Mid-State: Bennett Park

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Re: Mid-State: Bennett Park

Postby CottonIII » April 20th, 2014, 10:02 pm

jacked wrote:This thread has been as quite as I suspect BP has been.

Two of us walked part of the trail in reverse today removing some of the bigger dead falls and major derailleur breakers and in general scuffing the trail so it can be found beneath the leaves. North Shore, Trillium and half of the gully are relatively clear. The plan is to walk the rest before this saturdays MMMBA meeting at Buddies so we can give an accurate trail update as well as schedule a trail day.

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Looking forward to a scheduled trail day. Waiting to lend a hand.
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Re: Mid-State: Bennett Park

Postby jacked » April 21st, 2014, 7:14 am

Trail Day will be this Saturday, 4/26/14, from 8:00 - 2:00. Meeting at the old dam parking loop (south side of river at bridge on Cochran Ave). Bring rakes, blowers, etc. All of the big items should be out of the way by then and finding/grooming the trail will be the main objective. I also have a few sign post to go back up, so a post hole digger would be helpful as well.

Please pm me if you are planning on helping out so I can get an idea of task.

And bring your bike for ride after the clean up.

Thanks and looking forward to a good day!

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Re: Mid-State: Bennett Park

Postby CottonIII » April 28th, 2014, 12:28 pm

The trail looked great after the trail day. Let me know if you need anymore help in the future.
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Re: Mid-State: Bennett Park

Postby jester8798 » September 1st, 2014, 1:54 pm

Has anyone been out riding lately?
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Re: Mid-State: Bennett Park

Postby jacked » September 1st, 2014, 10:37 pm

I haven't ridden it lately but I did see a new rider (to the trail) out there today as I was running the whip.
Weed whipped through the power line. All the major timber down in the hardwoods has been cleared as well as in the jungles (with one small/rideable tree in Jungle II left). The trail is in relatively good condition all things considered (low rider count and little summer maintenance). I believe the canopy is showing signs of healing from the hail storm 5 or 6 years ago and the light level in areas is starting to diminish and the growth rate may be slowing..... or the early summer trim was just that good.

As always, it needs to be ridden.

That said on Oct. 18th, I plan on doing the 100 miles of No Where - Bennett Park Dirt and Single edition if anyone wishes to join me.

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Re: Mid-State: Bennett Park

Postby reidabel » October 25th, 2014, 7:25 pm

Rode today after riding about a week ago, spotting several trees down back then. I took the chainsaw out with me today, to discover that the ones I checked before riding were already cut. Rode the whole thing, only saw two problems, both requiring a dismount, along the river at the end of the ride (is that part called the North Shore?), so I went back and cut them out of the way. Other than that, there is a massive amount of leaves down on the trail, and it's fun trying to figure out where the trail goes! I think I went off the trail maybe five times, and I was only able to tell this when the amount of crunching under my tires, which was significant on the actual trail, became much heavier.

What's the story with a big hollow tree uprooted beside and over the trail, pretty early in the ride, which is burned-looking and with some rectangles cut out of it? The ride-around seems to be established and reasonable, though a bit rooty - is it going to become the actual trail now?
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Re: Mid-State: Bennett Park

Postby jacked » October 26th, 2014, 11:47 am

Thanks Reid. I went out Thursday and cleared the trees and I did not remember the one on the North Shore.
I did remember it on the first lap yesterday morning on my attempt at the 100 Miles of Nowhere. I got two and a half laps in before pulling the plug. 2 of the 4 bikes riding where taken out. One broken nipple and one bent rim. I went down once and had three big pedal strikes. It wasn't fun, waiting to break something, so I (we) stopped after 20 miles. Last Sunday the trails were in darn good shape even with some leaf cover. This week was a whole new game. Wet trails with deep leaf cover... made for some sketchy riding.

I plan on getting out over the next two weeks to blow/whip the trail. A little here a little there. If anyone would like to assist, pm me or call and I'll set you up with the tools.

The big tree that is down at the beginning of the Jungle was the victim of some selfish Ass Hat! They started a fire inside the hollow tree and left. The fire department dropped it and cut access holes to extinguish the fire. I someday may cut a path through it, but for now, the rooty bypass is the game and it is starting to feel right.
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