Trails in great shape considering the flooding and all. Still a little soft/Tacky here and there but ride-able, There a few spots where sticks and logs and crap washed up into a pile, but they can be ridden over. two trees need to be cut but its a minor inconvenience, just step over and go.
Last Edit: Jan 27, 2014 19:35:08 GMT -5 by dsquaredmsquared: fixed type-o in title
Nevin, Ted Stoddard and I cleared Turkey and Wine today. They were in surprisingly good shape except for some long stretches that are holding water. In a few days they will be perfect. As usual, I encourage everyone to try out these trails. They need wheels and riding them will strengthen certain riding skills you don't get to work on at FATS or Bartram, plus, the trails are gorgeous. Here are some pics of a bridge we levered back into place (that's a special surprise for the Wine lovers out there).
Nevin and Ted working hard for their post ride Guinness:
Ted taking the maiden ride across the bridge:
"Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize we cannot eat money." ~Cree Nation quote
Wine is in the best shape I've ever seen it. The lower section has firmed up again, the whole trail is clear of trees. Wine creek is flowing fast and deep still, The crossing near the 283 end of the trail will get your feet wet for sure. Makes for a fun challenge to climb out it. Didn't make it on 2 attempts.
Rode Wine as far in as the Big Unridable Ditch and turned around. The trail was still too wet from last week's rain, and the whole area by the ditch and nearby bridge were covered in silty slime. Also a really big pile of post-flood stick trash that was too deep to ride through. Nothing impassable if you don't mind getting off, but it'll slow down the 49er miners.
wine is in out standing shape, one mess of a tree down where the trail hugs the banks of wine creek, just before the tricky rocks that have sent some riders into the creek, the creek crossing is still pretty deep maybe a foot or more. Almost made it out the other side but spun out climbing up. Only been here 4 yrs but have never seen wine in better shape, check it out before the spiders take over.
Trimming/lopping out to 2 miles from Key Rd. is done. 2 trees in the first mile need chainsaw. It could still use a good mowing the first 2 miles, but its not as urgent now. I "mowed" the best I could with the trimmer. I met 4 bikers riding down from 283 who said the upper section was good except for a couple trees they had to step over.
Great, we will get the next work party set up as soon as it can be arranged and maybe we can get all of Turkey Creek and then some tidying up on Wine Creek and all will be finished. Thanks for getting all that done!
Wine is in great shape with only a couple of trees down. One warning though, do not attempt to ride or even walk the first bridge you come to from Key road if it is wet. You will go down either way you try to cross. It is like walking on ice and being that it is off camber there is only one way to go. Take the old route through the ravine bottom.
Everyone needs to know this before the ETR or someone will get hurt. Z and I will try to get some cloth on it but it may not be before the ETR.
Thanks for the update! Doing the work at the other end of Turkey we found a couple of those bridges extremely slick as well (at least on foot). We will pass the word on to everyone who shows up to ride the EtTR.