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    Was dry as dust on the 4th of July, 2014. I am beginning to really like this trail. I do think this trail hates me.
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    We only got 0.1 inch of rain. Rocks are probably slick right now but should be good after lunch.

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    …but on Voyage 34, he finally met himself coming down an up-staircase, and the encounter was crushing (Porcupine Tree).

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    I'll probably be out there around 2:30 or 3pm if anyone is interested in riding today.
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    anyone looking to ride tomorrow?
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    I might, I just acquired a new injury and am lookin to take it easy. What time?
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    What happened, Chet?

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    Doing some weedeating and it threw a piece of chicken wire about an inch into my leg. Didn't think much of it right away, but then it swelled up and it hurts like a SOB! It went into the muscle right at my ankle. So, I'm going to take it easy today......... Weird how something so small can do so much damage. Probably need to go get a tetanus booster.
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    DANG! That's messed up! Yeah, get the booster and take it easy, man. Oh, get ya some cheap gaiters for that work.

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    +1 for the booster. This is another reason I've grown to like my new stihl brush cutter. It doesn't throw things. I ended up with a shard of rock imbedded in my forehead one day running a bladed weed eater.

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    Very dry. Need rain. But nothing is growing, that is good. I'll be out therefor a quick ride this afternoon.
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    Rode 1 lap today late afternoon, trail was good, no standing water, saw 1 big tree leaning around M1 about 50'yards before M2 trail

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    We had a workday yesterday and added a couple hundred feet of trail at the end. This is the last of the trail and it finally has an official ending. Trail marker N was installed. Thanks to all the volunteers.

    After the trail work, we had a cookout followed by about an inch of intense rain. Trail will be too wet to ride today.

    Good day for a hike though.

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    …but on Voyage 34, he finally met himself coming down an up-staircase, and the encounter was crushing (Porcupine Tree).

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    Great trail work day. Road the new section today, numerous times. The double drop down was more fun than I thought it would be. I could hit it with more speed than I thought, and some nice back to back air. Fun even on the Full ridged, should be more fun on the FS, but I am easily amused with a little air.
    I plan to lay the track down with the weed eater tomorrow.
    The storm brought down a lot of stuff, thanks to all that have been clearing the trail.

    Shutes has been getting a lot of love, and it shows.
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    Shutes Branch Trail Conditions Here - Everyone Post!

    Anyone know the conditions of the trail since the rain yesterday? I promised my sister a bike ride soon as long as the trails were good.

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    Trail is in great shape. No rain.
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    Good size tree down across the rocks just before mile marker 5. Too big for a hand saw. It's at a tricky place and moves a bit when you ride over it. Might be able to ramp it.

    Otherwise trails in great shape.

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    Beginning part of the trail just a little slick but fine to ride if you want. Rest of the trail better.
    I cut out the small tree near the end of the trail, just before "WhiteRocks Junior" a few days ago. If there is anything else, I could probably get it Tue., let me know.
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    Did a lap and a half out at the branch yesterday, full lap, then back around to the start of hillside before I had to bail. I forgot how fun this trail is, and discovered it's actually 5 minutes closer to me than Lock 4. I'm going to have to do this more often.

    A few slick corners, but otherwise it was in good shape. I was also treated to a change from halloween decorations to christmas decorations between the first and second lap. How's that for service?

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    I was surprised at how good Shute's was today. Mostly tacky but not slick. A few soft spots but not muddy at all.

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    Thanks to whoever got all the trash from Shutes in the last couple of days. I got the guys from the county inmate workbus to go by today and he called me to say everything was gone but he did pick up a tire they found.

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    Well, Shutes has been hit pretty hard. Trail is blocked by sagging bushes all over the place. Lots of trimming to get her back in shape. There is one tree down on the campground road (we heard it fall on Monday). The ice probably took lots of branches and some more trees down on the trail. Will post up a work day soon.

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    …but on Voyage 34, he finally met himself coming down an up-staircase, and the encounter was crushing (Porcupine Tree).

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    I have not been on all of the trail yet. By far the worst is the Jungle section, lots of sagging bushes. Have not found anything real big(that needs a chain saw) other than that big tree down on the camp ground road. Picked up a lot of branches today and should be able to do the same the next couple of days. Overall The trail is in a lot better shape than I thought it would be, still needs a lot of work though.
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    I only rode the easy section today, but it's in good shape. A little damp, slightly muddy in a couple spots. The log crossings are in good shape too.

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    Rode all of Shutes today. A few soft spots but treads very good overall. Cleared some blockage on gravel pit moguls but all's clear now.

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    Shutes was great today. Just a couple puddles left over.

    Rode all of it including the new 'O' bit a the end. Awesome! Well Done! Excellent spot to dump out at the end… I took a left up the hill on the road and went in at 'I' and did an old-school backwards Hillside and the rest of it.

    Again… Thanks to all who completed the loop. Well done!

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    Short ride today.. First section mostly dry, still slick in a couple spot.. Needs a day of dry..

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    Trail was in great shape today, get some before the next monsoon season.
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    Rode my fat bike this afternoon. Sucker cleaned all of the trail with only one little dab. I rode two laps and it is about perfect right now. Go ride it. It is so good at helping with rocks and handling skills.
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    Road the trail yesterday and today. With only about 35 minuets of time to ride each day it took me two days to do the whole trail. Never thought we would get more than 8 miles of trail at Shutes. The trail is in great shape. Thanks to Bill and Jeffery and a few others, I think Shutes is the best maintained trail in Mid. TN. Always a fun ride at Shutes!

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    Thanks, guys! Hope to get out there tomorrow or Monday!

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    Yesterday's ride was awesome. Kudos to the maintainers!!!

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    …but on Voyage 34, he finally met himself coming down an up-staircase, and the encounter was crushing (Porcupine Tree).

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    Heavy rain around noon today. Trail is probably pretty wet.
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    Went to Shute's Branch for the first time yesterday afternoon and put in 2 full laps plus about 6 miles of a third. I normally ride Lock 4, but I really, really enjoyed Shute's Branch. Great mix of fast & flowy and technical.

    I just got a new bike, so, I expect to be riding there quite a bit.

    Conditions were pretty good considering all the rain we've had lately. Many of the rocks and roots were wet & slick, but there isn't much mud. The trail got better and better as the day went on.

    We're looking at slightly lower rain chances through the weekend, so it should dry out even more.

    I only had to move a couple of branches that were across the trail. No other trail blockages.

    As I say, if anyone wants to ride this week/weekend, I'm game. I go to work in the afternoon, so I would need to arrive at the trail no later than 11:45-12:00 in order to have time for 2 laps before having to go to work.
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    Anyone ridden here lately? Is it dry enough to ride? Thanks
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    Trail is about as good as it gets in the winter. We had a good ride there yesterday and are about to head out for a quick lap this afternoon.

    Happy New Year!

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    …but on Voyage 34, he finally met himself coming down an up-staircase, and the encounter was crushing (Porcupine Tree).

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    Thanks. Rode 4 laps to start off my week right.
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    Just posting to give this thread a bump. Shutes is in great shape. After the heavy rain only a couple soft spots. Seems to drain pretty well.

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    Trail is in outstanding condition. Someone was even out weed eating today! I especially liked the very end of the trail, that intense downhill with a large drop was new to me and a great addition to finish the ride with a bang!
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    Trail is in great shape! Hope to get out there today for at least one lap.

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    Shutes in great shape. No mud, not even tacky really.

    - Spruce tree blocking trail: from the road into the 'I' marker it's the 1st switch back uphill towards 'H', maybe quarter mile. Chainsaw needed.
    - If someone goes for the previous one you might as well get the 'Low Bridge' ride-under even closer the other direction from 'I' towards 'J'.

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