WMMBA: Merrell Trail

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Re: WMMBA: Merrell Trail

Postby cramer » October 11th, 2013, 9:58 am

I was out earlier, just after lunch time.
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Re: WMMBA: Merrell Trail

Postby Slimm » October 11th, 2013, 12:37 pm

got a ride in last night too. some laps after dark. awesome.

the bmx track is looking cool. you can see it from the top of the new loop.

there is a new deli in Rockford everyone needs to be checking out after their ride at merrell. heard its really good. on bridge street (i think)
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Re: WMMBA: Merrell Trail

Postby cramer » October 11th, 2013, 5:27 pm

Slimm wrote:got a ride in last night too. some laps after dark. awesome.

the bmx track is looking cool. you can see it from the top of the new loop.

there is a new deli in Rockford everyone needs to be checking out after their ride at merrell. heard its really good. on bridge street (i think)


I wondered if that was the BMX track, saw a bunch of dirt mounds there but I didn't stop to look closely.

You talking about the "Twisted Vine" just west of the bike shop in town there? I had lunch there today and it was fantastic. Russ hooked us up. Only problem was I wandered over to the brewery after that and then never made it out to my ride. Gotta change up the order next time and go ride first.
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Re: WMMBA: Merrell Trail

Postby Hudnut » October 20th, 2013, 7:34 pm

lots of leaves down that helped keep the mud away. They made the corners *beep* sick though! Loved the new loop.
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Re: WMMBA: Merrell Trail

Postby vette-ss » October 31st, 2013, 9:22 pm

Wondering how well Merrell drains. It's been on my short list of day trip rides but my opportunities to get over there have been slim. I was planning a ride on Sunday while visiting family. I know today was a washout. Rain is forecasted for Fri/Sat. How bad will it be on Sunday, depending on Fri/Sat of course.
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Re: WMMBA: Merrell Trail

Postby RickPlite » November 1st, 2013, 7:58 am

if today and Saturday produce less than 1/2" it should be ok
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Re: WMMBA: Merrell Trail

Postby vette-ss » November 3rd, 2013, 10:13 pm

RickPlite wrote:if today and Saturday produce less than 1/2" it should be ok


Thanks Rick. A couple soft spots but otherwise trail was great (as was Luton).
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Re: WMMBA: Merrell Trail

Postby TuRBo Todd » November 9th, 2013, 11:01 am

Anyone been there yesterday or today? How is it? Was planning on going later this afternoon. Thanks.
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Re: WMMBA: Merrell Trail

Postby RickPlite » November 9th, 2013, 3:34 pm

sorry no one replied sooner, the trail is good to go
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Re: WMMBA: Merrell Trail

Postby utabintarbo » November 15th, 2013, 6:59 pm

Other than one unfortunately-sized mudhole at the beginning of Sawtooth (it matched precisely the diameter of my tire, nearly stopping me dead :shock: ), the only issue is the metric *beep* of leaves obscuring the trail (and the rocks). Cue the "clear the leaves, or not" discussions.
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Re: WMMBA: Merrell Trail

Postby gtrowbridge » November 15th, 2013, 10:20 pm

utabintarbo wrote:Other than one unfortunately-sized mudhole at the beginning of Sawtooth (it matched precisely the diameter of my tire, nearly stopping me dead :shock: ), the only issue is the metric *beep* of leaves obscuring the trail (and the rocks). Cue the "clear the leaves, or not" discussions.


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Re: WMMBA: Merrell Trail

Postby RickPlite » November 18th, 2013, 11:29 am

The freeze thaw season is among us. What does this mean? The ground may freeze at night as it gets below 32 degrees and then thaw as the temps rise during the daytime. This causes a layer of soft and slippery mud that becomes rutted with bike or foot traffic. If you see this happening you should not be using the trails. If the ground remains frozen all day then it should be good to go. Ride early or stay off the trails. Another hint: Sandy soil trails are usually not affected, such as the Ski Area or Yankee Springs.

On 11/16/13 the approach to first bridge in the Yellow direction, a berm on Wynalda and the Powerline on Sawtooth were the first area affected by the coming freeze that cycle. Pretty soon most of the trail will be affected.
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Re: WMMBA: Merrell Trail

Postby Mike_D » November 18th, 2013, 11:33 am

RickPlite wrote:On 11/16/13 the approach to first bridge in the Yellow direction, a berm on Wynalda and the Powerline on Sawtooth were the first area affected by the coming freeze that cycle. Pretty soon most of the trail will be affected.


Thanks for the heads up at Merrell Rick! Been wondering if the freeze/thaw cycle started affecting that trail. I've been avoiding that trail assuming this was going on with the cold overnight temps we've been having. Luton doesn't seem to be affected by that but I have not ridden in from the parking lot yet and I know that connector along Kies gets full sun during the day and is very susceptible to the freeze/thaw action.
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Re: WMMBA: Merrell Trail

Postby RickPlite » November 18th, 2013, 11:39 am

Mike_D wrote:
RickPlite wrote:On 11/16/13 the approach to first bridge in the Yellow direction, a berm on Wynalda and the Powerline on Sawtooth were the first area affected by the coming freeze that cycle. Pretty soon most of the trail will be affected.


Thanks for the heads up at Merrell Rick! Been wondering if the freeze/thaw cycle started affecting that trail. I've been avoiding that trail assuming this was going on with the cold overnight temps we've been having. Luton doesn't seem to be affected by that but I have not ridden in from the parking lot yet and I know that connector along Kies gets full sun during the day and is very susceptible to the freeze/thaw action.


I am sure Luton is not far behind and with all the rain we got it is probably trapped near the surface. it could be really bad this year
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Re: WMMBA: Merrell Trail

Postby Mike_D » November 18th, 2013, 11:45 am

RickPlite wrote:
Mike_D wrote:
RickPlite wrote:On 11/16/13 the approach to first bridge in the Yellow direction, a berm on Wynalda and the Powerline on Sawtooth were the first area affected by the coming freeze that cycle. Pretty soon most of the trail will be affected.


Thanks for the heads up at Merrell Rick! Been wondering if the freeze/thaw cycle started affecting that trail. I've been avoiding that trail assuming this was going on with the cold overnight temps we've been having. Luton doesn't seem to be affected by that but I have not ridden in from the parking lot yet and I know that connector along Kies gets full sun during the day and is very susceptible to the freeze/thaw action.


I am sure Luton is not far behind and with all the rain we got it is probably trapped near the surface. it could be really bad this year


True dat! I rode Luton on Saturday and I bet it is a big mess right now after yesterday. I know my clay yard is a swamp right now :roll:
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