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    The city has done a lot of brush and tree cutting at the east end of Candy right before you go under the Brodie bridge going towards S.P.

    So the trail has been straightened out. I sort of liked the weaving re-route that happened when that huge tree fell and blocked the original straight trail. But what they did is not that bad of thing because it is such a short section.

    Man, weren't the riding conditions perfect this morning? Fantastic.

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    Anyone missing a rear light? Found one on the trail west of Dick Nichols. Describe it and I'll get it back to you.


    Also, The muddy re-route is a wonderful solution. Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Tip View Post
    I found a Houston West End Bikes water bottle on the ground today. I just put it up on a rock next to where I found it. It's just past Boulder Crossing going toward Mopac.
    I believe that was mine. Cest La Vie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ninjammin View Post
    Anyone missing a rear light? Found one on the trail west of Dick Nichols. Describe it and I'll get it back to you.


    Also, The muddy re-route is a wonderful solution. Thank you.
    I am missing mine. Oval shaped, I think maybe three lights. It is not one of the super bright ones but it does work.

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    EverWet can be ridden now. But I hope folks will still ride the new reroute so it gets beaten in so it will be there to use the next time we get 1/8" rain that shuts down the original trail.

    As I was coming up the Violet Crown Trail route out of the Veloway trails I came upon a group of 10 Texas Conservation Corp workers. They were doing chainsaw work widening the already wide enough trail route. I chatted with them awhile. They don't know much about the trail, but they all were pretty sure that part of the plan included a bridge over Gravel Crossing. I told them to build it to the side to keep that fun crossing rideable. They laughed and said they'd tell the boss.

    They disagreed among themselves whether or not that part of the trail was going to be paved or not. I really don't know either. It made me think that not all of the VCT work is going to be a good thing for us.

    They cut a new wide path through the tree line right behind the Walgreens on Slaughter too. There will still be a slight jig jag trail route from the parking lot. It will just be a little shorter than the existing one.

    There has also been some tree cutting and brush clearing on the trail just north of Davis Lane behind the medical office building. I had participated in a trail work day three years ago that we did a lot of that. I don't see a need for the new work. But, oh well.

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    I saw a very healthy looking coyote bounding down the jeep track trail in Sunset Valley this morning. I guess those "careful of the coyotes" signs are up for a reason!

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    I have seen some black and red (pink?) striped trail flags in random places. Anyone have any theories?

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    What's the Word...

    ...on the Southie Trails?
    • "Go over the rock, go around the rock. Don't MOVE the rock!"
    • "Because trees don't travel 75 miles per hour."
    • "Enjoying nature...at a higher rate of speed."

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    Quote Originally Posted by cramsay3 View Post
    ...on the Southie Trails?
    Haven't been out to check, but I can guarantee you that Stephenson is a swamp. Got over 6" at my house over the weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ninjammin View Post
    Haven't been out to check, but I can guarantee you that Stephenson is a swamp. Got over 6" at my house over the weekend.
    You know some douche will still go riding through it, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TAF View Post
    You know some douche will still go riding through it, though.
    I slid around a little, but was able to plow through. It sucks having to stop every 1/4 mile to scrap mud off your tires.

    Kidding!

    But I did just walk in to see what EverWet looked like. It was a mess in the usual place. But not where it was wet way back towards Stephenson. And not the "high road" bypass either. I could walk it without picking up mud. Probably in a couple days the "seep" will start and get those spots gooey also.

    BUT, the new "low road" bypass is ride-able right now! Amazing. You might pick up a little stick'em, and west of Brodie was still pretty sticky, but I was very happy to see that solution work.

    I also stopped and went under the Brush Country bridge to check out Williamson Creek Greenbelt park. There were some logs blocking the trail but it too came out relatively unscathed. It actually could be ridden today. It wasn't even sticky. I was surprised to see that creek was even dry. So even the north bank trail is accessible. I didn't go all the way to Mopac though. I only went down to the pipe, which, survived the deluge (and homeowners!) nicely. So that first rider through should be careful on the unchecked part of the trail.

    I'm guessing everything, except up into SP of course, will be good to go by tomorrow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Tip View Post
    I slid around a little, but was able to plow through. It sucks having to stop every 1/4 mile to scrap mud off your tires.

    Kidding!

    But I did just walk in to see what EverWet looked like. It was a mess in the usual place. But not where it was wet way back towards Stephenson. And not the "high road" bypass either. I could walk it without picking up mud. Probably in a couple days the "seep" will start and get those spots gooey also.

    BUT, the new "low road" bypass is ride-able right now! Amazing. You might pick up a little stick'em, and west of Brodie was still pretty sticky, but I was very happy to see that solution work.

    I also stopped and went under the Brush Country bridge to check out Williamson Creek Greenbelt park. There were some logs blocking the trail but it too came out relatively unscathed. It actually could be ridden today. It wasn't even sticky. I was surprised to see that creek was even dry. So even the north bank trail is accessible. I didn't go all the way to Mopac though. I only went down to the pipe, which, survived the deluge (and homeowners!) nicely. So that first rider through should be careful on the unchecked part of the trail.

    I'm guessing everything, except up into SP of course, will be good to go by tomorrow.
    Thanks for the update. Tommorrow it is.

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    It sucks that they are using the existing single track on 1826 as a path to trench for what I'm guessing is fiber line.
    "living today like it is the first day of the rest of my week"

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    Quote Originally Posted by notyal View Post
    It sucks that they are using the existing single track on 1826 as a path to trench for what I'm guessing is fiber line.
    yeah, that trail is all torn up and sandy now. most of the hardpacked singletrack is gone. it shall return.
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    Quote Originally Posted by notyal View Post
    It sucks that they are using the existing single track on 1826 as a path to trench for what I'm guessing is fiber line.
    Hit SCT coming down from the h20 tower before they chew that section up.
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    Brodie to DN to Latta needs one more day, then it will be promo. 70% of it is OK but the rest is still squidgy.

    Circle C to Bowie is fan-tittie-tastic.

    Also, United Heritage Credit Union has a sweet drop that I never noticed before. Solid 3 footer to flat on grass, so soft landing if you biff it.
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    A beautiful morning!

    I was surprised to see how squidgy some of the trail still was. Especially with the three days of sunshine and all that wind Wednesday.

    I did the Deer Park run uphill, north to south. I would be very careful doing it the fun downhill way.

    The Veloway trails were okay, but I was picking up some stickem in spots. Gravel could be crossed, but not at full speed. Still a little water there. Boulder was dry.

    CC Metro okay except for one small but deep muddy spot at the east end of the new south bank trail.
    Very surprising that even the big main crossing had hardly any water in it. Big Dip and Little Dip were totally dry. I had nine inches of rain at my house. Where did all that water go? Last big rain we had there was water in Slaughter Creek for months.

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    Rode tonight. Everything was ok except a few spots. Loma Vista is SQUISHY! It was fine for a while but then it got thick fast. I literally could not pedal with the crap that got stuck in my frame. Avoid.
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    Well, there goes the neighborhood!
    It is raining right now as hard as it could possibly rain. My rain gauge already has over an inch.

    Weren't we naively optimistic discussing trail conditions!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    " The Dry Fork branch of Williamson Creek is ephemeral and has a confluence with the main branch of Williamson Creek at the northwestern edge of the tract. "
    I mentioned after this post that I had never heard the name of the creek that ran next to Whirlpool then under Brush Country around to William Cannon.
    Today I learned another name for it.

    I am watching ATXfloods to see what roads are closed. I see this one: "Williamson Creek (Kincheon Branch) at Latta Dr. "

    Kincheon Branch. So then I looked it up and found a city study talking about it:

    The project site is crossed by an unnamed tributary to the Kincheon, or Dry Branch, of
    Williamson Creek. The total drainage area of the unnamed tributary to a feasible water quality
    control location on the McDaniel tract is 166.6 acres. Water quality calculations for the control
    are based on a watershed area of 133.7 acres, eliminating from the calculations a portion of the
    contributing area that is developed with storm water controls that meet Save Our Springs (SOS)
    Ordinance standards. The unnamed tributary’s confluence with Kincheon Branch is upstream of
    Dry Fork Sink, a karst recharge feature to the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer. This sink has
    been observed by the members of the Texas Speleological Survey and the Barton
    Springs/Edwards Conservation District staff to recharge the entire flow of Williamson Creek
    during some rain events. A dye injected into Dry Fork Sink in June 1997 was detected in Barton
    Springs in less than 30 hours. The total watershed tributary to the Dry Fork Sink is
    approximately 5,000 acres.


    Interesting.
    Dry Fork, Dry Branch, Kincheon. Sure are a lot of names for not much of a creek.

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