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    Yeah, found the ones on Yellow, White Pine, and Haynie. There's a big one down at the split to Goat Path, too. Took my saw with intention of clearing some, but the rain started as we were finishing the ride.

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    Just about perfect yesterday. Leaves are blown off on portions of the trail for a running race next weekend. Will probably be a mess come freeze/thaw. Sure hope it's a muddy trail run.
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    Cleared trees on white pine, Haynie Branch, and big tree near 52 on yellow

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    You da man, Ranger Eric!

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    Going in to White Pine it is just passed where the other two tree that were down that Ranger Eric took care of there is a other tree down
    . There is a tree down on Cat Track just at the exit. Both trees are need a chainsaw to clear them
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    Trail was nice today. Two good sized white oak limbs down on Lonesome Blue very near the 31 marker.

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    A large tree down on Haynes Branch 1/4 to 1/2 mile in from the trail's start nearest the parking lot. It's at the point where the trail first turns away from the creek and is so tall it covers both the entrance and exit of the switchback.

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    Mont Bell was damp but not at all muddy today. Rocks & roots very slick.

    Very large tree fallen downhill on Haynie Branch as mentioned above. Blocks the trail at both the top and bottom of the hill.

    Decent sized one down about halfway thru White Pine. Elevated... you can sort of cross it to one side though.

    Still large one down at east end of Cat Track.

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    3 trees cleared from white pine.

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    Trail was really good on the first day of 2016. Go get it.
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    I hope everyone is enjoying the chilly dry spell. Remember that Thursday January 7th (originally Jan 5th) will be our 2016 Annual Member Meeting at TailGate Brewery (7200 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN 37209). We welcome current, former and potential members to join us for this meeting. Tailgate has a full menu of good food, and they have great beer specials as well(21 and older to drink).Click Here

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    Trail was good yesterday. I was wondering if there were any actual plans to put leaves back on the trail tread to help protect it, now that the runners are gone for the year.

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    tree on haynie branch cleared and 2 trees on rabbit run cleared

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    Thank you. sir. Kinda brisk hike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by homer View Post
    Thank you. sir. Kinda brisk hike!
    Thanks Eric. Kind of freeze your butt off hike IMHO. :(
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    Rode about half of it this morning with Kdub and Cajun Mike. Kind cool starting out, but turned out about right. Trail was damp, making roots slick, but otherwise, good conditions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by homer View Post
    Rode about half of it this morning with Kdub and Cajun Mike. Kind cool starting out, but turned out about right. Trail was damp, making roots slick, but otherwise, good conditions.
    I ended up with almost 21 miles. Needed my guide. May have made new trails but not sure. Fun it was!

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    Saw the comments about conditions at Lock4....

    Monkey bell should be much better. Not great, but much better. Was thinking about going out Saturday 9:30 or 10 am. Sorba shows it is open. Does anyone have any scoop?

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    I read on facebook yesterday the trails that were left alone are fine, the ones that were cleared of leaves for the bell ringer are sloppy.

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    small branches on Lonesome blue cleared. did not find any trees on cat track.

    Eric

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    All were way good this morning. Couldn't be better. Pretty nice weather for the end of January!

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    Trail was pretty good yesterday... obviously a LOT of water has moved through. Lots of debris and washouts. All the creek crossings were high and running fast. Some standing water in places and some soft spots.

    There's literally a log jam on the creek next to Peanut and part of it covers the trail. I ramped it some but I don't know if it will last. May need to keep building it up.

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    Rode the white trails, green, yellow and out today. There has been a lot of rain on the trail and there are a lot of places where water ran pretty hard on the trail. The green trail is rougher than I have ever seen it. Not bad, but rougher.

    The #1 issue I saw on the trail was in the green downhill on the part that zooms out of the treeline and into the powerline section. The runoff washed the telephone pole on the left (south?) side of the trail over and across the trail and there is considerable eroded material stacked up where the trail used to be. This is the place on the trail that used to be kinda scary and then someone gave it lots of tlc. Needs tlc again.

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    Great conditions yesterday, with exceptions; 1) the north-south running drain/trough on the east end, crossing Red and White Pine, is a rutted mud hole at every crossing, 2) large tree down on the first leg of North Slope.

    Saw the first buttercup bloom on White Pines' "buttercup alley". Come on spring!

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    Quote Originally Posted by homer View Post
    Great conditions yesterday, with exceptions; 1) the north-south running drain/trough on the east end, crossing Red and White Pine, is a rutted mud hole at every crossing, 2) large tree down on the first leg of North Slope.

    Saw the first buttercup bloom on White Pines' "buttercup alley". Come on spring!
    It was good riding, sure enough. But those things that are starting to bloom are daffodils. Buttercups are yard weeds. (back story on this correction: My wife calls them buttercups, I daffodils. We have long argued about them, even at our wedding where we had hundreds of daffodils and hyacinths for flowers. We now bribe our children to be on our side as far as what they're called - it provides us with a great source of entertainment. But since we all know my wife is wrong, couldn't let you slide either.)

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    Well, I'll be dog. You are right! My mom, therefore I, used the names interchangeably. I stand corrected.

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    2 boards on bridge at Green #36 replaced.

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    Thank- you Eric. You are the best.
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    Ranger Eric, or anybody else; is the downed tree on North Slope still there? If so, I'll try to clear it Saturday.

    Gary

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    Gary,

    As of Wednesday 24th the tree was there. I didn't have time to cut it, only had time to find it while doing boundary checks in that area. At present I plan on clearing it on March 4... my next day I can get in woods.

    Also, per a recent conversation with the Park Manager he doesn't want any volunteers using chainsaws in bike trail area without park ranger or park staff present due to safety issues.

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    That's too bad, Ranger Eric. I hate that you have to take all of the responsibility. Is there a "Hold-harmless" document/waiver that I/we could sign? Considering the amount of much more precarious situations that were cleared following the tornado (without incident, as far as I know), it appears that incompetence ought not be an issue for those. Just trying help.

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    Bell was excellent today! Didn't do Perimeter Red or White Pine, so can't speak for the mud there last week.

    Gavin and I did what we could, with available material, for a go-over for the downed tree on North Slope. The approach corner at Tabletop is clear and grippy. so let it go!

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    White Pine was predictably standing-water wet at the bottom of all the up/downs. Was pretty moist at the end of the day but I imagine it'll dry out quick tomorrow. Peanut still has an annoying blockage but looks like people are starting to go up and around (I did).

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    tree cleared on north slope and on perimeter red cleared

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    Thank you, sir.

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    replaced 2 boards on y bridge.

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    Thanks, again! You da man!

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    Good little ride out there today, rode red to back blue to race loop to Y bridge, all out white, and back down the expressway. The only thing on the trail I couldn't move by hand is a big dead red oak down (made a mess out of a smaller tree close to the trail too) on Storm Track near one of the gullies on the Rabbit Run end. Otherwise, it was prime.

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    Tree cleared from Storm Track.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbsp eric View Post
    Tree cleared from Storm Track.

    Eric
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    Nasty surprise waiting on the west side of the angle bridge at the bottom of Green: There's a large root ball blocking half the west side of the bottom of the bridge and a big ol root poking towards the rider.

    If I'm reading the map right it's at marker 34, just before the run that takes you in front of the main park entrance.

    There's also a smaller tree down just past the Crook Tree. Ride able but loose and bit off the ground.

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    root ball near marker 34 and tree down near crook tree cleared....

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    Thanks Eric for all your work.

    There's a large one at a bad location, somewhat blind on fast downhill, just before the bridge halfway through Back Blue. Also, one near the end of the Downhill trail. Both can be cleared with effort but would cause problems for novices & intermediates. Finally, a couple smaller ones along the creek on the short section of Yellow on the parking lot side.

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    Today around noon the trails have really died out.

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    Rode Friday. Remembered my saw. Cleared all Blue, all White except:

    White Pine around Marker 25. Large tree across the trail at an angle. Stripped it down so it's ride able but the angle makes it a bit tricky. Chainsaw material.

    The one on Back Blue posted by HJay above around Marker 28. Near the top of the downhill next to the powerline cut.

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    Cleared one on White Pine near 25. Cleared one on green just before bridge. Cleared one on Downhill.

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    Ranger Eric, you still da man!

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    Trail was in good condition today. Slick roots, face-slappers, and carpet of poison ivy abound. There is a high tree down on the last section of Downhill green, just before the race loop merge.

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    Trail was sneaky slick today and I knew it. Had a good ride but the roots were to be respected. I hope the person the paramedics were checking on in the parking lot before they took him to the hospital is okay. I don't know what happened but I hate it for him and hope it is nothing serious. :(
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    Long tree down on Cat Track not far from the CCW entrance (typical direction). It's laying across the trail in 2 places and neither are easily ridden. 1st one might be done w/ a hand saw but 2nd definitely chainsaw (or maybe ramped).

    Trails not muddy but creek crossings are slicker'n snot!

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