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Re: Metro North: Pontiac Lake

Postby KLydesdale » April 11th, 2011, 12:08 pm

oldkhs wrote:Very jealous. Was out of town for 5 days and as we got near PRLA around 6pm last night, I saw some vehicles with bikes on back and on top. Now that I'm here, we got about 15 feet of rain last night / this morning. Hopefully a day or 2 and it will be good again.


The trail was so dry Sunday evening when I rode that parts of it were actually getting dusty and loose. Give it a half day or so of dry weather and it should be good to go again. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday all look good as far as weather goes so you shouldn't have to wait too long.
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Re: Metro North: Pontiac Lake

Postby parasurfore » April 11th, 2011, 4:01 pm

Help help! I just wanted to let everyone know that there are MANY trees down from all if this wind as of Monday at 5. If I had a chainsaw I would go after them but I don't...

PS. There is one HUGE one before 2 mile hill right before the other tree the trail day guys chopped up
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Re: Metro North: Pontiac Lake

Postby craig » April 12th, 2011, 1:59 pm

There are two trees down that require a dismount - one before the 2-mile hill (mentioned above) and one halfway up the 2-mile hill. There is also a dangerous leaner right after the first downed tree.

The trail itself is really nice - no mud or sand. I enjoyed the reroute around the perpetually muddy area after the airfield. Nice job by the TC and PLRA volunteers. 8)
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Re: Metro North: Pontiac Lake

Postby acidtattoo » April 12th, 2011, 10:36 pm

Did a couple of loops starting at 5:30 pm today. Saw the downed tree before the 2 mile hill, but nothing else was in the way. Track is dry and fast, fun to ride.
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Re: Metro North: Pontiac Lake

Postby chris f. » April 13th, 2011, 9:30 am

I rode the back half this morning between 9:15 and 9:45.

There is a tree down, right at head level, about 3.8 miles from the small parking lot off of Maceday Rd. It's not a very thick tree. Probably easily cut with a hand saw. It's right after the downhill that has the small log pile on the left.

Otherwise, conditions were good.
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Re: Metro North: Pontiac Lake

Postby chris f. » April 14th, 2011, 10:03 am

Myself, a buddy and 2 other trail riders were able to move the tree from the back half.
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Re: Metro North: Pontiac Lake

Postby compacted_graphite » April 14th, 2011, 1:36 pm

Trail conditions for Thursday April 14, 2011: The trail is dry and the surface is firm. There is no mud at Pontiac Lake Recreation Area Mountain Bike trail (subject to rain); overall, the thaw has come out of the ground.

Trees were adjusted today at approx mile 1.8, 7.8, and 9. There are currently no obstructions in the bike trail. Erosion control was performed on two mile hill, and on the last climb.
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Re: Metro North: Pontiac Lake

Postby chris f. » April 15th, 2011, 12:20 pm

Rode the whole trail this morning. Everything was perfect.
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Re: Metro North: Pontiac Lake

Postby oldkhs » April 16th, 2011, 9:19 am

chris f. wrote:Rode the whole trail this morning. Everything was perfect.


Agree, except it seems to take longer than it did at the end of last year.... My bike must have got heavier.
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Re: Metro North: Pontiac Lake

Postby utabintarbo » April 16th, 2011, 10:39 am

oldkhs wrote:...Mike bike must have got heavier.


You named your bike "Mike"? :?
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Re: Metro North: Pontiac Lake

Postby oldkhs » April 16th, 2011, 12:55 pm

utabintarbo wrote:
oldkhs wrote:...Mike bike must have got heavier.


You named your bike "Mike"? :?


fixed - not sure what happened there. I need spellcheck and idiot check.
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Re: Metro North: Pontiac Lake

Postby Trail_Warrior » April 18th, 2011, 8:54 am

Any ideas on how the trail will be following this SNOW!?! :evil:
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Re: Metro North: Pontiac Lake

Postby utabintarbo » April 18th, 2011, 10:07 am

Trail_Warrior wrote:Any ideas on how the trail will be following this SNOW!?! :evil:


Snow-covered? :twisted:

It's not so much that snow as it is the snow plus all the rain over the next couple days. :(
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Re: Metro North: Pontiac Lake

Postby MtnBikerMi » April 21st, 2011, 7:21 pm

Trail was in excellent shape tonight, no mud, no down trees. Crossing my fingers the "predicted" rain coming just doesn't come. Looking forward to a hopeful dry race Saturday!
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Re: Metro North: Pontiac Lake

Postby Tom Branton » April 22nd, 2011, 10:20 pm

Haven't raced Pontiac Lake before. Anyone know if there'll be mile markers for the race tomorrow? Trail Guide says 11 mile trail - race website says 10 mi for the race? Any advice for my son (an 11 year old beginner). Thanks.
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