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    CT in RI

    moving this from the video section, as ,..well... it's not about the video

    sooo thinking of a ride at Big Creek, or big river, or what ever it's called just over the border in RI, after a ride today with some peeps they were all interested but it may have to get moved from Saturday to sunday as a couple of them have plans for Sat... any issue?
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    there is some great stuff in Big River if you know where to go...

    sweet "winter" - YouTube

    some sections i like...
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    Ok.

    Sunday, 4/15, at the Burnt Sawmill parking lot just off exit 6 on 95 in RI.

    Burnt Sawmill Parking Lot

    The time is still a little up in the air. I'd prefer as early as 10:30am, but if there are people who can't make it 'till 11, 11:30, whatever, we'll try to set it at the most opportune time for everyone.

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    Wish I could join since it will be my bday but I don't have my bike yet. Should have it in a other week or two.

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    As of right now the time will be 10:30am. If no one pipes in with a need to change it before Thursday AM, it's gonna be set at 10:30am.

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    sounds good, still waiting on the others to hit up the better halves
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    I'm in! Thanks Rev.. See you at 10:30 with Tom and maybe a few others.

    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by steveeldr View Post
    I'm in! Thanks Rev.. See you at 10:30 with Tom and maybe a few others.

    Steve
    ya, think we'll use your house as the gathering point, kinda centered,.. sorta..
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    Have you guys been riding a lot this winter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reverend_Maynard View Post
    Have you guys been riding a lot this winter?
    not as much as I should/could have. weather has been sweet through out the winter but I've been lazy. riding a lot the last few weeks again.
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    Ugg, just watched the weather,... Rain for Sunday. Little far out at this point but..
    what's the forecast for that area?

    Keep a eye out guys, rain will cancel (at least for me anyway )
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    Quote Originally Posted by thomllama View Post
    Ugg, just watched the weather,... Rain for Sunday. Little far out at this point but..
    what's the forecast for that area?

    Keep a eye out guys, rain will cancel (at least for me anyway )
    Sunday is calling for 20% chance of rain on weather.com. I see on the map that it shows rain in CT, but RI is clear right now. Yes, rain would likely cancel.

    Just to make sure there's no surprises, we usually ride for about 3 hours, 12-15 miles. So, if we start at 10:30, expect to be back at the cars by 1:30. We can plan the route for an early escape if necessary, but it helps if we know we need to do that ahead of time. The ride will be no drop, but depending on how many people, their skill levels, and riding styles we could possibly break into groups.

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    Weather now showing 30% chance of rain.

    Report back here as soon as you know you're cancelling due to weather. Keep in mind that it might be raining in CT and not RI, so check the radar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reverend_Maynard View Post
    Weather now showing 30% chance of rain.

    Report back here as soon as you know you're cancelling due to weather. Keep in mind that it might be raining in CT and not RI, so check the radar.
    ya, getting a 80+% here now but they are saying in the afternoon to evening so we may still be good... only thing to do really is wait, wake up Sunday and see what's happening.

    what are the drying features like there? saying rain for Sat night also ... does the place dry or become a mud fest?
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    Quote Originally Posted by thomllama View Post
    ya, getting a 80+% here now but they are saying in the afternoon to evening so we may still be good... only thing to do really is wait, wake up Sunday and see what's happening.

    what are the drying features like there? saying rain for Sat night also ... does the place dry or become a mud fest?
    I wouldn't expect any problems unless there's a deluge. It's been a very dry spring so many of the low lying places that are normally mud holes are dry right now. Some of those areas may get muddy, but the vast majority of the trails there do not ever get muddy, that I've seen.

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    I have been riding Rev. but most my rides are about 1.5 to 2 hours, can probably go whole distance depending on pace and terrain but one of the guys planning to go will probably need a bail out. Might want to plan on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steveeldr View Post
    I have been riding Rev. but most my rides are about 1.5 to 2 hours, can probably go whole distance depending on pace and terrain but one of the guys planning to go will probably need a bail out. Might want to plan on it.

    thanks,
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    so Mike's coming? ya, with all my lung damage might want to have a shorter run, or at least extra few stops... but looking at the maps and GPS info I've seen looks like there are a lot of intersecting trails?

    is there a good/real trail map? printable type?

    at this point there are 4 of us CT'ers going I believe, Steve, Mike, Cory and myself.. got an idea of the RI'ers count?
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    Here's a link to a map...
    Big River - West Side

    I'm thinking we'll go south, out to the trail that I posted the video of (Coaster) and then head back towards the lot. That's probably about 6 miles. Then we'll head out again, probably to the east, for another 6 mile loop. Ok?

    I think there'll be me and 2 other guys. I had a third but he has to go to lemas (sic?) class!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reverend_Maynard View Post
    Here's a link to a map...
    Big River - West Side
    .........
    holy crap'ole that's one confusing map!!! LOLOLOLOL


    Quote Originally Posted by Reverend_Maynard View Post
    I'm thinking we'll go south, out to the trail that I posted the video of (Coaster) and then head back towards the lot. That's probably about 6 miles. Then we'll head out again, probably to the east, for another 6 mile loop. Ok?

    I think there'll be me and 2 other guys. I had a third but he has to go to lemas (sic?) class!
    sure, ya... sounds good (I gotz NO clue )
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    Quote Originally Posted by thomllama View Post
    holy crap'ole that's one confusing map!!! LOLOLOLOL



    sure, ya... sounds good (I gotz NO clue )
    Well, if you start in the upper left corner, at the P and go south on Burnt Sawmill Road, then take a right (west) onto Pine Trail, then Lower Pine Trail, that brings you back to Bunt Sawmill. Across Burnt Sawmill to Coaster, which will bring you out to Sweet Pond. Then Things That Go Bump in the Night, back northwest to Burnt Sawmill around where we turned off to take Pine Trail.

    That's probably still confusing, but it doesn't matter. You'll just have to trust me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reverend_Maynard View Post
    Well, if you start in the upper left corner, at the P and go south on Burnt Sawmill Road, then take a right (west) onto Pine Trail, then Lower Pine Trail, that brings you back to Bunt Sawmill. Across Burnt Sawmill to Coaster, which will bring you out to Sweet Pond. Then Things That Go Bump in the Night, back northwest to Burnt Sawmill around where we turned off to take Pine Trail.

    That's probably still confusing, but it doesn't matter. You'll just have to trust me.
    LOLOLOL anyway.. what's the weather looking like,... saying rain over night and into the morning here...

    what's the zip code for that area, punch it into the weather/radar?
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    The closest forecast I could get was for east greenwich, big river is in greenwich. It is going to be 75 degrees and sunny! Bring t-shirt and lots of water. Yes Mike is going. meet up here around 9 a.m., gives us time to load bikes and stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steveeldr View Post
    The closest forecast I could get was for east greenwich, big river is in greenwich. It is going to be 75 degrees and sunny! Bring t-shirt and lots of water. Yes Mike is going. meet up here around 9 a.m., gives us time to load bikes and stuff.
    I was thinking 8-8:30 at your house, you know we are going to coffee up and waste time BS-ing as we pack up
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    Weather is starting to look awesome. I'm riding even if there are some passing showers. It'll be plenty warm out and mud really isn't a concern right now.

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    rain? looks like it's just now ending there.. rained here last night sooo... think we're still good right?
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    Yes. It looks like the last shower came through and it'll be clear sailing from here out <fingers crossed!>.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reverend_Maynard View Post
    Yes. It looks like the last shower came through and it'll be clear sailing from here out <fingers crossed!>.
    Dude.. thanks a bunch.. we all had a great time!!!
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    I guess his brakes work good...



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    Great ride guys! Next time we'll come down to CT and you can show us your local trails.

    I've uploaded my footage, and downloaded Thom's. Will take a little while to watch and edit, but there's definitely some good footage there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reverend_Maynard View Post
    Great ride guys! Next time we'll come down to CT and you can show us your local trails.

    I've uploaded my footage, and downloaded Thom's. Will take a little while to watch and edit, but there's definitely some good footage there.
    ya.. I still haven't finished uploading.. (it's a slow server as you've probably noticed) got like 4 or 5 more

    remember on Aug 11th we're having the Adventure series ride at Bluff point... easy drive for you guys!!
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    I'll check back to see if there are files I missed when I get home tonight.

    Hopefully everyone is already all set, but I figured I'd give you guys a heads up to check yourselves for ticks. Both Jay and I had attached ticks. I caught mine as soon as I got home, but Jay didn't find his until this morning.

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    Thanks Rev. for a great ride!! If you can come down on a Sunday I can lead a ride in Haley farm/Bluff Point. Pretty straight forward to get there (though not as easy as your trails) and it is a little closer to you, probably a 30 minute drive from exit 6. I think I am helping a friend launch his sailboat this Sunday but throw some dates out and I will check with the boss.

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    all uploaded.. (there is no 17.. it was junk)

    DumA$$ there is a #17.. it's the best one with Mike flipping at the end.. i forgot I had dragged it out to clip that section for the pic... anyway.. uploading now.
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    Hey Rev, can't beleive more than a month has gone by since our ride! What are you up to this weekend? I wouldn't mind going back up your way or if you want to come down to Connecticut we'll show you what rocks and roots look like!

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    Quote Originally Posted by steveeldr View Post
    .............or if you want to come down to Connecticut we'll show you what rocks and roots look like!
    ya.. I haven't ridden Bluff in some time.. might be fun.. or drag him to hartman that would be fun too ....
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    Hey, Steve. Not a lot going on. Just had a big Fun Ride at Arcadia this past Sunday (RINEMBA event), and we did a couple of scouting rides there the week before, so I'm well acquainted with rocks and roots!

    This weekend I will hopefully ride on Saturday, which IIRC was not good for you and your crew. I can't do Sunday every week, because it's my SOs only day off, and I already did last week, so...

    If you can do Saturday, let me know and we'll arrange a locale.

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    Hmm... Your PM reminded me that Monday is a holiday. That might work for me. Let me see what the crew is up to...

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    let me know. I was disappointed I couldn't go last Sunday to Arcadia, been there a few times and it is a fun place. definitely better with a guide! Saturday son has baseball game and wife is talking about going to beach so don't think that will work for me, probably get out early for a quick close to home ride.

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    You missed a great ride. The weather was gorgeous and the trails were just right. There were a couple of tents with demo bikes. I demo'd a Scott FS 29er. They were only supposed to let us take them for an hour, but they didn't tell me that 'til I had already filled out the form, they had swapped my pedals, etc., so I got to do the full ride on it. It was interesting, as I'd never ridden a 29er or a FS before. I liked it, but I was actually pleasantly surprised that my current bike seemed to compare well for me. I didn't end the ride thinking "I can't believe I've been getting by with that POS for so long" or anything. The only things holding me back right now are my skill and fitness.

    Will keep you posted for Monday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thomllama View Post
    ya.. I haven't ridden Bluff in some time.. might be fun.. or drag him to hartman that would be fun too ....
    Tell me more...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reverend_Maynard View Post
    Tell me more...
    Bluff is closer and a bit larger.. similar terrain to big river but rocks and stone walls instead of all the downed trees to roll over. Mostly XC with short sections or techy rock garden stuff. Well suited to Hard tails, Single speeds but has the areas it's nice to have a fully squished bike.

    Hartman is a bit farther, (about another 15-20 min driving for you) a tad smaller but more Techy rock garden type stuff. you'll log shorter miles but you'll get a better work out Well suited to XC and light AM full squish bikes. Can add Mt Archer just like 3 miles away also if you want to add an extra 5 miles to the ride.
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    Sounds like fun Rev., remember the rule of bikes b=N+1 (never have too many)! Just a note on Monday, forgot we have a parade in the afternoon around 2 so it would have to be a morning ride 8ish to noon maybe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by steveeldr View Post
    Sounds like fun Rev., remember the rule of bikes b=N+1 (never have too many)! Just a note on Monday, forgot we have a parade in the afternoon around 2 so it would have to be a morning ride 8ish to noon maybe?
    Yeah, I once thought I had achieved the proper number of bikes, but then I realized I was mistaken.

    Ok, on the time. I'm always happy to ride as early as possible. Sounds like Bluff would be the better choice, with the shorter drive. I'll see what my gang wants to do (they tend to be later risers).

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    Well, it looks like it's gonna be just me, but I'm good for an 8-11 ride at Bluff Point if you're still open.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reverend_Maynard View Post
    Well, it looks like it's gonna be just me, but I'm good for an 8-11 ride at Bluff Point if you're still open.
    what day?
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    monday

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    they are saying for Monday ... but they have been kinda off on their predictions lately
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    Monday 8-11 works great for me Eric. looking forward to it, just got my bike back from the shop with a new lower rear arm (the other one cracked on me, luckily covered by warranty) and just converted tires to tubeless, we'll see how they hold up!! Did you get directions yet or do you need them?

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    I have directions from the ctnemba google map.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thomllama View Post
    they are saying for Monday ... but they have been kinda off on their predictions lately
    They're saying 30-40% chance of showers right now. I'll have to decide by 7am tomorrow, so keep me posted on the local weather in the am.

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