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Re: Metro North: River Bends

Postby pharus » October 22nd, 2010, 11:27 am

Rode last night, hitting all of the loops. The tail end loop on the seasonal section was pretty impassable at the end due to some downed trees and such. The little stream through the grassy meadow was a brisk river last night because of the rain. We should get a small bridge put in there.
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Re: Metro North: River Bends

Postby c0nsumer » October 22nd, 2010, 11:38 am

pharus wrote:Rode last night, hitting all of the loops. The tail end loop on the seasonal section was pretty impassable at the end due to some downed trees and such. The little stream through the grassy meadow was a brisk river last night because of the rain. We should get a small bridge put in there.


That's the seasonal loop that the map still lists as generally too overgrown to ride. ;) That section is being slowly worked on, but as October/November are stupid-busy on the mountain biking calendar (and for me personally at work)

That said, we've already been thinking about a small bridge there. Even in the worst part of the spring that's only about 6' wide, and it has a very nice bank for making an approach. As this phase/loop gets completed we'll likely be working with the park to discuss / implement a small bridge here.
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Re: Metro North: River Bends

Postby PK » November 7th, 2010, 1:19 pm

The trail is Bone-dry right now. Very fast. Almost leaf-free so finding your way around is quite easy....
A couple corners were sightly loose due to some motorcycle traffic, otherwise, it's great.

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Re: Metro North: River Bends

Postby c0nsumer » November 8th, 2010, 9:44 pm

As Pete said, it's perfect out there right now. Leaves are either clear or broken down enough to make the entire route easily visible; exactly where we wanted it this time of the year. The seasonal loop is also in great shape, even though it's still not complete.

(For what it's worth, I am hoping to finish the seasonal loop off within the next 2.5 weeks. It just needs some minor brush clearing, line trimming, and corner adjustment to ensure that people are taking the right lines.)
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Re: Metro North: River Bends

Postby deskinsd87 » November 10th, 2010, 8:23 pm

Hopefully the sinage goes up soon I had to keep stopping to check the map on my phone lol. That new paved area really threw me off.

I would really like to make it out to a trail day but you guys always have them when I am working.
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Re: Metro North: River Bends

Postby PK » November 13th, 2010, 7:40 pm

Get out and ride it.
ALL of it. :wink:
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Re: Metro North: River Bends

Postby c0nsumer » November 13th, 2010, 7:55 pm

PK wrote:Get out and ride it.
ALL of it. :wink:
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Yep!

I must give a huge thanks to Pete (PK), Erik (bergsteiger), Joe (joeyjoejoe), and Bill (barroo). We got in roughly five hours (each) of trail work today and now the Seasonal Loops are fully open and rideable!

All of the overgrowth was thoroughly trimmed back, some previously fully overgrown and deadfall-filled sections were reopened, and proper intersections were established forming three loops that stack off of the original single track. These can be chained together to make a nice, twisty segment snaking through the floodplane and along both the Clinton River and the remains of the Clinton-Kalamazoo Canal.

Expect an updated map in a week or so once I've had a chance to walk the new route and establish a distance. Let me know if any of you are interested in a tour. I'm on vacation for the next two weeks so I should have plenty of time to get up there.
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Re: Metro North: River Bends

Postby compengr » November 15th, 2010, 8:17 pm

PK wrote:Get out and ride it.
ALL of it. :wink:
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Done and done. Got a chance to ride the whole thing today and chat with Steve a bit. You guys did a terrific job! This is really turning into a very nice trail system!
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Re: Metro North: River Bends

Postby c0nsumer » November 16th, 2010, 9:15 pm

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compengr wrote:Done and done. Got a chance to ride the whole thing today and chat with Steve a bit. You guys did a terrific job! This is really turning into a very nice trail system!


Thank you. :)

Just so you all know, a slight revision to the map is coming along nicely, and I'm working on getting some temporary route signage in ASAP. (The long-term plan is for an Eagle Scout candidate to build and kiosk and handle some of the permanent signage for the trail.)

The Seasonal Loops are in place and wholly ridable for a total of 1.3 additional miles of single track. This brings us to 3.2 miles of single track (1.9 on high ground and 1.3 in the Seasonal Loops) and 1.7 miles of two track in a stacked loop configuration.

A new auxiliary entrance has also been added to the single track for those who are heading north on the two track so that one doesn't have to descend a gravel hill and make a 100? left turn when riding laps. This is currently blocked with large fallen tree, but that should be cut out soon. It is a short descent into the trail connecting just after the second uphill switchback at the start of the trail.

Oh, and that photo above is the intersection of Seasonal Loops #2 and #3 in the southernmost part of the trails, somewhat looking out over the Clinton River floodplain.
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Re: Metro North: River Bends

Postby pharus » November 17th, 2010, 12:00 pm

c0nsumer wrote:A new auxiliary entrance has also been added to the single track for those who are heading north on the two track so that one doesn't have to descend a gravel hill and make a 100? left turn when riding laps.


That's great news, I hated trying to make that turn!
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Re: Metro North: River Bends

Postby c0nsumer » November 17th, 2010, 12:06 pm

pharus wrote:
c0nsumer wrote:A new auxiliary entrance has also been added to the single track for those who are heading north on the two track so that one doesn't have to descend a gravel hill and make a 100? left turn when riding laps.


That's great news, I hated trying to make that turn!


It's got a tree across it, but this morning I received confirmation from the township that they'll be removing it. It's a short, steeper downhill, but very easy to make and designed to ensure that one constrains their speed. It's soft because it's new trail, so please ride it and help it get packed down.

I also received permission to place temporary signage, so now I'm just waiting for the sign company to let me know that they are done so I can get them out there. They'll mark out a route through the regular and seasonal loops, then via the two track back to the start and will (hopefully) be in place until the permanent signage is installed.
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Re: Metro North: River Bends

Postby c0nsumer » November 17th, 2010, 10:09 pm

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Here's the temporary markers. Hopefully I'll get them placed by the weekend.

These should be (and hopefully will remain) in place until the permanent signage is fitted.
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Re: Metro North: River Bends

Postby utabintarbo » November 18th, 2010, 6:30 am

A little slick out there in spots, mostly where it's loose. OTOH, perhaps a Small Block 8 wasn't the best tire choice. :P
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Re: Metro North: River Bends

Postby c0nsumer » November 18th, 2010, 9:39 am

utabintarbo wrote:A little slick out there in spots, mostly where it's loose. OTOH, perhaps a Small Block 8 wasn't the best tire choice. :P


It'd also rained the day before, and much of the trail is clay. ;)
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Re: Metro North: River Bends

Postby c0nsumer » November 18th, 2010, 6:10 pm

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Temporary trail signage is in place. This marks a one-way route from the parking lot through the single track. Signage ends with two labeled arrows pointing towards both the pavement and two-track so they can be used as return trails towards the parking lot or back to the start of the single track. This should be quite easy to follow. Signs are placed ~8' above the ground to curb casual vandalism, so keep an eye out for them. They are located at any place where I felt one could get confused as to which direction to go or if there was a choice to be made and signs towards and in the Seasonal Loops are marked as such. Please let me know if you see any deficiencies in the sign placement.

An updated map of the trails in River Bends with updated routing through the Seasonal Loops has been posted and can be found here: River_Bends_17-Nov-2010.pdf

Here's a few more examples of the temporary signage: 1 - 2
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