Looks like a ton of activity on the Anderson Park trail conditions thread, and they're saying it's ready to ride! Burchfield is still CLOSED to bikes, according to signage at the Riverbend lot. I did a pre-season maintenance inspection of my stunts today, and saw a few deep ruts from riders not following the rules. Not a lot of riders, just a few, and probably nobody who is reading this - I think we all know to stay off of Burchfield's trails for now. Talked to a couple in their vehicle in the parking lot and convinced them to stay out of the muddy parts. I think I yelled over to them later without realizing it was the same couple I had already talked to. At least they were on fat bikes and on the beginner trail. Nice matching orange/white outfits, too
The stunts were all in good shape, though somebody was at it again trying to modify the entry to the Hansen's Be-Bop stunt, trying to make it easier to get onto. Unbelievably, one of their modifications was to put little sticks down in front of the 2x4 entry board - I guess that imperceptible 2-inch step-up was just not smooth enough! There's a new large uprooted tree caught up and hanging over the exit of this stunt, but I don't think it's in danger of coming down - it has a fork way up high leaning against another tree, one on each side. I wish it was possible to cut it down, because it could be used to add another leg to that stunt. As it is, down on the ground there is some stuff to clear that broke off of it, and a chainsaw may be needed. Hellboy's Pitchfork line also needs a chainsaw to remove a large fallen branch in its fall zone. The new up-and-over fifty yards into the Hellboy trail itself appears to be the victim of warping and twisting of the fallen treetop it is built on. I'm going to have to pull it out and reposition it - though it probably can be ridden, the entry ramp is a couple of inches up in the air, and the downramp is tilted at an odd angle.
The new stunt named the Dragon's Throat, beside the river at the start of Dragonball Run, was left for the winter with several orange ribbons blocking it, and the entry and exit not built. Somehow, the orange ribbons were all taken down - could it have been the ice storm? Or did somebody do it intentionally? I don't know, but there was one tire track up on top, and I don't know whether or not it was from my test rides a few months ago, or from somebody who ripped down the ribbons and put their bike up on top - with muddy tires. Hmm ...
I didn't get over to the usual muddy spots, like Swamp Thing, but they are probably still too muddy to ride, if not actually underwater. The trailbed of Hansen's Be-Bop actually looked pretty good, except for that soft spot that always exists 30 yards past the new stunt.
Hopefully we don't get a large amount of rain that results in flooding again, and maybe the park will be able to open our trails for us soon. I should be able to take care of these few stunt-related tasks myself this weekend. Jeff, Shaun, have you guys awoken from hibernation yet?