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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby twoINtheSky » June 7th, 2010, 3:38 pm

Thanks. Thats what I thought. Looks like the road bike will be getting some more exercise for the time being.
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby chong » June 8th, 2010, 10:00 am

I mistakenly tried to ride Olson last night. Lots of DEEP puddles. Ended up walking out. Avoid.
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby Hench » June 8th, 2010, 10:43 am

*beep* was just gearing up to ride, doubt things would have changed drastically since last night but how was the inner loop around the pond? it usually dries out a few days before the woods so I'm hoping that will be rideable; also, did you try the Leslie connector too or just Olson?(my guess is if there's standing water at Olson then Leslie will be greasy but not as bad) and thanks for posting conditions its greatly appreciated after rainy days.
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby chong » June 9th, 2010, 1:47 pm

I only rode the first mile or so of Olson before giving up and heading back home. Didn't ride the inner loop by the pond.
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby Steve_Balogh » June 18th, 2010, 8:25 pm

Olson was pretty dry this evening. Any mud spots were pretty firm. Lots of overgrowth, and as usual, the bird attacked on the hillside by the pond.
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby bill_m » June 21st, 2010, 10:42 am

We will be having a big mowing and trimming session at Olson on Wednesday 6/23 at 5:00 pm. Anyone that would like to lend a hand should come join us!
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby bill_m » June 23rd, 2010, 11:02 am

If you ride the loop in the next few days you will see that we've been doing a lot of trail clearing! We have some new tools that allow us to blast through the nasty stuff very quickly, so fast that we are having a hard time cleaning up the mess. So if some brush falls back into the trail and you would be so kind as to chuck it off to the side it would be much appreciated.
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby centralRH » June 23rd, 2010, 11:19 am

bill_m wrote:If you ride the loop in the next few days you will see that we've been doing a lot of trail clearing! We have some new tools that allow us to blast through the nasty stuff very quickly, so fast that we are having a hard time cleaning up the mess. So if some brush falls back into the trail and you would be so kind as to chuck it off to the side it would be much appreciated.


What tools are you using and what are you going through? Finding it efficient? A few of us have been discussing the best tools for maintenance; particularly clearing face slappers and underbrush that encroaches the trails.
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby G.Cook » June 23rd, 2010, 1:02 pm

I'm using this ;
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with this attachment ;
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thinking about adding these two attachments ;
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The KM90r as you can see is a very versatile little machine .
And this for the lighter stuff ;
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but I'm thinking I gotta get this ;
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 500wt_1154
and a metal brush rake does just fine getting the dead and dying off the trail tread .
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby bill_m » June 24th, 2010, 8:55 am

G.Cook wrote:and a metal brush rake does just fine getting the dead and dying off the trail tread .


Yeah well, when you're generating 4' high plies of brush as you move along it is a lot for one person to handle. I've been doing solo work when time permits lately.

Greg, if you get that DR the Poto Chapter wants to rent it from you!! You can even be the operator if you like.
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby bill_m » June 24th, 2010, 9:55 am

The University of Michigan Cycling Team stepped it up last night and did a major work session with us at Olson. Thanks guys!

Hopefully the park will be more fun to ride now. Some pictures and a report are here: http://zswetky.blogspot.com/2010/06/michigan-cycling-team-trail-work-day.html
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby bill_m » August 16th, 2010, 4:23 pm

Sinking widowmaker tree in Leslie Science Center is removed. I was wondering how low it could go.....
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby Leroi Brown » August 16th, 2010, 4:29 pm

Thanks Bill! It kind of caught me off-guard last time I rode under it, as to just how much lower it had gotten. I know it wasn't that low the last time I rode under it!
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby bill_m » August 18th, 2010, 4:30 pm

The Traver Creek trail (along the Rail Road tracks) is back in business.
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby georgemra » August 19th, 2010, 8:07 am

Rode most of Olson (test riding a bike) yesterday and it's looking pretty good. The section by the power lines is a little overgrown in a couple places as is the black trail coming around the bluff mid way up. Thanks for all the work.
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