Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby ibisman » July 25th, 2014, 6:09 am

Hope it misses us. Building new bridge under power lines tomorrow morning.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby ChrisInYpsi » July 25th, 2014, 8:23 pm

All loops are rideable - woohoo!

Only obstruction is a tangle of trees blocking the exit of the Crooked Vulture Extension near the slide:
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In the short time it took to snap the pic I donated about a half pint to the skeeters.

As I was leaving the trailhead it started to rain lightly. Hope it doesn't amount to much, cus it's nice to ride the Mort again.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby ibisman » July 25th, 2014, 9:53 pm

Must have just come down it wasn't there Tuesday.
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the virgins?
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31,159.9 total trail miles since 2002
Miles for 2014--1741.9--miles for 2013... 1770.25 miles. 0 road miles
all on teenie, tiny, normal sized wheels (well now fat bike tires too..but they are still 26")
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails 7/26/2014

Postby ibisman » July 26th, 2014, 3:05 pm

bridge near power lines torn out and new one installed. good to go only needs transition up coming from the east.
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USMC 1968-1972
31,159.9 total trail miles since 2002
Miles for 2014--1741.9--miles for 2013... 1770.25 miles. 0 road miles
all on teenie, tiny, normal sized wheels (well now fat bike tires too..but they are still 26")
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby SANTA_CRUZ » July 26th, 2014, 3:46 pm

A big mountain bike THANK YOU goes out to Dave (ibisman) and Rich F. (lumber pickup & carrying tools) for coming out to help me today !
I couldn't have done it without you. Of course, the job turned out to be bigger and harder than anticipated. 5 plus hours of 3 riders labor.

After tearing the trim off the sides, the screws holding the planking down just broke off and spun, so we had to pry everyone of them off with
crowbars. Once we got those removed, the support on the southeast end had been badly eroded leaving no dirt under that side and that board was
rotten as well and had to be replaced. Much digging in rock hard clay needed to place the new cross member (you can see that step in the picture).

As we were doing this we spotted at least a half dozen frogs chillin' out on the banks of the creek & then a huge (3" in diameter) female Fishing spider
came up with a huge egg sack under her belly (much have disturbed her little nest?) Once we got the new 12 foot 4" x 6" pressure treated stringers in
place, the planking began and Dave and I got those screwed down rather quickly. Keep in mind that the sun was cooking the water out of our bodies.

Like Dave mentioned, we need to get the south eastern transition in place (just a temporary one for now) and I will come back to install the side trim.
But, I think the new bridge is better and stronger than it was (we pushed further into the eroded bank) and all the wood is treated this time, so it should
last longer than the original one. This was the very first bridge that I installed 6 years ago, but it's a very important one that connects the East loop.

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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby jwilds1 » July 26th, 2014, 5:09 pm

I ran into Dave as I was leaving and introduced myself. If I had more time available this weekend i would have helped you guys out. Keep up the good work!
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby mikesathome2 » July 27th, 2014, 8:02 pm

Trail was in great shape overall. Thanks to the few that keep this trail in shape. I was wondering about the 2 new jumps I seen. They are located just before the open power line section if you were riding north. One of the jumps is pretty big. I would be surprised if they were approved. I did enjoy jumping them lol

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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby ibisman » July 28th, 2014, 7:25 am

Bandit jumps. Not approved or safe. Will be removed. Canton will not like this.
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the virgins?
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31,159.9 total trail miles since 2002
Miles for 2014--1741.9--miles for 2013... 1770.25 miles. 0 road miles
all on teenie, tiny, normal sized wheels (well now fat bike tires too..but they are still 26")
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby AllMountin' » July 28th, 2014, 7:50 am

Bottom one looks sweet. Can it be removed, approved, and rebuilt? Even has a bypass.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby mikesathome2 » July 28th, 2014, 12:34 pm

I kind of figured they were bandit jumps.
The 2nd (bottom) one I took a little fast and caught more air than I wanted, ended up in the weeds (checking it for safety of course)
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby ibisman » July 28th, 2014, 1:41 pm

Just don't want someone to get seriously hurt and get the trail closed.
Martyrs or marines
who do you think gets,,
the virgins?
USMC 1968-1972
31,159.9 total trail miles since 2002
Miles for 2014--1741.9--miles for 2013... 1770.25 miles. 0 road miles
all on teenie, tiny, normal sized wheels (well now fat bike tires too..but they are still 26")
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby SANTA_CRUZ » August 8th, 2014, 6:21 pm

Greetings fellow riders, If you have been riding all the other great trails in this area and were thinking that maybe you wanted to ride someplace a
little different for a change, maybe Morton-Taylor came into your mind ? If so or if not, then now would be the time! I was out there yesterday afternoon
and this morning (yes, I actually took time off work to do some needed work on the trails, maybe I'm a little crazy ?) concentrating on the overgrowth.

I cut out all the face slappers (present and potential future) and head conkers from the first part of the East loop, all of Jessie's Run, Buckshaver and the
linear part of the West loop battling mosquitoes the size of small humming birds and black flies that wanted my flesh and blood badly to accomplish this.

Plus, the soil is finally dry, hard and rideable. Rich replaced the small bridge at the entrance of the East loop, the powerline bridge is brand new and both
him and Dave have been hacking away at the green stuff that never seems to give up this year. So don't waste any more time, grab your bike and go !!

You will thank me and my dedicated men later !!

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I love mountain biking because I haven't found anything that is more FUN !!
Of all the paths you choose in life....make sure some of them are DIRT !!

Commuting miles in 2012 = 1065
Total road/trail miles = 2800
Number of rides = 152
Trails ridden = 28 different in MI, 2 in Oregon
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby SANTA_CRUZ » August 8th, 2014, 6:21 pm

We still have to take out those bandit jumps on the second half of the East loop however..... :D
And thank you to whomever cut out the downed tree on the West loop. Not sure about Lucky Dawg as I didn't get that far....
I love mountain biking because I haven't found anything that is more FUN !!
Of all the paths you choose in life....make sure some of them are DIRT !!

Commuting miles in 2012 = 1065
Total road/trail miles = 2800
Number of rides = 152
Trails ridden = 28 different in MI, 2 in Oregon
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby ChrisInYpsi » August 8th, 2014, 7:43 pm

Rode tonight. Tree down in the back part of West near the entrance to Lucky Dog. Will need a chainsaw. Ride around has been formed.

I think there's another tree in West closer to where you enter from Meadow, but it's on a spur I don't normally ride.

Meadow, West, and Lucky Dog are getting furry but they're all rideable.

Thanks for all the trimming and maintenance.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby mpaquette70 » August 9th, 2014, 2:23 pm

Finally made it to Morton-Taylor trails today. My first thought after riding around - CONFUSING. I'll need to ride this a few more times, maybe even print out the map and loop descriptions for guidance. I rode this area as a kid back in the mid to late 70's so it was cool to get back out there. Looking good!
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