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Find a Ride / Re: Night riding
« on: June 26, 2013, 07:07:59 PM »
French Lick and Harmonie. Not sure about O'Bannon and Ferdinand. Trails in the Hoosier National Forest that are open to Mountain Biking are open to night riding.

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French Lick Resort / Re: Dino Race - Noob Questions
« on: June 13, 2013, 08:25:05 PM »
I rode the Green with the GPS and at the end of the ride my GPS showed total ascent of 388 feet, but when I downloaded it to Basecamp the total ascent reported was 514. I would think that the Strava app is correct. Apparently the difference is in how the program interprets the data?

The elevation profile is the same as what I posted earlier.

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French Lick Resort / Re: Dino Race - Noob Questions
« on: June 13, 2013, 11:57:51 AM »
My elevation data comes from the barometric altimeter built into the Garmin Etrex Vista and calibrated to the French Lick airport barometric pressure just before I rode those sections.
 
I wouldn't put too much emphasis on the numbers because every program uses a different way to tie the elvation into their programs.
 
I posted the charts directly from Garmin Basecamp just to show the elevation profile.
 
Bentcrank you have me curious to see what my total ascent and descent are on these profiles. I'll check when I get home.

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French Lick Resort / Re: Dino Race - Noob Questions
« on: June 12, 2013, 08:50:23 PM »
Your welcome. Just for info all of the data and maps are actual tracks from my GPS

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French Lick Resort / Re: Dino Race - Noob Questions
« on: June 12, 2013, 08:06:09 PM »
I think this will open in Google Earth and you should be able to exaggerate the map and zoom in in 3D.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/27719067/French%20Lick%20Trails.kml

Let me know if that works for you.


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French Lick Resort / Re: Dino Race - Noob Questions
« on: June 12, 2013, 07:10:29 PM »

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French Lick Resort / Re: First Time FL Questions
« on: May 22, 2013, 01:25:01 PM »
Not very long on most, some are rideable though.

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French Lick Resort / Re: First Time FL Questions
« on: May 22, 2013, 12:57:34 PM »
I walked some of the trails last night and they are very sloppy in spots, definitely red at this time. Might be dried out enough on Saturday, but expect some deep muddy spots on the trails that aren't dried out.

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French Lick Resort / Re: First ride at French lick
« on: March 19, 2013, 07:12:02 AM »
We received about 1.75 inches of rain over the weekend into Monday. It will take a good 2-3 day to dry out, however the freeze thaw cycle may be in effect Wednesday Night into the weekend. The ground temperatures right now are in the middle 30's.
 
Both directions are good and offer something different. The Green trail is a  ~4.5 mile loop and is good in either direction. The Blue trail is ~5.5 mile loop off of the Green trail and takes you by the waterfall with several creek crossings. I prefer the Blue in the CCW direction but either way is OK. There is a shortcut on the Green trail that can add a figure 8 if desired. Everything is well marked.
 
There is a tree down around the 5 trail marker, not sure if that has been cleared yet.
 
Check the trail condition forum for updates.
 
Also be sure to sign in/out at the Golf Pro Shop and sign the liability waiver.

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Advocacy / Re: Grant Money
« on: March 11, 2013, 09:38:29 AM »
Are the grants that HMBA receives matching grants? For example does the HMBA have to put up say 10% of the total grant amount to receive the grant?
 
Although as mountain bikers using  the trails and volunteering to help build the trails, we don't see all the behind the scenes expenses of the grant. Someone has to write the proposal, present the grant,  submit it to the grant process, make changes, answer questions and wait. Then once the grant is awarded there are admin costs and accountability that takes time as Paul stated above. Sometimes I think that people in general not just mountain bikers, think there are groups that call you up and want to dump tons of money on a project, but that is not really the case.
 
 

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Rants and Raves / Re: Mountain Biking and Ham Radio(Amateur Radio)
« on: March 07, 2013, 07:04:21 PM »
 Do a Google search for the Technician  question pool would be a good place to start. If you have questions let me know and I will try to answer them.

Heres' a little project I have been working on to remotely monitor the trails using the APRS network. Just experimental at this point.

http://aprs.fi/telemetry/a/N9TKF-4

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Rants and Raves / Re: Mountain Biking and Ham Radio(Amateur Radio)
« on: March 07, 2013, 11:24:31 AM »
Dan71 a GROL is a great  accomplisment. Congrats! The Ham radio exams should be easy for you.
 
I am surprised there isn't more hams and bikers out there.

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Rants and Raves / Mountain Biking and Ham Radio(Amateur Radio)
« on: March 06, 2013, 09:55:10 AM »
How many mountain bikers are also Ham radio operators?

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French Lick Resort / Re: First Impression of French Lick
« on: November 09, 2012, 10:36:13 PM »
Here is a Google map of French Lick. It is a work in progress.The map was made by actual tracks of the trails. Enjoy


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Fantastic 4 / Tower Ridge Road to possibly close in Deam Wilderness Area
« on: August 20, 2012, 10:38:11 AM »
I read in The Herald Times(Bloomington,IN) on Friday, August 17,2012  page A5 that Monroe County has received a grant to close part of Tower Ridge Road which runs through Deam Wilderness area and improve Hunters Creek Road to offset the closure. Not sure if this will prevent/hamper access to the trails in the area.  Not sure if bicycles will be allowed on the closed portion. Any thoughts?

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