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Town Run / Re: Sickle bar mower for the trail
« on: May 29, 2015, 04:29:49 PM »
They are not cheap, but if the funds could be found a field and brush mower could make a major difference.  The cost would probably be too high to just be dedicated to Town Run though.  Probably way too expensive to consider, but why not dream huh?

http://www.drpower.com/power-equipment/field-brush-mowers/

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I should be able to help out on at least one of those days.

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Brown County State Park / Re: Road Bikes banned?
« on: June 03, 2014, 11:07:36 AM »
Surely it is just a rumor.  I immediately think of a scenario where someone parks in the north lot by the pool, ends up riding the trails to Limikiln, does not have time and/or energy to backtrack on the trails, and has to hit the roads to quickly get back to the parking lot.  Would they really want to tell a rider that is extemely fatigued and possibly somewhat dehydrated that they have to take the long trip back through the woods when they can make it back to their vehicle in 10-15 minutes on the road?

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Brown County State Park Phase 3 / Re: BCSP Trail Weekend May 2-4th
« on: April 30, 2014, 11:03:10 PM »
I will be there one of the days this weekend.

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Southwestway Park / Re: SWW Trail conditions - 2013
« on: March 20, 2014, 11:37:55 PM »
The trail needs riders now.  Soil conditions are ideal for packing down the ruts and craters.  Please try to ride the lip of the outside edge to reduce cupping.  Trails will be slow for a while but should improve throudh the weekend.

I think that is some maintenance work people can enjoy!  When I felt how strong the wind was yesterday afternoon, I wondered if it would help firm things up quicker than I expected.  There were some areas with that play dough like consistency Tuesday evening that we were packing down with our feet.  However, most of the flow trail was still pretty sloppy then.

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Southwestway Park / Re: SWW Trail conditions - 2013
« on: March 19, 2014, 10:27:56 AM »
My wife and I spent about an hour hiking before dark.  We left the parking lot and headed counter clockwise on Lenape until we reached the levy.  The trail was fine.  At that point, we headed up the hill to the new multi-use trail (1st one built last year) and then headed up the old Mann Hill trail.  The climb up Mann Hill was fine, but what we found after that was not.  The Big Fire flow trail from the top of the hill to the parking lot is not just muddy, it is getting mangled.  When we got back to the parking lot, we headed out on Lenape clockwise until we got to the last gravel road bailout point where you can still see the parking lot.  It was in pretty good shape.  Based on what we saw, Lenape was rideable.  We did not get a chance to look at the northern part of the trail, but worst case you could bail onto the gravel road briefly and take the shortcut to the levy if the northern area is different than what we checked out.  It would shorten the loop, but at least it would be something.
 
The flow trail will not be ready to ride any time soon, although quite a few have been doing it anyway.  As I said, it is getting mangled pretty bad.  If it is possible to temporarily close this trail, I think it should be considered.

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Find a Trail / Kentucky mountain bike trails
« on: February 25, 2014, 12:46:07 PM »
Stumbled across this today.  Looks like a decent resource to use if you are heading down to Kentucky and looking for a place to ride.
 
http://www.kentuckytourism.com/outdoor-adventure/trail_blazing/biking/mountain_biking.aspx

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Brown County State Park / Re: HP loop?
« on: September 29, 2013, 07:46:53 PM »
How does the permit for US Forest land work?  Is it similar to a fishing license that you need to have available if stopped?  Or, is there some type of check in required before you ride?  What is the duration of the passes?

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Southwestway Park / Re: SWW Trail conditions - 2013
« on: September 03, 2013, 04:30:55 PM »
We had the chance to do a little riding this AM and found that the "double log" had returned. It didn't look official but I don't mind logs so I left it.

Just thought the Trail Bums should know this is out there :)

I am not aware of anyone I know restoring that feature.  We have planned on it, but not yet implemented it.  It must be a rogue restoration.

Glad to hear there are plans to restore it. What was behind its removal?

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I also wanted to say thanks for Subway.  It was definitely appreciated.  Great work day.

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It looks like I will be able to make it.

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Brown County State Park / Re: Thinking of going to bcsp
« on: July 23, 2013, 08:48:56 AM »
They do have a nice free map available at the gate when you enter.  Just ask and they will be glad to give you one.

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Rants and Raves / Re: Something wrong with trail status chart?
« on: July 17, 2013, 05:40:38 PM »
Shhhhh! You're going to jinx it!

I'm going to wait at least a day or two before complaining about dusty trails....haha.

Looks like we have a 30% chance of rain on Saturday to settle the dust.

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Brown County State Park / Re: Rider down
« on: July 15, 2013, 11:10:39 PM »
Good point about not tempting riders to use fire roads.  I had the chance to see up close why we should not ride them when the injured racer had to be brought out of Green Valley a couple of weekends ago.  A pickup and gator both drove in on the fire road.  Due to the need to be working in three different locations at different times during the event, I had to utilize the fire road to hike to the appropriate spots.  This gave me the opportunity to see how well the fire road held up.  I noticed that although I could see tire tracks, they were not making what I would consider a true rut.  The road held up amazingly well.  I am sure the lack of bike tracks helped that.  I did not have a great look at the injured rider when they went by me, but I had a good enough look to say that he looked extremely uncomfortable riding out on a stretcher in the bed of the pickup.  If we were out there tearing up the fire road and creating a need for the rescue crew to drive more aggressively, we would have probably made a miserable ride much worse.  We definitely would not want to be responsible for a rescue vehicle not being able to make it through the road in an even more critical situation.

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Brown County State Park / Re: Rider down
« on: July 15, 2013, 12:04:28 AM »
I have wondered at times if we should educate trail users about the locations/routes of fire roads for these types of situations.  Any thoughts on that?

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