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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails6/30/2014

Postby ibisman » June 30th, 2014, 10:22 am

I put in a couple hours weeding whitetail loop, and dragon tail. cut 2 downed trees . skeeters were un-real.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails 7/4/2014

Postby ibisman » July 4th, 2014, 6:30 pm

Heading out tomorrow morning. ( 7/5/2014) checking conditions and riding what I can. 10 am.all welcome to join me.
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30,924.9 total miles since 2002
Miles for 2014--1501.9--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 7/5/2014

Postby ibisman » July 5th, 2014, 10:36 am

surprise! The whole trail is rideable. Still some muddy spots and several trees down (crooked Vulture expansion loop, and west loop before lucky dog). Poison ivy and skeeters everywhere.
I will trim the section of Buckshaver that was under water , and west loop, and lucky dog Monday morning.
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the virgins?
USMC 1968-1972
30,924.9 total miles since 2002
Miles for 2014--1501.9--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 » July 7th, 2014, 8:53 pm

That is an awesome report Dave! Once again and I can't say it enough, thank you so much man !!
And awesome job helping out at the new Hines project, the pictures you posted look great.
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 7/10/2-14

Postby ibisman » July 10th, 2014, 8:43 am

Im heading out to trim whitetail and Buckshaver.
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the virgins?
USMC 1968-1972
30,924.9 total miles since 2002
Miles for 2014--1501.9--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 7/10/2014

Postby ibisman » July 10th, 2014, 11:25 am

finished trimming whitetail , buckshaver, and dragontail. trimmed east loop under power lines going east. wooden bridge under power lines is broken on left side and needs repair before it breaks and someone gets hurt.
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the virgins?
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30,924.9 total miles since 2002
Miles for 2014--1501.9--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 » July 12th, 2014, 7:48 am

Caution! Small bridge under the power lines going east is broken and could collapse. Walk over it.
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the virgins?
USMC 1968-1972
30,924.9 total miles since 2002
Miles for 2014--1501.9--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 jwhitey » July 12th, 2014, 7:56 am

Remember, I have several 4x4's to donate.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails 7/12/2014

Postby ibisman » July 12th, 2014, 10:09 am

we could use them on this bridge or at Hines. if you get a chance some time can you drop them at my house or meet me at Hines? thank you!
as for Morton/Taylor. Still a mess. Muddy everywhere and the sections I trimmed 3 weeks ago are growing back. I see lots of tire tracks but no body is trimming. I need help. This might be a lost year for this trail unless it stops raining and we have a trail day or something to hit the clean up hard.
I will work on the small bridge Monday. It looks like the fire someone set last year weakened the supports on the left side.
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the virgins?
USMC 1968-1972
30,924.9 total miles since 2002
Miles for 2014--1501.9--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 » July 13th, 2014, 10:05 pm

Hearing about the broken powerline bridge from Rich and then reading about it on this forum from Dave made me a little sick this morning.
Crap :( The south end of the east stringer is rotten and doesn't leave much choice (other than temporarily mending it) but to rebuild the whole thing.

I went out to the site this morning to see it for myself & started shopping for some pressure treated lumber right away, need about a 14' length x 2.
Anyone have any small I-beam stock ? The small bridge at the East loop trailhead is rotten, too. My home life is more than busy right now. Ugh.

Like ibisman said, please don't ride over the bridge for the time being, just walk across it for now until we can get it fixed and eventually replaced.
Rich shored it up for the interim, so that will buy us some time. The green growth is out of control and so are the various insect life !!

And in response to your request for help Dave, I will make an effort to get out there this week and next weekend to help chop back the weeds and
reach out to a couple of people that might be able to chip in, too. With all this rain this summer, all the trails are difficult to keep up with.
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 » July 14th, 2014, 6:25 am

Gary..let me know when you are going to work on the bridge. I was going out there this morning but if it's good for the moment ( thanks Rich), I will do more trimming some time this week. I'm looking for a junk yard lawn mower ($20-40) so I can use on all these trails and not worry if I hit something.
Give me a call Gary when you need the help.
Martyrs or marines
who do you think gets,,
the virgins?
USMC 1968-1972
30,924.9 total miles since 2002
Miles for 2014--1501.9--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 7/17/2014

Postby ibisman » July 17th, 2014, 10:25 am

it must rain every day in Canton. there is standing water everywhere. Mud and downed trees on the west loop. On the bright side the small bridge that is broken is solid and rideable thanks to Rich. Good job. doesn't move a bit.
Martyrs or marines
who do you think gets,,
the virgins?
USMC 1968-1972
30,924.9 total miles since 2002
Miles for 2014--1501.9--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 » July 19th, 2014, 8:40 am

I will do more trimming on Monday on Buckshaver, west loop, and I will try to get the downed trees on west loop too.
Martyrs or marines
who do you think gets,,
the virgins?
USMC 1968-1972
30,924.9 total miles since 2002
Miles for 2014--1501.9--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 7/24/2014

Postby ibisman » July 24th, 2014, 12:20 pm

Yea, the trail finally drying up. I rode several laps back and forth and but for a few small muddy spots the trail is finally good. I did clear several downed trees on the west loop.
Martyrs or marines
who do you think gets,,
the virgins?
USMC 1968-1972
30,924.9 total miles since 2002
Miles for 2014--1501.9--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 Dirtdevil » July 25th, 2014, 5:37 am

And....more rain in the forecast this weekend! Oh joy. :( Will I ever be able to ride MT this year???

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