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    Mack, Tip,

    Sent you guys PM's about the Southie Enchilada. I think this could end up being pretty damn cool.

    Also, if anyone else is interested in helping organize, please send me a PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenblur View Post
    Mack, Tip,

    Sent you guys PM's about the Southie Enchilada. I think this could end up being pretty damn cool.

    Also, if anyone else is interested in helping organize, please send me a PM.
    In.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenblur View Post
    Mack, Tip,

    Sent you guys PM's about the Southie Enchilada.
    Check your in box.


    Well the house rain gauge had about 3/4" of rain. The Williamson Creek at Mopac weather station ( Austin TX US Weather | Personal Weather Station: MD7423 by Wunderground.com | Weather Underground ) has 1/2". Looks like we are going to be out of business for a few days. Oh well, trail work is fun too.

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    Someone needs to step up and trail steward Onion Creek Park and go nuts (and connect to McKinney falls sp.) I rode it once and there is some potential and some horse shared trails. It would need many wood features to keep the interest up since it's kind of flat.
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    OCP is mostly all bottom land. Perfect dirt, huge trees with very little under growth and is a really cool area. A small army could cut trails in no time.

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    Count me in on both of these.

    Let's get the brand new ARR Trails Coordinator involved with those parks and see if we can't get some new trails going. It should help that those are probably near someone's back yard.
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    We had 1" of rain last night. I went hiking around Circle C Metro to see how the trails are and to see how high Slaughter Creek got. I was hiking on the south bank.

    The concrete causeway underneath the Escarpment bridge had water covering it wall to wall.

    The first creek crossing heading east, the one for the bypass trail to the big crossing, had too much water on it to cross without getting your shoes wet. The rock piles/stepping stones were under about 3" of fast moving water.

    The original, big crossing is probably under 6 feet of water. The other three crossings, including the one closest to Mopac, are also under water. It's going to take awhile for them to dry up.

    I saw somebody riding on the north bank trail that runs along the creek. I almost yelled across to him because I just know that trail couldn't be ready. I was having to duck walk, with one foot on each side of the tread, on most of the south bank trail because it was so muddy. I didn't go over to the other side to look what damage he caused. Grrrr.

    I am guessing the trails at Circle C Met might be ready to ride Thursday.

    I then came home and did some road riding to check out flow under bridges. The bridge on Brush Country, just down from Valero, had lots of water under it, but not up as high as the trail. It might be ready Wednesday.

    The bridge on Brodie, at the end of Candy going into SP, had lots of water. The trail looked like a nice babbling brook. Thursday?

    Dick Nichols trails were not too bad, amazingly. Maybe Tuesday, which makes me think across the street on Latta Branch will be ready Tuesday as well. Those are pretty rocky trails and drain well.

    That's all I've got. Sure was a pretty day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bamwa View Post
    Someone needs to step up and trail steward Onion Creek Park and go nuts (and connect to McKinney falls sp.) I rode it once and there is some potential and some horse shared trails. It would need many wood features to keep the interest up since it's kind of flat.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ernest Borgniner View Post
    OCP is mostly all bottom land. Perfect dirt, huge trees with very little under growth and is a really cool area. A small army could cut trails in no time.
    I ride OCP regularly as I live fairly close. It's not very technically demanding but can be fun, and is usually deserted. Though the horses, and their poo and trail damage, can cause some issues. I would be hesitant to invest much effort into improving the existing trails for the same reason. Though I am slowly working to connect the trails to some of the others in the area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by big_papa_nuts View Post
    I ride OCP regularly as I live fairly close. It's not very technically demanding but can be fun, and is usually deserted. Though the horses, and their poo and trail damage, can cause some issues. I would be hesitant to invest much effort into improving the existing trails for the same reason. Though I am slowly working to connect the trails to some of the others in the area.
    Sometimes the best trail for an area could be a connector to another trail. Nothing wrong with that approach.

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    I promised myself if I ever found a good path w/ little traffic (e.g. no Vega death alley) from Circle C to 360 I'd start riding into work. Now I have no excuses... And it probably would have been faster than today's drive in.
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    Violet Crown Trail news; The city is looking for more input on the proposed VCT routing from Williamson Creek at Mopac to the intersection of Brush Country and Convict Hill (right next to Whirlpool Cave).

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    The results from the meeting six months ago at Will Hampton Library are given, as well as reports on everything there is to know about the VCT. There is a LOT of information at that link. The appendixes have lots of interesting things too.

    A few things I gleaned from reading most of it:
    -The short portion of trail next to Will Hampton Library that was resurfaced a month or two ago is actually a test strip of StaLock trail coating. It is being considered for major portions of the VCT.
    -I laughed reading the report as they called the existing single track around the area "natural trail."
    -The four routes discussed at that library meeting were expanded in these reports with one more route, Alternate 5, that travels on the north side of Williamson Creek, west of Mopac. It goes through that field and comes out at the very end of Brush Country. Very strange that they came up with that. I think it's a terrible route by the way. I wouldn't want to see a developed/paved trail in that area.
    -They cite several national reports that support the fact that when trails are built crime goes down and property values go up for houses on the trials. Duh! We knew that but it's good to have facts to "battle" non-riding home owners.
    -They are going to have another public input meeting January 13th at Will Hampton again.
    -It's good to have a map opened in front of you as you go through the reports as written compass directions are used extensively.
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    Anyone have a map? I ride Slaughter but never seen it connected to anything. We may move to Bee Caves soon so need some Southern options since Walnut will be quite a ways away.

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    texasdog, I sent you a PM.

    Rode today. Perfect weather. All of Dick Nichols, some Veloway, all of CC Metro, Mopac, Deer Park. All of it good to go. Just a few soft spots, but they are easily seen and avoided.

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    Received some good feedback on an all-Southie ride. I am hosting a planning session this Thursday (1/8), 7:30pm at Backspin Bar on Slaughter.

    Lots to discuss: event name, route, legal crap, format, neutral support, pre-rides, volunteers needed, promotion, etc. Bring your ideas and drink some beers.

    I'll have a helmet on the table, so you can tell me from the other drunks.

    Thanks
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    In!

    It will be fun sharing knowledge and routes people do too. I'll bring my maps.

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    Wish I could make the Thursday meet up but will be working. Definitely want to help with this venture though!

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    don't over think it. If you post it, people will show. Trust me on this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenblur View Post
    ... I am hosting a planning session this Thursday (1/8), 7:30pm at Backspin Bar on Slaughter...
    I'll try to stop by tonight.
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    Just moved into the south austin area (William Cannon and 1st). I was looking for some suggestions to start riding down here. Where is a good starting point (if not from home) and what is worth going to check out? Anything nice and technical would be a plus. I like maps too if you have them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by csmceuen View Post
    Just moved into the south austin area (William Cannon and 1st). I was looking for some suggestions to start riding down here. Where is a good starting point (if not from home) and what is worth going to check out? Anything nice and technical would be a plus. I like maps too if you have them.
    Strava Heatmap is your friend. Closest drop in would be Stephenson preserve. Then just keep heading west until you hit 1826. Turn south, then take different trails home.

    There is no tech on these trails. You would need to hit the greenbelt for that. There are trails that parallel Broadie that bring you right to the GB.

    Go explore!!!

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