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Re: Metro North: River Bends

Postby dinov » June 26th, 2010, 6:49 pm

Had to work sorry i missed the trail day pulled in the park as the mmba trailer was pulling out :( :( :(
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Re: Metro North: River Bends

Postby i69whitey » June 27th, 2010, 9:03 pm

unbelievable how much trail went in soo fast
nice job all

i believe lost my fancy carbon fiber micro pump out there
or MY TRAIL GNOME STOLE IT
rode the trail a litle today after i noticed it missing at stony, but no luck
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Re: Metro North: River Bends

Postby c0nsumer » June 27th, 2010, 9:25 pm

i69whitey wrote:unbelievable how much trail went in soo fast
nice job all

i believe lost my fancy carbon fiber micro pump out there
or MY TRAIL GNOME STOLE IT
rode the trail a litle today after i noticed it missing at stony, but no luck


I just got back from walking it twice picking up all the flags and tape and didn't see it. Sorry.

You'd had your bike pretty far off the trail, though. I wasn't looking off to the sides. :(
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Re: Metro North: River Bends

Postby c0nsumer » June 27th, 2010, 9:30 pm

dinov wrote:Had to work sorry i missed the trail day pulled in the park as the mmba trailer was pulling out :( :( :(


Did you get to ride it?
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Re: Metro North: River Bends

Postby c0nsumer » June 27th, 2010, 9:48 pm

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Tonight just as the rain was setting in I walked the trail that we'd put in yesterday, removing the tape and flags, and getting a GPS plot of what we did. We put in almost exactly one mile of new single track, most of which runs along a ridge over looking Clinton River floodplane. Most of it was surprisingly dry, with only a couple slick spots. There's a few sections that need a bit of tweaking, but that's typical for any new trail.

If you're wanting to see it, the GPS route can be found here: River_Bends-Phase_One_Route.kmz. A more proper map is forthcoming.
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Re: Metro North: River Bends

Postby gossamer » June 28th, 2010, 7:35 pm

Just have to say.... great job on the trail out there, I rode it 3 times, one of which was the oppisite direction.

It was also nice meeting Mark out there, great job!!
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Re: Metro North: River Bends

Postby E-Man » June 28th, 2010, 8:17 pm

I am excited to check this trail out - 2 miles from home. I know the map is forthcoming but where is the best place to enter the trail at? I could not make anything happen with the GPS link provided. 1 mile of new single track was added, so how much is out there now? What is the outlook for total singletrack mileage out there.

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Re: Metro North: River Bends

Postby c0nsumer » June 28th, 2010, 9:31 pm

E-Man wrote:I am excited to check this trail out - 2 miles from home. I know the map is forthcoming but where is the best place to enter the trail at? I could not make anything happen with the GPS link provided. 1 mile of new single track was added, so how much is out there now? What is the outlook for total singletrack mileage out there.

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If you know the two track there, you know the ravine-like area with the Loose Gravel signs, right? At the bottom of that is the beginning of the trail if you are taking it in the intended direction. It then runs for a mile along the ridge winding up and down it, ending up back at the two track. I hope that we can have another mile in by the end of the year, maybe even connecting in with the existing single track that's found at the south end of the park. (That's still to be determined.)

If you couple this with the roughly 1 mile of two track left after the single track, you can easily make a two mile loop using official trail. If you know where some of the casual stuff is down through the swamp and along the Clinton-Kalamazoo Canal ridge, I think you can add another 1.5 miles.

If you'd like to see where it is, I can probably meet up with you there some time and show you the area.

Hmm. Maybe we should have a small group ride / tour...
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Re: Metro North: River Bends

Postby c0nsumer » June 28th, 2010, 9:37 pm

gossamer wrote:Just have to say.... great job on the trail out there, I rode it 3 times, one of which was the oppisite direction.

It was also nice meeting Mark out there, great job!!


Mark did a lot on this trail. He seems to have a fair bit of time available and knows what he's doing, so he just set out starting to get things cut and it really helped out.

When you were out there did you find a couple of the brown clay corners to be very slick? I was out there last night at dusk and found a couple corners almost impossible to walk on, but it was also raining.

Some of the stuff that we had cleared prior to the trail day had also begun to pack hard with sun/wind exposure, similar to the paved-like parts at Stony. I think this is a great sign, meaning that the trail will eventually become a good, solid place to ride.

While laying out the route we encountered a few interesting places where springs seemed to erupt from hillsides, leaving entire slopes squishy even in relatively dry weather. As a result the trail didn't go in these areas, which was a bit disappointing because it gave us less real estate to work with, but it's sort of required if we want maintainable trails. (One of these places is off to the right just after the trail crosses one of the little bandit/impromptu/whatever single track lines running down into the floodplane. When ridden in the 'right' direction, of course.)
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Re: Metro North: River Bends

Postby pharus » July 1st, 2010, 10:05 am

I am really looking forward to trying out this trail, it will be the closest to my home. I will be glad to help the next time some trail work is done.

I wasn't able to view the .KMZ map, I don't know what app would be able to display that.
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Re: Metro North: River Bends

Postby c0nsumer » July 1st, 2010, 10:08 am

pharus wrote:I wasn't able to view the .KMZ map, I don't know what app would be able to display that.


Google Maps or Google Earth.

Google itself is also quite helpful for figuring out what to do with a particular kind of file. ;)
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Re: Metro North: River Bends

Postby str8flush24 » July 1st, 2010, 2:33 pm

c0nsumer wrote:Image

One can find some neat things out in the woods while tying plastic tape around trees...


Update on the shrooms pleeeeez... :icon_bigsmurf:
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Re: Metro North: River Bends

Postby c0nsumer » July 1st, 2010, 3:16 pm

str8flush24 wrote:Update on the shrooms pleeeeez... :icon_bigsmurf:


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Oh, they were very tasty. My fianc?e used them to make a very nice pasta with cream sauce.
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Re: Metro North: River Bends

Postby str8flush24 » July 1st, 2010, 4:57 pm

Oh, i was hoping for a more entertaining story...unless of course you guys just ate....then give it about 30-45 minutes.
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Re: Metro North: River Bends

Postby c0nsumer » July 1st, 2010, 8:24 pm

str8flush24 wrote:Oh, i was hoping for a more entertaining story...unless of course you guys just ate....then give it about 30-45 minutes.


Sorry. Morels are a nice, tasty, edible, non-psychotropic mushroom.
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