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    See what you did Al? ;-)


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    Will we be shot at if we ride the Williamson Creek section?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ernest Borgniner View Post
    Will we be shot at if we ride the Williamson Creek section?
    No. Struck down with bolts of lightning from an angry God.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MudInMyEars View Post
    See what you did Al? ;-)
    I rather enjoyed that trail, so glad I was able to ride it at least once. Was looking forward to riding it as part of the entire challenge (even if I did end up getting "lost" in there).. Sucks that something has transpired behind the scenes to close this area off.

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    Atari didn't wreck anything and Stephenson is not the issue. There is a section of trail on the North loop that cuts briefly into private property. The owner reached out and politely asked us to stay off it. Landowner is a chill dude and this could be a lot worse. The request is reasonable and we need to honor it. Cutting the entire loop makes 100% sure we are not sending any riders into a bad situation. Landowner probably scans this board, so be respectful.

    Future iterations could include the North loop, but we need to figure out a legal, safe re-route. Current options add extra road (sucks), puts riders into busy intersections (dangerous), involves two-way trail traffic (annoying/dangerous), or doesn't exist yet (VCT). Plus we are too close to the event to scout/map/teach a new route.

    Going down to two loops allows us to sharpen our focus on what we have left. We are going to pre-ride both loops this weekend and then again next weekend. Stealing an idea from the EB, goal is to train some "route experts" that will wear a helmet sticker day of the event so others can follow.

    Also, we now have more bandwidth to flag/mark turns, which has been a point of concern for some folks.

    And finally, 40 miles is a more reasonable distance, so hoping folks will be down to hang out afterwards vs crawling into a ball and wanting to die.

    Even with this setback, I'm stoked. Going to be a fun day on the bike.
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    I saw you guys at DNP last saturday I think. I was over there in the Hockey rink. (bball court.) I live right there in the middle of all those trails. I didn't even know about them!

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    XL, we are riding this weekend. 9am both days, leaving from the parking lot.

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    closing the north loop for the event is not the worst thing to happen. the Greenbelt section is pretty gnarly and took a lot out of me. I was thinking that I would either ride the north loop first, see how I feel after that and call it a day if I don't have anything left. I could easily ride the other two loops in one shot. that's close to 40 miles, 90% dirt, and most of it relatively tame terrain. I am all for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    closing the north loop for the event is not the worst thing to happen. the Greenbelt section is pretty gnarly and took a lot out of me. I was thinking that I would either ride the north loop first, see how I feel after that and call it a day if I don't have anything left. I could easily ride the other two loops in one shot. that's close to 40 miles, 90% dirt, and most of it relatively tame terrain. I am all for it.
    I agree. If you wanted to maintain a north loop, the only option would be to add more Greenbelt. I love me some Greenbelt, but I always thought it was sort of odd to include just brief loop in there for the Southie ride. BCGB is its own animal.
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    I think we could revamp it for another event to include some of the northern trails, including the "safe" parts of Williamson Creek, Kandyland, SNP, and Sunset Valley, and exclude the BCGB altogether. make the SNP part a bit more straightforward (less of a spaghetti bowl). Maybe try to add up two 25-mile loops out of it all, both ending up at DNP. I don't know of a way to map it on a computer so I will have to try to ride it and map as I go using GPS.
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    question about the West loop (not that we are going to change it at this point)- when you exit the Hielscher Tract Greenbelt at Lacrosse, is there a way to cross the road and ride straight to the Circle C metro area? or is that off-limits? seems silly to get on La Crosse and Escarpment when there's dirt to be ridden instead.

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    There are "no trespassing" signs on both ends of your marked route. The Lacrosse side signs say something about water facility. Can't remember if the other side coming from Circle C soccer fields say the same thing. I have always paid heed to those signs and have never ridden their.

    It is frustrating that the powers that be always seem to think that trails and such are evil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    question about the West loop (not that we are going to change it at this point)- when you exit the Hielscher Tract Greenbelt at Lacrosse, is there a way to cross the road and ride straight to the Circle C metro area? or is that off-limits? seems silly to get on La Crosse and Escarpment when there's dirt to be ridden instead.

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    We looked hard at that but it is no-go. The yellow route drawn would be briefly crossing into Slaughter Creek land, which is not allowed (bikes on trail only). If you still wanted to do it anyway, there is a fence separating Slaughter and Circle C park that you'd have to hop. If you try to avoid Slaughter's land, you get onto private property in the Tasajilo Trail neighboorhood.
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    Good to know. I guess I will suffer that 1/2 mile of pavement then.
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    Can we build a tunnel? I'll bring my shovel.
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    Good pre-ride today.
    We have an accurate mileage for the revised route.
    The west ride is going to be 18 miles. That's the one with lots of climbing.
    The south route is going to be 18 miles too.
    How's that for balance?
    36 miles.
    Fun stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cramsay3 View Post
    Can we build a tunnel? I'll bring my shovel.
    Do it Andy style:

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    Good group today, we now have a small group of riders that know just enough of the route to be dangerous


    Concerning tomorrow, weather.gov is showing a 40% chance of rain tomorrow and cold in the AM. Southie trails don't handle rain very well, so will be game-time decision.

    If it rains too much overnight, I'll call it off on Mojo. I'll be at the park either way; so someone will be there to tell folks the ride is cancelled. Maybe we can do some r@&d or something. . .or go drink beer.

    If it doesn't rain, we're riding. Will be chilly so dress warm you southern wimpy-wimps.

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    Hydromet shows no rainfall as of 7am. Ride on.

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    I'll be there, because I'm a friggin' optimist, but it was sprinkling on me when I went out to get the paper. I immediately began to envision what rocks on our trail today might be slick. lol

    Temperature is still good and it looks like it will stay good until later this afternoon.

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