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    someone gave me a guided tour on the southie trails and it was loads of fun. Would definitely like to try to attempt a Southie Enchilada if you guys can put together one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by csmceuen View Post
    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.
    start at Stephenson Preserve. explore from there.
    won't you be my neighbor?

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    Hey folks, had a very productive meeting last night, really good turnout. Need to dial in the route and work out some logistics. Hang tight, this is going to be fun!

    I know some people could not make it last night, so if you're still interested in helping, shoot me a PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Tip View Post
    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).

    SpeakUpAustin

    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.
    Just a bump to say today, Tuesday 13th, is the meeting day.

    VIOLET CROWN TRAIL PUBLIC MEETING

    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
    Join City of Austin staff to discuss the section of the Violet Crown Trail that extends from Home Depot Blvd. to the Arbor Trails development. There will be a brief presentation followed by an opportunity for attendees to provide feedback, concerns and discuss the project with experts.

    It may be helpful to read the Preliminary Engineering Report prior to attending the meeting. The PER incoproates public input, environmental studies, costs and estimates for any alternate routes. Click here to view the PER.



    Location Information
    Hampton Branch Library
    5125 Convict Hill Road
    Austin, TX 78749
    See map: Google Maps

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    I see mack turtle started a thread to inform everyone of this too.
    Can't have enough publicity about it.

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    Just rode Circle C Metro, Dick Nichols, Deer Park, and a little Veloway. All good to go. A few muddy spots that are easily avoidable. I didn't go barreling around corners, but I certainly wasn't throwing mud, or hardly even leaving tire marks.

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    Stephenson is going to take a few more days to be ride-able, some pretty good mud in the lower trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SexPanther View Post
    Stephenson is going to take a few more days to be ride-able, some pretty good mud in the lower trails.
    Still sloppy in some spots this morning. Just have to walk around them. Some people weren't being so thoughtful though! Hopefully when those rutted spots dry up some, a good soul will stop and stomp them flat, before they get too hard.

    SP is by far the slowest recovering area in the SATN.

    The Valero/Whirlpool loop was good to go.

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    What fantastic weather! Perfect.

    The trails are not perfect, but certainly ride-able. I was still cautious on turns as it looks like some of them are still slick.

    Veloway is good to go. The gravel creek crossing is dry. The boulder creek crossing still had some water (shallow but slippery) on the line I would take, but there are dry rocks to walk.
    Bauerle was good. Does it ever get sloppy?

    Saw more bikers out today than I have seen in maybe 20 rides. It was great to see.

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    Couldn't have been a better day out there. Lots of people riding. Getting me pumped for our little event. I know we're teasing. . . but we're almost there!

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    Just did DN, Latta (where I rode a new-to-me trail. Shocking.) Clairmont loop, and Slaughter Creek, trying to get one last ride in before the rain. I am amazed at how the trails still are not totally dry. It's good to ride, but still leaving tread marks some places. Even after three days of good sunshine and good temperatures. The ground is really saturated. If we do get 1" to 2" of rain, we might be out of trail for a week.

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    Once it dries up after the next rains, I'd love to go out there with someone who's familiar with all these trails so I can see how they all hook up. I'll bring the beer of your choice.

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    Me too!

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    We are going to be having some rides to show all the trails as soon as we can. But this rain has really done a number on the trails.

    I was walking around today. Some trail is actually good to go. But more is not. I can't even guess how many days.

    I was in Circle C Metro. For the second time, I saw hoof prints. Deep ones in the mud. Oh great. That's all we need. Then I saw the horse person and talked to her. Apparently bikes cause erosion, not horses. I did not know that. She educated me to the fact that is why Slaughter Creek Trail is eroded, because of bikes, not horses.

    She was nice, but she was having none of my respectful request to stay on the side of the trail with her horse.

    I looked up what the rules are for horses in city parks. Found this:


    D. Patrons shall not bring into, or permit to range at any park facility or wildlife preserve, domestic fowl,
    horse, swine, sheep, goat, or other livestock except upon approval by the Parks and Recreation Department.
    E. Patrons shall not ride, drive, lead or keep a horse at any park facility or wildlife preserve, excepted on a
    horseback riding trail, so designated and posted by the Parks and Recreation Department and except as
    authorized under contract, approved reservation or permit.
    F. No person may ride a horse in a manner that is dangerous to any person or animal at any park facility or
    wildlife preserved.
    G. Patrons shall not hitch a saddle horse to a tree, shrub, or structure in any manner that causes damage.


    It looks like horses are not allowed on Circle C Metro, or Dick Nichols, or the Veloway land. So I guess I will tell her what I found if I see her again.
    "The city website says horses are not allowed in city parks. Sorry."

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    I would print a copy of that and keep it in my CamelBak in case you see her again. I doubt she'd look up the rules herself, even if you enlighten her that she's breaking them.

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    You cannot reason with crazy horse chicks.

    How do you know if a chick is crazy? Is she on a horse? Well there ya go.

    I'm in for a recon ride.
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    Hey guys

    Like Tip said, rain is really jamming us up. Scouting and route decisions for our little ride are 95% finalized. Last step is to get a clean .gpx file so we can publish the official route.

    To get the hype machine rolling a bit, here are some details:

    Route consists of three loops that all start/end at Dick Nichols park.

    Each loop is 15-18 miles. Will be 93% trail.

    Can do loops in any order to get full credit.

    Don't want to do all three, that's cool. This isn't meant to be a sufferfest.

    We have a date in mind but are hesitant to publish. . . .still a few items to pin down.

    There will be lots of pre-rides leading up to the event.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenblur View Post
    Hey guys

    Like Tip said, rain is really jamming us up. Scouting and route decisions for our little ride are 95% finalized. Last step is to get a clean .gpx file so we can publish the official route.

    To get the hype machine rolling a bit, here are some details:

    Route consists of three loops that all start/end at Dick Nichols park.

    Each loop is 15-18 miles. Will be 93% trail.

    Can do loops in any order to get full credit.

    Don't want to do all three, that's cool. This isn't meant to be a sufferfest.

    We have a date in mind but are hesitant to publish. . . .still a few items to pin down.

    There will be lots of pre-rides leading up to the event.
    Sounds fun. I really hope the date works so I can ride this.

    Can you give a general idea of the date you have in mind? I need to put a few training miles in as this rain and holiday indulgences have stolen some of my fitness. How much time do I have? (Next month? Spring?)
    "living today like it is the first day of the rest of my week"

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    Notyal, you should always be training

    There's some time but I would recommend getting on back on the bike ASAP. Won't be in Feb, that's all I can say for now.

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