Timon of Athens, 2011-03-11 07:40:03
Well, it’s spring on the trial.

Now that it looks like we are hitting a few days without:

1) Snow
2) Freezing Rain
3) Non-freezing Rain
4) Freezing Temperatures
5) Jillion mph winds

Has anyone been on the trail recently? Usually at this time of year one can run into soft spots, mud and downed tree limbs caused by the aforementioned weather conditions. The tree limbs you can see from a ways away but hitting an invisible soft spot while going at a fair clip down the trail is disheartening and possibly flight inducing.

So, those that live near the trail. anything that we should know about?


M P Oliver, 2011-03-12 09:46:30
Just got the Cannondale out on the driveway here. Been adjusting, adding, and removing all winter. I am good to go, just thinking the same thing myself? We were thinking maybe heading up to 169 hwy for a few miles. David has a rode bike he’s worked on all winter he wants to run, (not that I can keep up with it,) not sure he wants to take it on the trail today if ever. Hope to get over there soon. 50 degrees here.
Timon of Athens, 2011-03-18 08:27:16
Drove by the trail yesterday while taking some pictures.Things looked to be in pretty good condition. No visible washouts or other damage. The only problem I saw was water over the trail where if goes under the highway between Colony and Carlyle. I would think that that would most likely be a problem in Richmond also. Plan on riding next Saturday, I will let you all know if there are any problems.
M P Oliver, 2011-03-19 15:39:57
PLease do! WE are planning a ride in a week or two. Thanks!
Timon of Athens, 2011-03-25 20:39:38
Traveled on the trail today (March 25th) between Ottawa and Garnett for about 40 miles. The following observation were made after a light rain the night before and cloudy conditions and temperatures in the 40s-low 50s during the day.

First off, the trail is showing many signs of being maintained. I know quite a few people who are afraid the budget cuts may start to have an effect on this but for now lots of signs are there. The major washout between Princeton and Richmond has been filled in and compacted very nicely. The surface was actually more solid than some other parts of the trail. (It’s spring, wetness and freezing has softened parts of the trail. These will firm up as we get closer to summer.)

There were also signs the deadfall has been remove from the trail as well. Some of the trees have been trimmed back from the trail to ensure passage. There was still sawdust from where limbs had been removed so the work was quite current.

Restrooms and water were not ready yet, as expected. This will most likely be opened and turned on in April, after the last freeze. Water at the Ottawa trailhead was on, you just have to hold it on for awhile.

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