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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails 7/17/2013

Postby ibisman » July 17th, 2013, 1:38 pm

I did some weed trimming (3 hours worth) and was it hot! I did the east loop and down across the little wooden bridge and west of crooked vulture under the power lines.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby opjames » July 17th, 2013, 3:14 pm

Thank you so much Ibisman! You rock!
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby SANTA_CRUZ » July 17th, 2013, 9:20 pm

First of all, thank you to ibisman and James for your continued tree and weed clearing on such freaking HOT days !! I have been busy with everything else in life and haven't been out there since the 4th of July weekend (working on the future pump track and sweating profusely). Busy again this weekend, too.

Second, that is an awesome picture Scat ! I can't believe how much the green has grown this summer, but with all the rain and humidity how couldn't it ?
As far as the posters that don't know how to connect the three sections, the map on the Trail guide should help, but the best way to see and experience everything is to show up at one of our awesomely fun group rides which will start again soon. Just have to wait for the humidity to take a break. Jeeze.

Thanks for riding !
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby mpw29er » July 17th, 2013, 10:19 pm

Awesome. I will keep and eye out for the group rides and definitely make it out to ride!
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails 7/18/2013

Postby ibisman » July 18th, 2013, 12:30 pm

I did a couple laps forwards and backwards this morning and the trail was fine but for several muddy spots. I see several spots I weeded that need to be done again though. I will wait until it cools off as yesterday was not fun.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby Zach_T » July 21st, 2013, 12:39 pm

Rode this trail for the first time today. It was dry at 10am with a few muddy spots on Crooked Vulture. I just finished some physical therapy so I was only going to ride 2-3 miles. I had so much fun I lost track of time and rode 6.2 miles! I'm going to be sore tomorrow but it was worth it :D

I rode the East Loop, then north to Crooked Vulture, the loop just south of the parking lot(Wetland loop?), and Whitetail. Right where the East Loop trailhead and Lilley Road meet there's a large downed tree. Keep your eyes peeled.

Great trail. I can't wait to go for another ride.

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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby SANTA_CRUZ » July 21st, 2013, 8:55 pm

Thanks for the feedback/review Zach_T and I am so glad that you enjoyed your ride !

The trail just south of the parking lot does circle what we call the South wetlands area as there is a North Wetlands area as well,
but the trails back there are called Whitetail and if you make a right turn just after the small bridge is where you can ride Buckshaver
and if you go left it leads to the Dragon's Tail section. Maybe you rode all of that based on the mileage you mentioned.

The Crooked Vulture connector needs a little work as the township buried the section between the short and long sections when they extended the
gravel path north to Saltz road. Waiting for them to finish what they started before uncovering what has been there for 4 years.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails 7/22/2013

Postby ibisman » July 22nd, 2013, 10:54 am

I did some more weed trimming this morning. I did the white tail,buckshaver,and dragon tail loops. the mosquito's were horrible. some mud on the loops I trimmed. I ran out of string.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby SANTA_CRUZ » July 23rd, 2013, 5:54 am

Excellent ! Thank you so much ibisman ! And everyone that rides there thanks you. :D
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby Jay22 » July 23rd, 2013, 10:22 pm

Saw your handy work out there Ibisman. Thanks!
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby Zach_T » July 25th, 2013, 6:33 pm

Just got back from a ride. No mud! Get out there and ride before the rain hits this weekend! :mrgreen:
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby SANTA_CRUZ » July 26th, 2013, 6:52 am

On the way home from my bike commute from work Wednesday I stopped in and rode the East loop, Jessie's Run and Crooked Vulture. Cleared the smaller pieces of the downed tree at the exit/entrance of the East at Lilley road, but the big old pine tree trunk needs some chainsaw action. There were just a couple of greasy spots on CV, but I'm sure like the last poster said, everything should be dry now. The green growth is the thickest I've ever seen it :shock:

Still waiting for the township to donate some more dirt for the pump track to close the loop, hopefully that comes soon, but this project is taking much longer than I expected. :roll:
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails 7/26/2013

Postby ibisman » July 26th, 2013, 11:35 am

I did a couple laps and there is a fair amount of mud everywhere and some standing water in lower areas. I couldn't find a tree down by lilley RD. but did clear one that was down just past the skinny(which has a few boards missing in the middle) and another tree leaner on the west loop.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby scat silvurz » July 26th, 2013, 11:39 am

Love the new bridge ride!
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails 7/26/2013

Postby opjames » July 26th, 2013, 2:21 pm

ibisman wrote:I did a couple laps and there is a fair amount of mud everywhere and some standing water in lower areas. I couldn't find a tree down by lilley RD. but did clear one that was down just past the skinny(which has a few boards missing in the middle) and another tree leaner on the west loop.


Thanks for getting that log by the skinny, it was a pain to ride under.

The tree down at Lilley Rd. is literally "at the road". It's where the trail splits to the left and one way goes up (facing into the trail with Lilley at your back). It's a big dead pine tree. My chainsaw was stolen, so I was hoping my buddy loosecannondale would get at it since he lives in that neighborhood across from it, but he's been busy and hasn't had a chance. I might attempt borrow his saw today, we'll see how it goes.

We've known since earlier this spring about the skinny having some boards missing. Unfortunately the log rotted at the top and became mushy several inches deep into the wood. Now the screws have nothing to grab into. Still contemplating a fix, but judging by how fast the log rotted, it might be hopeless.
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