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    Levis Mound trail conditions..

    I am hoping to make the 160 mile trip up there this weekend (8/22-8/23), but with all the rain in the IL & WI area, what are the trail conditions? Any local of that area that can post conditions will be appreciated, especially tomorrow, so I can decide if I should head up there. I will be leaving early saturday if the conditions are good.

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    Levis can handle rain like no other trail system I've ever ridden.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nater
    Levis can handle rain like no other trail system I've ever ridden.
    I figured that, it is similiar to Kettle Moraine, sandy, quick draining soil.
    Still, I have seen Kettle reach saturation, and there has been a fair amount of rain up there, and a nearly 3 hr drive....I need to know if it is rideable, ya know!?
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    You and I are are kindred souls bro since I am an old school punk dating way back to the beginning in 1975 and still occasionally slamming in the pit to my fave bands. Levis-Trow does handle water very well and as I write we are getting dumped on,but don't let that stop you cuz it is clearing from the south today and rain should be over by afternoon and friday looks to be dry with saturday warmth coming back in. The trail there except Snodgrass(much has been rerouted by Steve to avoid water sumps), soaks up really well so I am sure by the time you are riding all will be good. Oi oi hey ho lets go!

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    Good job!

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve O'Punc
    You and I are are kindred souls bro since I am an old school punk dating way back to the beginning in 1975 and still occasionally slamming in the pit to my fave bands. Levis-Trow does handle water very well and as I write we are getting dumped on,but don't let that stop you cuz it is clearing from the south today and rain should be over by afternoon and friday looks to be dry with saturday warmth coming back in. The trail there except Snodgrass(much has been rerouted by Steve to avoid water sumps), soaks up really well so I am sure by the time you are riding all will be good. Oi oi hey ho lets go!
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    Sounds good, I need to get to Levis as I have not been there since summer 07!!
    Hopefully all will drain well by Saturday.
    And on the punk subject, you got into it a bit earlier, though I did have a Ramones album in '77. Then the obligatory Sex Pistol album, Dead Boys. Then I heard Minor Threat (and other early hardcore bands) and some early Oi! bands (cockney Rejects, 4-skins), and I too, once in a while, get the urge to slamm in the pit. Amazing how as I get older, i tend to feel every bump for days after!!!

    ANYHOW, thanks for the info, if anything changes for the worse before Friday night, drop a reply here, please!
    Thanks again!
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    Make sure you take chain cleaner, extra chain lube and maybe even extra brake pads. The trails are very rideable, even when wet. But, the wet sand will get in everything pretty quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G-Live
    Make sure you take chain cleaner, extra chain lube and maybe even extra brake pads. The trails are very rideable, even when wet. But, the wet sand will get in everything pretty quickly.

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    Thanks, I do always bring lots o' lube and even chain cleaner on my trips, and I have new pads on already. So, I am set then.
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    Is it true that the trailhead campground is part of the Russel Co. Park campground? So I could use the coin showers at the R. Co. Park campground? It would be nice to get the grit washed off after an epic ride!!
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    No, trail head is a mile or 2 away from the Russel campground.

    I recommend lunch/dinner at the Stones Throw Saloon if it is still open. Near the Russell campground. Have not ventured down that road in a few years so not sure if still open. Always had a good meal there, folks were friendly, beer was cold.

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    Wow, I can't belive this. There is a poster named Old Oi Punk and Steve O'Punc. What are the odds of that happening? I'd have to say it's on par with getting hit by a meteorite, finding a four leaf clover, or getting a fiscally responsible answer to health care from the Democrats.

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    ... and if we just ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Flyin' Bryan
    Wow, I can't belive this. There is a poster named Old Oi Punk and Steve O'Punc. What are the odds of that happening? I'd have to say it's on par with getting hit by a meteorite, finding a four leaf clover, or getting a fiscally responsible answer to health care from the Democrats.
    ....or trying to get any plan for health care from a Republican!
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    There is a hitch to the National Health Plan...in a moment. The children's program introduced during the Clinton administration and somewhat followed thru with Bush(porn party of Bush & Dick) is called Special Children's Health and Insurance Program or S-CHIP. See where I am going here? All Americans will be required, or else fined, to be in this program and the only way for the government to successfully track all transactions they will be forcing us to put a microchip in either the right hand, forehead, or right earlobe and all connected to a giant super computer in England aptly named " The Beast". Ya it sounds like years past science fiction, but it will be the new reality, new paradigm, new world and all its order. Question then is, Will you accept the chip?

    If a may use a line from a Stranglers song, "Got anything to say?, No.....?, then shut up! Oi? Don't forget the TOY DOLLS, the BUSINESS, COCKSPARER, the ADDICTS and Americas own ONE MAN ARMY, MAINSTREET SAINTS, THE SERVICE(from Milwaukee), and the great mohawk hardcores of NY, THE CASUALTIES(they rock). So much punk, so few listeners. Everybody likes being a lemming and follows all the great music acts that graduate from American Idol.....the great enemy and downfall of rock 'n' roll.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve O'Punc
    There is a hitch to the National Health Plan...in a moment. The children's program introduced during the Clinton administration and somewhat followed thru with Bush(porn party of Bush & Dick) is called Special Children's Health and Insurance Program or S-CHIP. See where I am going here? All Americans will be required, or else fined, to be in this program and the only way for the government to successfully track all transactions they will be forcing us to put a microchip in either the right hand, forehead, or right earlobe and all connected to a giant super computer in England aptly named " The Beast". Ya it sounds like years past science fiction, but it will be the new reality, new paradigm, new world and all its order. Question then is, Will you accept the chip?

    If a may use a line from a Stranglers song, "Got anything to say?, No.....?, then shut up! Oi? Don't forget the TOY DOLLS, the BUSINESS, COCKSPARER, the ADDICTS and Americas own ONE MAN ARMY, MAINSTREET SAINTS, THE SERVICE(from Milwaukee), and the great mohawk hardcores of NY, THE CASUALTIES(they rock). So much punk, so few listeners. Everybody likes being a lemming and follows all the great music acts that graduate from American Idol.....the great enemy and downfall of rock 'n' roll.
    Casualties kick ass! I have seen them many times, a few years ago they were on a great tour with Anti Flag, and the Unseen. Great night of political Hardcore!! OI! Cocksparrer and the Business are great!

    And my weekend at Levis kicked ass. I love those damn trails. SO awesome, and kudos to whoever is taking care of those trails. A lot of improvements since I was last there!! I was in singletrack heaven and was honsestly depressed when I had to return home! I might get up there one more time before the weather gets too cold.
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    Levis -Trow is absolutely fantastic and I am heading there as soon as I get off the machine. We are getting a little rain, but for some reason I really like riding there on days like this, Maybe someday we can hookup. I'll bring my strat and practice amp. You bring the rest of the band and we'll kick out the fastest catchiest 3 chord powerpunk. Have seen the Casualties many times and even quaffed a few beers with them after a show. It always amazed me that the meanest looking punks are always the really sweet fellas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve O'Punc
    Levis -Trow is absolutely fantastic and I am heading there as soon as I get off the machine. We are getting a little rain, but for some reason I really like riding there on days like this, Maybe someday we can hookup. I'll bring my strat and practice amp. You bring the rest of the band and we'll kick out the fastest catchiest 3 chord powerpunk. Have seen the Casualties many times and even quaffed a few beers with them after a show. It always amazed me that the meanest looking punks are always the really sweet fellas.

    I'll have to pick up a bass at a pawn shop, sold mine after college, to buy a mountain bike!!
    I was never a good bass player, mediocre, but I was better than Sid Vicious!!
    Maybe I'll borrow Roland from Steve Albini, so we can have a drummer!!

    I want to get up there again, maybe late Sept. early Oct. Maybe. Being a teacher is a never ending job, even on weekends.
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    A school teacher? Good for you dude, that is one of the hardest under-payed jobs that makes all the best in the world. I have much respect for teachers they certainly made differences in my life and inspired me to delve into areas I never thought imaginable and live out dreams. I was at a flea market in Santa Fe NM, cuz that's where I lived up to a year ago, and while browsing I see these two characters singing and banging out music to attract people to their booth. I recognize the melodies with different words and occasionally a punk sort of take-off of old bands? These guys see me with my balding mohawk and I go over and start a conversation about what they are singing? They are brothers, one teaches in high school and the other is a professor of math at Highlands U. in Las Vegas NM. I've seen these guys before, literally? Suddenly the melody of a song comes to me and I figure out the band. The Angry Samoans. And I happen to be standing with the Turner Brothers. Greg Turner related all that is good about being a punk rocker who teaches. It was truly inspirational. He was a much sought out professor who they say filled his classes no problem. I got to teach beginning sculpture at Southern Illinois U., as well as, some other pre-req classes and students flocked to sign up with a yellow haired mohawked grad student. You Old Oi Punk make a big difference in many young lives and their stories to be written. I applaud you!
    Oh and by the way the biking at Levis- Trow is really stupendous and Steve M. should be applauded for all his efforts. He too is a teacher. Tomorrow I ride at Underdown!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve O'Punc
    A school teacher? Good for you dude, that is one of the hardest under-payed jobs that makes all the best in the world. I have much respect for teachers they certainly made differences in my life and inspired me to delve into areas I never thought imaginable and live out dreams. I was at a flea market in Santa Fe NM, cuz that's where I lived up to a year ago, and while browsing I see these two characters singing and banging out music to attract people to their booth. I recognize the melodies with different words and occasionally a punk sort of take-off of old bands? These guys see me with my balding mohawk and I go over and start a conversation about what they are singing? They are brothers, one teaches in high school and the other is a professor of math at Highlands U. in Las Vegas NM. I've seen these guys before, literally? Suddenly the melody of a song comes to me and I figure out the band. The Angry Samoans. And I happen to be standing with the Turner Brothers. Greg Turner related all that is good about being a punk rocker who teaches. It was truly inspirational. He was a much sought out professor who they say filled his classes no problem. I got to teach beginning sculpture at Southern Illinois U., as well as, some other pre-req classes and students flocked to sign up with a yellow haired mohawked grad student. You Old Oi Punk make a big difference in many young lives and their stories to be written. I applaud you!
    Oh and by the way the biking at Levis- Trow is really stupendous and Steve M. should be applauded for all his efforts. He too is a teacher. Tomorrow I ride at Underdown!
    SIU@C'Dale??!! I went there from fall '86 until spring of '92! I lived in the House O' VooDew for 2 and a half years, friends with the folks at Lost Cross house (Blood Stained Tool, Jesus Guys, Diet Christ all started there) and Club Romex ( Formerly Cafe Flesh, Blue Meanies started there). Any of that sound familiar to ya!? If so, what years were you there?

    Teaching is the only job I have really looked forward to going to every day. There are bad days, but first graders are such a stitch! Hard to not smile at the things they say and do. Since I am a big goofy, dorky kind of guy, the kids listen ,watch my every move, kinda like a punk rock Barney I am!!
    And I intend to message Steve M personally to tell him what an awesome trail he has up there!!
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    Oh ya I was there and recognize much! Filled in for a few songs with The Didgits at the Hanger. Hung out with Smashing Pumpkins and MDC to talk of the old school days. Got my Master of Fine Arts there in 93. Attended grad school there from summer of 90 thru summer of 93 then off to Santa Fe for my new job. Ran the foundry and taught some classes at the Glove and Art and Design building. Played in a few quick for fun bands including The Steves. And lots of biking. Raced mountain and road bikes in the four state area. Lived out in the Shawnee Forest at Cedar Lake. I loved it there! One of my fave places. My students bought me a ticket to the Pixies so that I would cancell evening class so they could attend. They threw me an illegal beer party with lots of punk rock. Got my ass in a bind with faculty when they, later, found out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve O'Punc
    Oh ya I was there and recognize much! Filled in for a few songs with The Didgits at the Hanger. Hung out with Smashing Pumpkins and MDC to talk of the old school days. Got my Master of Fine Arts there in 93. Attended grad school there from summer of 90 thru summer of 93 then off to Santa Fe for my new job. Ran the foundry and taught some classes at the Glove and Art and Design building. Played in a few quick for fun bands including The Steves. And lots of biking. Raced mountain and road bikes in the four state area. Lived out in the Shawnee Forest at Cedar Lake. I loved it there! One of my fave places. My students bought me a ticket to the Pixies so that I would cancell evening class so they could attend. They threw me an illegal beer party with lots of punk rock. Got my ass in a bind with faculty when they, later, found out.
    I was at the Didgits show! Small world, eh?!
    We stomped on the same grounds then.

    Is Steve M on this Mtbr site? Can't find anyone going by Steve M on here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Oi Punk
    I was at the Didgits show! Small world, eh?!
    We stomped on the same grounds then.

    Is Steve M on this Mtbr site? Can't find anyone going by Steve M on here.
    I'm here from time to time-School inservice last week ya know...and that has put a huge damper on my trail work (on Lucy's Loop) but I plan on getting out after school for the next 2 weeks whenever I can to finish the skills elements-or at least more of them. We also just had a CC meet there, and I am the meet manager-so that was a cpl days mowing and setting the course. Another one (our HS invite) the Tuesday after Gnome-Fest.

    I guess here-I lurk on the trail building forum and here on the Wisconsin one-sometimes the 29er one. Okay...should run to school-my K-5s show up tomorrow!

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    Hey Stev O'Punc-
    I was getting gas in Neillsville, when I saw you drive by with the bike on your truck-knew right away who it was and where you were going- Hope you had a good ride.....I has headed to Mineral Point for the weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Oi Punk
    Is it true that the trailhead campground is part of the Russel Co. Park campground? So I could use the coin showers at the R. Co. Park campground? It would be nice to get the grit washed off after an epic ride!!
    No, it's not part of Russell Co. Park (that's 3 miles south on J) but you can run down there and use the showers. Levis does have outside water (cold) and hot/cold running water in the rest rooms.

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    You betcha, that was me and man did I have a fantastic ride! I rode it very differently than I usually do and really learned that there are definite flows to the trails. This time I think I found one of the harder more challenging ways to go. You have done an awesome job with some of the reroutes and Lucy's Loop is a blast at the beginning of the ride and in the end too. For some reason I found myself going back and forth on Toad Road for the workout and the fun of riding the planks.

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    ... and if we just ... Sept. 12-13

    Damn, I am addicted to those trails, the weather has been and will be dry up there. Another couple of days on those awesome trails (THANKS Steve. M. aka smeurett)! I can't wait to get up there.
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    Can anyone report on trail conditions? I'm heading that way on Sunday if someone can confirm they are good to go after the cold and wet week.

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