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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby gtrowbridge » September 8th, 2010, 2:37 pm

underdog wrote:Saw some other riders leaving the entrance last weekend, 1st I've seen anyone around on Sunday mornings.
My buddy and I plan on riding it very soon


Yeah it seems to be getting more activity now. That's good. :D
I almost always see someone at the trail head just starting or just finishing.
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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby gtrowbridge » September 13th, 2010, 11:39 am

Cleared downed trees from the short loop within the yellow loop yesterday.
Trail is in great shape.

Will check the rest of the system this week.
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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby gtrowbridge » September 15th, 2010, 7:56 pm

Two trees down on the short/east/brown loop.
One before the bridge right after the switch back.
The other up on the ridge before you go into the creek area.

Flagged them with bright PINK tape.

I'll get those out this weekend.

Both can be ridden over by an advanced rider.

Other than that all the rest of the trails just have some branches down. Nothing that can't be ridden over or is just laying at the edge of the trail making it more narrow.
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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby gtrowbridge » September 20th, 2010, 1:21 pm

All trails are clear and open.
Enjoy.
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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby gtrowbridge » September 27th, 2010, 11:21 am

Many trees down from last weeks storms.
Two on the brown.
Probably seven on the yellow.

Most can be hopped over or at least bike carried over.

One on the yellow is a tree top so you have to walk your bike way off trail to get around it.

Clean up will begin this week.
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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby gtrowbridge » September 30th, 2010, 9:23 pm

gtrowbridge wrote:Many trees down from last weeks storms.
Two on the brown.
Probably seven on the yellow.

Most can be hopped over or at least bike carried over.

One on the yellow is a tree top so you have to walk your bike way off trail to get around it.

Clean up will begin this week.


Big tree down on the yellow just after the top of the first big hill cut now.

NEW!!!!
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Added a log obstacle just before you get to the short cut on the yellow loop. More stuff like that to come.
Hoping to boardwalk the sand pits this weekend.
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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby gtrowbridge » October 4th, 2010, 8:49 am

All trees are cleared off the trail. Things are wide open.

Saw a couple of deer hunters out there on Saturday. Not too far off the trail. They were friendly. They just don't want you to stand around talking right in front of them. Just keep passing through.

It is still bow season.
Gun season doesn't open until November 15th.
So nothing really to worry about.
Especially if you are not riding right at dawn or dusk as those are prime hunting times.

Didn't get the boardwalks in this weekend like I had hoped.
Hopefully this week.
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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby gtrowbridge » October 6th, 2010, 7:47 pm

Boardwalks over sandpits installed yesterday.
They totally rock!
You can now carry your speed through that area without getting bogged down.
Plus I left the ends nicely elevated for a nice drop at the end.

You can still sludge through the sand if you want to along side the board walk.
Don't know why anyone would ever want to do that though.
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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby RickPlite » October 6th, 2010, 8:50 pm

Nice! Hope to make it out next week. Fall is the best season at Ionia!
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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby gtrowbridge » October 18th, 2010, 7:09 am

Leaves, leaves, and more leaves.

Kinda hard to see the trail in the woods.
Trail is fast and hard packed.
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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby Bigtymer » October 24th, 2010, 8:55 pm

I can't believe I have never rode this trail before. What an awesome trail!!!! I really don't understand why its labeled easy because it seems more technical than bass river.
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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby gtrowbridge » October 25th, 2010, 9:09 pm

Bigtymer wrote:I can't believe I have never rode this trail before. What an awesome trail!!!! I really don't understand why its labeled easy because it seems more technical than bass river.



EXCELLENT! Glad you liked it BT.
A lot of work has gone into it this year to bring it back into shape.
More modifications will be happening in the next couple of years to add mileage and technical features.

Yeah I don't know why it is labeled as easy either. I'm going to have that changed. It really is mostly intermediate with a short beginner loop.

Tell everyone to ride it!
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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby Bigtymer » October 26th, 2010, 7:43 am

Don't worry, I will spread the word. Great job on the trail, it has some of the best flow around :D
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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby gtrowbridge » October 28th, 2010, 11:23 am

Checked half of the big loop yesterday evening.
There were some small branches on the trail but nothing big.

Don't anticipate anything big coming down since so much came down last time.

The trail has dried out and is only greasy in a few areas.
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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby gtrowbridge » October 31st, 2010, 7:26 am

Trail is clear and dry.
Leaves are getting worn in so you can see the trail pretty good in the woods.
Views are amazing of the grand river....you just don't realize you are that close to it when you ride. Now you can see it everywhere.
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