Poto: Sharon Mills

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Re: Poto: Sharon Mills

Postby hotspurr » May 9th, 2016, 11:07 am

Greetings All,

The trail has been mowed and all the deadfall from over the winter has been cleared. There are still a few "leaners" that need to be removed that are marked with orange flagging but they don't block the trail. Turkeys can be seen in the fields, along with Canada geese, wood ducks are nesting along the river, and sandhill cranes can be heard flying overhead. The only thing to watch to for is the perennially wet area in the southwest corner of the northern agricultural field. Please don't ride through it, as it create deep ruts that remain all year. Go smell the wildflowers!

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Re: Poto: Sharon Mills

Postby hotspurr » May 20th, 2016, 3:00 pm

Greetings Everyone,

All segments of the trail were mowed this week. The trail is looking good. Shrubs and understory are in full bloom. Tree canopy is still leafing out. No bugs or poison ivy yet. Wood ducks are nesting along the river loop.

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Re: Poto: Sharon Mills

Postby JonMR » May 29th, 2016, 8:08 am

Rode late yesterday. Beautiful setting with flowers in bloom and lots of wildlife. Got a little lost (not sure how) and did some loops twice.
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Re: Poto: Sharon Mills

Postby arfenarf » May 31st, 2016, 6:44 am

Thanks so much to the trail maintenance and mowing crews!

We took our 8-y-o out for a spin in this new-to-us trail and it was just what he needed. Some bumps, some climbing, a little single-track, and some turns. The meadow is beautiful, a rich array of color.

One question, though: The Trail Guide (and two Strava Segments) indicate that the loop goes counter-clockwise. The maps at the trailhead (and one Strava Segment) point to a clockwise loop. Now, the trail's wide open and very lightly used, so I don't think it's an issue like it would be in some other parks: but which is it? I got a little confused.
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Re: Poto: Sharon Mills

Postby hotspurr » June 2nd, 2016, 2:57 pm

Greetings All,

The entire trail was mowed today. Also, all the wet spots have dried up. Add to that the meadow flowers are starting to bloom, and you have a good recipe for a nice ride.

In case anyone is interested, The north meadow gets mowed every Thursday morning. The river segment and two old road bed segments get mowed every two weeks, also usually on Thursday.

If you have time and would like to volunteer to help maintain the trail let me know: 734-426-5737. We need mowers and trimmers for the river and old road segments.

Regarding trail direction, we reversed it a couple of times to evaluate wear and riding fun. The consensus was counter-clockwise was best. Apparently we haven't gotten all of the maps switched to that direction. Thanks for pointing out the problem.

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Re: Poto: Sharon Mills

Postby hotspurr » June 22nd, 2016, 9:41 am

Greetings All,

The entire trail was moved last week. The northern old field was mowed Thursday (16th) and the river segment and old road single track were mowed Friday (17th).

Note that there are overhanging grasses in places along the river segment and old roadbed single track.

Also, be aware that poison ivy is common in places along the trail, particularly along the river and on the single track. It climbs trees, so avoid brushing against vegetation clinging to tree trunks. Washing with Tech-Nu when you get home is always a good idea.

Cheers, Norm
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Re: Poto: Sharon Mills

Postby hotspurr » July 16th, 2016, 12:40 am

Greetings All,

The trail was mowed on June 30th and again on July 15th. In addition, the river segment was weed whacked on the 15th.

Note that a large tree has fallen on the single track that follows the south side of the old road bed about 1/3 of the way from the eastern end of that trail segment. it can be walked around but you will have to pass through some tall grass. We expect to have it removed sometime next week.

If you like using this trail and would be willing to help maintain it, please contact me at (734) 426-5737. The work required consists mainly of mowing and weed whacking.

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Re: Poto: Sharon Mills

Postby hotspurr » July 30th, 2016, 7:44 am

Greetings All,

The trail was mowed yesterday and the southern segment of single track along the old roadbed was weed whacked. Also, the big tree that had fallen on that segment of trail has been removed.

Note: The poison ivy is at its maximum; be careful! It's especially abundant on the eastern ends of the old road single tracks in the grassy areas along the sides the trail.

The pretty flower you can see out in the River Raisin backwater is purple loosestrife; Unfortunately, it's an invasive plant.

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Re: Poto: Sharon Mills

Postby hotspurr » August 26th, 2016, 8:35 pm

Greetings All,

The entire trail was mowed within the last two days. It's a good time to see the last of the summer meadow flowers.

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Re: Poto: Sharon Mills

Postby c0nsumer » September 5th, 2016, 10:10 pm

Rode here today, driving out from Shelby Township to visit it and some other west side trails. To be blunt, I did not enjoy it at all. This isn't a trail, so much as a grass path mowed into a field running near a river and along the edge of a soybean field, under some power lines. I kept seeing the dense trees further to the west, hoping we'd end up over that way riding something more scenic, but alas... no. Just riding lumpy grass in the sun.

It probably would make for a decent cyclocross race course.
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Re: Poto: Sharon Mills

Postby hotspurr » September 16th, 2016, 11:47 am

Greetings All,

The single track was mowed yesterday. Fall color is starting to appear. The Virginia creepier is turning red and so is some of the sumac, while the goldenrod is a nice bright yellow.

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