, 7:34 pm

Mikeyb64 wrote:Did a full lap with the new stuff in 25:43. 8)

Yow..... Nice!
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Re: Poto: Rolling Hills Park

Postby john_galt » May 30th, 2013, 9:03 pm

^ Ok, cool. I didn't want to take this on by myself. I'm estimating at least 8 wheel barrows of dirt to build an 18 inch berm. The keys to a good berm is good dirt and proper radius. And like Michael said, don't make a water dam.
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Re: Poto: Rolling Hills Park

Postby john_galt » June 9th, 2013, 9:10 am

parttime wrote:If anyone has any requests as far as locations to be mowed


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Re: Poto: Rolling Hills Park

Postby john_galt » June 9th, 2013, 9:29 am

Mowed most of the 2nd mile including sections that we didn't cut last season. Mower over-heated at the grassy section after the lake bluffs. I prioritized which sections to cut based off how badly overgrown they were which paid off because I got all the worst sections before the mower pooped out.
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