rode last night, 8/9/07- trees down at 2.2 and 2.6 miles in; the rest are riders. Only went as far as the 5 mile rest stop. Only a few places that need mowing. Spiders were not too bad- either the weather or the controlled burn helped.....
Rode Turkey Creek yesterday. Leaf litter and sticks all over the place, and very overgrown in the floodplain at the end and at the power line crossing, to the extent that it was hard to see the trail at times. Many rideable logs, and 4-5 non-riders. The non-riders are all past that section of gravel road towards the beginning, and only 1 is more than 2.5 miles from the Key Bridge trailhead. Nothing at all wrong with the tread though.
Rode Turkey today, 11/18; past the whoops is a mess. Trees down at 1.3, 1.4, 1.9, 2.6. Past the rest stop- 4.8, 4.9, 5.0, 5.1, then I turned around. There is a rider at 2.1- tough going uphill, not too bad downhill. Trees listed are not riders. Most of the riders are actually just hoppers. Needs mowing past the rest stop also. I have a chainsaw- just need somebody certified. Email me and we'll set a date to clean. I'll be out of town over Thanksgiving.
We'll be camping at Lick Fork next weekend and will get the trees cleaned up on that. We plan on doing both the hiking trail and the biking trail. Took care of HKSP last weekend. The other trails are not being neglected. It's just that since we started building FATS, that's where 90% of the sweat and tears (i.e. volunteer effort) have gone. The remaining 10% can't cover the other 75 or so miles...
We have plenty of people around here that are very capable individuals. I don't see a lot of handicapped plates at the trailheads. Time for some people to remember what it takes to keep'em going. It doesn't take a SORBA/CSRA officer ( THEY ) to organize work party, just a member willing to step up.
Rode TC today with my SO and OddCouple. What a kick in the pants. Great trail, lots of fun. ZERO MUD AND/OR WATER. Love the new bridge and Price's Bottom parking lot. Nice to get off the main road.
Life is great for the first five miles. Looked at the great water levels in the creeks and then headed out for the last 2.5 or so miles...Okay, for the bad... - Lots of debris...Lots of stops for crap in the derailleurs/wheels/etc. - Numerous downed trees. - The one completely burned bridge (about a half mile from the cul-de-sac) that needs to be replaced. The USFS needs to step up to fix this issue.
Regardless, what a great day, a great ride and a great trail. It's nice to have friends to share this with. When all I have to pizz and moan about is stuff in my wheels, life is good. But....I guess it could get better if THEY would get off their hairy ones and get busy cleaning up our trails...
Rode Turkey and a little bit of Wine today. Turkey was in good shape. Only 1 tree that was non rider that I remember. Hardly any wet spots except one down along the creek after the two creeks come together. Wine seemed a little rough, looks like it does not get much, or has not had much love lately. Heading to Harbison in Cola town tomorrow.
Rode Turkey late Monday evening 6/22. Leaving from Key road, we only made it about 2 1/2 miles before turning around, due to getting a late start. There were not as many downed trees as I expected. One uprooted within the first 1/4 mile and the root ball took about 7' of tread with it. We removed a few limbs from across the trail and rode over many more. Other than that we dismounted mabe 2 times for trees.
On another note, we stopped and went down to the creek just after the larger downhill paralleling the creek (were the big nasty switch back was before it was removed and the trail was straightened some years ago). Well I picked up a handfull of larger flat rocks and started skipping them. On about the 5th rock's 6th skip the water erupted - a big fish (like a big bass hitting a topwater lure). I turned to my riding buddy and asked if he had seen it, and he said he had, but probably would never again.
Post by ozymandias on Jul 12, 2009 15:28:52 GMT -5
First time ride on Wine Creek starting at the 283 trailhead. Didn't have my bike computer and wasn't familiar with trail, but there are about 4 trees down, one HUGE one at about the halfway point. Hand cleared a dodge around it, but you can't ride it. Cleared off several more large branches. Some of the trail is getting heavy with vegetation, some plants that left my ankles kind of scratched and real itchy. There is also apparently a brown orb spider convention in town this month. I looked like something from a Halloween party when I got to Key Bridge. Good trail for beginners and enjoyed it alot. Thanks SORBA-CSRA!
The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to "ride" before I sleep.
Jon Taylor & I heard about this large tree from John Pilcher today while at FATS. I sent an email to MD and an offer to help if he wants to go cut and remove the trees at Wine Creek. Hopefully we can get it cut and cleared away and also take care of that little stretch of overgrown vegitation soon.
Four of us rode Turkey last night; we went to the 5 mile forest service road takeout. Trail not in horrible shape but not good. We threw lots of stuff off the trail. Couple of trees down- main one that needs at chainsaw at about 3.3 miles in from Key side. Otherwise, it really needs to be mowed. It will be no fun at all in another 3-4 weeks.
This trail was awful to say it respectfully. My buddy and I started at the key bridge area and nearly missed the trail entry on the right. Approximately a mile after passing over the forest service road we encountered a dead dear on the trail partially devoured. Throughout the trail there were tons of trees and brush on the trail and the brush in certain areas was 3.5 feet tall completely covering the trail. If the deer were not traveling the trail in certain areas, we would have lost it. I attempted to clear as much of the debris as I could while still making a decent pace. While attempting to clear a log from the trail I was stung by a yellow jacket, which at that point we decided to leave it be and quickly continue ahead. I did like the layout of the trail and if it was more clear, it would be a nice scenic ride and if combined with wine creek, it makes a pretty good ride out and back. I read a post on the Modoc Trail forum area where a few guys had ridden from Modoc to Turkey via pavement and forest roads. We decided to park a truck at the Modoc area and ride back to it and we found out that the this trail exits between Parksville and Plum Branch so it was nearly 15 miles back but it was fun.