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Rangeline Nature Preserve / Re: Rangeline Trail Conditions
« on: April 16, 2014, 03:56:47 PM »
before the last bridge is still a little sloppy

Rangeline Nature Preserve / Re: Rangeline Trail Conditions
« on: April 16, 2014, 01:04:27 PM »
There are a few soft spots threw out but rideable.

Rangeline Nature Preserve / Re: Log your 2014 trail work hours here
« on: March 31, 2014, 06:39:24 PM »
March 2014  hurried drain pipe by river, removed flood debris on expert 2, clean & trim all trails, fill in erosion on new Sycamor Jump. Block off cheater line on intermediate, fill holes in intermediate trail. Remove deadfall on expt 4, cut back A LOT of Honeysuckle. 8.5 hrs.

Rangeline Nature Preserve / Re: Upcoming Trail Work
« on: March 21, 2014, 02:11:13 PM »
Trail work day this Sunday @ 1030. Tasks will include: general trail clean up, replacing a water drain down by the river that the flood removed, putting dirt over fallen trees on Novice to make them a log roll over. You will need a shovel/rhino. Hand saw/prunning shears. This work will be quick with A good volunteer turn out.

Rangeline Nature Preserve / Re: Rangeline Experiment
« on: March 21, 2014, 02:00:20 PM »
Due to the abnormaly high snow fall!  This experiment is inconclusive. While some of the trail that was blown clean is DRY an equal amount is still WET.  Leaf covered sections are muddy while some leaf covered sections are dry. Regardless of your opinion on leaving the leaves on the trail or not! This winter was bad for the trail.

Tech Bench / Re: Hydration insulation
« on: January 08, 2014, 03:00:38 PM »
As my Friend (Jeff C) pointed out to me on 9 ride and my tube froze!   Put your Camel Back on first then layer up!  No more frozen tubes or bite valves.  So simple,  but over looked solution.

Kickapoo is going to be a lot of fun! The trail has a little of everything. A few BIG STEEP climbs, lots of small dirt over log jumps, Fast Flowy Sections also. If Brian Adds the "Heaven & Hell Trail" This Could be one of the more punishing races.  Last time I rode there, they just opened up another new addition of narrow steep bench cut. GOOD TIMES!

Brown County State Park / Re: Report Trail Issues
« on: December 01, 2013, 09:13:28 AM »
[imghttp://][/img]Limkiln has about 7 trees down on it from the start of Limkiln to the campground one of them is GIGANTIC!!! (just past the wood bridge by the maintenance building)   I removed most of the branches on Limkiln but some smaller sticks remain.

maybe a track stand with a peddle ratchet and limbo all in one  ;D. I have been hung up with my camelback a time or two. I have learned to limbo a little lower to avoid this.

practice doing a track stamd when you can do this! .you can negotiate the tree:-D Jeff is a tall rider and rides under it just fine as do many others.  We have talked about making an up and over ,over the tree. I don't think that option has been ruled out either. as it stands now, that tree is probably going to stay because it also provides a barrier against the horses if they get up on that trail.

Rangeline Nature Preserve / Re: Rider Down
« on: November 04, 2013, 04:16:45 PM »
They were built last fall, only I and another rider use them.  I May dismantle them and use the wood in the skills area.

Franke Park - Fort Wayne / Re: Headed up this weekend
« on: November 01, 2013, 08:42:09 PM »
You will need a local to show you around!!! unless you have all day to ride and explore  That trail is spider webbed. The trail builders were in the process of correcting the spider webs at one point. They had some pretty cool features and jumps, but the builders told me, the park made them remove the better ones.

Rangeline Nature Preserve / Re: Rangeline Experiment
« on: October 29, 2013, 07:27:52 PM »
I went over 4 again and started on  intermediate untill I ran out of gas. the feedback from the trail users tonight was 100% POSITIVE  on the leaf blowing. Thanks again for your help PM ANDERSON!!!

Rangeline Nature Preserve / Re: Rangeline Experiment
« on: October 28, 2013, 06:59:19 PM »
if there is any daylight left when I get off of  work tomorrow, I will be out there with the leaf blower . what area still has the thick leaf cover?

Rangeline Nature Preserve / Re: Rangeline Experiment
« on: October 28, 2013, 02:43:46 PM »
Trying to see if the leaves actualy help the trail or Hinder the traiI in Rangeline!  During the fall, the amount of riders decrease dramatically at Rangeline, Unlike other trails that get more traffic to grind up the leaves. So Rangeline's leaves stay pretty much untouched.  I have noticed that sections of Rangeline's trail that are bare of leaves freeze faster and dry faster, sections of trail that are leaf covered, is still wet and muddy & takes weeks longer to dry in the spring . This is not theory! This is fact with regards to Rangeline. The leaves are acting as an insulator to the freeze and an insulator to evaporation. To break it down simply!  The trail takes longer to freeze in winter and longer to dry in the spring because of it's leafy insulation.  I want to keep expt 4 clear all winter, all the other trails are bonus and any help ! Surely will be encouraged and appreciated.

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