CRAMBA: River Bends

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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby lawn dart » June 11th, 2014, 8:02 am

My friends rode 2 laps yesterday evening, again. Sounds like everything was good shape.
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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby c0nsumer » June 11th, 2014, 8:28 am

lawn dart wrote:My friends rode 2 laps yesterday evening, again. Sounds like everything was good shape.


It was great. As PK says, "tacky fast". There were only two corners that I could think of which were soft enough to not be able to rail, and those weren't exactly soft, just moist and loose. Probably the best conditions I've seen this year. The trail is going to need a trim soon, but that's why we've got the trail day on the 22nd, so please come out and help. :D
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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby lawn dart » June 15th, 2014, 5:17 pm

Conditions were just like what c0nsumer's recorded, darn-near perfection... EXCEPT the new section. Lots of deadfall. 5-6 good-sized trees blocking the trail, but they should be easy to clear because they are not far from the 'exit' onto the walking path.

The rest of the trail was ace. Great job out there guys!
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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby c0nsumer » June 15th, 2014, 5:19 pm

lawn dart wrote:Conditions were just like what c0nsumer's recorded, darn-near perfection... EXCEPT the new section. Lots of deadfall. 5-6 good-sized trees blocking the trail, but they should be easy to clear because they are not far from the 'exit' onto the walking path.

The rest of the trail was ace. Great job out there guys!


Are you talking about what's become known as the Swamp Loop?

How was the surface there? Was it actually passable?
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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby buckeyefan58 » June 15th, 2014, 8:44 pm

I rode a couple loops today and didn't see any deadfall. I tried the swamp loop, but quickly turned around. It was like play-doh. There were a few low hanging branches, but nothing to get off of your bike for.
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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby lawn dart » June 16th, 2014, 5:38 am

c0nsumer wrote:
lawn dart wrote:...darn-near perfection... EXCEPT the new section. Lots of deadfall. 5-6 good-sized trees blocking the trail...

Are you talking about what's become known as the Swamp Loop? How was the surface there? Was it actually passable?

Correct, the deadfall was about half-way into the Swamp loop.

Like buckeyefan said, the trail surface was like Play-Doh, soft, but not so wet as to create pizza cutters. It was quite passable if you chose the right line. It was even possible to run cross-wise over some of the old pizza-cutters to mash them down a bit.

This was our first time over the Dragon's Back and it generated lots of hoots!
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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby c0nsumer » June 16th, 2014, 9:35 pm

The path appears to be under construction behind Zap Zone in Utica. I'm really looking forward to this being finished. Hopefully this is the last summer of not having a solid path between the two areas.
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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby buckeyefan58 » June 17th, 2014, 8:30 am

I agree. This has been many years in the making. Do you know if there is any timing associated with the path construction? Will the alternate route be open after July 4th while they work on the connector?
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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby c0nsumer » June 17th, 2014, 8:46 am

buckeyefan58 wrote:Do you know if there is any timing associated with the path construction?


I'm sure there is, but the only date I've solidly heard is that ITC construction should end on July 4th.

buckeyefan58 wrote:Will the alternate route be open after July 4th while they work on the connector?


Since the ITC construction is slated to end July 4th, I suspect that they would be out of the area after that point and thus there'd no longer be a reason to avoid it. Then again, once the connector starts being built, it'd be best to stay out of the way of that construction as well.
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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby madmike23 » June 26th, 2014, 10:19 am

Anybody been out there since the rain this week?
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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby jer091 » June 26th, 2014, 10:34 am

It was a little muddy yesterday afternoon, but should be good today.
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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby FLIPMODES » June 26th, 2014, 10:51 am

Rode last night. Couple squishy spot "between the trails" heading towards Nessy. But nothing worth avoiding. Mike and I removed a large tree off the trail on the bi-directional path. No obstacles in the path of the trail as of last night. Only 1 green face slapper with thorns. The new improvements held up very well from the rain.
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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby Toy529 » June 26th, 2014, 11:12 am

Where is Nessy ??
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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby buckeyefan58 » June 26th, 2014, 1:09 pm

Yellow section marked 'E' on the map. BTT=between the trails.
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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby buckeyefan58 » June 26th, 2014, 1:10 pm

what were the new improvements?
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