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    Gary, sorry I missed hooking up with you. I never have my phone on ring in the woods. Thanks for clearing the down tree. Maybe ride together another time.

    As for the trails. I hope they let us ride into the yellow and other trails that have leaf cover. The leaf covered trails are not even affected by the colder weather. The could just leave Green and Yellow open all the time.
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    I agree. Maybe cordon off Red at the entry and at Haynie Branch, and Main Street at Lonesome Blue and Haynie Branch.

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    tree on back blue cleared.

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    Thanks, Boss!

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    Even in the rain today, the trail was fine, even the blown areas. Tread could be seen, but no damage, except for a couple of typical places (Perimeter Red drain crossing after Rabbit Run exit, corner just after table top bridge over Haynie Branch creek).

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    Trail was in remarkably great shape today, especially after the deluge yesterday. Sections covered in pine needles were awesome; sections covered in leaves were wet but not not muddy and not slick (except for roots); sections that were not covered were soft, and if ridden, starting to get muddy.

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    Slightly different point of view from our ride Sunday morning, but we did leave just as some light rain showers were moving in. Pine needle sections we rode on red were a bit damp, leaves were wet but not muddy, and the only muddy sections we rode on the blown trails were in the low spots of some turns where silt collects. Trail overall was not what I'd call soft except in those silt turns or anywhere water would usually collect. I suspect if the leaves were on the silty turns they'd be just as soft, just not noticeable. Our tires were barely dirty, very little mud on down tubes. But, again, some rain was moving in as we left.

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    Everyone,

    It's that time of year we are starting to see the freeze thaw impact on the trail system. As such, at this time the perimeter red and Back Blue will be closed due to freeze thaw conditions.Bike_Trail_map_trail_closures 1-2015.jpg
    I will post here when the trail status changes.

    Sorry for the inconvenience.

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    Does it need to be taped off?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbsp eric View Post
    Everyone,

    It's that time of year we are starting to see the freeze thaw impact on the trail system. As such, at this time the perimeter red and Back Blue will be closed due to freeze thaw conditions.Bike_Trail_map_trail_closures 1-2015.jpg
    I will post here when the trail status changes.

    Sorry for the inconvenience.

    Eric
    Eric, thanks for keeping part of it open. Much appreciated.
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    Yesterday I taped of the marked areas in anticipation of freeze thaw conditions from the extreme lows we have been having as the ground warmed up. Over the next few days as the trail warms up I will continue to assess the rest of the trail as to whether to open all or if I need to close more trail.

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    Thank you, sir.

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    Trail's mostly in great shape. Lots of riders today. The section from Main Street to the Yellow/Green entrance was pretty sloppy. Some of the leaf-cleared sections are still wet, like leading up to Tommy's. Bottom sections near the creek are in good shape.

    I rode the Green downhill for the first time in awhile and noticed where I usually go back left into the woods after the downhill is blocked. Is that on purpose? I went a little further and cut in which seems to be what others are doing. I'd have cleared it but didn't know if I should.

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    Eric is the tape still up or are all the trail sections open?
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    Tape was still up yesterday blocking Perimeter Red & Back Blue.

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    Spieg, I noticed that, too, the last time I was out there and failed to make note of it. It is just some downed material that should be cleared. I'll try to remember to take my saw next time. I'll send a note to Ranger Eric, in case he wants to mess with it in the mean time. Appreciate the reminder and info!

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    All Bike Trails Open

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    Trails were mostly good their morning. Exception is Expressway between Big Tree Junction and Yellow entry/exit.

    There's a new biggun down at Perimeter Red and Rabbit Run. You'll have to carry over. Had this not been an in transit, last minute call, I would have had my chainsaw with me. Boo. The ride was great!

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    Tree at Perimeter Red & Rabbit Run = clear.
    Trees on Downhill near first power line crossing = clear

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    Conditions and temp were great today, except for Perimeter Red (and passed on Back Blue for same reason). We rode all of the whites off of Red so missed a lot of the bad. Did all greens and yellows. After Tommy's I noticed missing computer, so after yellow, back-tracked Tommy's and Downhill in hope of happening on it. Found it early into DH, so when on with it. If you want a good workout, ride DH in reverse.

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    Dh in reverse is awesome.
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    Re: Montgomery Bell Trail Conditions Here - everyone post!

    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Dh in reverse is awesome.
    Riding a one way trail backwards is a good way to get hurt.
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    As long as you pay attention and are ready to get off the trail, it'll be alright.

    Not so sure about the "awesome" part...

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    Re: Montgomery Bell Trail Conditions Here - everyone post!

    Quote Originally Posted by homer View Post
    As long as you pay attention and are ready to get off the trail, it'll be alright.

    Not so sure about the "awesome" part...
    He keeps using that word, "awesome". I do not think it means what he thinks it means.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drwx View Post
    Riding a one way trail backwards is a good way to get hurt.
    You are correct. I only do it late evening in the summer or so early Sunday that it is probably okay. Still doesn't make it right.

    As for the awesome part, I love climbing and the challenge it presents. Try the yellow trail backwards sometime. But be really careful as you will be going against the race loop, which so many ride. I may ride the race loop 2% of the time I ride this trail.
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    I did the North Slope solo backwards the first time out there (I'd been riding just a few months). Colossal mistake. Would probably be OK now.

    The last climb on DH (in reverse) is a lot rougher than you realize by only riding down it. May have to try it again, but not after 14 miles of other stuff...

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    I keep poking at MB and riding different parts of it - I noticed everyone I went out there with wanted to ride the race loop. When I go out by myself, I branch off here and there to ride different stuff, and try to intentionally avoid the race loop. Discovering Lonesome Blue on a day when the roots were still wet was a revelation. It reminded me of home. Still, with everyone else zooming around the race loop, I'd never even noticed it over there...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cotharyus View Post
    I keep poking at MB and riding different parts of it - I noticed everyone I went out there with wanted to ride the race loop. When I go out by myself, I branch off here and there to ride different stuff, and try to intentionally avoid the race loop. Discovering Lonesome Blue on a day when the roots were still wet was a revelation. It reminded me of home. Still, with everyone else zooming around the race loop, I'd never even noticed it over there...
    A red/white/blue loop (back blue backwards) is fun sometimes if you dont want to go over to the west end. Also a blue/green/yellow loop is pretty long and fun.
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    Yeah, Drew, Lonesome Blue is one of my favorites! Great way to get in and get out without using Main Street, and a lot more fun.

    My favorite green mix, once you get to the west end, is to enter the middle section, come out the lower, then back in the upper.

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    I rode sunday afternoon and it was great

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    I went by today and looked at the trail, all ice and covered with snow

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodney humes View Post
    I went by today and looked at the trail, all ice and covered with snow
    Would love to ride my fatbike on that. Too far to travel with the road conditions and gotta work. :(
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    If I was to ride out there today the only bike I would have used today would be a fat bike

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    I was on Jones creek Rd today and drove by Mont Bell this afternoon and the gate was shut

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    bike trail closed due to heavy rain and ice.

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    I sent an email to Ranger Eric, in hope of the trail being opened since we haven't had freeze in a week or so. Closing Perimeter Red and Back Blue would be understandable and fine by me!

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    No luck, yet...

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    The bike trail is now open. Riders beware of any downed trees or branches from the previous storms. If you encounter any downed trees please let us know the general location so we can get them cleared.

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    Whoo-hoo!!!!

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    It was nice being able to ride today. Trail was good on the parts I rode. I picked up where I could and that wasn't safe to leave. On the third white loop one leaner and a tree down and floating 8" above trail close to the beginning. One tree on red perimeter between exit of third white and start of back blue. Heads up, White Bluff has a silver Prius that is a plain vehicle officer watching for speeders. Beautiful day to ride.
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    Rode all white, all blue. Remembered my saw. All clear.
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    Muchas gracias, spieg!

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    De nada!

    fyi: couple things I noticed. The 1st corner of Peanut near the creek (coming from Possum) was under water. Never seen the creek that high and it looked like it might be washing out that corner. May need a re-route. Also, on Blue Yonder about halfway there's a fairly large tree above and across the trail. It's being held up by a much smaller one and I felt like I could've pulled it down but then couldn't have moved the big one so I cleared the slappers hanging down and left it. Might last years; might be down right now.

    Trails quite good. Some standing water in the low spots but otherwise barely even tacky. Lots of medium stuff was down, only a few large ones. Curious as to the condition of Green/Yellow.

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    Blue Yonder's a hike to get to, no matter which way you come in. Reckon 70 would be closest. May need to try and do it before the critters come out. Maybe tamale.

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    Just to clarify… the tree on Blue Yonder is rideable (or ride under-able) so it's not urgent.

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    I rode Blue Yonder today and didn't find anything. You sure it was that trail, up off of Expressway?

    Found a whopper on North Slope. On the descent, after the first left-hand switchback, 2' off the ground and over 2' in diameter. Ranger Eric knows about it.

    Cleared a decent one blocking the approach to the bridge after Moguls. Crossed both approaches. All good!

    Conditions couldn't have been better. A bit cool!

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    Oh, yeah, fixed the lip and missing board on Table Top. The approach is smoooooth! Let it go!

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    Today, post-rain wet roots, but otherwise, muy bueno.

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    Quote Originally Posted by homer View Post
    Oh, yeah, fixed the lip and missing board on Table Top. The approach is smoooooth! Let it go!
    Nice work. trail was great today. Rode everything out there and some of it, twice. It's in great shape. The weather has made it a rougher tread but it is dry.
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