We rode the Bartram yesterday - to Lake Springs on the east and then about 5+ miles out to the west. Trail tread was in excellent shape despite all the late week rain we received. There are some random trees down but nothing you can't get over!
going ccw on Lake Spring after mile marker 2, tree down and it looks like at least a walk around if not a ride around is forming. Also it appeared to me that a four wheeler may have used the trail. Didn't see any signs of damage but the brush/grass was matted down in numerous spots were there tires would be. (7/24)
Heading out on Bartram West (new side) there are 4 trees down (that will need a chainsaw) between 4.5 and 6 miles out so will probably need to access from the gravel access road. Turned around at the pavilion so unsure of trees after that point.
Rode the old section of Bartram on Thurs. (8/18) and there was one fairly rotten non-rider down. Hesitated posting this because I cannot give an exact location. My best guess is that it was approx. 1.5-2.0 mi. in heading from Petersburg towards the Lake Springs loop. Maybe someone more familiar with this trail can give a more exact location once they ride the trail.
New tree down on Bartram West about 3/4 of a mile in, it is about thigh high off the ground and there is already a ride around developing, so that makes it 5 that are down between Petersburg Trailhead and the pavilion.
The muscadines are very tasty this year, not real large but enough rain that the flavor is really good if you like muscadines. They will be done in the next week or so!
The one mentioned by SteveS is between the airstrip and dirt road. I managed to remove some of it and pushed the remaining about 6" of the middle of the trail. You can squeeze by but it will need a chain saw or more muscle then I can provide.
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We also rode Bartram this past weekend and were able to reap the benefits of Dale's hard work out clearing all the downed trees off the trail - thank you again Dale!
Excellent to let her ride in front some, I've found that novice riders often ride faster when they lead and an added benefit is they start looking up the trail further (as you want them to do) rather than at the rear wheel of the rider in front of them. They will also start picking their own lines on the trail which is a really good skill to develop
A couple of non-riders down really close to Washington Rd, less than a half mile from the road. Walking in from the road you'll first reach a ~15" diameter tree at chest level, then a short ways further you'll find two spots (right next to one another) where some smaller tree tops are on the trail.
Yesterday afternoon Jon T. and I hedge trimmed and lopped much of the Wildwood section (particularly along the bottom of the big field) - we saw the trees near Wash Rd but didn't have a chain saw. Today I went back and cut out the downed trees and finished lopping the remainder of this section. Ted S: take this section out of Wildwood on your ride next weekend - conditions are perfect.
Rode the new section of Bartram yesterday (Thurs.) and there were several non riders down. One was around the 13 mile marker (to the best of my recollection) headed from Petersburg towards Wildwood. I wasn't sure if this is scheduled to be ridden as part of Saturday's ride but I believe the ladies will be riding this trail Sunday.
We rode from Washington Road towards Petersburg last night- got to about the 10 mile mark before turning around. We cleaned two downed trees, using only a handsaw (and BF&I), and the rest of the trail was in great shape.
Rode new section last night from Wildwood to Petersburg as well. Must have been right in front of you. Trail is in great shape. There are two riders near Petersburg and one non rider just before the powerlines (Mile 9.5ish?). I'm not a fan of log riding and I'll walk over anything that could hit my chainring, but dont think the ones that are currently down will pose anyone issues. Great job on the ones that were cleared recently. A few of them were pretty large.
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