Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby ibisman » May 27th, 2014, 10:02 am

I just got back from M/T and the only thing I agree with ChrisInYpsi is the mosquitos. Chris is probably talking about buckshaver, it is ok a ways in but gets really muddy where the water sat all winter. white tail is ok, as is dragon tail until the turn east in the swamp is muddy.East loop is semi-dry to Lilly rd., crooked vulture is semi-dry to the west loop (Clowns nightmare is muddy but almost there), west loop is dry with a few muddy spots and really muddy past the entrance to the wetlands. Lucky dog is semi-dry and tacky with a few muddy spots, all ramps and bridges are rideable. several big trees down on west loop. Looks like I will get out soon with the weed wacker. its almost all good. I say ride it and pack it down. But use a lot of bug spray!
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby SANTA_CRUZ » May 28th, 2014, 5:04 pm

Sad, but true. :cry: I was going to take advantage of this wet cool weather and work on the trail and then I hurt my lower back somehow. :cry:
As a result I've been off the bike and unable to do the trail work I had planned during this down time. Soon though work will continue on
some needed signage, additional boardwalks over some persistently muddy areas and get a work day or two organized to get the pump track completed.

This trail prefers warm dry days and since this crappy winter we haven't really had a stretch of those.
Plus this May rain is pretty much non-stop. I'm bummed myself that I can't ride it because it is SO much fun when it's dry.
If I am in town on July 13th Dave, I will join you for a birthday ride my friend !! (or at least some day close to 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 !!

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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby ibisman » May 29th, 2014, 5:55 am

Sorry to hear about your back. Let me know what you want done. I'm thinking of starting trimming next week. I've got a new trimmer, and getting the old one fixed so I have a back-up. I'll get those downed trees on the west loop soon. Get better. Tell me what kind of beer you like and I will hit up Holiday Market. :)
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31,167.9 total trail miles since 2002
Miles for 2014--1749.9--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 6/6/2014

Postby ibisman » June 6th, 2014, 10:21 am

Strange..trail much more muddy than last week. East loop good, crooked vulture ok,(not ext.loop, still under water), west loop muddy spots,several trees down (I will get them soon), lucky dog rideable with muddy spots,White tail good, buckshaver a mess.Skeeters are un-believeable.
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Miles for 2014--1749.9--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 6/9/2014

Postby ibisman » June 9th, 2014, 10:56 am

Trimmed the east loop to the power lines.Image
walked the west loop and cut 2 leaners and 5 downed trees
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the trail is still muddy in spots and if you think the skeeters are bad riding... try walking with a weedwacker.
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Miles for 2014--1749.9--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 ibisman » June 9th, 2014, 5:21 pm

I also found a red seat post mounted blinking red light. If it's yours let me know.
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31,167.9 total trail miles since 2002
Miles for 2014--1749.9--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 ChrisInYpsi » June 15th, 2014, 12:01 pm

Anyone have a recent conditions report?
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails 6/17/2014

Postby ibisman » June 17th, 2014, 12:16 pm

I rode the whole thing several times and its all rideable even buckshaver. There is a tree down at the end of the crooked vulture ext. loop. and a tree down on the west loop almost to lucky dog. I will do more trimming tomorrow. Thanks to who ever trimmed the east loop going to Lilly and by the power lines coming west on crooked vulture.
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31,167.9 total trail miles since 2002
Miles for 2014--1749.9--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 6/17/2014

Postby Dirtdevil » June 18th, 2014, 7:48 am

ibisman wrote:I rode the whole thing several times and its all rideable even buckshaver. There is a tree down at the end of the crooked vulture ext. loop. and a tree down on the west loop almost to lucky dog. I will do more trimming tomorrow. Thanks to who ever trimmed the east loop going to Lilly and by the power lines coming west on crooked vulture.


*beep* I'm sure that today's rains ruined it all again! Itchin' to ride out here yet this year!

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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby ibisman » June 18th, 2014, 12:50 pm

I will trim Friday instead. Too wet.
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31,167.9 total trail miles since 2002
Miles for 2014--1749.9--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 » June 21st, 2014, 7:04 am

Stupid Rain :evil:
Thank you SO MUCH Dave for your hard a-s-s work and donating blood to the local mosquito population.
They are super terrible this year. It's like we need some kind of automatic DEET squirter/fogger whenever you are in the woods?
This is by far the latest the mud has stuck around, like I said we need a string of some dry weather and we can start riding there full time.
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 » June 21st, 2014, 7:29 am

Trimming Monday next week instead. How's the bike build coming ? I found some skeeter spray that works.
Martyrs or marines
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the virgins?
USMC 1968-1972
31,167.9 total trail miles since 2002
Miles for 2014--1749.9--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 6/23/2014

Postby ibisman » June 23rd, 2014, 12:22 pm

Trimmed whitetail loop. Muddy with a section under water. serious skeeter population.
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the virgins?
USMC 1968-1972
31,167.9 total trail miles since 2002
Miles for 2014--1749.9--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 jwilds1 » June 26th, 2014, 9:46 am

Any thoughts on what conditions are like? I have the next ten days off and have been itching to get out on the new fattie.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby SANTA_CRUZ » June 26th, 2014, 12:27 pm

Still muddy in most areas, although the East loop is dry.
If we get a stretch of dry days it should be good to go.
Stay tuned. There is a FB page as well, Morton-Taylor Trails.
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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