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    Quote Originally Posted by greenblur View Post
    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.
    Ok, you got me. I just need to know how to schedule my doping regiment.
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    One of the beauties of this thing is that you won't have to be in perfect shape to have fun with it. Yes, to finish is going to be a challenge, but it's going to be a "bite off what you can chew" type event.

    I couldn't wait to ride any longer. Rode DN, Circle C Metro (shoes got wet doing two crossings), Veloway (gravel crossing has 3' of water, boulder crossing walk-able) Deer Park, and Mopac today. Amazingly good shape. A few things to avoid, but I never had to carry my bike over stuff, and never hit anything really bad.

    I made up a fun game in Circle C Metro. It's called, "Hit the hoof print" trying to smooth it out while it's soft. Fun. I think I have the high score to date.
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    97% of Circle C is solid but every crossing has water in it. Some are knee-deep or higher.

    Bauerle is no-go for another couple days. Very muddy in the low spots.

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    Agreed, most of the trails are good to go.

    I could almost do the two bypass crossings in Circle C Metro without getting my shoes wet. Almost. Can't say that about the furthest east crossing though. It was probably 10" deep riding across. I could ride underneath Escarpment without getting wet shoes. Riding very slowly.

    Veloway trails are in great shape. The boulder crossing could be walked without getting shoes wet. But not even close at the gravel crossing. No bypass there! It is exactly 3 feet deep. How do I know it's exactly 36"? Because I just used a tape measure to see how far it is from the ground to the "boys", while standing on my tip toes. It's 35". Yup, they didn't quite clear the cold water as I waded across. I hope they know I tried! Bike shorts drip dry quickly though.

    The two creek crossings on the south Veloway trail loop have to be waded as well. They are both 8-10" deep.

    The creek sure is pretty with all that water going over the rocks.

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    Grab life by the timbales.

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    Sunset Valley trails, the ones west of the creek, has a new single track cut through the woods. At least new to me. I don't go on the north side of the area much. There is a sign, "Due to flooding...use the new trail." It's not real long, but it is sort of flow-y and fun, and it replaces crappy rutted jeep track. I suppose the city built it.

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    DN, Valero, SV and Whirlpool all good. Stephenson is still no-go. Walkers, dogs, bikes . . . .all putting ruts in the ground.

    Also, S16 and others nearby are primo. You might be asking, "Why is he mentioning that in a South Austin forum . . ."

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenblur View Post

    Also, S16 and others nearby are primo. You might be asking, "Why is he mentioning that in a South Austin forum . . ."
    lol, just keep it south of the creek!

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    I approve of this thread. Carry on.

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    looking forward to the pre-rides when all this muck dries out.
    coming weekend looks promising...

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    Went for a short ride expecting to find mud everywhere. Amazingly ride-able though. DN, Deer Park, Mopac, Candy, even Whirlpool only had one muddy spot.

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    Been hinting at something for a while, so here you go:

    The Big Southie - A tour of South Austin's best trails

    Hope to see you guys out there. Could definitely use some other south austin riders that know the trails to join ride calls and help those that don't.

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    Ride call!

    Check out info on the Big Southie thread.

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    Have you guys found a way to connect Bauerle to Mary Moore Searight via dirt?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ninjammin View Post
    Have you guys found a way to connect Bauerle to Mary Moore Searight via dirt?
    Ahh! One of the Holy Grail searches of the SATN.
    Like Henry Hudson searching for the Northwest Passage.

    It doesn't exist. Legally. You can see on Strava Heatmap that people make it across. But thorough research on the Travis County CAD map shows that everything that lines the east side of the railroad tracks is private property. From Slaughter to 1626. That means going either up or down on the railroad right of way, then on street, to get "over" to the Mary Moore Searight side.
    Actually even Chapel Lane east of the railroad is private land.

    So close and yet so far away.

    It would be so great if there was a way. Did you read in the paper about the city's planned expansion eastward of trails in Mary Moore Searight? That will put the trail system very close to I-35 that would make a jump under the highway possible and put Onion Creek and McKinney Falls in reach.
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    I saw that faint line on the heat map earlier this morning and wasn't sure what was there.......didn't look promising though. I had not seen about MMS expansion. That's exciting news as I never really ride trail east of down here. I'll have to try and find the article.

    I assume that there are pockets of Williamson Creek that hold water down there like it does through Bauerle prohibiting use of the creek bed as access?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ninjammin View Post
    I assume that there are pockets of Williamson Creek that hold water down there like it does through Bauerle prohibiting use of the creek bed as access?
    Down where?

    Williamson Creek flows under Brush Country, Mopac, and Brodie, all north of William Cannon. It does affect trail when the water is up.

    Slaughter Creek flows through Circle C, both the soccer part and the Metro part, going under Escarpment and Mopac, through the Veloway, under Wyldwood, then under Brodie, then through Bauerle. It too will affect trail in all those areas.

    But there are very few creek crossings on the trails that do not have an, "in case of rain" alternative way around when the water is up.

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    Yeah, that's my mistake. Slaughter seems to have a bunch of pockets that hold water for long periods of time. I was just wondering out loud if that was why it can't be used to connect to Mary Moore Searight.

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    I spent an afternoon exploring the Latta greenbelt, just across Beckett from Dick Nichols. It's not a big place but it is very interesting.

    I thought I knew it well, but I saw some new stuff today. I have ridden through that area more times than I can count. So I was surprised to see things I have not seen before. Sure a lot of it is only gravel path. But there is some gnarly stuff in there. Drops. Twisty. Fun.

    I like places like the Slaughter Creek Trail. Just a nice long single path. No thinking about whether to "turn here?" or not.
    But I also like places like Latta greenbelt. All sorts of twisty intertwined paths that takes a lot of riding to really learn the area.

    It was a good day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ninjammin View Post
    Yeah, that's my mistake. Slaughter seems to have a bunch of pockets that hold water for long periods of time. I was just wondering out loud if that was why it can't be used to connect to Mary Moore Searight.
    I just reread this and now understand what you are asking.

    It's strange how the property lines along the creeks in Austin work so differently. Most of the time, as it is with all the SATN trails we discuss, the creek beds are city property. But every now and then a property line will extend to the other side of the creek, or the creek will actually flow through a property. The latter is the case with Slaughter Creek as it flows east, under those railroad tracks, towards Mary Moore Searight. Just east of the railroad tracks the creek enters The Vineyard at Chappel Lodges property and flows right through the middle of it. That makes it a no go.

    There is also a situation on Williamson Creek where it flows under Brush Country. Going east it is all city land. But going west, towards the ball fields, there are three parcels that extend down from William Cannon that own both sides of the creek. East of those again, it reverts to city ownership of the creek bed. I have spoken to people that want to extend the trail to the ball field and beyond. They said it could be done, but they would have to work out agreements with those three owners to okay access through their property.

    So creek beds are usually the answer. But not always.

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