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    Puslinch/Twin Ponds conditions

    ...anyboby been. I guessing it's dry-ish?

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    It's perfect, I was there twice this weekend.

    Go for it!

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    Based on hat - I'm out the door...

    Thanks

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    More horse poo (and harder to spot with all the leaves)

    Maybe the Pugsley should get a leaf blower mounted on the front so I can see where I'm going.
    Problem is, I think all the leaves are actually helping to maintain trail conditions....

    Good, but soft, about 5-7 puddles in narrow spots, so they are really getting gouged out as it's hard to get around.
    The Pines are still "A+",
    Main open trails a "B" (an "F" if you hit the poo!),
    the back technical section "C-" (due to it being really easy to get lost or off the trail in the leaves, but traction is still possible.)

    A bit of sawdust or fill in the puddles would be nice, but the official use of the trails (and allowance for actual maintenance and signs) is still coming.

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    The turds are a bit of a challenge, specially when there's steam rising off them.

    I did my best to keep my mouth closed...

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    Did get there Sunday and it was shockingly dry - it's our new fave place! Horse poo not so bad - leaves are hiding some trails. Thanks for the sit-rep Todd prior to our ride

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    need some local info...

    Trails are frozen and ride-able?

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    I ride there. The drainage is good. Anything much above zero and the top layer out in the open melts and gets slippery. The rest of the place stays frozen though. The roots are well hidden by leaves and are quite slick.

    Definitely ridable today and the rest of the week. Have fun.
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    What's it been like in Puslinch since the snow fell? Anyone been out riding the singletrack yet?

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    Was thinking about Puslinch for Monday - 2 degrees

    Any updates?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pikester View Post
    Was thinking about Puslinch for Monday - 2 degrees

    Any updates?
    Also curious, anyone?

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    Was there tonight, conditions are great. Some of the singletrack is too deep to roll thru, there's lots of other areas to stretch your legs out. The Pines are good to go, there's no ice and the snow is packed down nicely. A good base that you can even get a decent lean into.

    Have fun!

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    appreciate the update - think a buddy and I will head there Sunday

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    I rode the trail yesterday, conditions where amazing for this time of the year. Also just to let you know, trail have been updated with more blue and yellow markings making it easier to find your way around

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    Beauty! I can't wait to roll Puslinch tonight!

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    I rode there late Thursday afternoon, -4C. Trails were great. Ground was frozen, and at most 1 mm of fresh snow covering it. No ice. All trails (pines, hardwoods) are ridable.

    edit: DOH! I can't post images until I have 10 posts. But I posted some on my blog. PM me if interested.

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    Trails were great this morning. Snow has been lightly packed. Lots of cyclist arriving around noon time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharklasers View Post
    Trails were great this morning. Snow has been lightly packed. Lots of cyclist arriving around noon time.
    You blog is great. Being I know the Hydrocut and Puslinch quite well it was nice to read someone else's take on them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharklasers View Post
    Trails were great this morning. Snow has been lightly packed. Lots of cyclist arriving around noon time.
    Thanks! This motivated me to go rip it - also your trail reports on your site are great

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    I was out two hours this afternoon. Awesome conditions. I even cruised across the frozen pond.





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    Quote Originally Posted by dru View Post
    You blog is great. Being I know the Hydrocut and Puslinch quite well it was nice to read someone else's take on them.
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    Thanks! I appreciate the feedback.

    Quote Originally Posted by broadwayline View Post
    Thanks! This motivated me to go rip it - also your trail reports on your site are great
    Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by dru View Post
    I was out two hours this afternoon. Awesome conditions. I even cruised across the frozen pond.
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    OMG I've been off the bike for too long.
    Thinking of Puslinch this Sat or Sunday

    Hopefully the trails aren't too icy?

    Dru? Todd? Others?

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    Friends have mentioned that its 70% passable, lots of the double and some of the singletrack is packed down and rideable. The ice here in Waterdown was brutal yesterday, completely unpassable and dangerous as I don't run studs...

    I might try Puslinch on Sunday as well.

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    Thanks Todd - know I could count on you. If we don't go Sat I'll perhaps see you Sunday.

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    As of 2:30 today, all of the double track is packed and thoroughly rideable--Thanks You's walkers, doggers, atv'ers and snowmo's. The Dark Side, and much of the Piney's are totally snowed-in, or post-holed...(shame on you, Fat-"bikers"...)
    "Gay Trucker" (behind the 401 service stop) is packed/trampled powder on ice--perfecto.

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    Sun. report same as Saturday. Did 2 hours, excellent!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kOALApLOW View Post
    As of 2:30 today, all of the double track is packed and thoroughly rideable--Thanks You's walkers, doggers, atv'ers and snowmo's. The Dark Side, and much of the Piney's are totally snowed-in, or post-holed...(shame on you, Fat-"bikers"...)
    "Gay Trucker" (behind the 401 service stop) is packed/trampled powder on ice--perfecto.
    I didn't know any of these trail names. Nice!
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    Got there Sunday afternoon - Double track whicjh was more like single track was a treat to ride. Pines was a bit bumpy with more ice sticking through the snow - not so fun. Great to be on the bike again. I have a map from the Waterloo Cycling club's website that uses different names - no idea where gay trucker or darksire are?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pikester View Post
    Got there Sunday afternoon - Double track whicjh was more like single track was a treat to ride. Pines was a bit bumpy with more ice sticking through the snow - not so fun. Great to be on the bike again. I have a map from the Waterloo Cycling club's website that uses different names - no idea where gay trucker or darksire are?
    Yah, those are some of the extremely "colloquial" terms applied to some of the loops. I don't know who named the loops on the WCC map. Gay Trucker refers to the "Twisted Siesta" section on the WCC map; The Dark Side pretty much references the red loops on the South side of tract.

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    Actually now I can see how both "Gay Trucker" and "the Dark side" fit in as good descriptors of those trails.

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    Totally, eh?

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    Did a few laps on the double track, where a kind snowmobiler has paked down a path so we can stretch our legs... Snow was nice and fast, a little icy on the north side leading into the trails, but not enough to turn me around.

    A fatbike would have been a great idea this winter...

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    Don't know about that - seems everytime we get a decent snowfall, before it gets a chance to firm up we get a thaw that turns it icy.

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    What will be the effect of these temps on Puslinch.

    Soft and unrideable or rideable?

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    I'm guessing soft and slushy and unride-able?

    slipped yesterday - put my handle bar into my quad - what's the cure for that?

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    I was having fun on Saturday..... until I had a little get off into some bushes. Of course, the middle finger has to snag one of the branches as my hand passes through the bush. I wasn't sure if I broke it at 1st because it was at such a weird angle. Luckily it was just a severe sprain. I rode out, and now the finger is the size of sausage. Can't hardly bend it, guess I'll just road ride for a while. I was going so slow, damn.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by pikester View Post
    I'm guessing soft and slushy and unride-able?

    slipped yesterday - put my handle bar into my quad - what's the cure for that?
    Breaking off your shifter, that's what I did. 2nd last crash at Puslinch in fact.

    And yes the handle bar into the quad does hurt.....

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    That makes my leg feel a bit better - but that certainly sounds like a broken finger?

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    No luckily not broken. Just a bad sprain. I could see the internal bleeding begin almost minutes afterwards. In the worst version of the sprain I could have actually torn the ligament off the bone. Didn't happen. Swelling is down substantially today, and I'm already getting quite a bit of motion back. It will be few months ore more though before it's right again.

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    Conditions in the a.m. on 3.17.2013 & 3.18.2013 were perfect. Packed crystal over ice; 90+% .

    Should remain the same (in the A.M., at least) til Sun/Mon.


    Bring The Action.

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    Conditions today remains very good to excellent! Fresh, pure powder over crushed snow/ice...heroic! Earlier in the mornings looks excellent all the way to Monday!!

    Bring The Action.

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    I'm going to try to hurt myself tomorrow again, just for fun. Sounds like studs aren't needed at all, right? 29er time then!

    Luckily it's cold enough for my lobster claws, because they'll perfectly accomodate my buddy taped index & pointer fingers.

    Damn, still hurts, but mostly just stiff.

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    I have done about five passes of the Pines loops since Wed. Didn't see any other tracks but mine....Tsk, tsk. I for one am gonna's miss this Winter.

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    Koala, studs or none? I'm guessing they aren't needed, but I'm askin g because I really don't want to fall on the hand.

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    Did someone say they were gonna miss this winter - "wash thy mouth with soap"
    I'm out of my mind or winter to friggin end!

    Headin' to the "Puss" tommorrow - someone please leave updated conditions - don't have studs - don't want to ride the ice.

    Have a good ride today fellas.

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    With 30+hours of "IceBiking" this calendar year, I'm truly gonna' miss this winter.

    There's plenty of fresh/pressed powder over any ice at PoozLynch, studs need not apply...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kOALApLOW View Post
    With 30+hours of "IceBiking" this calendar year, I'm truly gonna' miss this winter.

    There's plenty of fresh/pressed powder over any ice at PoozLynch, studs need not apply...
    So it's gonna b ok - have an hours drive and just want to make sure

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    Oh, oh, gotta get going sooner next time, Pikester. I expect that you found it a bit melty/muddy. I missed it Sat. but did 2 hours Sunday and was out by noon. It was too warm by 11 already.

    Damn, it felt good to be back on the bike, with two of my fingers taped together of course.

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    Dropped my daughter back to Univ at Guelph around 2:00 and just has a sense it would be messy - so met a friend in Hamilton and rode there - still lots of mushy snow etc.

    Where is spring?

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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead!

    3.28.2013; 07:30 to 09:30: Trails were still 90+% covered with snow/ice!!! Incredibly tractable, yet starting to melt through....Man, I'm gonna' miss this winter!

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    I'm sure Dru, Todd and Koala can't read this because they took the day off and are currently riding Puslinch in the snow.

    Enjoy!

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    I hear that Puslinch is looking better everyday... North side is soft, but the south side is clear and drying more every day after today's weather, I'm sure you can make a decent loop without making a mess of your ride...

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    Love it! Last time i was out (4.6.13), the nrth side was still crazy icy, but crushable! The South (darK) side was insanely good! No traffic since Chinese New Year meant it was "bone-dry" and rockin'! I am going ape to make the first "non-snow" mountain biking riding this year!

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    Today's conditions were off the chain! Dry-to-dusty(!) in spots, a couple of mudholes in the usual areas; hero-dirt everywhere else. Everywhere. Get out there now! The parking lot was pretty much full up with scowling, nonplussed Freds, for some reason. Nevertheless, Get Out There, Now! The forecasted precip. is only gonna' make it better. For reals. Getouttherenow.

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    Had some good fun at Puslinch last night, until I destroyed the freehub on my wheels... Trails are is great condition, stay on the south side to stay clean...

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    I did the Pine Side Sunday morning. Conditions where just amazing. Mind you temperature was just bellow freezing when I started. But anyways, 95% of the trail was nice and dry with only few usual soft spots.

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    Planning to ride my x bike there on Sunday. I've been told it's a good place for x bike if I stay out of the hardwoods. If anyone is there Friday or Saturday and can update on conditions would be appreciated, because if it's not good I could go elsewhere. Thx

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    I was there on Tuesday. Conditions were great. Boy, is it a busy place on a Tuesday night - parking lot was almost full, a few big groups riding.
    Such a great spot to ride. I would expect conditions will be good on the weekend - I'll be there on Sunday.
    I didn't realize how much deadwood there was in the pines. After that wind we've had, there is deadfall everywhere. Some on the trail, a couple in bad spots. Not sure what the status is on trail maintenance - haven't heard anything more from the plans back in 2011.

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    Anything new at Puslinch? New trails ? Conditions?
    Meeting a friend there on Sunday am (if not raining)

    The good news is I assume you can sneak into the 401 service center post-ride for a Starbucky!

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    It's a little overgrown in some parts, and very buggy, but it's always dry in Puslinch...
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    Todd / Dru and other Puslinchers - would you ride tomorrow after rain like today?

    Plan is to meet two buddies at 9am Sun - but this has been a bit of rain.
    In the end we didn't go - Thanks though
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    A heads up to the riders at Puslinch, there has been an obscene amount of trail modification, someone is pulling rocks and boulders out of the trail leaving behind craters that are hidden under the leaves.

    Riders, Hikers and Equestrian are at risk for injury because of this kind of action, hopefully someone catches the party involved and makes an example of them. Many of the rock features have been disassembled. This has been going on all week, it looked like someone was doing it this morning, the displaced rocks were stil wet on the bottom.

    Most of what I saw was in the Hardwoods, with a few areas in the Pines as well.

    WTF?
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    Quote Originally Posted by -Todd- View Post
    A heads up to the riders at Puslinch, there has been an obscene amount of trail modification, someone is pulling rocks and boulders out of the trail leaving behind craters that are hidden under the leaves.
    That's really unfortunate. Could be any number of reasons why various types of trail users (maybe a mountain biker, maybe not) who might think this is an improvement to the trail. Someone very new to mountain biking who is local to the area might be thinking this is better for them to ride with small kids, or safer, or anything else similar without realizing this is the character of the trail and desirable in many cases. Hopefully someone will come across the person doing this "work" and educate them. Maybe some signage needs to be posted by the landowner, or at least with the landowner's permission?
    Nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

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    I was up there bout a week ago and you can no longer get to the trails from the service center as they put up a fence all the way around , blocking access .

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    Quote Originally Posted by -Todd- View Post
    A heads up to the riders at Puslinch, there has been an obscene amount of trail modification, someone is pulling rocks and boulders out of the trail leaving behind craters that are hidden under the leaves.
    Maybe unrelated but I've also recently encountered motocross bikers on the single tracks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharklasers View Post
    Maybe unrelated but I've also recently encountered motocross bikers on the single tracks.
    Yea I've seen a few this year. However, I've also seen cops patrolling the area for motorized vehicles. I even happened to see a couple MX'ers get busted and handed tickets!

    Regarding the trail modifications, something is definitely going on. I was pissed to see the few rock features in the pine sections pulled out. Funny thing is, the next week I came and someone had put the boulders back on one of the sections, albeit all loosey goosey like.

    Is there an advocacy group that looks after the trails here? There's been some awesome new trail added in the last couple years but I haven't a clue who's doing it. This is really a gem of a ride destination, and I'd hate to see it closed off, or buffed out for liability reasons.

    I ride here 2-3 times a week and would love to help out.

    Aside from that, I was out a couple days ago, and the trails are primo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by superlightracer View Post
    Is there an advocacy group that looks after the trails here? There's been some awesome new trail added in the last couple years but I haven't a clue who's doing it. This is really a gem of a ride destination, and I'd hate to see it closed off, or buffed out for liability reasons.
    No advocacy group. GRCA owns the land. There was going to be the Puslinch Tract Recreation Association (PTRA) but that quickly fell apart .

    The only official trail, maintained by the GRCA, is the figure eight double track.

    Everything else was/is done by the community of trail users (bikers, hikers, horseback riders, xc-skiers, joggers, dog walkers, etc).
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    This is a head scratcher - haven't been for a while and know the rock gardens that are being referred to. I balked at them the first couple of times and appreciated it when I could finally ride them.
    Has to be a newbie - hope they get "educated".

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