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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby Bigtymer » May 24th, 2011, 8:58 am

George, have you noticed more people riding the trail this year. I can't believe how great this trail is and I never road up until last year. Such good flow, can't say it enough :D
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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby gtrowbridge » May 24th, 2011, 9:07 am

Bigtymer wrote:George, have you noticed more people riding the trail this year. I can't believe how great this trail is and I never road up until last year. Such good flow, can't say it enough :D


Yeah I've noticed a lot more traffic this year. I think that the word is getting out that Ionia is back on the map.
If it were dryer I think there would be even more traffic.

Thanks for riding Ionia!
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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby Bigtymer » May 24th, 2011, 1:29 pm

Nice!
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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby gtrowbridge » May 27th, 2011, 7:51 am

We got almost 2 inches of rain in the past two days.
With the trails already being muddy at the beginning of the week I don't anticipate them being any better today.
Its gonna need a couple of days of no rain and sun (PLEASE STOP RAINING!!!).
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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby gtrowbridge » June 5th, 2011, 4:50 am

Okay now that the rain has held off for a few days we can finally look forward to mowing the trails without damaging them with the tractors.
Look to have that completed in the next week or so.
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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby gtrowbridge » June 9th, 2011, 7:48 am

Some mud in the woods still.
Everything is growing fast.
Removed some face slappers last night on the west loop.
East loop unknown but I would assume some mud spots remain as well.
Majority of the trail is dry.
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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby gtrowbridge » June 13th, 2011, 9:28 am

Mowed almost all of the west loop this weekend.

Based on the height of the grass I would guess that the East loop is now completely covered.

Hope to get to that this week.

Grass got way ahead of us due to the fact we couldn't get out there during May like was orginally intended.

Oh well. We're getting it knocked down and it will probably stay that way through the summer.
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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby bleve » June 14th, 2011, 7:39 pm

Got a chance for a ride out there on Sunday and the west loop was almost entirely dry, couple slippery spots but nothing to keep someone out. And thank you for the mowing, only that short stretch at the far western end where the bike disappeared into the grass.

I was with my wife and we looked at the east loop then went "nevermind". Keep up the good work.
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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby gtrowbridge » June 15th, 2011, 7:31 am

bleve wrote:Got a chance for a ride out there on Sunday and the west loop was almost entirely dry, couple slippery spots but nothing to keep someone out. And thank you for the mowing, only that short stretch at the far western end where the bike disappeared into the grass.

I was with my wife and we looked at the east loop then went "nevermind". Keep up the good work.


Thanks. Got the final part of the West loop mowed last night.
Keep coming back.
Tell your friends! :D

Yeah the east loop is buried under a sea of green right now.
Might not be until next week when I get to it.
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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby gtrowbridge » June 21st, 2011, 9:47 am

Trimmed back face slappers and such on the east loop last night.
Looking to mow it this week.

Don't forget Saturday is the Breast Cancer Ride at Ionia.
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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby gtrowbridge » June 23rd, 2011, 3:58 pm

Rode the west loop yesterday.
It was greasy in spots in the woods.
Some smaller mud holes but no where's near the size in May.

Rain today will probably make it worse.

Attempted to mow the east loop this morning.
Got rained out so only partially complete.
So sick of rain...... :cry:
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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby AllMountin' » July 3rd, 2011, 8:40 pm

Ran both loops today. Beginners loop a bit overgrown in a few spots, but can be ridden just find for a nice warm up.

Yellow loop is generally clear and dry with the exception of a few small soft spots and one small muddy spot.

Large tree down on yellow in the last half mile before the turn around.

Loved the drop and the log ride. Nice little ride thru the woods.
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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby gtrowbridge » July 3rd, 2011, 8:49 pm

AllMountin' wrote:Ran both loops today. Beginners loop a bit overgrown in a few spots, but can be ridden just find for a nice warm up.

Yellow loop is generally clear and dry with the exception of a few small soft spots and one small muddy spot.

Large tree down on yellow in the last half mile before the turn around.

Loved the drop and the log ride. Nice little ride thru the woods.


Thanks for the update.
I'll be back in town this week and get this taken care of.
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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby AllMountin' » July 4th, 2011, 12:04 am

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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby gtrowbridge » July 11th, 2011, 9:02 am

East Loop (aka this year as the Lost Trail) all mowed now.
Didn't get to the tree down on the west yet.
Will this week.
Portions of the west loop in the beginning part that were ultra muddy are now just tacky and mushy.
Portions of the west loop that are further in the woods and a little muddy...are still a little muddy. They must be fed by a spring in the hill or something cause they weren't there last year.
I'll be putting down something there to make those areas better traction.
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