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    Quote Originally Posted by xl_cheese View Post
    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.
    Excellent.

    I was going to amend the weed eater suggestion by saying to take out face slappers instead. I had time to do some weed eating today but decided not to. My thinking being there really is no point to do it now because it will just grow back by the time this rain pattern stops.

    But I did take my McLeod out to scrap the vegetation from the sides of some trail. It works great on the soft soil. And hopefully it's a longer lasting solution than just weed wacking. I was desperate to do something..anything! lol

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    I just watched the news. Jim Spencer made it official.

    We will never ride trail in Austin again.

    sigh

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    I checked out some trail today. Surprisingly good shape the little bit I rode on. Our soil must have a lot of sand.

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    I had 5" of rain at my house today.
    I went to look at bridges just now. Amazing stuff.
    There is going to be a lot of work to be done. Just looking at Williamson Creek from the Brush Country bridge I saw what looks like a 45 minute repair.


    Would anyone be interested in meeting up for a repair session? Hike the trails and do whatever we find that needs to be done.
    Then drink beer.

    It will be too wet for a day or two. Maybe Thursday evening? Start on Circle C Metro trails?

    It's a substitute SARI. South Austin Repair and Imbibe
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    I might be down for some of that, but I fear the trails are just going to be FUBAR again after another rain. I took the long way home from downtown tonight and all f the creek bridges on wm cannon and Brodie looked like raging rivers flowing underneath.
    won't you be my neighbor?

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    I went to the Escarpment bridge over Slaughter Creek a couple of hours after the 5" rain stopped on Monday. The water was flowing over the entire length of the five to six foot tall wall that encircles the spillway. Really amazing. I was sure that there was going to be extensive damage from all that water.

    Today I walked the CC Metro trails. I was surprised how little damage there was. I removed lots of branches and sticks but there weren't any big logs or anything like that needing to be removed. No wash outs or any kind of soil damage. The only small problem was the trail that had developed on the gravel creek bed on the east end of the north bank trail. The tread had been worked in. But now it is all lose and chunky again. It can be ridden though. Not a big deal.

    The north trails will be dried and ready first. The south side takes longer.

    Looks like there is going to be a break in this weather pattern. It might not be useless to start weed eating now.

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    How are we looking? I was out of town this weekend and don't know how much rain we got. I'm hoping to ride tomorrow morning, but that is probably wishful thinking, right?
    "living today like it is the first day of the rest of my week"

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    Got another half an inch on Saturday near Stephenson, so probably still too wet.

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    All the circle C stuff is good near the Veloway. Stephenson, not a chance. Latta/DN. . . .maybe.

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    I take that back. It HAS risen again!

    We are back in bidness folks. Happy happy joy joy. Amazing what a little sunshine and wind will do.

    I just rode all of CC Metro and the Veloway trails, including the south lollipop. Everything is good to go. A few little muddy patches here and there, but nothing that could not be avoided.

    Escarpment spillway is rideable.
    You have to be a little creative, but you can get under Mopac through the tunnel.
    Mopac sidewalk rideable with dry feet if you half pedal a bit.
    The eastern most crossing of the south Veloway lollipop is stepping stone crossable.

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    Anyone been in Latta Greenbelt?
    How about the Deer Park run?
    Whirlpool?

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    ATX Bikes is going to have their regular Tuesday night 6 pm ride today, 6/2/15. Meet at the back door.
    They are going to do CC Metro and the Veloway trails.

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    Tip, wanna ride tomorrow?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Freddy Salazar View Post
    Tip, wanna ride tomorrow?
    I can't.
    How about a SARI on Thursday?

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    Can't Thursday, going back to Costa Rica for a couple of weeks. Anyway, I'm sure by the time I come back SARI will be up and running

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    Dick Nichols and Latta Greenbelt are good. A little moisture in some places on Clairmont loop (Strata "dripdrop")

    Coming back to Dick Nichols under Davis bridge was slippery but passable. I had to stopped a couple of times on the way back to pull up some vegetation but it's all good now.

    Just another reminder; you don't need some agency to give you a "(fill in blank) Trail Work Day" tee shirt to go clear up trail. At the very least commit to riding the edges of trail at least some of your ride to knock back some vegetation. It's gotten pretty hairy on some of it.

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    The trail that leads away from Dick Nichols in a northeasterly direction, with the apartments and library just west of it, to intersect with Mopac, is good to go. It had pretty much disappeared in several places.
    I'm not sure what Mopac looks like north of the small concrete culvert thing. Somebody mowed it once from there up to Whirlpool. I am hoping they'll do it again.

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    Went for a ride this morning to check out trail. Once again I am surprised at how good it was. There is more rain coming so I felt privileged/desperate to ride as much as I could. I rode until I ran out of water!

    Mopac needs trimming, but it's good.
    Whirlpool had one bad spot.
    Thanks to whomever rerouted around the giant tree that fell just west of Brodie on Candy Lane.
    Looks like there is a solution to Everwet. The new trail is a few feet further up the hill. (Uuuuu were right!)
    SS Valley had several too wet to ride spots. I didn't even try the jeep track stuff. I bailed on to Oakdale.
    Latta was mostly okay. Coming out of DN I turned left at "the log" going past the picnic table and under Escarpment and Davis. Got my feet wet under Davis and there's a big pool in the wooded area just south of that Davis bridge.
    CC Metro is pretty good. The south trail had a little mud, but this sun and breeze might make it good even now.
    The Veloway is good too. Boulder is dry feet walk-able.

    Hurry, ride it before it rains again!

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    Oh, and a Public Service Announcement:

    Remember to ride those edges out there some to knock back vegetation.

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    I bet you carry a multi-tool.

    Do you carry this one?
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    Slides conveniently into your Camelback and it can be used as a:
    -Face slapper pruner
    -Punji stick cutter
    -Dangerous pedal-grabbing stump cutter
    -Machete
    -Scythe

    Scythe? Yes. Bend down and swing it at the base of that trail obscuring vegetation. Kick cut vegetation off trail.
    You have just made the world a better place!

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