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Brown County State Park / Re: BCSP Trail Conditions
« on: May 18, 2017, 12:15:47 PM »
Trails appear to have been hit with a heavy but short-duration rain in the wee hours.  They are damp but very firm with just a few (also firm) puddles.  Yellow bordering on green.

French Lick Resort / Re: Loss of a Fellow Rider
« on: September 21, 2016, 09:15:30 AM »
Sorry for your loss. When you say 'killed while riding' do you mean on the road..?

Yes.  He was struck by a 92yo driving an SUV...  :(


Brown County State Park / Re: BCSP Trail Conditions
« on: September 01, 2016, 02:53:20 PM »
Some puddles, but dry in between. Pine still closed.

Thanks for the update, Ed!

Brown County State Park / Re: BCSP Trail Conditions
« on: August 26, 2016, 04:32:36 PM »
It is solidly yellow. Go enjoy.

I was just out there today and agree with Fett (not that anyone cares), but I'd caveat it a bit by saying that it won't take much rain to slide it right back to red.  Currently there's a 30% and steadily rising chance of rain starting at 7am Saturday.

Rants and Raves / Re: New mtb fee
« on: April 08, 2016, 12:02:45 PM »
Now without sounding "Elitist or Arrogant "Nearly EVERY trail that I have rode in Indiana! I would consider BEGINNER. For perspective, Expert level trail here is Beginner trail out west or even South of the Ohio River.

You should consider a stand-up routine.  That's pretty funny for a variety of reasons.

Good for a laugh on a dreary Monday morning.  Thanks!

That was a really well-written scoping letter on the project site.  I don't know who Christopher Zimmer is, but he seems very supportive of getting access for mountain bikers to these trails.  FWIW, here's a copy of the letter I sent:

To Whom It May Concern:

Thank you for considering this much-needed project to expand the use of and interconnect the wonderful array multi-use trails in the HNF area.  Brown County State Park has become a destination spot for mountain bikers not just locally or regionally, but even nationally.  I have personally met and conversed with folks from all over the US while enjoying the trails there.  Enabling authorized access from the southern point of the park to the trails south of the park is only going to enhance the desirability to make a trip to BCSP and the surrounding area.

During the warmer months, I'm at BCSP at least twice a week (yes, I'm more of a fair-weather rider) but the only times I've been in the HNF to ride is during the annual Brown County Epic (previously known as the Breakdown).  I have always enjoyed my ride time on these trails and have wished that the opportunity to ride out of BCSP onto these trails was available year-round.  This project would eventually make that a reality.  This gets me excited!  Please continue your efforts to make this project a reality as it would benefit many people - not just the riders, but the local economy as well.

I did not write the following comments, but I have read, understand and fully agree with everything written.  Please accept these comments as fully supported by me:

Adding Mountain biking is in alignment with the Hoosier National Forest's management plan (providing Hike/Bike/Horse trails whenever possible).

Trail D is in need of regular maintenance and the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association is ready to partner with the Hoosier National Forest for maintenance of this trail.

Trail D provides connectivity between the 28 miles of mountain bike trails in Brown County State Park and the 49 miles of trails in the Hickory Ridge section of Hoosier National Forest.

With trails being built in Yellowwood State Forest, this trail is a critical part of a plan for a 100+ mile interconnected trail system.

The over plan for connectivity between Hoosier National Forest and Brown County State Park will also provide added connectivity to hikers. The Tecumseh trail will be become connected to the hiking trails in Brown County State Park.

This connection supports Brown County's efforts to gain Silver Status as an IMBA Ride Center.

Thank you again for your time and effort on this project and for considering public comments.

Most Sincerely,

Rants and Raves / Re: Techy Trail Video
« on: January 03, 2016, 03:21:36 PM »
That is so far removed from anything resembling what I do when I'm "mountain biking" that I can only come to the conclusion that it is all CGI'ed...   :P

(i.e. thanks for posting - that was awesome)

Events / Re: Brown County Epic
« on: November 10, 2015, 08:02:17 AM »
Got my shirt yesterday...  thanks to anyone who had anything to do with resolving this!  The shirt is awesome!  :)

Events / Re: Brown County Epic
« on: October 29, 2015, 03:11:51 PM »
Hey everyone, thanks for your patience on the shirts. The extra shirts have been ordered and should be in late next week.

Awesome - thanks for the update, Otter!

Events / Re: Brown County Epic
« on: October 27, 2015, 06:52:57 AM »
Once the dust settles, we will figure out what we can do with respect to t-shirts.

It's been a couple weeks, and I hate to be THAT guy, but I'm wondering if there's any update on the t-shirts for the Epic that some of us paid for but didn't receive?  I understand that this is an all-volunteer effort, and I appreciate that, but I'd really like to get my shirt even if I have to go pick it up somewhere.  Thanks!

Brown County State Park / Re: Jeff Lenosky
« on: August 16, 2015, 05:34:49 PM »
How cool is that?  I saw him and his rig at HP as well, but didn't recognize him or think to ask any questions.  I believe I also saw Mahk out there a couple times as well - the first time ripping up Bobcat like a pro and the second time quite politely yielding the trail.  If that guy wasn't him, I at least saw his cooler at HP!  :D

Town Run / Re: Town Run Closed due to flooding June 1st.
« on: June 02, 2015, 07:08:11 AM »
Legibility monitor stepping in - Paul's last paragraph from above:

I am out of commission for trail work this week.  But if there is interest in trail work tomorrow evening, I could stop by with tools between 5:30 and 6:00PM.  Please post up if you can do trail work tomorrow evening.

Any of our techie guys know why this might be happening to the occasional post here?

Town Run / Re: First A frame Wood Feature
« on: May 19, 2015, 06:13:48 PM »
IMO, leave it, although perhaps some signage similar to the 'DROP!' signage with a clearer indicator that riders can swing left if they opt would be appropriate. One thing that could be done is to modify the top/flat section into a wider platform so if someone loses momentum or freaks out and puts a foot down there is somewhere to put said foot. That, along with a sandy pit underneath to break falls may just make it safe enough without demolishing it altogether. Just a thought...

Your friendly, neighborhood font improver at work again...  (i.e. this message is just here to make the rest of Willy's message legible):

One thing that could be done is to modify the top/flat section into a wider platform so if someone loses momentum or freaks out and puts a foot down there is somewhere to put said foot. That, along with a sandy pit underneath to break falls may just make it safe enough without demolishing it altogether. Just a thought...

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