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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby SANTA_CRUZ » June 25th, 2012, 11:22 am

Another great pano shot Mike ! I love those, it's more like what your eye sees when you are standing there.

The weather forcast for Thursday looks to be really HOT right now, but I will still be out there to ride if anyone
is planning on coming out.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby mikesathome2 » June 26th, 2012, 9:59 am

Thanks! I have been snapping them with my phone on any trail I hit this year.
Android phone > Pano. App > Pixlr o matic for post processing
I never stitch more than 3 shots total as they become far to wide and almost start looking like those 360 pictures..

I don't think I will make the Thursday ride, that's just far to hot for me :oops:

Thursday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 94. West wind between 8 and 13 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph *beep*
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby opjames » June 26th, 2012, 9:55 pm

The "root ripper" has struck again. This time moved the big log just after the Dragontail on the South (Whitetail) loop. They moved it to the side and I managed to get it to lay down just like it was before. I talked with Rich about securing it with metal stakes. Hopefully they don't do more damage before we get it fixed.

Unfortunately, many of the log piles are requiring daily repairs due to folks dragging their brakes while riding over them. The dirt (clay) that Rich reinforced the log piles with is crumbling because of it being so dry out there. He's been repairing the log crossings and piles as needed.

Other than the roots disappearing and the log piles requiring a constant watch, the trail is rock hard and fast. Rich and I have been keeping up on the trimming, so everything should be awesome for the group ride on Thursday.

Btw Gary, I blocked that "bandit trail" that we talked about on the East loop behind the factories. I threw a few logs and a bunch of branches in there at both entrances. It doesn't get used much or maintained, but I noticed a bunch of skid marks at the entrance as if someone was checking it out.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby mmrobertson69 » June 27th, 2012, 6:16 am

Sounds like there's a fair amount of projects to do. How about a trail day?
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby Jay22 » June 27th, 2012, 5:54 pm

mmrobertson69 wrote:Sounds like there's a fair amount of projects to do. How about a trail day?



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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby opjames » June 27th, 2012, 7:44 pm

Unless SANTA_CRUZ has a special project that needs done, almost everything else is finished. Trail is clear of overgrowth and ready for tomorrows group ride.

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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby mmrobertson69 » June 28th, 2012, 7:53 am

Thanks, guys! See y'all this afternoon.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails 6/28/2012

Postby ibisman » June 28th, 2012, 11:24 am

Dry,Dry,Dry! Rode a couple laps around a little before noon...went as far as I could stand with the knee pain. Very dry and dusty. Whats up with the dirt piles in front of the logs? Whats next...black top? :)
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails 6/28/2012

Postby opjames » June 28th, 2012, 11:46 am

ibisman wrote:Whats up with the dirt piles in front of the logs? Whats next...black top? :)

Ya... I'm bringing in some mixers to turn it into a sidewalk...just kidding!

The dirt was put there to allow bikes to roll over the biggest logs and log piles without smashing their chainrings. Some of the log piles have been reinforced by adding dirt, as well. For clarification, not all of the logs in the trail system required this treatment, just the ones causing heavy contact. Rich has been maintaining them per Gary's instructions.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby ibisman » June 28th, 2012, 12:38 pm

Thats why I don't use a big chainring and use a middle chainring and a small bashguard. I like being able to get over anything.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby mmrobertson69 » June 29th, 2012, 7:59 am

Trail was sweet last night! Thanks to Gary and James for the tours. I had a blast despite the heat. The real men did 2 laps! (I only did 1.5, so that makes me 3/4 real man.)
We'll have to do it again soon. And head to Ashley's afterwards?
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby SANTA_CRUZ » June 29th, 2012, 11:19 am

Yeah, that was a HOT time trail riding last night ! We took the first loop and a half at a moderate pace
and then I stepped on the gas for the second one with Travis and Jeff (that was a fast fun loop guys !).

We all agreed that we have never seen the trail so dry, hardpacked and fast as it has been this year.
The ice cold Bell's Oberons always tastes best after some 99 degree trail riding and the conversation about beer/bikes was really cool.
Thanks to Mike R., James, Jeff S. and Travis for coming out and sharing this extreme experience !

In most recent news - I was out there today cutting up all the deadfall trees that were threatening to take out the 32 foot elevated bridge on
Lucky Dawg during the next torrential rainfall (if we ever get one, but we probably will !). They moved like 10 feet towards it last year, so it was
time to eliminate the potential hazard. After I had cut the dead wood into pieces, Rick came by on his bike and helped me move the big heavy chunks.
Thanks for your excellent timing man ! I also removed the 2" x 10" log ramp due to the rotting condition and will replace it with a new log pile soon.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby opjames » June 29th, 2012, 11:38 am

Too *beep* hot!
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby scat silvurz » June 29th, 2012, 12:40 pm

Hey opJames - thanks for the tour you gave Lynda and myself earlier in the week! The trail was in great shape, and your route suggestions were great - thanks again!
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby Steve_Balogh » June 29th, 2012, 10:20 pm

Rode Morty T this evening, seriously dry, hard, fast. When I finished my entire bike was a pale shade of gray, even the tires. Noticed the two bandit trails are now gone (overgrown), a "Private Property No Trespassing Sign" is up where that "Maple" trail used to be. Ironically the one private trail along the creek's edge across from there is still there well groomed, connecting to the two track.
Only saw one other biker out there, not one hiker.
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