My response is probably too late now but the trails should be fine (will likely have a few damp spots here and there). If you did ride a report would be great. Either responding here or to firstname.lastname@example.org
Took out the tree 3 or 4 feet off the ground on the top of Tower and then on Brown Wave (CCW) took out the tree down just before the sharp turn heading to the fast BW downhill to the river and also the smaller tree in a blind corner on that downhill.
Was getting edgy this evening watching that torpedo shaped cell develop and spear its way through Augusta - fortunately went south of FATS but it unleashed its fury of rain, thunder and lightning - driving down Greene Street toward Calhoun Expressway just afterwards - the two cars in front were throwing up rooster tails the whole way there was so much water on the road!
FATS was great this evening - temps low 80s to high 70s by the end!
Rained for three hours over FATS this morning - fortunately it looked more steady than gully washing so hopefully won't cause a lot of additional erosion. Need to stay off the trails at least until Monday afternoon (and that is if we don't get additional rain) and for Skinny and Great Wall maybe a while longer (both of them still had wet places yesterday).
Rained for about an hour at FATS between 4 and 5 - didn't get the torrential downpours that Evans/Martinez received but need to hold off riding the trails today. THEY say the cooler dryer air coming in from the north will reward us with mid 80 temps and no rain later in the week through the weekend!
The trails are in good shape - little extra damp and wet on lower Skinny and Great Wall but all the loops are good to go......subject to change in an instant! Hopefully the next few days the pop up cells will stay away from FATS - the weather is perfect for riding (80's) right now.
If Isaac stays on its current trajectory, looks like it will be causing more rain, etc in our area by next week!
It poured out here in the Patriot's Park area last night.
No rain in Martinez area, but I definitely heard the thunder in the distance.
Parked in the North lot yesterday and rode gravel roads in the FATS area...on my way back to the truck I jumped on upper Big Rock and rode to the fire tower and back to the trailhead. 2 trees down on BR between the connector and trailhead (CCW), and a gully has formed from erosion. There are several spots that are holding water, mostly in dips. Other than that, the trail was in good condition.
Sometime this fall we will probably have to schedule a work party and deal with some erosion issues that have developed as a result of these flash thunderstorms - although some of them I thought would need to be repaired have self-corrected as riders have "filled them in" riding......others will need to be repaired.
Interesting to note that the two place JP3 and his crew did the extensive repair (CCW 1st crossing and then down the upper Skinny) have held up really well despite some pretty torrential downpours over the past couple of months!
It rained about an hour on Monday, most of the day yesterday (although not torrential downpour - mostly just real steady rain) - more rain is predicted for today and tomorrow. Trails are too wet to ride!
Rained for hours at FATS yesterday - again looked like mostly just steady, soaking rain but the trails are saturated right now. May be a bit of a break this morning but more predicted for this afternoon!
No rain out at FATS today hope we get some reports in on trail conditions tomorrow, Skinny and Brown Wave will stay wet the longest! Safest bet would be to join us for the Explore the Trail Ride up at Wine/Turkey Creek in the morning and save FATS for the afternoon!
FATS received rain on Monday and Tuesday....trails too wet to ride and looks like potential for more rain today and tomorrow. If the forecast is correct going forward looks like cooler, dryer weather is ahead!
Late evening spin on Skinny last night - trail in really good condition with just three spots with a little water and a handfull of soft spots. Looks like most of the rain over the past week must have been soaking but not torrential .....did not notice additional erosions of mid-trail rutting.
Storms rolled through between 5 and 6 drizzle will probably continue for another hour, heard there were wind gusts up to 45 mph in cental/south Edgefield & McCormick Counties....hope that does equate to more trees down!
Unfortunately the rain continued on until about 8 some of it pretty heavy. FATS will be too wet to ride tomorrow! Some will hit the road, some will hit the gravel, we'll probably opt for the Greeneway - not perfect but still decent exercise if you do a couple of rounds and pick up 24 miles!
The cooler, dryer weather they predicted was delivered (great riding on all the trails in our area) and it looks like it will continue through the weekend! Follow us on Twitter (FATSUpdate) or watch the feed on our homepage sorbacsra.org/ for the most up to date weather and trail condition reports!
There were a lot of vehicles in the parking lot last night at 6:30 - great to see so many people out taking advantage of the fall weather! Did a late spin on Great Wall there were still a few wet spots and some soft spots from the rain over Monday/Tuesday of the week but should be a great weekend for riding!
Will need to schedule a work party this fall/early winter to clean the drains out (to keep water from standing on the trail due to built up berms) and some work on the trail itself where erosion from earlier summer storms has lead to trail widening.
We (SORBAcsra) met a group of riders (from the Georgia-lina Bike Summit) out at FATS this morning so they could take a spin on the trails. Initially about 15 of us but quickly people felt comfortable venturing out on their own.
The temperatures were crisp, the October sky so blue and the trails were perfect. A lot of riders were taking advantage of FATS being open.............perfect riding conditions!
The trail will be closed Monday through Wednesday and back open on Thursday (Oct 25th). Again don't forget your hunter orange if you are riding on any day except Sunday and avoid those times where visibility is low (dawn and dusk)!