CRAMBA: River Bends

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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby lawn dart » August 24th, 2014, 7:15 am

FLIPMODES wrote:A little sampler for the banked berms. Work in progress. . . .

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The line will be clear and understandable once completed.

That looks AWESOME! Brilliant use of the available land. :icon_thumleft:
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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby c0nsumer » August 25th, 2014, 9:03 am

Join CRAMBA-IMBA for a trail day on August 31st, 2014 at 10am to finish up the Lazy River portion of River Bends in the south end of the park. This is 0.7 miles of new trail designed to replace what was lost when ITC cut an access corridor to replace a high tension tower.

Meet in the old parking lot off the west end of Chapoton St. in Utica, MI (https://www.google.com/maps/@42.6320802 ... a=!3m1!1e3) just before 10am and we'll walk into the trail work area. To get to this lot, drive west down Chapoton until the road ends, turn right at the barricade, and drive into the old parking lot. Park along the brick wall next to the apartment building near the fence. We'll be walking in through the old foundation which is past the fence.

Please remember to wear long sleeve and long pants for protection. Gloves and safety glasses recommended.

For the Facebook-inclined we have a FB event here as well: https://www.facebook.com/events/1459410194329614

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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby tripleskulls » August 26th, 2014, 10:30 am

The Swamp Loop lived up to its name yesterday... I was forced to turn around after about 50 feet after the rollers.... Yoda might be required to save bikes that dare to venture in there... The rest of the trail was nice - lots of other riders last night.
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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby SteamDriven » August 26th, 2014, 4:34 pm

I did the swamp in July when I did not know any better! Made it thru but only because the genetically mutated Mosquitos chased me all the way from the rollers!

Once again the weather is against me. Still not managed a Tuesday group ride. And tomorrow it wl be too wet.
Can't catch a break.

I guess stony again tomorrow.
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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby c0nsumer » August 26th, 2014, 4:57 pm

I wouldn't be surprised if most of RB is fine to ride on Wednesday. It didn't rain a ton here. (I live four miles east of the trail.)

That said, the Stony group ride is very welcoming. I intend to be there myself.

(And yes, the Swamp Loop is called that for a reason... After finishing this next bit of trail and signing things it'll appear as such on the trailhead map, and will be signed in Orange.)
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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby FLIPMODES » August 27th, 2014, 8:50 pm

Chapoton st is closed due to a down live wire from yesterday's storm. DTE said it should b cleared by the end of the day tomorrow.
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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby utabintarbo » August 28th, 2014, 8:05 pm

Other than a bunch of soft spots and a few climbs that are getting a bit washed out, the trail was very nice this evening.
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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby i69whitey » August 29th, 2014, 6:21 am

...of course Swamp Loop was 'swampy'
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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby c0nsumer » August 31st, 2014, 7:44 am

Just a reminder, trail work at River Bends today starting at 10am. Meet in the old slaughterhouse lot off the east end of Chapton in Utica (the route between CRPT and RB) and walk in. We'll be working the area just past the train tracks to build new trail intended to replace the stuff lost when ITC replaced the high tension power tower.
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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby MCSmith » Yesterday, 5:02 pm

Tree down in btw the trails trail. 4-5 inch diameter, did not have a hand saw on me.
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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby lawn dart » Yesterday, 6:24 pm

River Bends received a little rain before11:00am this morning, but we decided to chance it. Started riding after noon and were rewarded with great trail conditions. Enjoyed the new sections at the south end. Loved the way the old dirtbike berms were worked into the layout.

There is a tree down and blocking the trail about 1/8 mile before Nessie. A handsaw should do the trick.

Out of curiosity, explored the old New section by working backwards from the exit (near the park map billboard). Cleared two downed trees in the first 1/8 mile but after that some deep & long gooey spots had us turning back. Up until then the trail was not unreasonably soft.

Many thanks to all who have helped work on this trail. The effort is really paying off!

P.S. Anybody have an idea how long the entire trail system is at this point? (My cyclometer was on the fritz... again).
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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby c0nsumer » Yesterday, 6:44 pm

lawn dart wrote:Out of curiosity, explored the old New section by working backwards from the exit (near the park map billboard). Cleared two downed trees in the first 1/8 mile but after that some deep & long gooey spots had us turning back. Up until then the trail was not unreasonably soft.


That's not actually the new stuff that we're working on; that's the Swamp Loop. It's known as that for a reason, and forthcoming maps will specifically call it out. The new stuff is way in the south end.

lawn dart wrote:Many thanks to all who have helped work on this trail. The effort is really paying off!


You're welcome; I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it. The goal for RB is a beginner trail that more experienced folks can ride fast and enjoy, located close to populated areas and very accessible. I think we're meeting that.

lawn dart wrote:P.S. Anybody have an idea how long the entire trail system is at this point? (My cyclometer was on the fritz... again).


I haven't done the numbers in a while (it'll get refigured after we complete the next bit of trail) but I believe we're at around 5.1 miles of single track trail. It's technically more than Stony Creek has.
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