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    Prime maaaafakin time out there today. All of Circle C is awesome.

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    Booger Loop and Fanny's Ass drop were perfect this morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ernest Borgniner View Post
    Booger Loop and Fanny's Ass drop were perfect this morning.
    My bad. Aunt Fanny's Ass drop.

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    There is a series of pipes that stick out of the middle of the Williamson Creek creek bed right under the Brush Country bridge.

    Today I saw two guys working on them. I asked them what those things were as it's always made me wonder.
    They said they are from a conservation experiment from the 90's. They are wells drilled to monitor water levels in different underground areas. "This one here is for the Edwards Aquifer for example."
    The guys were from the Hill Country Conservancy. They have to have to open the things up to get readings.

    So now I know! You too I guess.

    By the way, the creek is dry and good to go.

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    Started off on a ride that I thought was going to be street only because of the 1/2 inch rain this morning. I dropped in at Valero just to check and everything was pretty good. All creek crossings on Williamson Creek Greenbelt were still dry.
    I crossed under Mopac and just turned south to ride along the service road past Whataburger and Lifetime Fitness, as I assumed Sunset Valley would be moist, and I didn't want to have to go through EverWet either.

    Thanks to whoever mowed Whirlpool and Mopac. Good job.

    It was wet between the retention pond and the "hump". That was really the only part on the entire ride that I couldn't ride the trail because it was too muddy.
    Deer Park is packed and nice. A little slick on turns. I was going uphill too.

    Veloway Gravel crossing is dry. Under Mopac crossing has water. No water on Mopac sidewalk. Eastend had just a little water but very crossable.

    Little Dip dry, Big Dip close but not yet.

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    I got my son out on a bike. Yay!

    Dick Nichols, Latta, all good.
    3" of water under the north Escarpment underpass. Ride it slow, no problem.
    A little mud on Claremont loop. Just take a little care.
    Water under Davis bridge but no real problem riding it.
    Coming back to Dick Nichols under the south Escarpment underpass was fine. The trail could use a haircut though.

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    Valero loop is okay.
    Water under Brodie in Sunset Valley. Feet wet, but rideable.
    EverWet is very wet.
    Deer Park run dry enough to bomb it.

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    Anyone hitting Circle C Metro tonight? I'm trying to get out there by 6:30pm.
    Last edited by chaotic beats; 04-29-2015 at 03:46 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chaotic beats View Post
    Anyone hitting Circle C Metro tonight? I'm trying to get out there by 6:30pm.
    Any other day but Wednesday and I would have loved to.

    Okay, I am issuing...

    THE CIRCLE C METRO CHALLENGE

    As some of you know, I have too much time on my hands, therefore...

    THE CIRCLE C METRO CHALLENGE!

    What is this you might ask. Good question.

    The less repeated trail in any ride for me, the better. CC Metro, as near as I can calculate, has 4 miles of trail now. That includes the .8 mile gravel jeep track and the trail up to Slaughter.

    The challenge is to ride ALL of the trail in the least amount of mileage possible. Unfortunately you have to double up some trail to make sure you ride all of it. So to get the LEAST amount of miles in riding all the trail is to double back as little as possible. This is including all the creek crossings. There are nine total, including Mopac concrete and Under Mopac. I am also including the three trails that go under Mopac.

    So The Challenge is not a physical challenge as much as a planning and routing challenge. Good Luck!

    All the creek crossings are currently dry except for Big Original. And it looks like it might even get dry eventually. Amazing how long it has been full.

    What great weather this morning. And the only people I saw were runners and dog walkers on the jeep track.

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    I have been thinking that maybe an alternate challenge would be to see how long a route you can design WITHOUT repeating any trail. Some available trail would be left on the table with this, but that would prevent having to do strange out and backs on small spurs just to cover all the trail.

    I did that "challenge" at SP awhile back. I came up with a five mile long route even though there is probably six miles of trail in there.

    You can cross trail, but not repeat any.

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    Everything seems to be bone dry now. Go ride!
    won't you be my neighbor?

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    A little over 3" in my home rain gauge this morning. That usually means lots of debris on some of the trails. It will be interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Tip View Post
    A little over 3" in my home rain gauge this morning. That usually means lots of debris on some of the trails. It will be interesting.
    What's the good word, Tip? Still too wet to ride?

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    I just went for a hike in CC Metro. I was totally shocked at how LITTLE impact the 3" of rain has had.
    The north bank trails were all good to ride. I saw several tire tracks already. No ruts, just tracks. Good to go.
    The south bank trail was pretty sticky though. Maybe good tomorrow afternoon?
    But what was most shocking was that the creek itself was not really up. Big Original bypass was rideable. Big Original crossing was not very high. Nowhere near close to ready, but not higher than it has been. And then, I can't figure out how, Big Dip was totally full, very high. But the the Little Dip bypass was almost rideable. Easily walkable with stepping stones. Strange.
    Eastend hardly any water. Dry part to ride on.
    No water on Mopac sidewalk. No water under Mopac. Boulder totally dry.
    How is that possible? I read back a few pages on this thread. A 1" rain had much more impact than this 3". And it's not like the ground was all dry ready to soak up a bunch either.
    I'm going for a ride in the morning to check out more trail.

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    I did Valero loop this morning. Counterclockwise. It was not a lot of fun. Picked up lots of stick'um just about everywhere. Had to walk around lots of places that would rut up if ridden. Then it started misting at the end.

    EverWet was about 100 yards long. Everything north of W.Cannon was clear, but really sticky. All the jeep track in Sunset Valley was sticky.

    Williamson Creek was too high to cross under Brodie. Popped up and went across Brode. Too high under Mopac too. I just exited the trail east of Mopac to come out on Yellow Rose street so didn't do any of the trail between Mopac and Brush Country.

    sigh. More rain coming.

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    Ya know...there is nothing to prevent anyone from going out there with their own weedeater and doing some trail work. Wet trails are a perfect time to do a little maintenance.
    Remember, just because nobody is watching you do the work, doesn't mean we all won't appreciate any effort made. There will be no merit badges given out!
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    Who wants to go for a road ride?

    Yup, me neither.

    But I did this morning. Did a circuit to check all the bridges and the flows underneath. About what I expected. Lots.

    Road riding makes me nervous. Do you think the police ever give tickets to people that have their windows tinted too dark? It is scary looking at a driver's window to see if they see me, but not being able to see them at all. Dangerous.
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    Really miss the trails ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Tip View Post
    Ya know...there is nothing to prevent anyone from going out there with their own weedeater and doing some trail work. Wet trails are a perfect time to do a little maintenance.
    Remember, just because nobody is watching you do the work, doesn't mean we all won't appreciate any effort made. There will be no merit badges given out!
    Yeah, my wife and I went out a while back with some loppers and removed a bunch of neck piercing cedar branches on some sections that connect Alamo draft house with the south side of the veloway.

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