CRAMBA: River Bends

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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby redlynr » July 16th, 2013, 8:53 am

Yeah, last night was ridiculous. WTF. Van Dyke just north of 21 was flooded... I've never seen that before. :roll:
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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby ihateplaindave » July 17th, 2013, 11:26 am

Any current update?
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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby dirt » July 17th, 2013, 1:38 pm

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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby utabintarbo » July 17th, 2013, 1:45 pm

That's CRP this year. :roll:
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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby 2slo2endo » July 18th, 2013, 8:37 am

No THAT will WORK! Stupid @$#%&^ weather!
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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby INEVTBL » July 20th, 2013, 2:39 pm

Any updates on the trail conditions for today or Sunday ???
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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby jer091 » July 20th, 2013, 2:41 pm

Rode by the trailhead this morning and immediately chose not to even try. We got over 1" of rain overnight :'( that was after a soaking rain yesterday.
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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby ilikenature » July 20th, 2013, 8:52 pm

Well I went to Pontiac trail this morning and it was closed due to a medical emergency. I'm assuming someone bit it due to incredibly moist conditions. So I headed over to river bends and decided I was going to ride it regardless of conditions. Rode 14 miles total and traveled most of the trails. It....was....WET. I got soaked and absolutely covered in mud. I enjoyed myself though.

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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby Mack » July 22nd, 2013, 8:08 am

ilikenature wrote:Well I went to Pontiac trail this morning and it was closed due to a medical emergency. I'm assuming someone bit it due to incredibly moist conditions. So I headed over to river bends and decided I was going to ride it regardless of conditions. Rode 14 miles total and traveled most of the trails. It....was....WET. I got soaked and absolutely covered in mud. I enjoyed myself though.

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Thanks for telling us you have complete disregard for the trail conditions and the people who maintain them. As long
as you got your ride in, becsause that is all that really matters right.
FYI when you get "absolutely covered in mud" you shouldn't have been riding the trail.
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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby ihateplaindave » July 22nd, 2013, 9:36 am

Mack,

Notice the number of posts (3). This is prolly more of a chance for education than slamming.

ilikenature,

It is not recommended to ride the trails when they are real muddy. For the reasons, please peruse the MMBA forums.
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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby Mack » July 22nd, 2013, 9:52 am

Yup, I did see the 3 posts, and I was hard on him. I got the impession he knew better and did it anyway, when
he stated " I was going to ride regardless of conditons". We/CRAMBA have signs at our trail heads about
not riding muddy trails, they are almost impossible to miss. I did give him a FYI at the end. Tough love :wink: .
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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby ilikenature » July 22nd, 2013, 11:57 am

Mack wrote:
ilikenature wrote:Well I went to Pontiac trail this morning and it was closed due to a medical emergency. I'm assuming someone bit it due to incredibly moist conditions. So I headed over to river bends and decided I was going to ride it regardless of conditions. Rode 14 miles total and traveled most of the trails. It....was....WET. I got soaked and absolutely covered in mud. I enjoyed myself though.

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Thanks for telling us you have complete disregard for the trail conditions and the people who maintain them. As long
as you got your ride in, becsause that is all that really matters right.
FYI when you get "absolutely covered in mud" you shouldn't have been riding the trail.


I'm new to the sport and had no idea. Thanks for making me feel welcome.

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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby ihateplaindave » July 22nd, 2013, 12:01 pm

You're welcome.
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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby c0nsumer » July 22nd, 2013, 12:03 pm

ilikenature wrote:I'm new to the sport and had no idea. Thanks for making me feel welcome.

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Hey there -- glad to hear you enjoyed River Bends. Give this poster a look; it's our Ride Dirt Trails Not Mud Trails campaign poster, one of which you may have seen at River Bends.

Besides potentially causing issues with your bike, riding in the mud puts ruts in the trail, and these collect water and contribute to erosion, then dry in place and become an unpleasant surface to ride on. Thus, we ask that people stay off the trails when they are muddy.

This has been a particularly wet year, but with the next week's forecast I'm hoping that the main loop at River Bends will dry enough to ride within a couple of days.
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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby 2slo2endo » July 22nd, 2013, 12:47 pm

Yeah I had the urge to ride some singletrack recently, tried RB, found a mud pit in the very first section, walked the bike, found another mud pit, walked, then bailed at the first path crossing. I boughty a new bike this year, and 90% of my riding has been on pavement.. so we understand the desire to ride... but ruts do suck! Personally I don't mind riding them, I see them a bargain rock gardens with lines :D ... but the erosion is a major issue!
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