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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails 8/19/2013

Postby ibisman » August 19th, 2013, 10:53 am

I did some more weed trimming under the powerlines and put up arrows to show which way the trail goes. I cut and put some more wood down in those muddy spots on the crooked vulture ext. and it is good to ride. The rest of the trail is drying up pretty good. get out there before we get more rain!
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby SANTA_CRUZ » August 20th, 2013, 1:34 pm

Thanks ibisman ! I will be out there tonight enjoying your hard work, see you then !
Meeting about 5 if anyone else is interested......
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby SANTA_CRUZ » August 21st, 2013, 8:21 am

Met my Kentucky buddy Tim Arb and ibisman last night and we had a great time enjoying the dry conditions with only a few soft spots, some in areas we've never seen mud before. Thanks to the efforts of ibisman and James, the trail is also clear of any green over growth which might just be done for the year.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby jwhitey » August 26th, 2013, 8:27 pm

The trail was great tonight. It's only the second time for me this year. I rode it back in the spring and it's obvious you guys have been working on it. It's getting a little wider and smoother and this trail can afford a little widening and smoothing. It's still the slowest in terms of average speed of all the trails around here. Very turny with lots of roots, ramps and small log piles. And rabbits tonight. I waited for it to dry out and it's great right now.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby mikesathome2 » August 28th, 2013, 8:13 am

This morning my rain gauge is reporting 1.40 Inches of rain for the last 36hours - I am about 5 miles east of Morton-Taylor Trails
Shot a quick little video out there last week
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRBMcu17 ... fsumLQ7gZA
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby SANTA_CRUZ » August 28th, 2013, 9:44 am

Cool video Mike ! Feels like you're riding on the top tube and gives the viewer a "feel" for the trail.
I do believe that is the first footage (that I've seen) of someone crossing the "Up & Over" bridge and love the BIG horn.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby mikesathome2 » August 28th, 2013, 10:29 am

Thanks SANTA_CRUZ - I have not been out there much this summer with all the rain we had - hopefully a dry fall and I can spend some more time out there
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails 9/3/2013

Postby ibisman » September 3rd, 2013, 10:18 am

I got out there is morning and took my chainsaw in case there were some trees down. I rode the trails from the parking lot (buckshaver etc) which were in good shape even after the rain the other day. leaners here and there and very little mud. I did the east loop, the up&over and crooked vulture(very soft past the power lines), and did the extension loop. There was a tree down just past the big log pile and a leaned my bike and moved it and I was stung by over 30 little yellow jackets. I ran out to the new access road and had to go back in to get my bike. The little yellow jackets chased me all the way back to the parking lot. they got me everywhere, neck,legs,back,hands, its that time of the year I guess.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails 9/3/2013

Postby opjames » September 3rd, 2013, 11:05 am

ibisman wrote: The little yellow jackets chased me all the way back to the parking lot. they got me everywhere, neck,legs,back,hands, its that time of the year I guess.

Relentless little bastards when they lock on to your pheromone trail. Did you figure out where the nest was? Usually in the ground or maybe it was attached to the tree you moved. Hopefully it's not in the log pile on the trail.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby ibisman » September 3rd, 2013, 12:03 pm

Must be on the ground near the log pile because most of the stings are on my lower legs. I stopped at the start of the west loop and another one stung me on the neck. Jeez.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby opjames » September 3rd, 2013, 12:14 pm

The yellowjackets put out an all points bulletin on you. Probably even little wanted posters. You're so screwed to ride there now...lol

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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby ibisman » September 5th, 2013, 7:34 am

I think I will skip the ext. loop for a while. :)
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby Zach_T » September 6th, 2013, 6:25 am

Went for a ride yesterday. No yellow jackets in sight. They were probably out hunting you down, ibisman.
I did manage to break my toe on Lucky Dawg though! I got a little too close to the side of the trail and slammed my foot into a tree stump. It hurt, but I was able to ride about 8 more miles no problem. I didn't realize I broke something until I took off my shoes and socks. Doctor put on a toe splint and suggested I avoid riding for a few weeks. I doubt I'll be able to wait that long :D
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails 9/6/2013

Postby ibisman » September 6th, 2013, 11:41 am

I went out this morning and did a lap then got the chainsaw and cut out a tree that was leaning over the trail on the white tail loop. The only thing holding it up over the trail was a few small branches so I cut down and sectioned it up and cleared it off to the side just past the second wooden bridge. Went out and did another lap and didn't see one yellow jacket. Trail is perfect. leaves are falling. anyone riding this weekend?
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby mikesathome2 » September 7th, 2013, 9:10 pm

First and most important - there was a car broken into today at the trail-head around 12:30pm - smashed window and took purse/phone not sure if it was out in the open or not.
Second, the trail was in great shape.
Third, I made a video from the ride.
http://youtu.be/wdNjHfEwzfc
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