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    Rode in Freetown today and the hose on my camelbak froze, first time that's ever happened to me. Good ride though.

    There's one tree down on the f50 loop. It's around mile 20 when you take the power lines up for a short bit then take a right into the woods. Sadly we forgot our saw and didn't have enough daylight to use the hatchet.

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    That's good to hear. With all this wind I was expecting more. Are you doing the toys for tots ride on the race loop? I think it's the weekend after thanksgiving.

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    It's the Sunday after thanksgiving I think. I'd like to do it, not sure if I'm available yet.

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    Oh glad you guys mentioned that, I'm going to try to make it. What time does it start?
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    Check the Freetown 50 Facebook page. I think all the info is there

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    The ride starts at 8:30.

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    A buddy of mine rode out in Freetown yesterday and says there are a lot of trees down from this last storm, the demotivater got hit especially hard. It's going to need some work before Sunday.

    We'll be out there with hand tools tomorrow sometime.

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    Trail Care Ride - Sunday January 19

    Hey we're gonna do a trail work ride from the ranger station this Sunday. The plan is to ride and clear the 11 mile beginner loop. We'll ride at a slow pace and stop to clear any large branches or blowdowns. Regular maintenance stuff, work gloves and hand pruners. We've got saws covered.

    We'll meet at 9 am this sunday at the forest HQ and ride until probably 12. If anyone wants to come along, it will be a mellow ride.
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    Im in! should i bring my stick picker or would this be overkill?
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    Great, I should be able to make it Sunday. I'll invite a few friends as well.
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    Anyone know how the trails are making out down there with the snow? I'm guessing it should be mostly clear. Can anyone confirm? Thanks!

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    Snow cover is not an issue, might be a few spots here and there, but I think it's gonna be too muddy for decent riding without tearing things up for a few more days. I'm shooting for next weekend.

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    Going to check it out this afternoon. I'll post a report.

    BTW, the Bioreserve map on the NEMBA site is no longer accessible; it's a dead link. I think when NEMBA updated their website the file probably got lost in the shuffle. In any event, it ought to have its own link in the list of trails and not be tucked under Copicut Woods. Anyone know how to reach out to the NEMBA people about this?

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    The map link has been fixed.

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    Rode there today on my SS. Not much mud, trails were firm for the most part. I'd estimate 70% dirt, 30% snow in the 1-3in range. The snowy parts were quite a bit of work, especially as the day got warmer but it was still passable. The copicut woods section was mostly snow covered and sloppy so stay north of Indian Town road.

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    Rode the CH area today, and a bit in the HS and KP areas. Pretty rideable. Mud is no problem, but there is still some snow, which rides a bit like deep sand right now. Of the trails we rode, we estimate about 20% had snow on it, and of those sections only about 15% required a dismount and some walking. Definitely high effort muscling through the snow.

    The only real bad spots were the roads, which were either muddy, snowy or both. Or icy. Fire Tower road was like a luge run!

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    I've been walking my dogs from Copicut Woods across Indian Town rd and onto CH7. I am so impressed with all of the blowdown that have been cut and cleared. I went in with my Silky Katanaboy and fine tuned anything I could find that would block the way, or be a pain in the arse to ride over. I found sections between CH9 and CH3 to be pretty wet, after last weeks rain. I cleared quite a bit of branches from CH3 to CH4, which I think is Copicut hill. I am anxious to come in with my bike. If anyone that knows these trails is planning on a ride soon, please let me know. I now have the whole map of the Bioreserve, but would love to ride with someone who know these trails from a riding perspective. I will also keep working on the CH area of trails.

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    Awesome, thanks for the work you've done. There's quite a few of us working on the trails now. It makes a difference and it helps motivate us all to keep at it. Those Silky saws are the bomb. I'll let you know if I'm riding out there any time soon.

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    Thanks, please do. Yeah the Silkys are great. I can cut through almost anything that falls across the trail, with the Katanaboy. It's nice because I am in riding distance from the trails...8 miles!

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    +1 on the thanks, a lot has been cleaned up over the winter. I was out today for a quick solo ride and most all the CH trails are clean. Between CH4 and CH5 had some pretty good washouts, probably from last weekend. Saw some evidence of dirtbikes on most of those trails though hopefully a one time thing and not a trend.

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    Opened up a couple previously impassable trails this afternoon on foot with the chainsaw. BR7 up to BR11, really fun and a cool way to make a loop using the trail to the right of it on the map. Also a short section BR13 to BR15. This is a short fun trail, couple of small hills with an epic rock garden in between....enjoy!

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    Nice, thats awesome. BR7-11 has been on the to do list for a long time. We almost had it clear winter 2013. Then the blizzard wiped it out again. That trail was a mess, thanks, I can't wait to ride it.

    That rock garden in between BR13-15 is truly nasty. I've never cleaned that one.

    I cut the Copicut Hill trail CH3-4-5 again last week, so that ones clear now too. Pretty soon the moto's will be out and they'll recut and check all their trails. Place is shaping up nicely.

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    Awesome to hear guys! So glad there is a small community out there riding, as well as clearing the trails. I took CH1 off Copicut Rd today, with the dogs as a short cut, instead of walking in from MB13 and over to the CH area. I know Freetown in general is pretty rocky, but some of the trails, like CH4-CH5 and CH3-CH5 seem pretty damn rocky. Are you guys riding full suspension? Any hardtails?

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    I haven't been out there lately, but all my previous rides at Freetown (going back to when I was a kid in the 90's) and Copicut were on a 26'er hardtail.

    I recently got a FS 29'er and am really looking forward to getting out there on that.

    Speaking of, any upcoming rides or trail maintenance days coming up?
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    Went into Freetown Saturday in the rain with a carbon hardtail XCO bike and rode most of the CH trails over to many of the BR trails. Returned back to CH and back around Horseshoe trail and MB13, where I parked. It was a little rocky for that particular bike, but fun and most of the trails were clear...only had to dismount once. This time, I didn't bring my saw! I'd say if there is any maintenance to be done, best do it before the green heads and deer flies emerge!

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    We hit the CH 9 to CH 2 loop to day and cleared/cut the hike "a" bike stuff, but tried to leave the fun stuff.

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    Would anyone be interested in a weekly weekday group ride? Maybe meet at 5, 5:30 at Copicut Woods or FSF at the Ranger Station?
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    Quote Originally Posted by StuntmanMike View Post
    Would anyone be interested in a weekly weekday group ride? Maybe meet at 5, 5:30 at Copicut Woods or FSF at the Ranger Station?
    I would be up for a weekly group ride either the ranger station or copicut rd would work for ma as far as a meeting spot goes.

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    Cool. I'm not picky on the day, other than Thursday. I'm going to start doing the Big River group rides on Thursday.

    How about Monday, since knowing there will be riding after work will make the day suck less. (I hate Mondays)
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    I might be able to make it once in a while, I can't commit to a weekly thing though. Monday is a pretty good day for me.
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    Awesome Mondays work for me as well. Do you guys want to meet at the rangers station this Monday at 530 and take it from there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by comp94 View Post
    Awesome Mondays work for me as well. Do you guys want to meet at the rangers station this Monday at 530 and take it from there?
    I'm in for tomorrow! I don't know my way around there very well though. Are the maps available at the ranger station?
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    Ive been there a few times and every time that I think I know my way around I end up taking a wrong turn but I do have a map so I don't get into too much trouble. there should be maps available at the ranger station.

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    That's cool. I rode Arcadia in Exeter today for the first time, and I missed the group ride so I did it alone. Using MapMyRide on my phone I figured my way around pretty good.

    But unfortunately I already have to bail. A girlfriend thing came up that I have to do instead.

    If you want to go on Tuesday I'm game, if not we'll can try to get the word out for next Monday.

    Sorry to have to b!tch out already.
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    I'd be interested in weekday morning rides, not too early though.
    Anyone else have some weekdays off?

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    Quote Originally Posted by StuntmanMike View Post
    That's cool. I rode Arcadia in Exeter today for the first time, and I missed the group ride so I did it alone. Using MapMyRide on my phone I figured my way around pretty good.

    But unfortunately I already have to bail. A girlfriend thing came up that I have to do instead.

    If you want to go on Tuesday I'm game, if not we'll can try to get the word out for next Monday.

    Sorry to have to b!tch out already.
    No worries man. Tomorrow will work for me

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    OK cool, tomorrow it is.

    Anyone else??

    Oh, and speaking for myself, no way can I do morning rides.
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    I'm planning to ride the F11 loop tomorrow morning. If you're interested I plan to leave the lot around 9:00 or so and figure to take a little less than 2hours


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    I'll be in Westport this weekend. If anyone is planning to ride I would like to join. I generally ride 15 to 20 miles at a pretty good pace, so let me know.

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    EH trail area

    Anyone know anything about the beautiful trail that spurs off the Edmond House trail at EH2? This is in the eastern edge of the Bioreserve, right where Flag Swamp Rd ends.

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    The eastern edge of the trail is shown on the Bioreserve map, but then at the northern point it curves around and zig zags all the way south again, about three miles in total. (I bailed out to the main EH trail even before it ended, having way exceeded my ride time for the day after hitting some other trails elsewhere).

    This trail was tons of fun--reminded me of Otis a bit. Very flowy, some but not too many obstacles (easier than the northern section of the Bioreserve), and even some elevation change. It seems likely to have been made and maintained by cyclists.

    Anyone know the deal with this trail, who's riding it, who's maintaining it? And does anyone know if there are similar trails in this area, the EH section?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DougRoscoe View Post
    Anyone know anything about the beautiful trail that spurs off the Edmond House trail at EH2? This is in the eastern edge of the Bioreserve, right where Flag Swamp Rd ends.

    The eastern edge of the trail is shown on the Bioreserve map, but then at the northern point it curves around and zig zags all the way south again, about three miles in total. (I bailed out to the main EH trail even before it ended, having way exceeded my ride time for the day after hitting some other trails elsewhere).

    This trail was tons of fun--reminded me of Otis a bit. Very flowy, some but not too many obstacles (easier than the northern section of the Bioreserve), and even some elevation change. It seems likely to have been made and maintained by cyclists.

    Anyone know the deal with this trail, who's riding it, who's maintaining it? And does anyone know if there are similar trails in this area, the EH section?

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    I think I tried that section to the east of EH once a couple years ago, really cool but not marked or on the map, I had kinda forgotten about it. I've been told there's some cool singletrack on the other side of EH right in that area also, around the gas line and not on the map but I've never checked it out.

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    I've only ridden there a couple of times. Some nice trails in that area. Not sure who's doing the work, I think there was a guy with a moto doing it.


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    Was looking for Strava segments in that area and there's a 2.5 mile trail to the west of the EH Trail in the same area. Strava has the segment as the Ebola Trail. Yikes. Scottee has the KOM, no surprise. There's only three people on the leaderboard, so not many people riding it.

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    Ive ridden over there a few times, never seen anyone else over there. Not sure who's maintaining it.

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    I live close to the EH trails and walk my dogs starting at EH1 and sometimes shoot straight over to the trail just west of Eh2. I didn't set out any of these trails, but have done a lot of branch moving and cutting over the last year keeping them maintained for riders, runners and horses in mind. There is nothing worse then a network of trails becoming overgrown or unused for non-maintenance! Props to whomever first cut these trails, because they are windy and fun and not too rocky!

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    Thanks for your work on these trails. They really are in nice condition, particularly with apparently so little use.

    Quote Originally Posted by petrini View Post
    I live close to the EH trails and walk my dogs starting at EH1 and sometimes shoot straight over to the trail just west of Eh2. I didn't set out any of these trails, but have done a lot of branch moving and cutting over the last year keeping them maintained for riders, runners and horses in mind. There is nothing worse then a network of trails becoming overgrown or unused for non-maintenance! Props to whomever first cut these trails, because they are windy and fun and not too rocky!

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    I rode a bunch of those trails today and its in better shape than I last saw. There's a whole bunch of singletrack that isn't on the map.

    There is a singletrack that starts (or ends?) at EH9 at the pipeline. Its a small new singletrack on the south side. It runs for .4 miles to EH3. At EH3 it crosses the main trail to go around a huge puddle, then crosses back and goes into the woods on the south side again. That one runs for 2.5 miles, and loops all over before coming back to EH2. Its pretty flat, and mostly mellow, but it hasn't really been ridden in enough to get really fast yet.

    There is also another unmarked trail that starts about 20 feet north of EH2 on the east side of the fireroad. It goes down the hill to just north of EH18, but just before you hit the trail that is on the map there is a 4.3 mile loop trail that winds back and forth up the hill and just goes on forever. This trail had quite a bit of climbing, it has a lot of potential, but it needs to be ridden in and maybe widened a bit, I think in the summer it would be really tight.

    So overall, the stuff I rode was not in great shape, but it was 99% rideable, only a couple of fresh blowdowns. There is definitely a lot of potential and whoever built this stuff connected the singletracks so you can ride them as a big loop. The 4 mile loop has a lot of up and down and I think it could be a super fun trail with a little work.

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    I was riding out there today as well. Took the trail up EH 19, 20, 23, 24 and 25 then back down Town Line Trail. The latter was very swampy with a significant blockage at one point that was difficult to get around. The other side was great, and I saw a number of trails that weren't on the map. I also didn't get to the EH 21-22 area. Generally, these are slightly wider trails, but rocky and pretty fun to ride. And they're maintained pretty well.

    Jay, that 4.3 mile loop is the one I posted the map of, no? And I think that other trail you mentioned on the west side of the EH Trail is the Ebola Trail (on Strava). These two loops together would comprise a decent outing by themselves. And there are many miles more in this area. Would be great to see more folks out there riding and working the trails in a bit more.

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    I'm happy to see that this thread is still fairly active. I've been riding and clearing the Copicut Hill trails for the past six weekends. I'd love to attack sections of trails with a larger crew. If anyone else is interested. I'm also running out of loops to clear and looking to expand my knowledge of the trails.

    Usually my goal is to get a decent ride in (slow lately with the old man) and clear cross ups on whichever trail we're on that might need clearing. Unfortunately i live in central MA so it's weekends only for me but if anyone wanted to put forth a more organized effort to clear trails i'd happily join in.

    Not quite related to the current topic but i figure we all love playing in the woods on two wheels...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blanchardmatt17 View Post
    I'm happy to see that this thread is still fairly active. I've been riding and clearing the Copicut Hill trails for the past six weekends. I'd love to attack sections of trails with a larger crew. If anyone else is interested. I'm also running out of loops to clear and looking to expand my knowledge of the trails.

    Usually my goal is to get a decent ride in (slow lately with the old man) and clear cross ups on whichever trail we're on that might need clearing. Unfortunately i live in central MA so it's weekends only for me but if anyone wanted to put forth a more organized effort to clear trails i'd happily join in.

    Not quite related to the current topic but i figure we all love playing in the woods on two wheels...
    The CH trails do look pretty good--thanks for the work. The one section I recently saw that needs clearing is the climb from CH5 to CH4. This has some very challenging sections even under the best conditions, but there are some major logs and trees across the trail that make it more frustration than it's worth. Probably chain saw work.

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