CRAMBA: River Bends

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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby ChrisW3st » August 15th, 2013, 10:50 pm

River Bends is in good shape. If you plan on riding the seasonal loop, the dirt before the stream has fallin in and there is a gap before the pipe. This made the gap grow significantly so be careful out there.
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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby ilikenature » September 1st, 2013, 11:21 am

Rode the yellow loop this morning and the trail was in surprisingly good shape. A little sticky, but overall a really enjoyable ride.

I'll tell you what though, I'm sick of getting rain-blocked every time I plan an outing.

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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby utabintarbo » September 1st, 2013, 11:50 am

ilikenature wrote:I'll tell you what though, I'm sick of getting rain-blocked every time I plan an outing.


Well, it is part of nature. ;)
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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby madmike23 » September 7th, 2013, 9:06 am

Tree down. This is the log pile after what I believe you call the dragstrip??? I was loosing daylight fast and did not have my bike lights. This may require chainsaw.

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Other than that, the trail is in great shape. Very fast.
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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby madmike23 » September 7th, 2013, 9:07 am

Forgot to include that this was from Thursday night.
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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby utabintarbo » September 19th, 2013, 8:03 pm

There are a LOT of side trails intertwined with the MTB trails. You kinda have to keep your head up and watch for the signs your first few times out there.

And yeah, pretty flat. But only a few miles from home (for me)! :D
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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby Jim O » September 20th, 2013, 6:32 am

Might try riding with the organized group ride. May help learn the trail system. But you may not be allowed to return based on your squirrel episode. If you did that at Holdridge, the hunters would not be happy, happy, happy with you.

turbotoad wrote:First time out to RB this evening. Rode from the Edison parking of CRPT and managed to find my way to the trail from the middle school field (return trip I found access to the dead end road just North of the school). Having never been there I wasn't sure where I was exactly after crossing the RR tracks, but eventually noticed a blue bike sign and figured I was going the right way. The trail was pretty smooth and fast. I was cooking along pretty fast around a bend when suddenly there was a squirrel in the middle of the trail. He shot off to the right, then left, then starting zig-zagging down the trail. Unfortunetly he zagged right into the path of my front tire and I ran him over with the front end. It happened so fast that by the time I hit my brakes he was already a squishy speed bump. I heard him scamper off into the woods behind me.

Somehow I ended up on what appeared to be a "new" part that was pretty wet and soggy. And a LOT of little roots everywhere. There were some cut up trees, and I didn't see any blocking the trail. So they must have gotten removed. It was a fun twisty trail but hopefully it will dry out and pack down for better speed through there. Back onto the main "yellow" trail near the parking lot the trail starts to get a little more interesting with some fast "hilly" sections and a couple little climbs (rare for the topo around there). There was a large downed tree near the Southern section on one of the short climbs, but I'm sure exactly where because at that end of the trail system I was totally confused where I was and which way to go to get back across the RR track. I must of wandered around for 20 minutes back tracking and "exploring" untill I found the trail that I had crossed the tracks on.

The trail reminded me very much of Sterling Heights/Utica.................pretty flat. But hey, you gotta work with what you got and the trail is a lot of fun for it's geographical constraints.
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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby turbotoad » September 20th, 2013, 9:23 pm

c0nsumer wrote:The other route (straight in instead of following north along the fence) is crappy trail and it sucks to ride.


Ride?! LOL. Yeah from the East edge of the RR track base up to where the actual RB trails are is basically unridable. I had to walk my bike through there. I would love to see someone clear that section riding their bike! At any rate, it IS an access point, but the other one that Steve mentioned might be better.
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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby c0nsumer » September 20th, 2013, 9:42 pm

turbotoad wrote:
c0nsumer wrote:The other route (straight in instead of following north along the fence) is crappy trail and it sucks to ride.


Ride?! LOL. Yeah from the East edge of the RR track base up to where the actual RB trails are is basically unridable. I had to walk my bike through there. I would love to see someone clear that section riding their bike! At any rate, it IS an access point, but the other one that Steve mentioned might be better.


Except for the track crossing itself the other is completely ridable and puts you on to the official RB trails about 50' from the train tracks.

Someone with more skill than I can probably ride the tracks and clear the whole thing.
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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby jcrazyjj » September 20th, 2013, 10:08 pm

c0nsumer wrote:Someone with more skill than I can probably ride the tracks and clear the whole thing.


I rode the tracks for 10ft then got off and walked it. No thanks Hank.
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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby c0nsumer » September 20th, 2013, 10:50 pm

jcrazyjj wrote:
c0nsumer wrote:Someone with more skill than I can probably ride the tracks and clear the whole thing.


I rode the tracks for 10ft then got off and walked it. No thanks Hank.


I was meaning up and over which would be more like two quick steps and a skinny. But I have ridden the tracks myself from one entrance to the other and I agree: not so keen.
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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby jcrazyjj » September 20th, 2013, 11:03 pm

c0nsumer wrote:I was meaning up and over which would be more like two quick steps and a skinny. But I have ridden the tracks myself from one entrance to the other and I agree: not so keen.


Yeah, I'll pass on that too...
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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby dirt » September 21st, 2013, 5:07 am

jcrazyjj wrote:
c0nsumer wrote:I was meaning up and over which would be more like two quick steps and a skinny. But I have ridden the tracks myself from one entrance to the other and I agree: not so keen.


Yeah, I'll pass on that too...


I've done it before.. Just get some speed going, and keep your teeth together to hold the fillings in. :lol:
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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby jer091 » September 23rd, 2013, 7:59 pm

Said "headhunter" was removed today.

The trail is overall in good condition. All deadfall has been removed and cleared.

The north "swamp" loops if rideable. as of tonight it was packing mud and will only get better without rain. Its not what I would call "enjoyable" but it is rideable.

There is a re-route in progress in the very south end of the blue loop, should be done tomorrow. please relay your thoughts on the change.

So everyone is clear, the floodplain section of the blue loop (the straight and boring, with the stream crossing and the climb out near the edison lines) has been abandoned and will not be cleared or improved by CRAMBA. please do not use this section of trail. The canal ridge line heading south is now a 2 way section of trail for the time being. Please use caution as there are some blind spots.

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After the Township/City complete the paved path from Utica to River Bends (now slated for "Spring/Summer 2014"), we will re-evaluate this area for new trail.
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Re: CRAMBA: River Bends

Postby 2slo2endo » September 29th, 2013, 7:16 am

Question, I rode the seasonal loop (generally don't) yesterday following the new 2 way route and came to a large intersection, it seemed like every direction had a wrong way indicator the arrow pointed to one direction but when I got into the trail, wrong way marker... Has my misspent youth led to another hallucination?
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