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    Quote Originally Posted by RidingAgain View Post
    I haven't... But thought I'd read somewhere that the trail was fairly easy... So I thought your comment was just a continuation of suggesting I go ride easy trails.

    Sorry, gunshy I guess.


    Strava was a joke. You asked who made me king, I said Stravaaaaa!

    Lakeway was also tongue in cheek.

    He said build a zig zag up the hill. If you had been to Lakeway you would understand. There is nothing easy about lakeway. Lakeway is an ass kicker and has about 50 switchbacks that go up and over several climbs, hence zig zag. Its far more interesting than anything SATN has to offer, but you might throw up if you tried to ride it right now in the heat. Maybe at 7 a.m. if you would like to go check it out. On a map it looks like a straight line zoomed out. Its 50 switchbacks and then a lollipop ridge ride with amazing views of the hill country, little boxes on the hillside, and the lake. The entry has a nice official bathroom facility with a camelback filler
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    Quote Originally Posted by RidingAgain View Post
    Just above beginner level. It's a feature of the trail. One that I think could use a little maintenance attention.
    I see your point here. Its a little more blown out than the surrounding trail. Its fall line and water fills into the creek there. Any work is likely to get washed away.

    For me personally, its coming in nicely. I like a like choppy gnar here and there. If you're dropping into the creek from either side, you can usually huck over most of the bad stuff and catch the transition for a nice speed boost.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RidingAgain View Post
    No problem... What's your skill level.
    What's my skill level you ask?
    (And You should have known this was coming...)
    For some indication of my skill level, I can clean this: South Austin Trail Network
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    Quote Originally Posted by cramsay3 View Post
    What's my skill level you ask?
    (And You should have known this was coming...)
    For some indication of my skill level, I can clean this: South Austin Trail Network
    Fuckin savage...I wanna be there when yall meet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenblur View Post
    Fuckin savage...I wanna be there when yall meet.
    Ah, you know I'm a lover, not a fighter. Hug me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cramsay3 View Post
    What's my skill level you ask?
    (And You should have known this was coming...)
    For some indication of my skill level, I can clean this: South Austin Trail Network
    It's true! I have seen him do it! And there is Youtube video of him cleaning Cheese Grater.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cramsay3 View Post
    What's my skill level you ask?
    (And You should have known this was coming...)
    For some indication of my skill level, I can clean this: South Austin Trail Network
    I see what you did there.. Well played Sir


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    Quote Originally Posted by cramsay3 View Post
    What's my skill level you ask?
    (And You should have known this was coming...)
    For some indication of my skill level, I can clean this: South Austin Trail Network
    Brutal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cramsay3 View Post
    What's my skill level you ask?
    (And You should have known this was coming...)
    For some indication of my skill level, I can clean this: South Austin Trail Network
    So you're a little above beginner level then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RidingAgain View Post
    So you're a little above beginner level then?
    I see what you did there.. Well played Sir
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    Quote Originally Posted by cramsay3 View Post
    I see what you did there.. Well played Sir
    I'm just here for the ride.

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    Damn

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    New trail looks good

    Quote Originally Posted by The Tip View Post
    No, there is indeed a very public way. Go under the railroad trestle to cross back to the west side of the tracks, more single track getting up to Discount Tire, cross the railroad tracks right under the Slaughter bridge, just a little bit more road getting down Bilbrook. Easy Peasy.

    But even if you have to take your bike in your car it's worth it to check it all out. I'm not sure of the total mileage of trail available, but it's at least 10 miles.
    It looks good, I'm guessing you made the trail around the trestle? Someone mowed too. Much thanks for that.

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    Rode two sections of the trail behind Bowie HS that are new to me. One was somewhat along the creek for a part and had a couple areas that are pretty expert level – or near to in my book. Would love to go see people ride there one day, maybe take some photos.

    The other section is the trail section to the lower left. Kind of rocky, but man were there lots of horse flys. No idea why, but will be avoiding that area till cooler days come.

    Also rode a section in Beuerle, where some fairly new trail with jumps has been cut.
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    the "expert level" area you mentioned is probably Bowie Stonewall. relatively new section that's between the Veloway and the creek. pretty difficult stuff, to be sure. I don't think I have cleaned the whole thing in one try yet.

    the other section has a lot of chunk indeed. it's hard to ride, but I avoid it on most rides because of said horseflies. they come back every year and will bite you right through your lycra.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shotgun jeremy View Post
    I wonder if he was on an e-bike at that pace and longevity.

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    My 60+ mile rides were definitely not on an e-bike. I have been enjoying all that south Austin has to offer!

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    Yeah, Bowie Stonewall (now that I know what to call it) is above my skill level. I can clear almost everything else now at least once in a while, but I end up having to walk much of that stretch.

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    This was taken at Slaughter Creek last weekend. Somewhere in this forum, a bunch of people are complaining about trail widening. I present to you the biggest threat to trail widening. Us. Stay on the damn trail. This is one of the reasons I don't like group rides. Every time people stop to wait they trample the vegetation adjacent to the trail, if this happens enough we are going to have (more) double wide trails at Slaughter Creek. If you have to get off the trail to let people pass, or even to wait for stragglers, get right back on it, don't ride next to it. This wasn't the action of one person, you can clearly see several bikes involved, and it is in more than this one spot, and I see it very often. If you attend or lead group rides please spread the word. Thanks. Name:  IMG_0008.JPG
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    Slaughter Creek Trail is still considered "an experiment" to see if trails can coexist with environmental protection on public lands.
    If the trail gets too wide, this trail will be closed.
    If this trail gets to wide, we may lose the chance to open other public lands to mtb trails.
    If it looks like "the public" (that is us and hikers and equestrians and others) starts to go any where and everywhere, this trail and several potential trails will be closed. Is that Strava KOM worth that?

    There are many people spending hundreds, maybe thousands of hours every year working with land owners like the City of Austin to keep trails open. We are making progress. Please help us show that mountain bike trails can coexist with environmental protection.

    Please please PLEASE stay on the trail.
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    I have photos of TRUCK tire tracks on SCT that pressed into the (recently dried) mud. I suspect that these were the result of was authorized access by someone working on the trail, but they made no effort to not widen the trail. parts of SCT are much, much wider now because of full-sized utility trucks driving all over the mud. I don't know what to do about that.

    I reported this damage to SCT staff on February 26, 2017 and got no response.



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