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    Nickerson SP, TOT and Otis Update

    Forecast for Friday and Saturday: Sunny and low 40's.

    Anyone have an update as of Wed/Today for Nickerson, TOT and/or Otis?

    Based on that, does anyone local have a well-founded prediction on conditions after a day in the 40's?

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    I rode tears twice this week with regular MTB tires (non studded) and it's pretty good. There has been a lot of foot traffic, cx skiiers etc etc to pack down a nice rideable trail from the big ring lot. I rode a 4.5 mile loop 2 times around and was able to keep up a pretty good average speed and only had to walk one hill.

    Not sure about Otis or Nickerson but Tears is definately rideable. It's all snow covered but the traction has been good as long as the temps are above 35 degrees.

    There are some loops that have deep snow that you would want to avoid until further melting. If you find a loop that has been ridden, my recommendation is to stay on it and ride it a few times instead of exploring. Should be good this weekend and beyond. The forecast doesn't look warm enough to melt all of the snow but some additional trails should open up as the deeper snow melts.

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    Anyone have a handle on how much snow melted today? Thanks.

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    I hit the Freetown SF yesterday, fire roads were ridable, but the smaller trails weren't packed enough.

    I might be heading to Falmouth today, and if so, will check the trails out at rt 151/28.

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    Eager for any updates.

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    Rode the trail of tears today a little after noon. Lots of good melting has been going on. Shaded areas had frozen ground that proved slippery a few times, but nothing I would consider unsafe. Had an awesome time, got to ride with a friend of mine that I hadn't ridden with since '96!

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    Gabriel, thanks for the update. Are the conditions in the picture about the same throughout the trail system?

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    I would say that snow cover was average in the picture..We hit some long clear spots, and some muddy/slush as well. Worth a ride for sure.

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    there's a ride at TOT at 8am sunday, Race Ln lot (Jct of Race Ln and Farmersville Rd on google map)

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    If my in-laws weren't coming for breakfast i'd be there...Hopefully next decent weather weekend.

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    Didn't have enough time to ride today, but did take a walk about 100 ft into Otis today. Lots of melting, but still a few patches of snow , as well as ice. I'll wait until it melts a bit more before I head out.

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    Didn't have the motivation to wash the bike after unloading it...Took a pic this morning, you can see now that some of the sandy areas were definitely melted....


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    Good job! Cape - off the beaten path

    Really Nice longish ride...a local route. Worked both sides of midcape Rt6 and blissfully cruised the usual playgrounds. Chain is taking a bath today

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    South facing trail bits are best bet...weather coming should cure everything, or..........

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    1-18-10 ToT Update....Most washed away. I STAYED OFF the Race Lane Side...way too moist. 149 - Otis Atwood - Service Rd (the older goods) are in great shape, Big Rock area, Service Rd doing good too, especially earlier side of day. Stay high, play it right and your living.
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    Any updates? I'm hoping you guys got mostly rain. I'd like to ride dirt this weekend.

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    I"m 1/2 hour from Otis, but I'd say most of the snow is gone, however the ground might be a bit soggy.

    I think the temps this weekend are supposed to drop below freezing, so that'll give us a nice, hard packed surface to ride on.

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    I work on Otis and live near the ToT...One word: MUD. I think Sunday might be the best day for riding, I'll be going one or both days this weekend. Little to no snow cover left here at this point, but the deep frost in many parts prevented the heavy rain from draining rather than puddling up and making swampy areas abundant.

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    Rode today, most of the mud is gone. Last night's hard freeze and sun from today sucked a lot of the moisture off the trail. The forest floor is mostly wet leaves and pine so it's a little bit slippery if you'red riding a singlespeed, but otherwise the traction is okay.

    Bring some clippers to help with the trail maintainence & expect lot's of ducking from bent over branches. Even the fire roads have melted off pretty good. There was a guy tooling around out there in a Jeep and had to winch himself out of the hill at Lookout /Primal. He was making a little bit of a mess of the place and also had what looked like a 5 year old kid in the back without a seatbelt on. Hello?
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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! Today - It's pretty wet in ToT's lower spots!!!

    Friday update for ToT:

    My God, Please Stay high...from a local's point of view, I hate to think about the footprint from mega people leaving from race lane parking lot...park elsewhere "powerlines" and/or maybe try something a little different (even sandwich side would help)...there is so much else to ride on the Cape. We all know, Otis, ToT and the Nick are all awesome, but maybe try spreading out & try some exploring this time of year. The trails are awesome everywhere down here...tell'n ya...do some recon it's a frigg'n blast. You can ride from the bridges to falmouth or provincetown, if you got the balls. Frost level down to 2-5" in the low areas...be cool, thanks!

    Don't get me wrong - I be riding Sat - Sun too, till the RAIN starts (2"-3" late day/night)

    Have fun.

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    Good tips, Wiz. I'll prob park at Race Lane but take the fire road (Farmersville) out to the good stuff rather than the single track (Big Ring).

    Yarmouth trails off exit 7 are in good shape - Hyannis Ponds side, boy scouts, etc.

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    Otis was sweet frozen hardpack this morning. Rode from 9 to 11:30 and didn't encounter anything soft. It should be great tomorrow morning, the afternoon is supposed to be pretty warm and it'll probably soften up. Looks like it may not rain after all, from the forecast I'm looking at now.

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    Rode the trail of tears today with a couple friends..Weather and conditions were superb considering it's the final week of January. Saw a lot of other people out enjoying the day. Snow cover was non-existant..It felt like a ride in Oct/Nov.

    Taking a break to snap a pic of my buddies. Hope the weather keeps staying in our favor!


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    Good job!

    Nice!

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    hows it looking down there? xc ski's or bike?

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    Nickersons fine only 1inch of crust which is probably gone as I'm typing this.Can't speek for tot but I know they got a little more.
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    We got about 4.5-6" in Sandwich yesterday..a lot of melting happened today, but I can only imagine that the conditions are quite poor with the slush and close to freezing temps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tic tac
    Nickersons fine only 1inch of crust which is probably gone as I'm typing this.Can't speek for tot but I know they got a little more.
    CooL...barnstable got 5" of the thick stuff...! Thank you for info

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    I am hoping to drive close to 3 hours on Monday to ride at Nickerson, any updates on the weekend for Nick would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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    did anyone ride at Nickerson Sat???? is there any snow on the ground?
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    Quote Originally Posted by B Rad
    did anyone ride at Nickerson Sat???? is there any snow on the ground?
    unless you're going there for another reason too, there's plenty of great riding in NH & ma. much closer
    Marshabeesic and HP both are good without studs, Marshabeesic is 90% bare
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    Nick - Sunday Morning

    Well, drove from Barnstable down to Nick w/the dog this morning and as of 10:45, was pretty frigg'n slick...and although beautiful and sunny (34F), was not getting soft anytime fast, I think anything but studs for me would have been disastrous (others may disagree). It's a hard call though, could soften by mid-afternoon. There is only about an inch or two of unbreakable crust. I'm too lazy to switch out tubeless for tubed studs for a ride today...I may try a late day ride, if it keeps on warming.

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    Rode 14 miles at nickerson at 9am this morning one word chruncheweasy.Trails were fine the ice crunchy enough to believe it or not get great traction alot of sunny bare sections.Some picks.No studs

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    Just got back from riding Trail of Tears. I was just looking to get some fresh air and exercise for my dog. Parked in the Race Lane lot. The trail in was bumpy but ridable without studs. At the end of the trail I took a left towards the Town Line. Got lucky and came across a snowmobile 18 inch track. Folowed it to Popple Bottom Road to Farmersville to the Power Lines where the track went left back towards the Town Line. Followed it just to before the street and turned back. It was past noon so the snow on the Power Lines was turning soft, otherwise with the sun, snow and being up high, it was probably the best part of the ride. Wasn't the most exciting ride, but I was able to get in hour and half of mostly non-stop riding.

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    TicTac

    Hey Tic Tac, thanks for the pictures and conditions at Nickerson. Very much appreciated! Anyone else ride there today?

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    Quote Originally Posted by B Rad
    Hey Tic Tac, thanks for the pictures and conditions at Nickerson. Very much appreciated! Anyone else ride there today?
    Ya, it blew donkey ars.

    edit: sorry. sounded a little harsh...imho, it was not that great. IMO, i think tomorrow will be the day. I drove down this morning, walked the dog & came back in the afternoon for a 1.5 hr ride...in all, i did not like the riding that much...although it was freaking absolutely beautiful & therefore i had a great time. i live down here, not a weekend warrior, so i am a little disappointed with the conditions right now...if i was visiting or had business down here...would i bring my bike? For Sur. Any day riding is a good day..I advised two buds to stay away today, they were coming down from VT & Boston...it's just one guy's opinion. btw: they had a blast 25 miles w of beantown.
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    Has anyone been to Otis or TOT yet this week? How are the trails?

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    Little too moist down low, but Fine otherwise

    .... ....play it right & it's great....& will be for the foreseeable future. Tomorrow calling for more wet & maybe 1"+ of snow, we'll see? If it stays in the low 40's high 30's just Stay high.

    edit: report for (W. Barnstable) ToT, but in general these are current Cape conditions, but only as fit today, 3.2.10.............?
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    Thanks WIz!

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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! Now calling fot 4-6"

    Thats N.E. for ya ...forcast (3/3/10) calling for snow tonight...we'll see

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    They blew that forecast...Looks like it's going to be a mess, and won't improve significantly until the work week starts..sweet.

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    DooDoo.

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    Maybe there's hope for the weekend?...I plan on going at least one day, maybe both unless something drastic changes weatherwise from now until Sat morning...I feel like it might be time to invest in some fenders.

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    Fenders = Protection from a cold wet ass..The trails and my "backyard" are virtually the same, and I don't think ruts will be a problem this weekend. Maybe at the end of the momth.

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    How is the cape looking? Thanks in advance.

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    For this weekend..AWESOME.

    I was out on some non-bike trails on Otis yesterday and the ground was firm for a vehicle, so bikes should have no issues.

    My backyard is dry and firm, so I will also say that ToT should be in great condition as well.

    Warm temps are the best!

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