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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails 27/2013

Postby ibisman » February 7th, 2013, 12:32 pm

I rode the whole trail this morning (walked parts where my knee complained and trees were down), and the trail was perfect! Trees down on buck shaver, and one down just past the wood skinny going west toward Sheldon rd. All ramps and bridges good to go. Saw a beaver just west of Lilly Rd. at bridge #6. Very cool. Some fat tire tracks but most track free. Much easier to ride in fresh snow.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby SANTA_CRUZ » February 9th, 2013, 12:57 pm

A Beaver ? Really ? I didn't think they were around these parts.
Was he building a dam ? Is that the cause of the downed trees ? ha ha
Thanks for the update, heading out there now to clear the deadfalls.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby ibisman » February 9th, 2013, 2:02 pm

Yep. He went into the bank on the right side of the bridge going west. I waited and he came out and went across to. The other side and was eating.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby SANTA_CRUZ » February 9th, 2013, 5:59 pm

Wow, super cool, a big brown beaver in Canton. (Primus reference)

Got out there this afternoon, met Rich and we cleared out the tree stuff on Buckshaver. That big clump and two more clothesliner trees before
you get to the off camber up and down section. Saw a couple of snowshoers and another couple walking their pooch. Nice sunny winter day.

Afterwards went and took a look at those big Kahuna trees that fell just west of Lilley. Holy cow, too big to cut, so I came up with a plan.
We are going to build a ramp bridge over them ! The wood was solid, so I am thinking of doing a couple of ramps with a flat in between.

Might have to notch the big one, but I think it will be an awesome tech feature and a rider still has a non-tech go-around if they go straight
instead of down that hill. It will be a bit of a grunt going westward, but I will provide enough length to get some speed up to make it over.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby ibisman » February 9th, 2013, 6:51 pm

Very cool! What's the plans for the area by the car?
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby SANTA_CRUZ » February 10th, 2013, 1:05 pm

Plans for "Playland". So far I have the wood and plans for a couple of up and down wood structures similar to the trestle bridge on Lucky Dawg.
Then shortly after those, a series of pump style dirt humps to continue the fun. I have some extra wood for some other elevated ladder bridge
type things as well built on top of downed logs, but haven't really planned those all the way out yet. All this will be surrounded by a small oval
singletrack with some twisty stuff going through the trees on the north side of it. Due to my work/home schedule and this cold snowy winter
I haven't gotten as far as I want to be yet, but I think with some help I could knock this out in 3-4 weekends worth of work and have it ready
by late spring. How does that sound ? It will be a really fun new addition to the Crooked Vulture section.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby ibisman » February 10th, 2013, 2:06 pm

Cool very cool! There is enough area to actually get a full 10 miles total in. If you go east from the car there is a big groove that could be used as a sig sag up and down side to side type feature.I ant wait to get busy.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby troth » February 14th, 2013, 11:25 am

Gary,
I have some concerns about these large tree-crossing ramps and "Playland" you plan on building. Namely, that I have to wait until spring to ride them. Other than that, I don't really have a problem with it. ;)
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby ihateplaindave » February 14th, 2013, 11:58 am

Anyone been out there recently? Studs? No studs? Ridable at all?
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby ibisman » February 14th, 2013, 2:12 pm

I just put the studs on the first snow and don't take them off until April.
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Miles for 2014--1621.9--miles for 2013... 1770.25 miles. 0 road miles
all on teenie, tiny, normal sized wheels (well now fat bike tires too..but they are still 26")
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby SANTA_CRUZ » February 15th, 2013, 4:31 pm

Like you said Travis, it will have some Ray's Indoor flavor to it and I have a good source for free wood and screws.
You are more than welcome to come out and help me build "Playland" and bring a wheelbarrow this spring.

Ibisman, I like your idea about that possible whooptie section east of the rusty car, let's do it.
I love mountain biking because I haven't found anything that is more FUN !!
Of all the paths you choose in life....make sure some of them are DIRT !!

Commuting miles in 2012 = 1065
Total road/trail miles = 2800
Number of rides = 152
Trails ridden = 28 different in MI, 2 in Oregon
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby ibisman » February 17th, 2013, 9:19 am

Nice morning for a ride out to M/T ..too bad I cant sneek out while my wife and grandkids are here.
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31,044.9 total trail miles since 2002
Miles for 2014--1621.9--miles for 2013... 1770.25 miles. 0 road miles
all on teenie, tiny, normal sized wheels (well now fat bike tires too..but they are still 26")
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby Steve_Balogh » February 17th, 2013, 10:06 pm

The trail today was a mixture of mud and ice/mixed with snow. Despite being 24 degrees, the sun warmed things up a bit, so some parts of the trail I turned back from them being too muddy. But I found plenty of ice to take my first ride on some DIY studded tires. Worked fantastic. There was a lot of bumpy ice from frozen footprints covered with a light layer of snow. The sheet metal screws dug right through the snow making great contact with the ice. I walked the bike over wooden bridges so I would not chew them up. Most of the walkings paths were icy.

I had solid traction going up and down a small hill in the Dragon's tail loop that was glare ice. Best studded tires I've ever used.

Note the front wheel is a 47MM trials rim. The front worked fine despite the extra curvature from the smaller rim.

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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby ibisman » February 17th, 2013, 11:23 pm

Great idea! We used to make our own too.
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Miles for 2014--1621.9--miles for 2013... 1770.25 miles. 0 road miles
all on teenie, tiny, normal sized wheels (well now fat bike tires too..but they are still 26")
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby ihateplaindave » February 18th, 2013, 10:04 am

Yeah, I went out there Sat AM. M-T, like everything else in the area, is pretty much unridable without studs.
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