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    Continuing from where you left off, the trail from Dick Nicol to the Veloway, and over to Circle C park are all hero dirt this afternoon.
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    Slaughter just posted two hours ago they are open. So. . . . basically everything is going to be awesome tomorrow. Would not have guessed this based on the conditions Wed. F#$%!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenblur View Post
    F#$%!!!!!
    lol, it's like we are the Austin School District or something!

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    If anyone is riding Saturday, post a time on here, I might be able to meet up with you because I took the day off for Big Southie.
    won't you be my neighbor?

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    I think greenblur is going to be at Dick Nichols at 9am. I thought I would head over also. It might be a tad nippy, but hey, I've got clothes.

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    I won't be there at 9. Was going to put up a sign but if someone's gonna be there, I'll ditch the sign idea.

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    I have been out of town and don't know what kind of rain we had. I went out to check conditions.

    Circle C Metro north shore was good, but the south side main trail I had to walk some because of mud. All the low water bypasses are high. You'll get your feet wet for sure. But I could ride across the Escarpment concrete spillway to cross without getting my feet wet.

    Veloway, boulder crossing is impossible to even walk across. Gravel crossing four feet of water. It's going to be awhile before it's cross-able.

    I was picking up stick'em everywhere, but not enough to clog up the wheels. That is until I finished the Deer Park (some slippery parts) run and crossed Davis. North of Davis was muddy. Very strange. I swear I'll figure the rain/mud patterns to these trails out eventually.

    With no rain, everything will be good in a day or so, with a little caution of course.

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    More exploring today.

    There was too much water under the Brush Country bridge to go east on the Williamson Creek greenbelt trail. So I went around and got on from the Mopac side and went back westward. It is a nicely packed trail. No mud at all. But then I came to the new creek crossing to the south bank to bypass the church "property." It is under about two feet of water. I was hoping that it would be a very shallow spot. Oh well. I really didn't mind The Church Gentleman's actions before because the bypass is there. But now I do. That water under Brush Country bridge goes down pretty quickly though. I am assuming that the two new creek crossings will go down as quickly.

    Candy was fine. I didn't even try and go east under Brodie into "Ever Wet." Whirlpool had the usual avoidable spots. No troubles riding it.

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    OH MY GOODNESS!

    The trails are primo!
    Circle C, Veloway (north and south), Deer Park (one little slick place under one of the dead trees), and under Mopac. All good to go.

    Both creek crossings near the south Veloway loop are impossible to cross without getting your feet wet. Maybe 1-2 feet deep.

    You can't ride across the creek under Mopac, but you can cross on stepping stones. The boulder crossing can be crossed with stepping stones and stay dry too.

    The first creek crossing west of Mopac in Circle C Metro is not cross-able.

    None of the other deep water crossings have gone down at all.

    Get out and ride!
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    If anyone would like to ride Sunday, I will be free.
    won't you be my neighbor?

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    I need a little work done to my geared bike, but after I take care of it, I'd love to hook up with somebody sometime when I'm home in S ATX. The casa is 2 miles south of Slaughter on Manchaca. There is a trail head by the JW church going under Manchaca Rd. I've ridden some of it. Tried to find a nothing but trail route to Slaughter creek, but was unsuccessful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam View Post
    There is a trail head by the JW church going under Manchaca Rd. I've ridden some of it. Tried to find a nothing but trail route to Slaughter creek, but was unsuccessful.
    I don't think that is possible. The problem is getting from Bauerle to the Veloway trails. You have to ride on the street for about 3/4 mile. After you're on the Veloway dirt, you're good.
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    I am eager to ride with y'all.

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    I usually have a weekday or two off every week. I am heading out there today! going to try to find a route to connect Bauerle to Mary Moore Seawright with minimal trails. looks like there might be a route that involves Chappel Lane to cross the railroad tracks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    I usually have a weekday or two off every week. I am heading out there today! going to try to find a route to connect Bauerle to Mary Moore Seawright with minimal trails. looks like there might be a route that involves Chappel Lane to cross the railroad tracks.
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    I just got back from a ride. The Valero-Whirlpool loop is all good, including the Williamson Creek Greenbelt new bypass.

    About the only problem is some slop below Taco Bell just as you enter S.P.
    And leaving S.P, Ever Wet is, well...wet! But it is passable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Tip View Post
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    I did find my way past the railroad tracks just east of Manchaca, but Chapelle is some sort of private road with all kinds of gates and nasty signs. yeah, for future reference, don't bother with anything past the tracks.

    starting at DNP, I rode the Veloway trails, Bauerle Ranch, a bit of Slaughter past BR, then came back the way I can and rode the Slaughter Loop backwards, so I approached Slaughter Trails from the south on 1826. Slaughter was gated and closed, so i just rode past. someone turned all that into about 30 miles. woot!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    I did find my way past the railroad tracks just east of Manchaca, but Chapelle is some sort of private road with all kinds of gates and nasty signs. yeah, for future reference, don't bother with anything past the tracks.

    starting at DNP, I rode the Veloway trails, Bauerle Ranch, a bit of Slaughter past BR, then came back the way I can and rode the Slaughter Loop backwards, so I approached Slaughter Trails from the south on 1826. Slaughter was gated and closed, so i just rode past. someone turned all that into about 30 miles. woot!
    Did not find a passage? The Queen will be very disappointed!

    Bauerle was in good shape? No mud?

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    Bauerle was in good shape, at least all the parts I rode were. just a muddy patch here and there. I did not follow the BS route, just wandered around until I found my way out the other side.

    Creek crossings in CC Metro were very deep! no sign of those going down any time soon. lots of water flowing under 1826 into Slaughter near the the Slaughter entrance.
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    I think the last rain we had ended Monday, March 9th. Those days of rain totaled 2".
    Here it is nine days later.
    This is a report from my ride today on all the Slaughter Creek crossings starting with the furthest east one then going west.
    I am overly detailing everything to make a record of it. I'm thinking that eventually it might be possible to know what a down stream crossing looks like by looking at an upstream one. Also to maybe be able to predict how long it will take each of them to go down in the future. But...maybe not.

    South Veloway loop, east crossing: Totally dry
    South Veloway loop, west crossing (at the convergence of Bowie Gnarl and the jeep track): Easily walked, probably ride-able, but your feet will get wet.
    Bowie concrete: About four feet across, only 2" deep though. It was about 12' across when the creek was higher. Pretty much always ride-able
    Gravel: Has not gone down much. It is totally clear water now so you can see how deep it is. Probably +3'
    Middle, the one between Gravel and Boulder: Foot and a half. Not the most popular trail. But I was hoping there might be a bypass opportunity there. Nope.
    Boulder: Has not gone down any since Saturday. Still walkable.
    Under Mopac: It has gone down some since Saturday. Greenblur might be able to get through it! Definitely your feet (and shins) will get wet even if you can power through. Stepping stone walkable.
    Mopac sidewalk: The flow is one concrete section wide, about 6'. Only 1" or so deep of course. It might have been 25' wide last week.
    Next one west, at the three trail convergence: The shallow part is rideable, maybe without getting your feet wet even.
    Bypass to the Little Dip: The stepping stones were washed away, so you can't cross with dry feet. Shallow enough to ride through maybe. Feet wet though.
    Little Dip: Two or three feet deep
    Big Dip: Three feet plus. The short trail to that crossing is starting to overgrow since it's been so long since the creek could be crossed there.
    Big Original : Are you kidding me? Nice swimming hole.
    Big Original bypass: Stepping stones washed away. Ride-able but with wet feet
    Escarpment spillway: Strange that this has stayed the same "cross-able no wet feet if you ride slow enough depth" for pretty much the whole time.

    There you have it. Of course the "water slowly going down" observations won't do much good if we get the two more inches of rain that they are predicting before this moves on.

    The trails themselves were fine. Except for the mist that was putting a nice sheen on all the rocks.

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