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Fort Harrison State Park / Re: Wrong Way Signs??
« on: July 23, 2014, 08:25:40 PM »
That is confusing to me. I would have just imagined a single wrong way sign a short distance down the trail where you just went the wrong way, ... kinda like the highway. Maybe too much signage is overkill. 

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Fort Harrison State Park / Re: Wrong Way Signs??
« on: July 17, 2014, 10:11:51 AM »
Hopefully I put this post in the right place as I was in the Ft Harrison section of the forums. I was on Schoen when this happened. That same day I also saw a few new riders asking about where the trails were. I told them where the main entrances to the trail were and was quick to point out the direction as well. Then they took off on the trails without helmets. Seems like more and more new users are coming to this trail. I'd just hate to see a bad accident out there because of a wrong way rider who didn't know any better. More so, I'd hate to be IN that accident.


Even the "right way" signs are brown and pretty non-descript and blend in with the surrounding background.

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Fort Harrison State Park / Wrong Way Signs??
« on: July 15, 2014, 09:21:38 PM »
I encountered a couple riding today. They were stopped and I passed by. A short time later I saw they were riding in the wrong direction but I wasn't in a position to tell them anything at that point. Going around the loop I crossed their path again and told them about the directional trail. They were fine with hearing that and turned around.


And that got me thinking. I know there are the brown signs (maybe they have to be this color?) showing the correct direction but I'm wondering if there are any markings or signs showing the wrong direction for bikes (or if this might be a good idea). Many of us are "sign blind" sometimes. We don't pay much attention. But I know there are a handful of places two bikes going towards each other might end up badly. A year or so ago I was travelling on that downhill section of LC nearing the connector and a guy was riding the wrong way. Admittedly I was going a little fast but a biker comes up fast on you, ... a hiker not nearly as much.


Anyway, bottom line just wondering about an eye catching (red, orange) sign that might inform someone that they are going the wrong way. Especially close to where they enter the trail the wrong way. People might still not pay attention but a bright sign might catch their eye and inform them. Curious if this has ever been considered.   

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Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: Mohican 100, .. anyone??
« on: May 30, 2014, 04:26:46 PM »
Thanks for that tidbit of information. I'm torn between getting an upfront position to avoid the logjam into the singletrack or taking a slow pace to begin and adjust later. I'm afraid of blowing up on that first climb and suffering the rest of the way.  Hopefully I'll just be able to survive and finish it!  And I'm off to see what happens...

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Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Mohican 100, .. anyone??
« on: May 23, 2014, 10:31:37 AM »
I don't know anyone here at the moment so this is a bit of a longshot. I'm going to do the Mohican 100 next weekend, .. riding the 100K (unless I decide to switch last minute to the 100 miler). I'm going by myself because I wasn't able to convince any of my friends to go out and suffer for a day. Anyway just seeing if anybody is in the same boat and might want to travel there and share the cost. Planning on leaving Fri about 4-5pm and camping at packet pickup/race finish location (Mohican Adventures). Leaving for home sometime after race Saturday.


I've never done this race before so if anyone has any experience with it, suggestions, or comments I'd love to hear them. Thanks.

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Great advice guys. I typical rider sees the trail much differently than those that work on them. But this year I plan to help in a group when I can and help individually as often as possible. I'm very thankful for the work everyone has done to allow us such nice trails here in the Indy area. I'll keep an eye out for trail sessions and for how-to's on individual work. I just want to be part of the solution, ... not the problem. [size=78%] [/size]

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I'm always busy with my kids and all sorts of other things and my riding is pretty much a "why don't you go now" sort of thing. So I don't have much time to devote to trail maintenance days. But today I was checking out the trails at Ft Ben. Very muddy in sections and standing water in many sections. I have some pics that I can post later but I was wondering if there is anything I can do while I'm out there?? I've heard people write about unplugging drains and so forth and the thought occurred to me, .. "can I do this while I'm out there by myself"? I'd love to help out the trails but am a little unsure what to do to help them out.


I also saw that people seem to be making alternative routes around the main trail to avoid the messy sections(I didn't follow them). Is this something that could be done to protect the main trails when they are bad and muddy?? If not, why not?? Seems a few alternative routes might be good to avoid the main trail getting completely trashed. People seem to just go ahead and ride anyway despite any red flags. I walked my bike a lot today but was wondering what can be done if people are out there riding anyway.


How do I unclog a drain?? What can I do to help out?? Are there any videos or suggestions you might have for someone that gets out frequently but can't make the trail work days? I'll post a few pics later and maybe someone can point out something that needs to be done that wouldn't require a work group to do. 
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