Michigan Mountain Biking Association
bhollen666 wrote:Aw crap, so it's not passable? I had hoped maybe we could "logpile" it or ride around it.
Guys, do you think I can hand-saw it, or am I gonna have to find someone with a chain saw? (or finally go buy one myself)
Dang. I had invited some friends to ride it this Saturday after the Tree Fort 29er Demo at Rolling Hills, but if the trails a mess again, I might have to tell them to skip it.
dnale wrote:On my way out I noticed another bike turning to the west just after the gate. I guess I never noticed that trail. Where does that go?
bhollen666 wrote:Rode through today with friends from work who helped me to push the tree down and out of the way. It's back open again now.
ChrisInYpsi wrote:Doh! I lost my flashlight somewhere on the trail tonight sometime between 8:15 and 8:50ish PM.
ChrisInYpsi wrote: Only concern was that I was afraid that if I got a flat in one of the meadow sections that I'd die of a thousand deer fly bites.
bhollen666 wrote:bhollen666 wrote:Rode through today with friends from work who helped me to push the tree down and out of the way. It's back open again now.
I think it might be a good spot for a log pile, but I'll wait for cooler days and a chain saw before I do that. At least for now it's not a danger overhead.
ChrisInYpsi wrote:Doh! I lost my flashlight somewhere on the trail tonight ...
P_Thomas22 wrote:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pC65FtInDM this is part 1.
P_Thomas22 wrote:Did the trail for the first time today and I have to say I didn't have much fun... that was until after I had finished. Its very slow and flat as others have mentioned. Thanks for mowing it down as otherwise it would of been even more grueling. Not many technical sections although I did enjoy the few log piles/rocks. I think we should add some trail markers to help with direction as it can get kinda confusing for someone who hasnt studied the out dated maps. Correct me if I am wrong but there is no "terrain park" on the north side (what is the little circle on the map supposed to be) I GPS'd the whole route and go-pro'd it as well. It was in good condition except for a few spots that were squishy in the woods. Did get two nasty thorns stuck in my arm on the NW side and because it has never been rototill-ed on the grassy sections it does make for a very slow ride.
I did find it pretty satisfying after I had finished because it was difficult, not in a technical sense, more in a completion sense. Trying to keep your speed up in the grassy sections is tough and you have to pedal hard and long with no real coasting or breaks to speak of. It is very bumpy as well and my hard tail sure bounced around on some sections. I think i will go back to try and improve my time and it is a very cardio intense trail. Ill post links to the videos when they are uploaded. Ill just put them up as they are without editing. Will be long and boring but at least people can see what the trail is like. Thanks to everyone who maintains the trail.
GPS data http://connect.garmin.com/activity/90635886
bhollen666 wrote:We've tried stakes with laminated pictures just like Rolling Hills, but they didn't last two weeks before they were ripped out and thrown in the woods. We then tried those yellow flags and most of them were also ripped out. Someone was nice enough to put some of them back, but they are usually torn out. We suspected it was a bunch of locals who used to hunt the park before the township bought it. It's been a few years now and we've not seen as many of them as there have been before. Maybe they've finally given up or we've finally struck some kind of balance in the park.
We suggested to the township that we paint marks on some trees, marking different points on the trail with the letters that we tried for the location markers, with green when you are facing the correct direction and red or yellow in the opposite way. We recommended this to the township but never got a response.
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