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    trail conditions

    Anyone been out pedaling ? Branches, trees what needs some work? I know the Fells needs some tree removal.

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    Was going to ask the same thing. I know Lynn has a ton of branches and some limbs down after talking to some peeps, but they didn't venture too far... Any reports?
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    How's willowdale I'm going there Friday? We have been cleaning up Ft. Rock in Exeter still needs some work but rideable

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    Lynn was messy yesterday but not terrible

    There were a few big trees down, looked like ranger Dan had already been on some of them with a chain saw. The wet twigs everywhere make for a new challenge and encourages less dependency on brakes...

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    I'm going to Wompatuck tomorrow. I'll give a update of how the trails are holding up.
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    kinda creepy, decent amount of trees down and i'm just waiting for one to fall on my head. otherwise not too bad

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    HP has a ton of blow down and some smaller trees on the trail. I did some clearing and I saw a ranger out there doing the same. Definitely needs some work. Chainsaw would be nice.

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    Any updates on Russel Mills or LLF?

    Regardless I'll be out at one of those spots in a few hours. Depending on conditions it may turn into more of a cleanup than an actual ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AustinF View Post
    Any updates on Russel Mills or LLF?

    Regardless I'll be out at one of those spots in a few hours. Depending on conditions it may turn into more of a cleanup than an actual ride.
    Just rode LLF this morning. It's drier than I expected. Not that it was dry, but there weren't any soft/muddy spots. Heavy leaf cover and twigs/small branches everywhere. I moved all the medium sized deadfall that I could lift. Maybe 8-10 trees down that are going to require a chainsaw to clear.

    I rode my SS this morning and I'd recommend doing the same. Either that or plan on doing a trail side SS conversion after munching your derailleur. I lost count of how many sticks I picked up in the wheels.

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    On the Cape - I spent the last two lunch hours with my singlespeed and handsaw cleaning in Willow St and Greenough. In Willow, South 6, Burning Man and Art's Trail are all good to ride. Still need to check out The Wall, Back 9, and all of Bushwood from Mary Dunn to the split rock.
    I've cleared about half of Greenough, hoping to bang out the rest tomorrow or this weekend.

    Anyone been out in TOT?
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    Russel wasn't too bad today. Someone went through and chainsawed all the big stuff. There were a ton of leaves and sticks but it was completely manageable. My derailleur survived the whole ride with no issues so it couldn't have been that bad.

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    Anyone been out to Willowdale?

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    Quote Originally Posted by longshanks View Post
    On the Cape - I spent the last two lunch hours with my singlespeed and handsaw cleaning in Willow St and Greenough. In Willow, South 6, Burning Man and Art's Trail are all good to ride. Still need to check out The Wall, Back 9, and all of Bushwood from Mary Dunn to the split rock.
    I've cleared about half of Greenough, hoping to bang out the rest tomorrow or this weekend.

    Anyone been out in TOT?
    A couple of friends were in TOT and said it definitely needs a lot of work.
    We'll be going in on Sunday morning.
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    Wompatuck faired the storm pretty well. I did an hour loop and came across a few down trees; some big, some small. The leaves on the ground were thick, quite a few sticks on the trail and mud wasn't bad at all. Someone from DCR just needs to get back there with a chainsaw.
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    As already said, Fells will need a lot of work.


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    Anyone been to Milford and done any trails in Vietnam? I was looking to head there this weekend, but fully expect to have very wet and slippery conditions...

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    Four of us worked on Callahan S.P. today and it took a beating. But we accomplished a lot. Just have to get out there with the saws and get to work.
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    Willowdale is decent shape all things considered. Much of the trail has been cleared and raked although there are many trails that have not been touched. A few small blow downs and one big one that I saw.

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    Willowdale isn't bad, other than all of the runners. Apparently today is the Stonecat race, which is a 25 and 50 mile run. The course has been raked, and will be awesome tomorrow, but wasn't so fun today.

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    greenwood is in good shape. i only rode mom's and red dot and the only blowdown i saw (it's actually i big widowmaker, not totally down yet) was just after the 3 foot launch/drop on mom's. i noticed a new berm and also someone spent some decent time building this rock bridge. not sure why as this section was totally rideable before, you just needed to pull up and blast through.

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    Rode Lynn, great shape actually. Theres twigs and branches aplenty but most are out of the way.
    Saw three trees down, which were out of the way and the ranger or an ambitious rider already chain sawed what would have been.
    Biggest problem was actually leaves in some spots they were super deep.
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    Rode Belmont and the Western Greenway today. Some big blowdowns in Belmont- a cluster on the high berm that will require a chainsaw, as well as one on McLean's Demise at the very bottom that will also need some work. The trail gnome has been out on the Greenway. Only one big blowdown between Metro and Trapelo, but it's an easy step-over.

    Lots of little derailleur assassins hiding in the leaves.

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    Rode TOT today for three hours and there was nothing but leaves on the trails.
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    Lots of trails closed today at Great Brook Farm. Lots of leaves, trees down all over. Some have been cleared but still more work needed.

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    Rode Foxboro for 3 hours yesterday. Other than a couple blow downs, it's in great shape. The biggest challenge was due to the amount of leaves down, it was tough to follow some trails on the lesser used ones.

    The main trails were fine.

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    Massasoit is half cleared. Looked like a Ton of down trees, would have moved some of them but they are all much to big for my tiny muscles to be able to move. Thanks to whomever went to town with the chainsaw out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thecanoe View Post
    Four of us worked on Callahan S.P. today and it took a beating. But we accomplished a lot. Just have to get out there with the saws and get to work.
    Thank you! I'll be headed there Wednesday, it seems.

    Russell Mill was in great shape, and a huge thanks to whoever was out there with the leafblower! Lots of little deraileur eaters hiding towards the entrance of the park along the pine tree trails, but Upper and Lower White Owl, along with Purple and Orange trails, were in great shape.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BRWhelan View Post
    Anyone been to Milford and done any trails in Vietnam? I was looking to head there this weekend, but fully expect to have very wet and slippery conditions...
    I rode Nam on Sunday. There was a crew out there leaf blowing (thanks) for the better part of the morning. Most of the NEMBA stuff was clear. Even the trails that weren't blown were not bad. Overall, it was pretty dry too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bighit2005 View Post
    I rode Nam on Sunday. There was a crew out there leaf blowing (thanks) for the better part of the morning. Most of the NEMBA stuff was clear. Even the trails that weren't blown were not bad. Overall, it was pretty dry too.
    Thanks Bighit2005. I unfortunately didn't get out there this weekend, but will definitely be there next weekend. I just got the bike back from the LBS for a tune-up and a broken axle, so now it's killing me to get out there.

    Two weeks ago the leaf coverage was a killer in some areas, I'm interested to see how it is now.
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    Lynn Woods ate my derailleur yesterday...random branch on the Boulder Trail. I tried cleaning up some big branches on the south side of the park (whatever I could do with my hand-saw), but it seems that karma did not favor me.

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    Out at Willowdale this morning. All the blow downs I saw last week have been cleared. Trails in great shape!

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    I've ridden Lynn 2 times since the storm, between our group and others we've moved all of the big stuff out of the way now, there's still a lot of little crap to get stuck in your chain, but all in all it's almost back to normal. It'd be nice to build some new features with some of the gifted, natural, feature building materials.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBH View Post
    Out at Willowdale this morning. All the blow downs I saw last week have been cleared. Trails in great shape!
    The leaf blowers been out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Severum View Post
    The leaf blowers been out?
    Looks like about half the trails have been. I think most of it was done by the runners group that raced there last weekend.

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    Wompatuck today was O.K. The West side was really bad. East of the main road was a bit better. Low spots were very wet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DHbiker View Post
    Wompatuck today was O.K. The West side was really bad. East of the main road was a bit better. Low spots were very wet.
    Wtf? Did Wompatuck get flipped upside down in the storm!?!?

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    LOL yep the Northeaster was responsible for that one!

    Yay for upside down iphone pics.

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    Lowell Dracut 11/10/12

    Here's to you, leaf blower man!

    I was railing those turns so hard.

    Excellent loamy shredding.

    Tire pressure (18 front / 28 rear - running 2.35" tubeless Hans Dampf)

    perfect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by client_9 View Post
    Here's to you, leaf blower man!

    I was railing those turns so hard.

    Just excellent loamy shredding.

    Tire pressure (18 front / 28 rear - running 2.35" tubeless Hans Dampf)

    perfect.
    Great timing for me I guess, as I am planning to hit LDTF tomorrow morning from the NH seacoast area. I was coming unaware of storm damage or any conditions really since my last ride there was three weeks back before sandy. I really enjoy the mix of flow and technical challenges of that place.
    Get out and ride even when you don't want to because ten minutes into the ride you'll be glad you did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DHbiker View Post
    Wompatuck today was O.K. The West side was really bad. East of the main road was a bit better. Low spots were very wet.
    We had to form a "bike brigade" to pass all our bikes through that one last Thursday night. I posted a map with all the blowdowns from our ride on the SEMass NEMBA FB page. I've been working with others in Duxbury and by myself at Carolina Hill. Both areas are clear.

    Here's what I found in Wompy Thursday:
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    Anyone been out further west? Rayburn or Hodges Village? I'm looking to get in some miles on Saturday out there.

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