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    Quote Originally Posted by The Tip View Post
    Dry Fork, Dry Branch, Kincheon. Sure are a lot of names for not much of a creek.
    Kincheon is a Czech word that means "dry sausage," like when a kolache sits in the car for too long and needs extra gravy to become digestible.

    in other news, here is the view from the southwest corner of Latta and Convict Hill, looking east word the bridge.



    I rode under there at about 9 last night, just a little tacky at the time.
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    Did anybody lose a water bottle? I found one on the Deer Park run. Send me a pm with description and I'll tell you where I stashed it out there.

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    Somebody better call The Vatican because we have a miracle going on.

    I went out to do a "go to the bridges to check the trails" street ride. But then I thought, "what the heck" and decided to try and ride some trail, just for grins. Lo and behold most of what I tried was rideable! I couldn't believe it. Lots of it I barely even picked anything up on my tires. One of the most amazing places was the new bypass to EverWet. I rode it. Didn't even leave tire marks.

    So that's why I am calling for a miracle confirmation. We have some amazing dirt in the SATN. To be under water for two days but then be able to ride it two days later? Truly amazing.

    Have you ever been in your car and hurried to make a red light? Then it turns red before you get into the intersection and you feel like such a rebel because you went through anyway? But then you look behind you and two other cars went too and then you don't feel like such a big rebel anymore? Well that's what I felt like riding this morning. "This is stupid to try and ride the trails because they are going to be all muddy" I thought to myself. But then I get out there and there are multiple tread marks on the trails already! Then I thought to myself, "Isn't our mountain biking community wonderful?!"

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    And speaking of people that had gone down trail before I did...

    ...if you stopped to clear some stuff blocking trail, because there was lots, we all thank you. But if you're the guy that got off your bike to duck under the branch that was blocking the trail at about handlebar height instead of taking the 10 seconds it would have taken to move the branch...really? REALLY?

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    Damn. Good to hear. I was resigned to doing r@&die loops on the Veloway tonight.

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    Not everything is perfect of course. The original trail in CC Metro, on the south side of the creek, was too muddy. Maybe the north side one that goes through the fields was too muddy also. But both the north and south bank creek side trails were good Mopac to Escarpment.

    Your mileage may vary. Just look before you leap.

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    Oh, forgot to say, the Escarpment bridge spillway only had about 4" of water in it. I could pedal on it without getting my feet wet.
    But, the rocks that filled the hole on the trail right where the concrete edge is, washed away. It was a pretty deep hole without those fill rocks.

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    I know some of the trails must have taken a battering, any plans for trail work this weekend? I have some some energy I need to burn off and riding pavement sucks.

    Also, semirelated, how does Slaughter Creek hold up after rain? Seems like a good spot to get in a night ride sitting the week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by big_papa_nuts View Post
    I know some of the trails must have taken a battering, any plans for trail work this weekend? I have some some energy I need to burn off and riding pavement sucks.

    Also, semirelated, how does Slaughter Creek hold up after rain? Seems like a good spot to get in a night ride sitting the week.
    Pretty sure that gate closes at dusk. Also, with a total elevation of < 100 feet, you'd get more climbing in doing laps of Circle C, or figuring out where the Southie trails are.

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    Slaughter Creek is usually closed for a long time after a rain. it might dry up quickly, but that land managers seem to like waiting until they are absolutely certain is is bone dry before they let anyone in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TAF View Post
    Pretty sure that gate closes at dusk. Also, with a total elevation of < 100 feet, you'd get more climbing in doing laps of Circle C, or figuring out where the Southie trails are.
    I've ridden most of the south side trails and like them a lot but they are a complete maze. I couldn't find my around out there during the day, with a guide, let alone after dark and alone.

    I had talked to someone about marking a loop and they kinda looked at me like I must be crazy, but that's not my backyard, like it is for a lot of you, so I don't get out there everyday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    Slaughter Creek is usually closed for a long time after a rain. it might dry up quickly, but that land managers seem to like waiting until they are absolutely certain is is bone dry before they let anyone in.
    I've ridden SCT when it was damp before (calm down everyone, the gate was open) and the clay is bad in there - half way through the loop my tires filled and I spent the rest of the ride scraping mud off every 100 yards so the wheels would turn. That is one trail that needs to dry out before riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by big_papa_nuts View Post
    I've ridden most of the south side trails and like them a lot but they are a complete maze. I couldn't find my around out there during the day, with a guide, let alone after dark and alone.
    The trail system is bounded by roads on every side, so just go out and explore secure in the knowledge that if you get lost you only need a single Clif bar to hold off starvation until you find your way out to a road. After a half dozen rides you will have the turns figured out and a rough understanding of where the trails lead.
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    Buddies and I removed a few downed branches by Whirlpool. Most trails are clear of obstructions. Latta will need some work. I owe a couple hours of trail work on that loop. Got some bad intel and took a group through there. . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    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.
    And it is still that way this morning. I didn't know that the Claremont Loop/Drip Drop/Loma Vista's backyard was so slow recovering. That is the only part of this morning's ride that was unrideable. It needs a few more dry days to be ready. Claremont was okay though. So it is fine coming from Latta and just skipping the lollipop part.

    I rode through Dick Nick, Latta (Greenblur, the parts I rode were all clear), Davis Lane climb, lots of CC Metro. Some of my ride was a little sticky, but certainly not throwing mud and scraping tire conditions at all. I stopped every now and then to clear trail but it was all mostly clean. It is always interesting to see what the trails look like after a flooding event. They change!

    Quote Originally Posted by big_papa_nuts View Post
    I know some of the trails must have taken a battering, any plans for trail work this weekend? I have some some energy I need to burn off and riding pavement sucks.
    I feel exactly the same way. I would much rather go walk a trail doing maintenance than ride streets.
    That's what I did Thursday on Williamson Creek Greenbelt. Both sides of the bank are all clear now. And the creek bed is dry.

    Slaughter Creek was running green as it flowed under Escarpment and through CC Metro. All the rock under water has a bright green algae on it. I have never seen that before on that creek.

    So if it doesn't rain, get out there and ride. Knock some of the clover and grass down that is sprouting up in the middle of the trail! Damn vegetation!!
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    Just finished riding/clearing the Valero-Whirlpool Loop.
    Just about all the trail was good. A little slop on Whirlpool in that spot a few yards west of the water retention pond (that I have never seen water in by the way).
    The EverWet bypass was still good. EverWet was wet in the usual spot. Doesn't matter though, the bypass is fine for all conditions.
    I didn't have my saw so there is still a tree blocking the high trail behind the car wash. But the low trail is good to go.
    Another tree needs to be cleared but I was able to get around it.
    Sunset Valley jeep trail was a little sticky, just as I suspected.
    Great weather.

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    Anyone been out there recently? Checked it Tuesday and was no-go.

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    You guys riding tomorrow afternoon by any chance?

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    The South Austin trails are in great shape, I rode down to Circle C park, over to the Veloway and back through Dick Nicols. It's mostly dry with just a couple of slick spots. Slaughter Creek is flowing in Circle C Park and under Escarpment, but under Mopac and boulder crossing it's dry.
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    I might be out tomorrow afternoon.
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