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Re: Poto: Brighton

Postby mrbikester » July 2nd, 2013, 8:35 pm

My wife Rita and I rode Murray Lake trail and it was in good shape. It drained really well after all that rain. Loved the three reroutes in first mile or so. Haven't ridden there since last year and those reroutes eliminated some very nasty root filled climbs. The trail flows so much better now and there are still some challenging sections to make this trail a lot of fun. Only negative was the amount of mosquitos but that is expected after all the rain. Just be sure to use a bug repellent.
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Re: Poto: Brighton

Postby mrbikester » July 15th, 2013, 10:25 pm

Tailwind did a great job on Saturday. The race was very well organized and Brian Wissman and his family work very hard to put on a good race.
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Re: Poto: Brighton

Postby countryboy_mike » July 20th, 2013, 6:33 pm

Rode all four loops this morning. The tread was pretty solid, just a few mud puddles and soft spots. The exposed roots are very slick so beware. Lots of sticks and leaves on the trail. Large oak tree down over the trail one mile past the Murray Lake campground on the Murray Lake loop. This will need a chain saw. We moved most of the other big sticks and branches off the trail. The deer flies were out in force. Biting right through the jersey and shorts.
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Re: Poto: Brighton

Postby yamangold » August 5th, 2013, 10:20 am

Tree still down on Torn, comes up quick. Also, it seems the owl is back. Last mile or so of Torn, in the pines, it dive bombed me from behind.
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Re: Poto: Brighton

Postby 98HooKooFreeRider » August 5th, 2013, 10:36 am

yamangold wrote:Tree still down on Torn, comes up quick. Also, it seems the owl is back. Last mile or so of Torn, in the pines, it dive bombed me from behind.


I too have seen the owl but luckily perched in a tree after swooping at something about 20 yards in front of me.. NOT sucker bombing from behind! Did he make contact??

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Re: Poto: Brighton

Postby DRC » August 8th, 2013, 7:07 am

Tree down on Torn Shirt - I would say it's at about 4.75 miles in. I'm assuming it's that same one noted above but can't be sure of that. There is also a tree down on ML about a mile after you return to the original trail from the lost/found loops. It's before the right hand turn when you merge on to the foot trail that leads back to the campgrounds.
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Re: Poto: Brighton

Postby sndmn2 » August 20th, 2013, 8:40 pm

Running Lab in Brighton put it on. I'm not a runner but checked the shoes out for the heck of it. Then hit the trail.
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Re: Poto: Brighton

Postby vette-ss » August 29th, 2013, 9:18 pm

If you need help on Sunday post up what time you will be out there. Us working folk couldn't make it out there today at 9. I might be able to squeeze out there for a bit on Sunday. I did get out on Torn Shirt this evening. There's a bit of small stuff down but only one trail blocker. It's right before the 5 mile post (my wheel sensor said 5.7 miles with the new re-route). It looked like there has been quite a bit of traffic over it, so it may have been there for a while and not from the latest storm.

Oh, and I finally met the infamous owl.
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Re: Poto: Brighton

Postby reidabel » August 30th, 2013, 9:24 pm

BusDriver wrote:... we had to temporarily close off one half mile of the trail due to an overwhelming amount of large oak trees crossing multiple sections of the trail. A reroute has already been cut and opened just past the 3.5 mile marker. Trail work on this section will begin Sunday, 8 September and continue for the following weeks until completed.


Wow! This sounds like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build a section of up-and-overs and stunts with this sudden jackpot of already-placed good wood. If this had happened at my local trail, Burchfield, I'd ask that the reroute be left in place for a few months (or even a year) while a volunteer crew was trained and could complete the project. There would be no rush to re-open a half mile of trail and it would be worth the wait. The reroute would become the bypass for the new section, and a sign would inform riders of the option.

Unfortunately, I live way too far away to lead such an effort, though I would love to. If somebody local wants to bring this idea to life, I'd be happy to make a drive or two over there to help show people how to build these things, and to provide my input on the design of the features. Not that I'm any great expert and that you guys couldn't do it on your own, but I've spent hundreds of hours building such things and could definitely be helpful. I'd love to see this opportunity taken advantage of, and not just chainsawed away to get it back open as soon as possible.
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Re: Poto: Brighton

Postby ibisman » August 31st, 2013, 7:36 am

Nope, they don't like stuff like that over here. Just want a ride you know? I remember years ago, a tree fell at ILRA on the blue loop and we piled some wood in front and back and even had a bypass and you would have thought it was the end of the world. "Friends of Island Lake against obstructions" and all you know.
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Re: Poto: Brighton

Postby ryanmcg » August 31st, 2013, 7:40 am

Who is "they"? I work on Brighton fairly regularly and I'd be all for it! This ain't Island Lake, man. :)
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Re: Poto: Brighton

Postby reidabel » August 31st, 2013, 8:01 am

reidabel wrote:Wow! This sounds like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build a section of up-and-overs and stunts with this sudden jackpot of already-placed good wood.


ibisman wrote:Nope, they don't like stuff like that over here


ryanmcg wrote:Who is "they"? I work on Brighton fairly regularly and I'd be all for it! This ain't Island Lake, man. :)


Glad to hear it! There would still be many miles available for those who don't enjoy riding such things. Anybody else like you over there, ryanmcg?

I've decided to change my plan to ride Yankee Springs this morning and head over to Murray Lake to check out the fallen oaks for myself. I should be at the trailhead before 10:30 am. Silver Rav4 with a Thule rack. Once on the trail, a black/green Trek ridden by an old guy wearing dark green - but ignore the picture - I won't be wearing my chainsaw helmet today! At some point I'll be climbing over the fallen oaks and taking pictures, but I'll ride the whole trail, too. Anybody is welcome to stop me and chat if they wish to discuss this ...
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Re: Poto: Brighton

Postby vette-ss » August 31st, 2013, 8:56 am

Dang Reid, I'm just seeing this. I'm actually headed your way today to ride Custer and thought I might hit Burchfield on the way home if I have anything left in me. I am game for helping out on this effort. Was planning to hit up Poto and possibly Morton Taylor tomorrow for the first time (my old deck is out there somewhere). I tend to agree with most of your posts Ibisman but think you might be a little out of line about the Brighton trail. I know you ride a lot but have you been on torn shirt lately? It ain't no Island Lake.
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Re: Poto: Brighton

Postby BusDriver » August 31st, 2013, 1:03 pm

For those of you curious about the fate of the lost loop trail that was damaged in the tornado last week; the DNR and the MMBA Poto Chapter are in discussion about the best course of action to take with this section of trail. There are many options on the table but the most important one is we will not lose this trail to a tornado. Please be patient as good things come to those who wait. With that said, please do not take it upon yourself to venture into this area to start clearing trees. Those of you who have been out there may not have noticed that there are a lot of widow makers hanging over your head as you look at the ground. We don't need anybody getting hurt. We will be heading out there soon to start reclaiming this section of trail and I will post up times and dates when we have them. I thank everybody for their interest in this, it just shows how passionate and dedicated Michigan Mountain bikers are.

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Re: Poto: Brighton

Postby reidabel » August 31st, 2013, 3:03 pm

Thanks, Jay, I'm encouraged by our chat today, and by the quick responses from ryanmcg and vette-ss regarding helping out. I got a good look at what's out there, and much of what's across the trail is not buildable, just treetops that will only need to be cleared. There are three or four good spots for building something, however, where large trees are across the trail. I'm hopeful that you and the DNR/MMBA will be able to come to an agreement regarding building something fun to enhance this section. I talked with a few people while I was out there, and they also expressed interest in seeing something built.

vette-ss - PM me what you thought about Burchfield, if you got out there, I'd be interested in your impression - but we should get away from the Brighton trail conditions thread to discuss it :-)
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