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    I went out for a quick run/walk on Latta GB this morning. they are re-doing the whole main trail with fresh sand/gravel, which is pretty nice on the knees. seems like that stuff packs down pretty hard too.
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    Put in 14 miles yesterday, most everything out there is good. Creek crossings are still high but boulder and mopac are passable.

    Seems trails can take about .2" and be OK. Anything more and it gets too sloppy.

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    I made an effort just now, but it started raining on me, so I quit. Rocks be slippery in the rain!

    CC Metro Little Dip bypass rideable

    The first crossing west of Mopac (The Y? Three Trail? Eastend?) was interesting. Somebody put a trampoline frame in the middle of it. And a big sheet of plywood looks like they were trying to build a jump. Whatever it is, somebody carried some stuff quite a ways to put them there.

    There is still the same amount of flow over the Mopac sidewalk.
    Veloway gravel crossing has gone down a lot. It looked like it might be rideable, but feet would for sure still get wet.
    Both south Veloway creek crossings were bone dry. Bowie sidewalk totally dry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenblur View Post
    Creek crossings are still high but ... mopac is passable.
    You were able to ride through it? Your feet got wet though, right?

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    Feet got wet. . . although doesn't really matter now. 1.2" in last 48hrs. Drainage hole in my 'hood was 3/4 filled this AM, so at least 3-4 days of sunshine needed probably and more for Slaughter/Bauerle.

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    The rain stopped Saturday night 3/21
    My home gauge has just shy of 2"
    Recording that info here to track the progress.

    I suppose the key to SATN riding is avoiding the creek crossings. Mostly doable.

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    I ride my bike for a long way on Brodie on my way to work and cross a few bidges with trail under them. it looks like everything EAST of Brodie (Stephenson and such) stay wet the longest. I can see standing water in Williamson Creek for days and days after a little rain. I am surprised that Slaughter Preserve stays closed for so long, you would think it would drain fast enough.
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    Had a great ride today. The trails are good with just a few small trouble areas. Creek crossings are another issue though.

    Did Valero-Whirlpool loop. Williamson Creek was too high right under Brush Country to ride through. I assumed that meant the other three creek crossings going eastward would be too high too. So I came up out of the creek bed, crossed Brush Country, and rode to the end of Yellow Rose Tr and re-entered the trail system there. Used the trail under Mopac that is on the south bank and on into Indian Grass Preserve.

    The creek crossing closest to the big radio tower was too high to cross. So I just went on the boring jeep trail on past the radio tower. Came out on, and crossed straight across, Brodie. Then dropped back down on the Sunset Valley trails. They were not muddy.

    After riding past five guys under the William Cannon bridge I had a little slop right below Taco Bell. The rest was fine, until I got to EverWet of course. I laughed looking at the multiple lines seeking a dry way to get by. There are two Holy Grail searches in the SATN. One is getting from Bauerle to Mary Moore Searight on trail. The other is here at EverWet, trying to find some solid ground. lol I was able to walk through without getting my feet muddy.

    Candy and Whirlpool were fine. Mopac was fine. Deer Park was fine. I was going Davis to Slaughter so was not tempted to haul ass. Good thing because there are small muddy patches on some turns. Don't go barreling down it for a few more days.

    Veloway trails were all good. Bowie sidewalk had water 24' across. (six X 4' concrete sections) The south Veloway, west end creek crossing was too high to cross. The stepping stones got moved out of place too. Gravel crossing has filled back up. Boulder was still walkable. Under Mopac was stepping stone walkable. Mopac sidewalk was rideable and 30' across (2.5 X 12' sections). I talked to a runner coming from the Eastend crossing and said it was not passable so I didn't even go up that way. I was assuming that the south side trail would be muddy like it normally is anyway so there was no point going over there.

    Both the north side trails were good. The Little Dip bypass looked like it could be ridden, but your feet would get wet. The stepping stones got moved so you can't walk it dry.

    The Escarpment spillway is still at the same depth. Ride slow and your feet will stay dry.

    Dick Nichols inner trails were moist but not muddy.

    There you have it.
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    Forgot to mention that I saw a wild turkey on the Williamson Creek trail just a stone's throw from Mopac. Also saw a jim beam, and jack daniels, and an old crow.
    Just kidding. I really did see a huge wild turkey. I had never seen one out on these trails.
    So now on the SATN trails I have seen a turkey, three coyotes, a red fox, a bobcat, and roadrunners and deer all the time.

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    I saw a coyote near the Oak Hill Library, which ran into the woods, followed by two actual road runners. no joke.
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    FYI, Escarpment underpass still has a lot of water in it. Everything else is surprisingly decent.

    Lots of sun and wind in the forecast this week which should dry out the remaining spots pretty quick.
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    Forgive me for my continuing childlike amazement at this phenomena but it just so interesting to me. I am talking about how the creeks are "here today gone tomorrow."
    I was on The Williamson Creek Greenbelt under Brush Country yesterday. The creek was babbling. Too high to ride down without getting my feet wet. Today, 20 hours later, it was totally dry. It's like it's a water ride at Six Flags that they turned off at closing. Very strange.

    So yes, all of the Williamson Creek trail is good to go. Everything on the Valero-Whirlpool loop was good. I rode through EverWet. Thursday's wind was like a big hair dryer. It dried up everything.

    I did a little Big Southie pre-pre-ride of Latta Greenbelt. It was all good. I rode Clairmont Loop/Clairmont. There are more hoodoo stacked rocks on Clairmont Loop. They have competitions for that. Maybe someone is practicing.

    The big tree that fell and was blocking the bottom of Clairmont has been cleared.

    Someone has done a little work on the trail that goes under Davis and runs under Escarpment. It makes it a little faster and a little safer. Good work whoever.

    The newly redone gravel trail on the east side of the creek in Latta is nice. It's like a super highway. I wonder if they will do the eroded one on the west side as well.

    The only downside to today's ride was realizing that it's time to start riding the edges of the trails to knock back the encroaching vegetation growth. sigh.

    But it is a beautiful day.
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    After Saturday's Big Southie pre-ride, I walked down to the the Eastend creek crossing in CC Metro to see what was going on. Someone has built a pedestrian bridge across the creek. Unfortunately that "bridge" is acting as a damn. So not only does that keep the water high above the original trail, it is also built on top of the shallower bypass that was 10 feet to the east of that main trail. So it is impossible to ride it right now.

    But it doesn't matter because I discovered some trail that continues eastward that comes out on the Mopac sidewalk just south of the creek flow. So if you are on the main trail and come to the Eastend creek crossing and it is too high to cross, like it is now, you can just veer right and continue east on that previously "unknown to me" trail.

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    Found a water bottle out there Tuesday behind the middle school going down to 1826. It is scared and lonely and wants to go home. Describe it and I will see to its safe return.
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    Notyal, its probably mine. PM sent.

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    EverWet is still...wait for it...wet.

    As in splash mud on your leg wet.

    Fascinating.

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    I had 1/4" of rain in my home gauge.
    But the sun came out and I had to go try it. Glad I did. All that amount of rain did was pack in the moon dust. No problems on any trail.
    Boulder is totally dry.
    Eastend crossing is now dry.
    All CC Metro bypasses are rideable.

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    Last Tuesday I rode around CC Metro a little. The Big Dip crossing had just a small puddle left on one side of it. Little Dip was totally dry.
    I went back Thursday and had a great time riding those crossings for the first time in several months. All the crossings were dry except for The Big Original and it's bypass. The water was still gurgling at it's bypass. Where does that gurgling water go if it doesn't get down to the Big Dip crossing? The water just ends at a small pool half way down.

    So I had 1/3 inch in my home gauge this morning. I went walking in CC Metro to see what that did. All the crossings are full again. I think the bypasses are rideable though.

    The trails themselves were moist but not muddy. I saw a tire track or two. Looks like they were picking up a little stick'em. If no more rain they should be great Sunday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Tip View Post
    ..If no more rain they should be great Sunday.
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    Got just over an inch total now. It's going to be a couple of days until we are good.

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    I walked the section between Escarpment and Mopac with my kids this afternoon and it was in pretty good shape. Maybe a little soft in places but looked quite rideable.

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