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Re: Poto: Sharon Mills

Postby tadraper » July 17th, 2009, 9:23 pm

i will be there close to 11 with my daughter who is willing to help maybe with chucks kids.

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Re: Poto: Sharon Mills

Postby cmkovick » July 20th, 2009, 8:47 am

6 of us rode the trail Saturday evening after we did the trail work Sat morning.
Norm was out there running the brush mower, Terry and his daughters helped clean up the thistle area and the briars near the river. I left after weed whipping the parking area/park entrance and missed out on helping to push the brush mower back to the parking lot when it stopped running. The brush mower died about the 1.5 mile mark so Terry and Norm had the pleasure to push that thing all the way back.
The river portion still has a few spots that need to be trimmed back. As Rex can tell you, the stumps will jump out at you.

As for the ride, the trail is shaping up. It is pretty fast with a few obstacles (logs) you can choose to ride/hop over. Rex and I ended up riding the river loop 3times while waiting for his brother and nephew (flat tire).

This is a great beginner trail or one you can use to go a little faster.

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Re: Poto: Sharon Mills

Postby hotspurr » July 22nd, 2009, 9:40 am

Hi All,

Thanks to Bill and John we have got the brushcutter back into top mechanical shape. I am currently planning on trying to finish up the mowing at Sharon Mills on Friday morning. If I can tear myself away from watching the Tour, that is. Go, Lance!

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Re: Poto: Sharon Mills

Postby cmkovick » July 22nd, 2009, 10:13 am

Good luck with the trail Norm. Friday morning I will be starting my ride back from Traverse City for the WAM. Also, along the river there are a few spots that need to be trimmed back a little more. While riding through there you come up on stumps that are hidden. Rex knows this all too well.

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Re: Poto: Sharon Mills

Postby hotspurr » July 23rd, 2009, 3:47 pm

I'll take my weed whacker along tomorrow morning and see if I can uncover some of those stumps a little better. I can provide tools for anyone else who wants to join in on the fun. Don't forget the Chapter meeting next Wednesday. We should have a progress report on the proposed Waterloo Trail by then.

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Re: Poto: Sharon Mills

Postby tadraper » July 24th, 2009, 8:19 pm

Took my daughters out to the trail tonight and the three of us had a good ride. You guys did a great job out there today sorry i could not make it.

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Re: Poto: Sharon Mills

Postby bill_m » July 25th, 2009, 2:22 am

Norm mowed for six hours solo on Friday. That guy does an incredible amount of work.
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Re: Poto: Sharon Mills

Postby cmkovick » July 26th, 2009, 10:36 pm

Norm is a trooper!
Once I heal up from my Make A Wish ride I will be ready to help out when i can get a sitter or my wife and kids come out with me. This trail can be easy for the family or a nice fast ride for others. I am excited to see if we can open up some more trails in the near future.

For the wet seasons an alternate re-route may be a good idea. I am not sure what that entails behind the scenes, but I am willing to help out with whatever is needed to make this a place people want to ride all the time.

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Re: Poto: Sharon Mills

Postby hotspurr » July 27th, 2009, 6:15 pm

Hi All,

We''ll be looking at some re-routes this fall to avoid the wet areas. This will entail contacting the County Parks Dept and seeing if we can negotiate cutting into some of the currenlty farmed area to get to higher ground. We'll have to flag proposed re-routes and then get Parks approval and farmer agreement. I don't expect any problems.

In the meantime, suggestions for any minor mods that we can make to improve the flow of the trail or to add more interest (and help to implement them) are more than welcome.

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Re: Poto: Sharon Mills

Postby hotspurr » August 8th, 2009, 8:17 am

Hi All,

Has anyone found a red plastic gas can at where the hill and riverside trails meet (at the eastern end of the old roadbed)? I stashed one there while mowing and now it has disappeared. :-(

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Re: Poto: Sharon Mills

Postby SCKid » August 10th, 2009, 9:26 pm

Went out and rode monday night. A big Oak fell in the storms over the weekend about a 1/4 mile from the start. Luckily it fell mostly along side the trail. Spent about 20 min clearing the small stuff with the kids and came back later with the hand saw and took care of the last 3 or 4 branches. All Clear now. Rest of the trail was in great shape. No real wet spots which was surprising as I got 4" over the weekend and I am about 5 miles east of the trail. Even saw a couple of other users so the trail is getting popular.

Have noticed bikers riding it in reverse every other time I am out there. Sight lines are mostly good so no issue. Not sure why, Start seem reasonably well marked.

Sorry, didn't see any gas cans anywhere. Keep up the good work!
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Re: Poto: Sharon Mills

Postby G.Cook » August 11th, 2009, 2:10 am

Because it is slightly easier with the elevation(s) at the end of the ride . Try it next time with that in mind and you will see what I mean . And yep ,clear sight lines with little traffic .
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Re: Poto: Sharon Mills

Postby hotspurr » August 11th, 2009, 7:47 am

Hi All,

There is no reason we can't reverse the "normal" direction of the trail. All it takes is moving a few signs and changing the map. Those of you who are riding it regularly give it a shot both ways and report back which way you like best. Or, we could just leave it as rider's choice.

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Re: Poto: Sharon Mills

Postby SCKid » August 11th, 2009, 10:22 am

I will need to try it in reverse next time I am out there. Does have a bit of evalvation at the end in the normal direction.
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Re: Poto: Sharon Mills

Postby SCKid » August 25th, 2009, 2:35 pm

hotspurr wrote:Hi All,

There is no reason we can't reverse the "normal" direction of the trail. All it takes is moving a few signs and changing the map. Those of you who are riding it regularly give it a shot both ways and report back which way you like best. Or, we could just leave it as rider's choice.

Cheers, Norm



Finally made it back out there again. My two sons and I Road it in reverse this time. I will ride it a few more times for a final answer, but we did like the flow better in the reverse direction. Better views of the river and the sandy switchbacks where easier in that direction also. Not being a big fan of two way trails, I would cast a vote to "reverse" the trail .

Trail was in great shape. Some the more aggreesive weeds are tighten up the trail in a couple of spots, but all is good to go.
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