Michigan Mountain Biking Association
mkow1234 wrote:Rode Dodge Park singletrack last Saturday, about an hour before sunset.
Found that somebody had torn down many of the orange/pink marker ribbons on the trail.
As this trail is new, and with the topography and the leaf litter, the markers are still needed in some areas to help "define" the trail. Maybe it was one of the neighboring homeowners; maybe it was just some kids. Anyway, I spent time that could have been better used for riding to tie about two-dozen of the markers back up. That left me a bit of near-twilight time to "squint and ride". Still got in a few miles, so it wasn't bad. Saw two huge deer, right before dark.
On a related note, there's another, older section of singletrack (well-used by trail runners in the summer and fall) that runs along the "ridge" on the northeast boundary of the park. The homeowners there have huge backyards and for some reason, they see the Dodge Park border as their own personal yard waste disposal facility (I guess having a hundred yards of back lawn does not leave room for a compost pile or a fire pit). It's been ongoing, but has usually not been too bad of a problem. I came across a spot where one homeowner had dumped a load of trimmed tree branches directly on the trail! I dragged it on the side and even threw a couple branches up the hill side back onto the edge of their lawn as a "friendly reminder".
And the beat goes on...
Weihs wrote:I wonder, has anyone done a night ride through here? Officially the park(s) is/are open until 8 PM this time of year, I think. That gives hours of darkness to utilize even for those that want to play by the rules. I picked up a nice head light recently and wanna get out and use it, but unfortunately for me 'tis the season to be busy!
mkow1234 wrote:FYI, a large tree fell across the trail, near the beginning/end trail post (just off of the final paved loop, near where the old Kleino Road used to cut through). It needs to be addressed soon, because it looks like folks have already created a "new shortcut" that takes a good 50-100 yards off of the trail length. I'm just saying...
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