Highland Rec, what a gift.

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Highland Rec, what a gift.

Postby Robert Yankus » December 1st, 2019, 9:24 pm

From the builder:
Had a chance to come back and ride all the loops after being gone many years. What a gift from nature we were given 25 years ago to have the privilege to use that piece of heaven the glaciers made us.

It's been almost 18 years since I rode all the loops. Yes I see now i made a few mistakes with the layout, but WOW has it matured nicely. Rode D loop on my 25 year old Trek Y Frame, what a pain. Rode A, B, & C on my son Dan's race prep Giant with 15lbs. psi tubeless tires. Wow, it was like a paved bike path.

Rode it super slow & stopped often, just to look arround and ask myself why I chose each path to place the trail. I kept riding slower and slower not wanting this ride to ever end. Best advice I can give is try it, slow down and look at the gift we were given, with no leafs to block the views.

This trail is not for everone. It takes 100% concentration.
If you like it, im happy for you.

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Re: Highland Rec, what a gift.

Postby DRC » December 1st, 2019, 9:34 pm

Thank you Bob. Highland is a gem. You should be very proud.
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Re: Highland Rec, what a gift.

Postby Robert Yankus » December 1st, 2019, 9:38 pm

FYI:
I will try to make the MCMBA meeting at Baker's on Monday in Milford at 7pm.
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Re: Highland Rec, what a gift.

Postby Hudnut » December 2nd, 2019, 2:38 pm

Bravo!
Don't worry. It's all downhill from here.
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Re: Highland Rec, what a gift.

Postby RazBarry_KB » December 2nd, 2019, 2:58 pm

Highland is awesome. Wish I got out there more to enjoy it, but it's one of my favorite trails.
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Re: Highland Rec, what a gift.

Postby weswatt » December 3rd, 2019, 9:37 am

You got us in Highland when the horse people tried to keep us out, thanks. It is a sustainable gem, you were laying out sustainable trails long before the IMBA became a advocacy group.
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Re: Highland Rec, what a gift.

Postby Robert Yankus » December 3rd, 2019, 2:09 pm

"Blind dumb luck"......

Wes, you saw the early years before the trail became a bobsled run with all the banks and depressions.
Little did I know it would evolve to were it is today. I wonder what the next 25 years will bring. I do believe the trail needs a 25 year make over in a couple of sections.

I've scouted a few repairs that could add some great new flowing sections. I'm always looking.

Will ride tonight D in reverse and more this week and weekend to have some options in my head.

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Re: Highland Rec, what a gift.

Postby Roy » December 5th, 2019, 8:42 am

Bob,
Thanks fo your great work, ( I wish that I had been able to cut trail with you)
I only fear talking about reworking a trail will only bring in the "Pros".
Look what is happening at stoney.
Who wants a perfect trail - I don't. ( I rather argue about how to make a perfect bench cut around tree roots)
Once the road bed is laid at Stoney, somebody will cloud fund paving it and put in seed limit signs.
After all, electric bikes will work better on black top.
The next 25 years might not be what you would like to see.


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Re: Highland Rec, what a gift.

Postby weswatt » December 5th, 2019, 10:35 am

Bob, I had a few sections I thought needed work while I was TC, when I talked to friends (hard core riders) they didn't think it needed any help so I left it as is and it's still the same all these years later.
Sharon & I hope to ski Stokely this winter, it's been a long time, hope to see you there.
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Re: Highland Rec, what a gift.

Postby Robert Yankus » December 5th, 2019, 7:20 pm

Roy, don't worry about me dumbing the trail down.
Actually, I'm looking at some tweeks to bring back some challenges that have been lost or missed on the first layout.

An example is the woopdedo section on A. The trail cut right thru them. That used to be a blast. Move the trail 3 feet to the left. Done.

Mostly just day dreaming and saying what if.....

Glad you enjoyed the first 25 years.
FYI- will be riding this weekend.

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Re: Highland Rec, what a gift.

Postby Robert Yankus » December 5th, 2019, 8:15 pm

Wes,
Don't know if you heard about the trails I built the last 2 years for Crank The Shield, the 3 day mountain bike stage race.
The best trail starts at the top of King Mtn (1800 ft. Elevation) and goes to 3 other spectacular mountain views.

Now I'm working on trails for an event called Ultra Trail Stokely Creek, a trail running event. 5, 15, 30, 55, 80, 160 km .
This event will become Epic, trust me. My friend behind it is on another level of enthusiasm.
See ya,
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Re: Highland Rec, what a gift.

Postby xcrdr » December 8th, 2019, 11:15 am

What year did you first build? I remember riding it when must was fresh cut and soft in some areas. Ducking under trees, smashing some dips, picking my way through rock gardens. I absolutely love DTE and I'm so glad Highland is still close to what it was. Diversity of trails is something I never dreamed of in the 80's.

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Re: Highland Rec, what a gift.

Postby Robert Yankus » December 8th, 2019, 12:55 pm

The trail was built 1995-1996.
The Bent Rim Bugle has the story in issue #10 , vol#1.
Took a few rides to pack it down. But, it sure was smooth those first years.
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Re: Highland Rec, what a gift.

Postby crustaceous_flora » December 10th, 2019, 10:45 am

Best trail in SE MI, and a personal top 2 in the lower peninsula for me as well. Thanks for building this!
Come back and scout out the E loop please? :)
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