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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby bleve » May 5th, 2015, 1:03 am

I discovered there's a more robust log pile now on the main trail, but it's not a long lasting job. Would be a nice addition if done properly.

gtrowbridge wrote:Thanks for the update bleve. We'll get out there to chain saw it this week.

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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby gtrowbridge » May 5th, 2015, 7:10 am

Wow must have been a while since you rode Ionia. Think that log pile is about 5 yrs old. God knows there is enough dead ash (thanks EAB) to probably build more.

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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby bleve » May 7th, 2015, 4:06 pm

No, I meant on the down tree that's across the trail. Someone attempted to make it rideable. I remember the log pile a little farther on.

gtrowbridge wrote:Wow must have been a while since you rode Ionia. Think that log pile is about 5 yrs old. God knows there is enough dead ash (thanks EAB) to probably build more.

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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby gtrowbridge » May 7th, 2015, 8:38 pm

Gotcha. I'll evaluate it and see if there are some possibilities.

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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby gtrowbridge » May 26th, 2015, 7:41 am

Just a reminder there is a Trail Day scheduled for this Saturday 9am -12pm at the trails.
We will be relocating sign posts and installing others.
Also some string trimming and shrub triming.
We will have the WMMBA tool trail available for our use.

Free lunch.

Let me know if you are planning on attending so I can have a head count.

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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby gtrowbridge » June 10th, 2015, 7:32 am

Many new sign posts were put in at intersections on the east and west loop.
More to come.

Additionally mowing has started with focus on the west loop. Parts of the east loop probably good, some bad.
Trying to get out there as schedule allows.
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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby gtrowbridge » June 29th, 2015, 7:25 am

Mowing complete on west loop.
Asked DNR if they would hit some of the woody areas with a crew of string trimmers this week too.
East loop has yet to be mowed so I would avoid that for now until further notice (its almost all grass meadows).
Additionally a full on assault is being waged this year (continued from last year) against the poison ivy that is now encroaching the trail (thank you EAB for killing ash trees and creating the perfect growing platform for ivy...like we didn't have enough work to do).
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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby gtrowbridge » July 7th, 2015, 9:49 am

Trail day 11 July 15 (saturday)
9am - 12pm at the trail head on Riverside Dr.
We will be mowing and trimming in preparation for the race in two weeks.
Free lunch afterwards at Olivera's Sports Pub & Grill
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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby gtrowbridge » July 15th, 2015, 2:49 pm

WARNING - There is a tree down on the West Loop just after the post that says "5 mile". That tree is covered with POISON IVY. There is no way around it. Best to bail at the post get on the road and head to the sheriff posse club house. Sorry there is no good way to get back on the trail between there.

We'll have to don the HAZMAT suits to get that out of there.
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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby SteveF » July 16th, 2015, 8:24 am

Douse it in gas and torch it! (but don't stand in/breath the smoke-don't ask how I know that's a bad idea)
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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby gtrowbridge » July 16th, 2015, 1:27 pm

SteveF wrote:Douse it in gas and torch it! (but don't stand in/breath the smoke-don't ask how I know that's a bad idea)


Nasty stuff.
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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby tww112477 » July 17th, 2015, 8:55 am

How is that going to be routed for the xterra tri next Sunday?

Also I was thinking of riding there today, how does the trail do with rain we got this morning?
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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby gtrowbridge » July 17th, 2015, 1:17 pm

tww112477 wrote:How is that going to be routed for the xterra tri next Sunday?

Also I was thinking of riding there today, how does the trail do with rain we got this morning?


No issues with rain....ever.

Trail has been cleared of all downed trees.
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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby gtrowbridge » July 17th, 2015, 1:22 pm

FYI wear bug spray. If you have to stop for any reason in any wooded location you will be assaulted by mosquitoes with no mercy.
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