If you rode and you did not leave behind pizza cuts in certain sections of the trail, good on you. You did nothing wrong. This time of year, the trail rideability varies greatly depending on rain, temperature swings, sunshine, etc. Many sections of the Poto are very rideable depending on when you choose to go. Many sections are also still in a state of transition and, if you ride them at the wrong time, you are going to sink in and leave cuts. On Sunday morning (before the weather turned), I inspected several typical problem sections of the trail, and found pizza cuts from bikes. My point is simply this: sinking in is a sin. If you can ride any or all sections and not leave cuts, do so. If, however, you find yourself at any point in time leaving a cut in the trail behind your ride, don't f'ing ride it. It is that simple. From what I saw, it was apparent that this rule was being violated at some time in the recent past. I don't get it. It is like a dog sh'ting in his own bed. I rode certain sections of the Poto on Sunday. They were sections I knew were good. This time of year, you just can't go out there with the expectation that you can ride the entire trail and that it will be all good, and this is part of my point. Just because you can ride 80 percent without a trace, doesn't mean that if you f up the other 20 percent that that is o.k. If you aren't sure what you can ride without pizza cut impact this time of year, then you shouldn't ride unless you are going to head out afterwards and fill your f'ing tracks in. I'm not a f'ing housekeeper and myself and a few (stress the word "few") other committed volunteers that have to constantly clean up the steamy sht piles left by a few selfish riders this time of year gets old.
The first half of your post was excellent, and is a good reminder that we all could use this time of year. Thank you, and thank you for your hard work on the trail. I support MMBA whenever I can with contributions when I see the both at various events.
The part in bold is where I got lost, confused, uncomfortable and I think where your post turned for me. If the rule was violated at some point in the past, then why are you posting on Sunday, the 2nd day of some good riding conditions on this trail, that people need to stay off the trail, dropping a lot of F bombs along the way? Shouldn't we be focusing on the conditions that existed in the past, and educating folks on why they are not appropriate for riding? Why focus on blanket labeling people who are riding it now under good conditions and using good judgment? It is very confusing and is at least making me uncomfortable even using my own judgement out there, for fear of reprimand even though I did nothing wrong.
You are still talking about 80% of trail being good and 20% bad, like we were on different trails. Sure, the wetness and stickyness may change from early morning to mid day (I started riding at noon Sunday), but "sinking in" conditions aren't going to change in a few hours - those are the results of long term drainage over several days. And I am telling you that on both Sat and Sun, what I observed was probably something like 98-99% good, not 80%. Sure, there are a few sections with little puddles and stuff - there always are, even in the summer. You just always have to be careful through them. Heck, I have memories of getting off my bike and pushing it or carrying it through some section of the the north loop last July and August after long stretches of good weather (especially at the one mud pit just before you get to the boardwalk next to the lake on the 2nd half of the north loop). What I experienced this weekend was no different than any other time I ride in the summer - trail in great shape, but you always have to use good judgement and be careful for bad spots.
I can tell (and have always known from reading here in the past), that this is an emotional and personal issue for many. And heck, it should be - keeping the trails in good shape is good for all of us to continue to have access to them, and to less the burden for those like you that thankfully maintain them. But you are making me, someone who I think has a good grasp of the rules, very uncomfortable. I can only imagine how someone new to these rules, who actually made the pizza marks at some point in the past, and could really use the lesson, would feel if they read these posts - confused, worried and threatened all at the same time.
I think it is a really important to keep the message non-emotional, as hard as that may be, and be consistent. i.e. that pizza marks made in the past are the result of bad decisions in the past, and decisions to ride in the future must be made based on good judgement and following some simple, good rules. (and checking conditions reported by others on this board). As is stands now, the message is emotional, confusing, contradictory, and almost makes me hesitate to lurk here and post trail conditions here for fear of reprimand. That would be a shame if others react the same way, as this board is an amazing resource for finding out about conditions and these rules.
That's actually the only reason I am here right now - to find out about trail conditions and report what I see. I am really disappointed to see such contradictions and emotions here.