Mid-State: Bennett Park

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Re: Mid-State: Bennett Park

Postby reidabel » May 18th, 2013, 11:22 pm

How are the conditions? I might get out there tomorrow morning for the first time ever. Left it pretty late to ask ...

Morning update: Should be there before 8, I'm assuming the bugs are going to be bad and will report on conditions when I get back. Note that I don't know the trail, so who knows what part of it I'll find ... if any.

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Re: Mid-State: Bennett Park

Postby jacked » May 19th, 2013, 5:13 pm

This clump of trees is in the Pines. It has been a slow motion fall all spring. I'll get out and make a pass through it now that it has come down to a safe working level.
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Reid with your love of obstacles you should have been able to role that no problem. It was quite a bit of erosion in the cut bank this spring. Will need a re-route, as well as the end of North Shore at the pump housel
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FYI, the Scout trail is not a part of the Mountain Bike Trail, but is nice connector/entrance to the park.... and if you like riding that kind of stuff, feel free to knock yourself out....
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I'll get into the park this week and should be able to get all of the cutting done. We'll need to schedule a trail day to do the re-routes and signage. Unfortunately I do not have any major blocks of time available in the near future..... so I will keep plugging along. And as always, if the desire to do some trail work strikes any of you out there, I'll be glad to put you to work, if only for a few hours.

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Re: Mid-State: Bennett Park

Postby reidabel » May 19th, 2013, 6:39 pm

Hah! I probably would LITERALLY knock myself out if I tried to ride that ;-)
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Re: Mid-State: Bennett Park

Postby jacked » May 21st, 2013, 9:12 pm

I must admit it is more fun to ride the trail than to work on it. 2nd time this week, me like!

The beginning of Jungle 1 still stinks! I missed a tree on Trillium Road that I should have out on Thursday. Considering how little traffic and no spring clean up on the Gully, Trillium and North Shore they are in quite good shape. The whole trail is looking nice and is fast. No bug issues if you don't stop, a good reason to ride hard!

Also thanks to Dave Price for the work he and his boys did in the Pines. It is nice to get the help!
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Re: Mid-State: Bennett Park

Postby benl » June 2nd, 2013, 10:48 pm

Rode today with a friend; the trail's in great shape with no downed trees - thanks!

There are a few sections in Jungle II and to a much lesser extent, the end of the hardwoods and the gully, that are completely overgrown by some large bushes. It was hard to tell we were even on the trail!

At least the nettles aren't out yet. When we rode last year, it was like a bath of fire! Thankfully you have the river to clean off in - we've found the river gully near the pedestrian bridge to be an excellent end-of-ride swimming hole.
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Re: Mid-State: Bennett Park

Postby jacked » June 3rd, 2013, 6:37 am

Thanks for the update, I was wondering how the last couple of storms had treated the woods. The trimmer is coming out this week again for just the areas you had mentioned. Thanks for riding.

We'll be starting Wednesday night group rides back up on June 19th.
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Re: Mid-State: Bennett Park

Postby jacked » June 7th, 2013, 9:43 pm

I'll be riding the 100 miles of nowhere tomorrow on the paved paths at Bennett Park. Come ride a lap or two with me and then hit the trails! And if you want to log a little service time, I can bring the trimmer and you can give back to the park!

Earlier this week I did hit the "Bamboo" section at the end of Jungle 1, sort of looks like a mini version of Fern Gully after I went through with the whip, but should be good for the season. I also hit most of the heavy stuff in the Gully. The tail end still could use some love, but it is all rideable. Plenty of places to run the whip left if you would be so inclined!
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Re: Mid-State: Bennett Park

Postby jacked » July 12th, 2013, 10:52 pm

We had four of out there on Wednesday with trimmers followed by a ride. Trimmer issues suggested we ride more than trim. The power line should be taken care this coming week along with the end of trillium and the end of north shore. One of the guys with us had his gps going and realized the KOM for the pines is within reach.... it should change hands soon.
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Re: Mid-State: Bennett Park

Postby jacked » July 12th, 2013, 10:56 pm

rvd wrote:[edit: it appears not everybody enjoys this trail: http://app.strava.com/activities/64680792# - seriously?]


Wow not everyone gets to claim to be TC of the "Worst Trail Ever". I feel somewhat honored.
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Re: Mid-State: Bennett Park

Postby jonw9 » July 13th, 2013, 6:01 am

jacked wrote:
rvd wrote:[edit: it appears not everybody enjoys this trail: http://app.strava.com/activities/64680792# - seriously?]


Wow not everyone gets to claim to be TC of the "Worst Trail Ever". I feel somewhat honored.


But at least we know where this guy lives...
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Re: Mid-State: Bennett Park

Postby Zoo1424 » August 3rd, 2013, 9:25 pm

I made it out to Bennett Park today for the first time. I really enjoyed this trail. Reminded me a bit of Ithaca. I think you guys are doing a wonderful job with the space/terrain you have. I found it to be very well marked as well, I think I only got turned around once, when that fist section of the Hardwoods runs into the gravel road & turns back around. One thing I really liked is how the downhill sections, of which there are not many, allow you to enjoy the quick rush of speed. No obstacles, etc at the bottom. I'm not against those, but when you don't have many chances to really pick up speed, I appreciate you leaving those sections open.
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