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Brown County State Park / Re: BCSP Trail Conditions
« on: August 22, 2016, 11:48:20 AM »
How does it look?

Town Run / Re: LOST: Black Leather Glove
« on: April 19, 2016, 11:06:51 PM »
I saw the water bottle and glasses too, but no glove.  Thanks for the effort!

Someone must have really needed one glove.  Michael Jackson impersonator?

Town Run / Re: LOST: Black Leather Glove
« on: April 18, 2016, 11:23:36 AM »
Well that sucks.  Its gone now. I dont see it anywhere.  :(

Town Run / Re: LOST: Black Leather Glove
« on: April 17, 2016, 09:38:11 AM »
Thanks!  :)

Town Run / LOST: Black Leather Glove
« on: April 16, 2016, 02:11:46 PM »
fingerless.  harbinger brand.  please leave it on the picnic table if found.

Other- North / Kokomo - Oakbrook Trail is Green
« on: August 07, 2015, 12:59:02 AM »
Looks like the entire south and central part of the state is closed.  There was only a trace of rain in Kokomo. 

The mountain bike trail at Oakbrook church in Kokomo is dry and ready to ride:


Town Run / Re: 1st snow ride of the year?
« on: November 16, 2014, 11:09:33 AM »
Update? How is the trail?

Thanks for all the advice!

I have used sideslope wherever possible.  There is some small elevation change available in most places in the woods.  Overall the trail is very rideable so far.

At this point there are only a few places that didn't dry out and firm up within a day after the last rain.  There is probably 200 feet total where the top soil is staying moist and pliable.  Looks like we will have to scrape that off, or re-route to some higher ground in those spots.

I've watched all the videos and read all the web sites I can find.  From those videos, and what I'm hearing here, it sounds like I wouldn't learn much more that would be applicable to our situation.  Unless maybe I can get with Town Run people while they are working on the low sections of that trail.

Planning to talk to a local expert trail builder tomorrow, and hoping he might be able to come out and give some pointers. 

I can see how the approach of scraping off the loose stuff would work, especially on bench cut trail.  We are working mainly in almost flat woods.  Seems like this approach is going to lower the tread below the surrounding ground, causing it to hold water?

Rants and Raves / Re: In need of trails!
« on: September 17, 2014, 02:28:23 PM »
Looks like it would.  Not sure who owns any of that.  I think there is better potential between the Yoeman Bridge access point and Malfalfa road.  That land is owned by Martin Marrieta AFAIK.  Not sure how to get that ball rolling.

We have about 3/4 mile of trail in the woods at Oakbrook now.  Just need to get it worked in and rideable.

Trail Design, Construction, and Maintenance / Working in the Trail Tread?
« on: September 17, 2014, 08:02:15 AM »
We have about 3/4 mile of trail cut through a woods.  All leaves and debris are cleared from the tread. 

The dirt is soft and the surface is uneven.  How do we best get from here to having a smooth hard-packed surface?

Rants and Raves / Re: In need of trails!
« on: September 13, 2014, 10:56:18 PM »
Oakbrook church.  Located off SR26 on Dixon road.  We are just getting started with about 1/2 mile rideable so far.  We have room for 3+ miles of trail. 

Here is a google maps view of the property where we are working:


The church is near the center of the view.  We are going to fill up the woods to the south with trails, and then make a loop around the property running from the woods to dixon road, out to the lake, around the north side of the church, and back into the woods.

Rants and Raves / Re: In need of trails!
« on: September 13, 2014, 07:57:05 PM »
We are building a trail now in Kokomo.  Post here for more info.

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