JP - I'll take you on the connector ride sometime if you want to go. It is about 31 miles if you ride it one way, don't tresspass (can't during hunting season) and then ride the 9 miles of pavement back around.
Also, if you turned right into Turkey Creek Trail from where you parked then you didn't park in the new parking lot. I'll show you that as well if you like. It is better than parking on the side of the road.
Thanks for the invite. I did happen to come across the new parking lot I believe as we missed the trail originally on the right, rode across the bridge and downs towards the parking area adjacent to the Prices Bottom area, stayed left and again left at the FSRoad at the top of the hill which of course led me back to the highway. We did eventually find the trailhead. I usually try and ride every Sat. morning however I have to travel to Atlanta for a wedding this weekend. I will continue to check this area to see if anyone will be riding, if so then count me in.
After attempting to ride Wine today, we crossed the road and tried Turkey. The first couple hundred yards were, well, trying. We stopped over and over again to remove debris. That we expected. Then we started to hit some mucky, well, muck. Mixture of sand, mud and clay. Noticed that the trees above my head were gray and still holding leaves that were drifted by the extremely high waters last week.
Used my Silky handsaw to clear some downed trees. Crossed some trees that were well above the abilities of my hand saw. Saw that the levels of water were well above what I have seen in my 8 years of riding Turkey and Wine. After two miles, we turned around and rode some pavel. That felt really, really good. Felt like the SMC again. Love those Connector-style rides! ;D
We can take care of TC, but like last year, WC is going to take a work party.
Rode Turkey today. First 5 miles or so were really good, except it is hard to see the trail in spots because it hasn't gotten much riding -- lot of leaves on the trail. The last 2-3 miles were trying, lots of wood on the trail, some really big trees down with their tops on the trail, which will add to the amount of sawing that needs to be done. At the cul-de-sac we headed back down the pavel to the parking lot. I would say we had to stop and hike over something every few hundred yards.
Rode with Money. I think I can speak for him and say if one Saturday AM somebody with chainsaw privileges wanted to go out and cut some wood, we would go help drag stuff out of his way.
Brandon Cooper and I used the hedge trimmer to clean the area near the 5 mile mark that was left after the last work party. Took several hours to clean out that tunnel. One less chore before SMC.........
Now that I've been out there and worked on the trail a little, I just gotta make time to actually go ride it.
Sep 4. ETTR.
We should be able to make it, Gonna try pick up a new hardtail MTB for my GF on friday, still haven't decided exactly what she wants, but if she can decide by friday we'll deff. come up and atleast ride wine.
Turkey is in perfect condition. Rode Modoc/pavel/Turkey/hit sag at bridge/head back today. Beautiful trails. Beautiful creeks. All vehicle traffic on the pavel was extremely courteous, as normal for this area.
Post by dsquaredmsquared on Dec 31, 2010 17:55:02 GMT -5
Turkey was in excellent shape today. Only one or two non-riders. Some 4-wheeler tracks on the first mile or so of trail - starting near Price's bottom Although noticeable, the damage seemed minimal.
Lastly, someone has been out there recently cutting down 1-2 inch diameter trees on either side of trail. Clean cuts - maybe a chain saw. Not sure if this was preventative maintenance or something else.
Nice trail to finish off the year.
Do you enjoy our trails?
If so, can you volunteer 5 hours for trail work in 2015 or, if you're too busy, donate $50 to SORBAcsra?
It really is outstanding this time of year. Ted S. and I rode Turkey to Modoc and back two Sunday's ago and the forest Service was out on the Turkey doing the cutting. They had a four wheeler that they used to haul there equipment in and out. They parked at the gate and went in from there.
I rode it again this Wednesday and someone has been riding the first section between the bridge and gate on a dirt bike for sure. Deep cuts and tread marks in all the corners.
Turkey and Wine are really awesome in the winter. Great creek views with all the leaves down. They also shed the water well. The Sunday ride was a day after rain and not one wet spot on the entire trail.
If you want a scenic casual ride this is the place to go.