Annual Speech

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Annual Speech

Postby Farmboy » Mon Mar 15, 2010 1:22 pm

Well, here goes. My annual Hold yer Wad speech:

I borrowed a work truck today and ventured out to the Beverly Park Mountain Bike trails to see how she looks. I was not surprised to see that the parking lot was muddy, and I cringed when I saw some knobby tire tracks leading to the trail head but I was not surprised. What I was surprised to see is how good the trail conditions are. I walked the whole front side and would venture to say that it's in C- condition right now. Having discovered that, I walked some of the backside as well. I was surprised at the curve balls mother nature can throw at us. There's water standing (or a lot of mud) in places I didn't expect there to be, and places I expected to resemble a swamp were surprisingly dry (like the rooty area beyond the rock garden). Overall, judging by what I've walked, I'd give the backside a D.

Despite our (and especially my) burning desire to ride the trails. We need to stay off them for a while longer. I'll try to get out there on Friday and see what happens. If we get any precip at all, forget it. With some wind and some nice temps we may possibly be able to ride some of it.

Whatever the Case: PLEASE HONOR THE TRAIL HEAD SIGNAGE AND THE INFORMATION GIVEN HERE REGARDING TRAIL CONDITIONS. DON'T RIDE MUDDY TRAILS. PLEASE. PRETTY PLEASE. PRETTY PLEASE WITH GUINNESS ON TOP.

Points of concern are:
1. Tree down across 2b.
2. Big MFing tree down across 3a and very muddy area around creek crossing. (Probably will require reroute.)
3. On trail 13, landing area after plank jump is a complete swamp for about 30 yards. We will need to stay off this trail for quite a while.

Stay tuned, and Hold Yer Wad.
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Re: Annual Speech

Postby greenfast » Mon Mar 15, 2010 1:33 pm

Farmboy wrote:PRETTY PLEASE WITH GUINNESS ON TOP.



Only because you asked so nicely :wink:
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Re: Annual Speech

Postby Farmboy » Mon Mar 15, 2010 3:49 pm

I've taken the liberty of hiring these guys should anyone not heed my request.

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Re: Annual Speech

Postby crrimson » Mon Mar 15, 2010 5:46 pm

cmon get dry cmon cmon cmon cmon trails dry up you can do it
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Re: Annual Speech

Postby Ken » Mon Mar 15, 2010 8:59 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ve26H3F0dwA

Edumacational signage at the trailhead(s) is something we need to look into...
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Re: Annual Speech

Postby Ken » Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:28 pm

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Re: Annual Speech

Postby Farmboy » Mon Mar 15, 2010 11:07 pm

Yeah, especially the part about riding through and not around. Sure would hate to get that bike that's built to get dirty, dirty. But seriously, we have some areas (like after the plank jump) that will get destroyed if ridden around right now. We gotta block that whole trail off somehow.
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Re: Annual Speech

Postby DL1030 » Tue Mar 16, 2010 8:26 am

could we install a digital game camera and post pics online of people who ride in the mud. This could also give us an idea of the types of park users (dog walkers, joggers, unicyclists) and the amount of traffic.
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Re: Annual Speech

Postby Farmboy » Tue Mar 16, 2010 10:33 am

Not a bad idea, although especially in the early LAMBA days, I'm not sure I'd want to see what's going on out there in the woods when nobody's looking. Ewwww.
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Re: Annual Speech

Postby Angy » Tue Mar 16, 2010 10:48 am

Farmboy wrote:I'm not sure I'd want to see what's going on out there in the woods when nobody's looking.


Or would you??? :think: :dance: :whistle:
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Re: Annual Speech

Postby NoyzSource » Tue Mar 16, 2010 11:25 am

Battery --> DC/AC inverter --> Hot glue gun.

Don't ask, don't tell.
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Re: Annual Speech

Postby Farmboy » Tue Mar 16, 2010 11:54 am

Back in the day, when my wife and I would go hiking in the woods, once in a while "the mood" would strike her. That was awesome.
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Re: Annual Speech

Postby Ken » Tue Mar 16, 2010 12:48 pm

Oh gawd, not this conversation again :|

Maybe this'll derail the thread further... Skip's Tips - http://surlybikes.com/blog/2282/
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Re: Annual Speech

Postby Angy » Tue Mar 16, 2010 2:10 pm

NoyzSource wrote:Battery --> DC/AC inverter --> Hot glue gun.

Don't ask, don't tell.


:clap:


Farmboy wrote:Back in the day, when my wife and I would go hiking in the woods, once in a while "the mood" would strike her. That was awesome.


You need to bring that back! Our prob is we usually have the kids with us, but we can send them with the GPS to go find a geocache...that really isn't there :)
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Re: Annual Speech

Postby Farmboy » Tue Mar 16, 2010 2:49 pm

Ken wrote:
Maybe this'll derail the thread further... Skip's Tips - http://surlybikes.com/blog/2282/


Gosh dang did I need that. I'm gonna take my Mountain Bikes off of ebay now. Ya know, earlier in the year I was gonna do some racing. Then I decided just to do a little racing. Now I'm thinking screw racing. Well, except for the 2BTT's.
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Re: Annual Speech

Postby crrimson » Thu Mar 18, 2010 2:23 pm

Anyone checked the trails today? Things are looking a little drier around town.
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Re: Annual Speech

Postby DL1030 » Thu Mar 18, 2010 3:00 pm

we were out there stomping around last night and the trails are getting close. Some soft spots need a couple more days as i was leaving a shoe print here and there. The tire marks, from someone riding :(, dug a little deeper and left some nasty marks after the creek crossing (couple feet long and 1-2" deep). Other parts of the trail were not so bad but still left distinctive mtb tire marks where they rode. It is CLOSE :D but not fully there yet.

I think the consensus would be to stay off of it for a couple more days and cross your finger, pray, hope, sacrifice a goat, face mecca, meditate, read scripture or do a fire dance to stop the precipitation friday night.
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Re: Annual Speech

Postby DL1030 » Sat Mar 20, 2010 10:48 am

minus the snow last night which ruined it, front and back sides of Bev looked great yesterday. trails had a nice layer of dried dirt sitting on them. I wasnt leaving any shoe prints either. The only problem both creek crossings to connect the front green loop to backside is a mud pit. You could ride the back side if you parked off King Dr. or ride the front by parking normal, but connecting them together was riding a huge mud pit. few logs down on the trails too, be careful until a chainsaw can be taken out there.
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