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    Good job! Moon Lake Park Luzerne County Pa

    Moon Lake

    Saturday 6/29/08 was a banner day for Mt. Biking in Luzerne County. Charles Kovach and Lee Curry loaded up their mt bikes to do a bit of riding. Arriving at Moon Lake park located between Dallas and Hunlock's Creek, a true hidden gem. Visiting the park office to ask permisson to ride, gain info, and the rules of the park was our first step. We met with the Park Manager Clifford Madrak. After a breif conversation, he surprised us by asking if we would like to be invited to help with the trail system. We agreed and the next step was to meet with the park naturalist Nikki Banfield. Nikki explained she had time and asked if we wanted a tour of the trails. Again we agreed with our jaws hanging open. The place is amazing with lot's of features and levels of elevation that made us drool even more. There is huge potential at Moon Lake. Plans also include by 2010 to commect this with the Lackawanna Forest and further to the Susquehanna Warrior Trail in lower Plymouth.

    We spent 3 hours touring the entire park with Nikki and her 4 German Sheperd Dogs she personally trains for Poilce use! Talk about feeling safe, surrounded by dogs who listen to every command Nikki gives them. All in total we toured about 10 miles of trails that all ready exist, but are in need of cleaning and removal of trees fallen by recent wind damage. Then it was back to the Nature Center to finalize our plans. We formulated a plan with Clifford Madrak's approval that includes: Charles Kovach Trail Advisor, Lee Curry as Trail Leader in charge of all trail work and Tyler Kovack Trail Tester overseeing we keep it all in spec. Nikki is excited to work with us and looked forward to seeing the results of our work with work starting Sunday 6/29/08 many of the trails will quickly shape up and be clear once again. I'm sure we will have lot's of pics and stories from the trenches as this new Mt Biking area gains popurlarity. It won't be long and we will have another place to Mt Bike in Luzerne County, Moon Lake Park a True Hidden Gem!


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    Good job!

    That's awesome! BTW I saw you driving down rt.29 today - you must have been on your way back from there. You need a group e-mail system or something as it seems that I'm always a day late and a dollar short on the work sessions. I can only check the NEPMTBA website once a week or so due to it causing seizures and all....

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    Good job!

    Thanks Mike:

    Great Place! You know how we talked about some people like to build trails and other people like to ride trails. Well, I did this with a different faction of the NEPMTBA group. Charles Kovach was very instrumental in organizing this plan. We spoke lot's in the last few weeks. In fact the forming of my new group "PARTS" Pa Recreational Trails Services is more inline with Trail Building. I know this expansion will work well as I have had the support many to go in this direction. Frances Slocum was existing trails, Nature Conservancy Moosic Mountain was new trails, and now Moon Lake is both! I would be honored if you and Brian would build one of your famous "Lolly Pop" trails at Moon lake. You can even name it! I have told Nikki about you guys and the fact your handi work can be seen at the other county park, 7 Tubs. In the future we can discuss this more in person.

    Back to the Hidden Gem...

    I will be holding an official work day in the near future for Moon Lake Park. Today was the first chance we had to work with the naturalist, Nikki so we had to get to know each other. We spent the entire day in the woods within feet of each other. She's great! Shes a ball of fire who just doesn't stop. When you saw me I was going to get more supplies. I went back and we worked till 8 pm and it was a storm that chased us out, not lack of desire. There was no official workday announced, so you didn't miss anything. There is lot's of potential. I will post more as we have a better hold on work completed. We have roughly 4 miles semi open now and one trail is completely new. Chuck, and Tyler and others constructed sections including skinnys and logovers on the trails. The park has many elevation changes including very steep drops and rock ledges. There will be extreme section that will thrill all.

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    Great news! Moon Lake Park...

    Well what a surprise tonight as I opened up the PA site to find your thread on Moon Lake. It really sounds like another great opportunity to ride locally and legally. Lee and the Kovatch crew, kudos to all of you for opening up Moon Lake. Let me know when you plan a work day as I would be glad to help. Ride On!
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    Good job!

    Quote Originally Posted by JeffSkisMontana
    Well what a surprise tonight as I opened up the PA site to find your thread on Moon Lake. It really sounds like another great opportunity to ride locally and legally. Lee and the Kovatch crew, kudos to all of you for opening up Moon Lake. Let me know when you plan a work day as I would be glad to help. Ride On!
    Jeff:

    The area is very similar and I would also be honored to have the Mt. Top crew build a trail in their style. I would say we are all very blessed to have many nice places and friends to ride with!!!!!!!!!!! As I worked today I though of the other places I have helped construct trails and the twisty turny Mt Top loop kept playing in my head like a movie. Please come work your magic at Moon Lake!!!!!

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    Nice work Lee! Fahn
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    Good job!

    Quote Originally Posted by LarryFahn
    Nice work Lee! Fahn
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    Thanks: Charles Kovach was a HUGE help!

    I know it's a drive for ya, but I hope you can come ride it sometime and bring the guys. Since Nikki is open to sections maybe we can get a Hubbard/Larrry Fahn type of section by you guys also!

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    Possibly! We'll discuss this on Wednesnight. ttyl, Fahn
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    Please. People have been riding Moon Lake for years. There's nothing hidden except for the fact that someone just figured it out. Now we have new acronyms, clubs, positions, titles, and individuals addressing themselves in the third person to make it look like a cycling phenomenon. This does not even take into account a crooked park manager who was canned from every local municipality in the area as a police officer. That's great that you want to pick sticks off the trail, but get off you're high horse. People clean trails all the time and don't need to form some gay club to do it, let alone multiple clubs that have the same members. Trail Leader? WTF is that?

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    ... and if we just ...

    Quote Originally Posted by The Plastic House O'Stink
    Please. People have been riding Moon Lake for years. There's nothing hidden except for the fact that someone just figured it out. Now we have new acronyms, clubs, positions, titles, and individuals addressing themselves in the third person to make it look like a cycling phenomenon. This does not even take into account a crooked park manager who was canned from every local municipality in the area as a police officer. That's great that you want to pick sticks off the trail, but get off you're high horse. People clean trails all the time and don't need to form some gay club to do it, let alone multiple clubs that have the same members. Trail Leader? WTF is that?
    Ha Ha...

    Ya, Chuck figured it out not YOU! I like titles and clubs! There fun! So are the people who belong to them! So they bother you? WHY? SCARED of something? I guess your able to ride over fallen trees that totally block the path... Superman?

    Look at the other posts. Those people who responded are the BEST trail builders/maintainers in the area bar none. They are why Mt Biking is totally flowing here in the valley... Moon Lake is just another place to ride and yes it has been around since 1968. Remember we were invited to help! We didn't comendeer the place.

    Here'as a plan for ya. Why not show your credentials by... Stepping up... See ya at the workday and make sure your man enough to introduce yourself to all of us! Grab a rake and put your energy into help maintain something EVERYONE can enjoy! Might wanna shim up your post count there also NewBEE... LOL! I guess if you rant alot in this thread you might get it up to 12 or so... LOL!

    Your annoyed by progress! You might try removing your head from your rectum! Then you could see better...

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    Good job!

    Update:

    All looks great for the first workday on Sunday 7/6/08. The park had many calls with people interested and coming out to help! It will be great to see everyone using this fantastic resource and gathering together to enjoy their sport, be it hiking or biking. Working together is the way!

    Lee and Chuck will be at the park tonight, everyone is welcome to join, and bring your bike for a little exploration.

    Thanks in advance

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    Quote Originally Posted by NEPMTBA
    Look at the other posts. Those people who responded are the BEST trail builders/maintainers in the area bar none.
    I'd like to see them take the Pepsi Challenge vs. the Team C2G trail builders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Plastic House O'Stink
    Please. People have been riding Moon Lake for years. There's nothing hidden except for the fact that someone just figured it out. Now we have new acronyms, clubs, positions, titles, and individuals addressing themselves in the third person to make it look like a cycling phenomenon. This does not even take into account a crooked park manager who was canned from every local municipality in the area as a police officer. That's great that you want to pick sticks off the trail, but get off you're high horse. People clean trails all the time and don't need to form some gay club to do it, let alone multiple clubs that have the same members. Trail Leader? WTF is that?
    The Park directors past is not the question or part of the issue here. The man has managed to survive multiple years of public service through multiple situations and is still serving the public. This time he has legally opened up an area for riding, I believe it was the likes of you and your types that had been involved in his past. The problem today is that no one likes good hard-nosed work, years ago it was acceptable for a public servant to punk slap someone, now the civil libeties union is all over them. Where has that taken us, look at the amount of criimes of violence and destruction of property by disrespectful punks that have not been enforced by the "strong arm of the law" let alone by parents that would rather criticize them for their work at deterring crime and disciplining them because the parents don't have the gumption to do so.

    In all it comes down to saying "Thank you Lee, Charlie and mostly Cliff for working with an organized group and giving us the chance to do something for the community that might help keep kids off the street"
    "There is a road--no simple highway"

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    If I may add a bit here..usually I don't like to get involved in political stuff, but what the heck..it's all in fun I guess!

    Those of you that are from the Luzerne County area know of the political BS that we all have been dealing with and the rampant misuse of state, county and federal funds over the years. We have been known as the "Valley of the dead and those that are going to die" for many years and most residents of this county are like sheep.

    However, and no..I'm not getting off topic, just building up to the posts above, with the Courthouse ( Also known as the "DingDome") shake up that Tim Grier started it has all the politicians looking over their shoulder..for the first time in over a century I think we can say they are Sh** Scared. The FBI & Secret Service will do that to you I guess.

    To say that Cliff Madrack is or was part of that system...who's to tell. I personally have dealt with the man when he was on the Wilkes-Barre Township Police Dept when he was investigating a shoplifting episode. The kid he caught told him he worked here right before he bolted and took off running across I-81. Cliff was here 3 times looking and asking..doing his job basically..in tracking the kid down. Needless to say, the kid never worked here.and I don't think he was ever caught, but the man did his best, and that leads us to Moon Lake.

    Moon Lake at one time was also a political hotbed of impropriety, missing $$..you name it, it happened there...and of course all the money that was earmarked for the place never got there, ending up probably in some connected persons pocket. That's not the case now, new boats, new pavillions, instead of county workers sleeping under the trees they are out there keeping the park clean and upkept..and the desire to open the park up to Mountain Bikes..they just needed someone to point them in the right direction and show them how to do it.

    I did not attend the work party this past Sunday, but the reports I got back are all 110% positive with the staff at the park, Cliff included, bending over backwards to meet the needs of the group that was there..to the point I think we had too many rakes. shovels. chain saws..or anything else.

    This is by all means a good thing, esp in Luzerne County. Remember, this is the same county that 5 or so years ago..after the dike paving project was just about completed, that the then county engineer wanted to rip out all the pavement and replace it with red crushed stone because..his own words... "it would look real nice from the air". In other words, he probably had a relative in the Red crushed stone business. I will give credit to Skrep and then comish Vonderhide for giving him the "Are you out of your mind?" look and vetoing his plan immediatly.

    So, what does this all mean? We here in the valley are starting to see the changes, allbeit slowly, but changes for the good in respect to the biking public..and I will include ALL the biking public, roadies, Gearheads, Mt. Bikers, ..even BMX'ers. First the dike, ok..yeah..great place for roadies and fat women with ipods crammed in their ears,...or worse, cellphones.... but..it's here! We have Slocum now, on a state level FS is the model that the state is using as far as trail maintenance and also as a selling point to gain more state park access, and this includes Hickory Run and other big places. Now we have the county with Moon Lake jumping on board....even the new Warrior Path Trail up and running along with the Anthracite Trail near completion along with the new extension of the Back Mountain Trail. An impossible dream years ago...now a reality.

    Gentlemen, it can only get better, and if we as the riding public stick together, there is no reason that it will not.

    Someone here was upset about all the titles, or "Flag waiving", as I call it going on over Moon Lake. To a point I will agree with that person as sometimes we are our own worst enemy..jumping the gun sometimes too quickly and making ourselves seem more important than we really are. All I ask is forgive us our sins here as I really think after all the years of putting up with the BS, the beer swilling drunkards driving Buicks and mowing people on bikes down, bad roads, no respect (Chris Stine just had a beer bottle, or gatorade bottle smashed on his head this weekend, cracking his new carbon helmet)..it's nice to see that maybe for once, we are gaining something for ourselves...so, if we carry on a bit about it, eh...we're just happy!

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    Good job!

    Quote Originally Posted by tricofisher
    The Park directors past is not the question or part of the issue here. The man has managed to survive multiple years of public service through multiple situations and is still serving the public. This time he has legally opened up an area for riding, I believe it was the likes of you and your types that had been involved in his past. The problem today is that no one likes good hard-nosed work, years ago it was acceptable for a public servant to punk slap someone, now the civil libeties union is all over them. Where has that taken us, look at the amount of criimes of violence and destruction of property by disrespectful punks that have not been enforced by the "strong arm of the law" let alone by parents that would rather criticize them for their work at deterring crime and disciplining them because the parents don't have the gumption to do so.

    In all it comes down to saying "Thank you Lee, Charlie and mostly Cliff for working with an organized group and giving us the chance to do something for the community that might help keep kids off the street"
    Yes, Aggreed!

    This thread is about letting everyone know there is another place for them to enjoy riding their Mt Bikes, and hike. Our group likes to do trailwork, and Cliff invited us to do exactly that. There isn't anything negative in any of that. I'm sure Cliff has lot's to do! Ask any park manager! He didn't have to invite us. I don't know why anyone wouldn't want another place to ride? If we advertised the park as it was people would have complained the trails are a mess. You would ride so far and have to dismount to carry over numerous blowdowns or bushwack a social trail around the mess, and there were many, so is that enjoyable Mt Biking? Now there are not only flowy trails but even a few skill sections with optional lines containing skinnys and rock gardens, giving the user a choice, or an opportunity to try a harder line thus improving their skill if they so desire.

    It's hard enough in this day for kids, heck if they come to this great park and can fish, swim, hike, play disc golf, fly remote control airplanes, visit the nature center, and now ride their bike at least they have opportunities. Tyler who is 15 and a few of his friends are helping with this project! They are raking by hand, running blowers, and weed wackers.

    Remember it's a few of us who tell the story, but there are many who share in the planning, and work that makes it happen! People give up their time and day to sweat and get dirty helping make great trails for everyone to use everywhere. Moon Lake is the same now as the rest. Come and ride it!

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    Ahhh, Cliff Madrack... busted me for underage drinking in '91.

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    Funny you talk of Mr Madrack being canned yet you just got canned from MTBR, so at least he is helping to plan and allow trails for all to ride now. What are you donig besides getting banned from MTBR YOUR RECORD STANDS!.

    There are clubs and people from all waks who work to help others enjoy what they do It's not Gay or otherwise. Gay people have clubs and ride Mt Bikes as do all forms of humans. You Sir are not much of a human!

    Addressing the other topics:
    Who cares what goes on in the big dome Isn't that why we grab a set of handlebars or jump in a vintage car and go enjoy the thrill of that scene? Let those who signed up to do that job handle their business. Playing second string QB won't get any of that changed. Talk as much as you want.

    About the rampant road thing and the reason you road riders get stuff thrown at you is many of you think the road is your private race course. I don't know the person who was hit and I hope he is OK, but it is the moron who rides careless who reprsents your group who attracts the wrong attention to you. I have seen it time and time again blowing through stop sings, running red lights just to keep pace. How much do you get paid to risk your life? What do you win?
    HEY, IT'S NOT YOUR PRIVATE RACE COURSE. PEOPLE WHO DRIVE HAVE TO FOLLOW THE RULES AND HAVE WORKED HARD ALL DAY ARE TRYING TO GET HOME TO GET MORE DONE IN THEIRE LIVES AND I CAN SAY MORE THAN ONCE I HAVE HAD 3 A BREAST ROAD RIDERS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD REFUSING TO MOVE. ARE YOU CRAZY? WHY WOULD YOU DO SUCH A THING?

    Sorry for yelling! I have a vintage Corvette and I would love to turn it loose like a scene from Starsky and Hutch, but I'm not allowed.

    As a bicyclist you are the smallest, slowest, most unprotected vehicle out there so be what you are and please protect yourself cause no matter how much steam you have your no match for a 4000lb steel missle. I know there are respectable road riders and it brings me back to old school when mt bikers were the terror of the trails. They learned to respect and get along with all who use the trails. If you wanna race your road bike go through the trouble of closing a road and holding a race like the mt bikers and trail runners do!

    I give props to those who stepped up and had the balls to address another park with trails! YOU GUYS ROCK!

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    Hey ZapGap......I have over 40,000...that's right...40,000 miles on my old Vintage Paramount (upgraded of course)...and, even though at first I was getting angry with your post, I will admit..there are some roadies out there that fit your description to a "T"..and we know who they are, don't we??

    But...there are those of us that really do it the right way as well...stay on the side of the road, don't act like idiots..you know, stuff that will cause even the mildest form of bluehair to go out of their minds with rage.

    However, I have also met some Mt Bikers that should be thrown off the trail as well as some of them are just plain obnoxious A**holes, riding restricted trails, running down hikers (seen that personally)....so, not all the idiots are confined to the road. They are in the woods as well.

    We all need to step up and police our own ranks if we really want to push cycling further..and that goes for all aspects of riding.

    Thanks for the rant...time to go ridin"!

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    Good job! The first ride was great and...

    ...it was worth all the work everyone did!

    Highlights included:


    Ty wheeling the skinny #1 all the way
    The Rock Waterfall is awesome(thanks Jon Stoshick)
    Thorny Hollow has nice flow
    Big Blue is singlespeed friendly
    Nikki's Nightmare is tech fun
    Nature's Way rips

    With a little over 5 miles done in one week it looks like by the end of summer the place will be full of fun filled trails.

    Yes, we talked about a solar powered Mt Dew machine by the Skinnys playground trail...

    See ya at the Moon on the weekend!
    Work & Rides galore!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZapGap165
    Plastic house o stupid

    Funny you talk of Mr Madrack being canned yet you just got canned from MTBR, so at least he is helping to plan and allow trails for all to ride now. What are you donig besides getting banned from MTBR YOUR RECORD STANDS!.
    Just a question...why would "plastic" get banned? Ok, he pulled a tail here, but I see no reason for the man to get banned from the site just because he voiced his opinion on how a club should operate, or not operate.

    Sorry, if he did get banned, it's not right that it was done and if it was done on our behalf, That I DO NOT AGREE WITH AT ALL and want no part of it. This forum is for everyone, and unless he came out and called us deragatory names or slandered us..he did not, I feel the ban is unjustified.

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    Good job!

    Kev:

    Who cares... his problem!

    Moon Lake is open and people are riding it!

    PARTS/NEPMTBA Goal accomplished!

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    I dont have magic button nor do I know how to ban anyone! Please explain your statement of "fat women" on the dike system. First as an advertised signed founding member of NEPMTBA northeastern pa mt bike association does this statement represent your feellings? Second as a bike shopowner? How do you justify that statement?

    The road bike experiances I was involved in had to do with the users following the rules of the motor vehicle code in the state of Pa not something I dreamed up. Doesn't matter what you ride do it responsibly as well as posting on a forum!

    The thread created here was and is to share info and promote the work of others at Moon Lake in a positive manner for all who wish to recreate there.

    Nuff said here...

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    Didn't say you had the power...someone did however and I have emailed the staff here at MTBR to have the man re-instated.

    See what happens.

    Like everyone else, I call 'em as I see them...fat, skinny..whatever I am not a politically correct person...Hell, I have had fat people call themselves fat, so..get over it....and I think I can also say that I have supported Moon Lake as well as everything else we do..without the reason or cause to piss anyone off as some have tried.

    Goin' ridin...again.

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    Good job!

    tricofisher:

    Good ride tonight!

    That Alain really ripped it up! Glad you got out for a few miles... I hope your camping trip goes well!

    See ya on the trails

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    Good job! Moon Lake update...

    ... One last segment of the Big Blue or perimeter loop will be ribboned and approved this week! Then the final build will commence and continue till the entire perimeter loop is finished. Estimating about a 7 to 9 mile loop with many "options and bypasses" to allow all to enjoy the trail as they wish. From hill climb challenges to skill sections this park will have it all and it's just in the beginning stages! Some segments of this trail are open and ridable now. Please bear with us during the build process as everything is going great! As soon as this is finished we will have another "Wednesday" night ride at the park!

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    Good job! Ride the Moon Sunday 7/20/08 with Pics

    To all:

    10 mile ride at Moon Lake Park 2PM as part of Gary's Mt Bike Weekend 08 All invited! Meet at the Nature Center by 1:45PM


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    Good god!

    I can tell who laid out those sections of trails. LC the kicker kid!

    Everywhere I have ridden with you, I can find your kickers. Your really trying to get me on a bicycle trials bike aren't you? I know your riding those rock out crops even if the trail markers are ribboned different. Very interesting and I will visit and bring a few of the guys with me. The new 29er is great! Thanks for steering me in that direction. It has the very same feeling as the Gas Gas. The top tube is the same measurement as the Gas Gas also. I know what you mean when you say it improves the breed by allowing you to ride up a level cause the larger volume and higheth of the tires have a much more stable contact patch. Out back on the sections I have lowered the seat on the 29er and ridden a bit. Still learning the pedal kick. I did wheelie drop the ledge. So, now you have a new area to play and it looks as if the trails are fantastic!

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    Good job!

    T-Zap - LOL! Funny!

    Nice pic! Can you say front end roll out and praying for momentum?

    What kickers? You see kicks in the Pic? Only a "TRIALS" guy would pick them out!

    Well, the ride at MLP was fantastic... T-Rex is the die to ride section of Big Blue! Ironman Guy Dave S. loved the trails and coming from him I value his opinion as do I Gary's "Shite" eating grin he had. I could see he loved it as well. It will take time for the optional sections to be cleaned, but Hey" that's why they are the way they are!

    29ers are so cool. I think you need a Hadley or King to help with the PK, but keep trying as it will only make you better. Do the brake trick I told you about also!

    My DR is getting the make over cause I wanna take it to Arizona. I will send you pics soon. So let me guess you wanna order a T-Ride really bad? Have any of them hit the shores yet? 2009?

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    WOW…just another “Pennsylvania” thread. Seems like we can never have a thread without some sort of controversy. Anyway good job Lee. Count on me for some help if needed.
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    Good job!

    Quote Originally Posted by jkad
    WOW…just another “Pennsylvania” thread. Seems like we can never have a thread without some sort of controversy. Anyway good job Lee. Count on me for some help if needed.
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    Jkad:

    No controversy at the park... Just Miles of Smiles, Rocks, Dirt, Hills, Logovers, Uphills, Downhills, and other great things! Your always welcome to join us you know that... check it out sometime!

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    Good job! Moon Lake next new section open!

    Here we have it!

    This is the section of the trail that will bring you to the end of the Big Blue loop and arrive at the Nature Center where you started if road the entire loop. After hacking through a mile of multi floral rose pickers, and making friends with more snakes(harmless, just curious) The Big Blue trail has another section done in record time 3 days.

    Riding on T-Rex as you arrive at the Campground on the Big Blue(T-Rex) turn left onto the paved road go around the campground past the dump station and dumpster, stay on the paved road down the hill to the roundabout. We are using the paved road for now as the section that will replace it is the last to be finished! At the roundabout bear left look to your left and locate the orange ribbons in the rock section of trail. Follow these ribbons uphill and you will arrive at the Nature Center. With only one section left to finish Big Blue will be done and open this week in a complete loop! There are 10 miles of trails now open at MLP, so it's well worth the trip to come out and ride'em.

    Thanks & Enjoy...

    Here's the Before & After... As you can see no Mt Bikes/Hikers. were using this before and now a Great Trail that will take you to the Nature Center. Please thank Cliff & Nikki and park staff for this great place to hike/ride! Many hours of work go into designing, laying out, building and maintaining trails. Hours are spent walking through all those pickers to lay ribbons and select the line sometime changing many times before the correct one is found. The designs have to drain as well as support use, because every time you ride or hike you are arranging soil to a different location. It doesn't replace it self naturally. So maintenance must proceed. As the pic shows now a Great Trail for all to ... Enjoy!


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    Good stuff!!

    Great stuff! Can't wait to check it out soon!

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    Good job!

    Quote Originally Posted by davew39
    Looks Nice what day (s) is everyone out there?
    Dave:

    Thanks, sorry that one pic looks like I was running backwards and took the pic through the bottom of a Coke Bottle... LOL!... YIKES!

    I have a ride announcement to ride there this Wednesday at 6 PM meeting at the Nature Center, come join us if you like.
    It's really a great place to hang out also! After I rode, I worked on the Disc Golf course tonight a bit and even flipped the disc around. I offered my organization "PARTS" PA Recreational Trails Services to maintain that area. Kinda a little return to the park for allowing us to have a great place to Mt Bike and hike on new trails. I'm sure we will soon have a Mt. bike and disc golf team. I think Gary is the next Tiger Woods...
    It's a great place!

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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! Moon Lake Ride 7/30/08

    Ride the Moon...

    ...meeting at the Nature Center, Wednesday 7/30/08, 6 PM, All Welcome, 1.5 Hours, 10miles/with breaks, not a race!

    Come and ride the Moon!


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    This looks like a lot of fun to ride. Can't get down there tmrw but def this weekend. Saturday or Sunday will work for me. Looking to get there around 10am or so. So if anybody can't make tmrw nights ride, I'll be riding the moon this weekend for the first time and would love some company! Just let me know which day.

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    nevermind my post about the weekend ride. my main bike is at cedar getting the brakes upgraded. Yay Hydraulic brakes!!! .... not sure how long that is gonna take cause they have to order the brakes. Hopefully it'll be done by Friday and if it is I'll post back then if I can go. My back up bike is in various states of rebuild at all times so that won't be ready to go for this weekend either...

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    Good job!

    Thanks...

    ...for the follow up. I'm sure you'll get there soon. Good Luck on the brake tune up. Tell Dave Johns(Cedar Bike) I said "Hi" and to get his Azz out and ride with us more!



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    Good job! Moon Lake Park Big Blue Trail open

    Moon Lake Park Big Blue Trail open, story here:

    2008 NEPMTBA Trail Report (new feature)

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    Good job! MLP gaining lot's of Trail Friends...

    So much happened since last posting 5 days ago...

    ... We have roughly 13 miles of trails now! Very diverse and different. The Big Blue loop is open and starting to notch in from all the riders using it! Part of Big Blue is T-Rex and its a hoot... flowing and more twisty than a narrow gauge railroad. The Skinnys Trail has a new friend called Edge of the Ledge and you can guess why, it's got more grades and switchbacks than the Union Pacific railroad. What a challenge! Hang a left at Big Tree and be ready to CLIMB then it dumps you out at T-Rex for more climbing! Nikki & Charles opened up the final extension of Big Blue that will be added when done . It will take you "WAY" out back and tie into to T-Rex then in the future be the place where Moon Lake Park trail system will connect to the Lackawanna State Forest system.

    We have seen so many people now using the trails, the Boy Scouts had their week in the park, campers have discovered us working on the trails and asked for info, even a few drove home to get thier mt bikes and camp and ride. I saw many riders checking out the new stuff. While riding the other day we hit the Ice Cream man for a few cool ones! Also there are water fountains at the Nature Center and in the campground by the exit of T-Rex

    Thanks to:
    Gary and friends: Joe, Leah, Bob, Dave Scott(superdave) Chuck Menziff, Larry and his daughter, Mike (custom paint guy) Rich for including a ride at MLP as part of the Plymouth Mt Bike Weekend. Chris Murph(Great pictures) & AJ(singlespeeder) for riding MLP with us. DCNR's Loren & his son Jake for test riding the loop yesterday. Ty, Charles, Cliff, the park staff, Ranger Paul, Maintenance Mike and the crew & of course "Nikki" all of your help and input is very valuable to us! Jake & Ty nice climbing! Chris Stine and all who attended the workday! OK who did I miss. All others who made it great!

    See ya Wednesday at the Moon!

    Come ride and enjoy this great rediscovered place with lot's of new trails!
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    Nice work all..................

    Lee thanks for your work keeping the crews organized and providing the leadership to make Moon Lake Happen. I have not made it up there yet...but will soon....Thanks again to all that have made it happen. I can feel the momentum building in the valley....Ride On!
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    Jeff:

    I think we have it pretty good around here! People like to have many places to ride and they come and help everywhere! It's fun to see a new area develop new riders also! You had to see the one kid when he asked me what I was dong with the chainsaw as I walked out the service road. I told him making Mt Bike/Hiking trails! He took one look at his Dad & Mom and said to me WHERE? I told him the orange ribbons were the trail. He disappeared into the woods - GONE! I asked his parents if he knew where he was going his Dad said he'll be back when he's hungry! - LOL! Made my day

    I hope you can ride with us and bring the crew some Sunday and plan to have a cookout after. Thanks to the park we have use of the Big pavilion at the Nature Center! It has a huge charcoal BBQ grill, soda machine, water fountain and bathrooms close by. You can sneak a few adult beverages if ya keep'em covered
    (wink-wink). The Wife and kids could ride then hit the pool.

    World champ SUPERDAVE Scott rode with us and he seemed to have a big grin on!

    Thanks for all you and yours do up the Top -O- the mountain and elsewhere!

    Ride "on" it!

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    Oh MAN, enjoyed reading this thread. I can't wait to ride around moon lake ! I'm going to try getting up there in the next 3 weekends. Hitting Slocum in two weeks, maybe have to take in both on one trip. Sounds like a good idea ???

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    Good job!

    Quote Originally Posted by 1stiski
    Oh MAN, enjoyed reading this thread. I can't wait to ride around moon lake ! I'm going to try getting up there in the next 3 weekends. Hitting Slocum in two weeks, maybe have to take in both on one trip. Sounds like a good idea ???
    1stiski:

    Your always invited! PM me a day or two before when your coming, bring the gang! I will meet ya and we can ride anywhere you want to up here in the great Wyoming Valley!

    We are having a Mt Bike weekend at Moon Lake sometime in September. Holy S88t when's your Bash! I'll make sure Nikki doesn't have it on your weekend. Maybe the weekend after and your gang can come up to MLP and continue the party!

    PM sent...
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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! Moon Lake Ride 8/6/08

    To all:

    Ride at Moon Lake Park, Wednesday 8/6/08 leaving the Nature Center at 6 PM, 10 miles climbing with breaks(not a race), bring hydration & safety gear!

    See ya at the Moon

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    Good job! Moon Lake success because of "YOU"

    To all:

    Thanks for making Moon Lake a huge success! The support, help, work, planning, rides, we received all fell into place!

    The new trails are open & ridable, we will continue to tune the trails as necessary, with turn improvements for flow, logs have been removed from Edge of the Ledge trail and bench cutting is next & the "Bailout Figure 8 section" will be cleared so the unique climbing/training loop is ridable for those who wanna do the uphill thing.
    The new Trials/Sections/Training/Event area is shaping up well. Look for it to be open really soon with some fun challenges at the Mt Bike weekend! Hope to see Gary and the Plymouth Mt Crew give it a shot including stories around the campfire from special guest Smokey BOB! "Legend of the Mountain"

    As we move into the fall season we plan Night Rides and other fun events such as the Mt Bike weekend is coming in September, Disc Golf is open to play and some raking and repairs will continue there, the 9th hole fairway is super long! I hear talk of the park staff adding/building the back 9 holes. Here's a great link for that http://www.discgolf.com/ After the ride this Wednesday we will have a Disc Golf game! Also Cliff has designated the area by Disc Golf/Big Blue trailhead/Nature Center as the Mt Bike parking. Hope to have a sign soon.

    Thanks again "You" made MLP -- ROCK


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    You guys riding tomorrow 8/13/08 ? Thinking about joining you.
    Couple Questions ?
    1. Where more specifically is the meeting place (Maybe a Google Maps links showing where the nature center REALLY is).
    2. How does this park handle the rain ? Will it be dry or muddy in there tomorrow if it doesn't rain tonight or tomorrow ?
    Thanks for the info - hope too see you then
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sprock
    You guys riding tomorrow 8/13/08 ? Thinking about joining you.
    Couple Questions ?
    1. Where more specifically is the meeting place (Maybe a Google Maps links showing where the nature center REALLY is).
    2. How does this park handle the rain ? Will it be dry or muddy in there tomorrow if it doesn't rain tonight or tomorrow ?
    Thanks for the info - hope too see you then
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    Hello Sprock:

    I guess it's time for the directions to be more defined. I will post it here and in the NEPMTBA sticky on the top of the Pa forum.

    Directions to the Nature Center really simple as follows:

    Through the main entrance with the "park office" on your right, continue ahead over a "small bridge" then on left is the "swimming pool", turn right on the "dirt road", "disc golf" on your left "Nature Center" straight ahead, park to the left by the tree row. Big Blue trail starts by the pop up trailer behind the NC.

    Rain and standing water is not a problem at Moon Lake The soil is perfect for drainage.

    Thanks Ride the Moon...

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    Hey Guys
    Thanks for the guided tour Wednesday night. Great meeting everyone. Loved the trails - tricky technical sections, short steep climbs, twisty turns, rocks, flat rocks, small rocks, big rocks, rock gardens, sharp tube popping rocks, roots and lots of dirt in between. I will definitely be stopping by for more. The potential for these trails and the expansion of many more is very exciting. Keep up the good work. I encourage others to get in on the ground floor of a great developing park welcoming mountain biking.

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    Smile Moon Lake Ride 8 13 08 pics

    To all:

    Here's your pics from the MLP ride! Thanks to all It was a BLAST

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    Good job! Moon Lake vid from Gary

    To all:

    Here's the newsest vid from Gary including all of mOOn Lakes trails!

    EXCELLENT -- Thanks Gary, Leah, and the legend of Plymouth Mountain... SMOKEY!



    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mg7iLoQKGRM

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    Bark at the Moon!

    Nice riding in that vid! Great choice of music....Ride On!
    There are two paths you can go by but in the long run........

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    ....Rode the moon over the weekend, a great ride and great trails. Thanks to everyone who made it happen.

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    up in the valley looking for a tour guide

    Hey guys. I want to ride Moon Lake today or tomorrow. I am a sport level cyldesdale. I will be around until tomorrow (wed) late afternoon. give me a shout at my email here if you get a chance.

    Thanks,
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    Quote Originally Posted by prevail215
    Hey guys. I want to ride Moon Lake today or tomorrow. I am a sport level cyldesdale. I will be around until tomorrow (wed) late afternoon. give me a shout at my email here if you get a chance.

    Thanks,
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    Hi Pat:

    We're riding the mOOn tonight(Tuesday) at 6 PM and tomorrow(Wednesday) same time.

    Thanks

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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! No Hunting at the mOOn...

    ... here's how the winter schedule will go at the mOOn.

    Ride the mOON

    Through an agreement NEPMTBA-PARTS has established with park staff Mt Bikers are allowed tonight ride at the mOOn throughout the year! The staff and security officials have been great to mt bikers and they support us 100 % Let's return the favor by helping keep the park clean and enjoyable for all, a friendly wave or hello goes a long way! I know mt bikers did that anyways... LOL!

    "NO HUNTING" is allowed on the property, and you are welcome to "NIGHT" ride in the park. Any problems please report to 911

    Of course the park is open during the day till dusk!

    "THEY LOCK THE GATES AT DUSK" "NO EXCUSES"

    Not a problem as you can park various places outside the park:

    At the main gate(park off the road, plenty of room) and access Nature's Way trail.

    On Moon Lake drive at the dirt pull off(parking for 3 cars), and access Salamander

    For the night rides hosted by NEPMTBA-PARTS you will "NOT" get locked in, so come park at the Nature Center and ride with us. Our rides are advertised on our website(info in the sig line below).

    Thanks and enjoy the night riding at the park!

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    Good job! mOOn Lake Trail Building Workday 11/2/08 10 AM

    To all:

    So, it's November and it looks like a great Sunday to build a Downhill at the mOOn. You have asked for it so come on out and lend a hand making it happen!

    As NEPMTBA looks to further our quest for more trails for all to ride at the mOOn we are ready to access another great untapped area of Moon Lake Park. This area of the park is awesome! If your familiar with the rest of the park and the trails, wait till you see the views from the area we build the downhill. Pikes Creek Dam and lake across Rt 29 is visible from here as are all the surrounding mountains. We will start at a elevation of 1371 feet the highest location in the park and drop to a bit below 950 feet with the old Flume bordering the Lackawanna State forest being our intended joining point. There are other trails to get you back up to the park proper right now, but in the future there will be another trail built that will provide more excellent views and a great climb back into the park proper.

    Of course the park staff is excited, but also to our benefit I have personally met with and spoke to the bordering land owner, who's son is an avid Mt. biker and he told me that is very glad to have Mt bikers as neighbors and can't wait till this area of trails in the park are completed! It's great to have "GOOD NEIGHBORS" who value mt bikers as good people. Give yourselves a pat on the back! With that said, please recognize and respect his property boundaries that are well marked.

    SO, LET'S BUILD IT...

    Moon Lake park Workday 11/02/08 at 10 AM meet at Nature Center build'in the Downhill... if ya get there late we will be at the Water Tank between T-Rex 1 and 2. Directions: make the loop around the campground and at the maintenance rd after the water fountain, turn right, pass the "Trials area", follow uphill to the water tank, park there, the downhill starts there and is marked with white ribbons... Check out the new cell tower while your there, reception at Moon lake will be great now! Thanks, and hope to see ya tomorrow, ride after so bring your bikes!!!!

    Thanks in advance to all who help make it so...

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    Finally rode " The Moon" today with Jeff and Dennis, great job to all that have built some killer trails. A definite "Thank you" goes out to Cliff M. for allowing us to use the park and build the trails there.
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    I know this is a late post, but I'm happy to say, YES, I've ridden "Moon Lake"... Woa, this place has such great potental, and it has been added to my list of "Places I love to ride in PA". I'd like to thank Locals, Joe Fauzio and Bob Caverly for showing Myself, Dale S and Rick M the goods. WE had a fantastic day, the temps were hovering in the 30's in the morning with a stiff breeze it was chilly, but blue sky's were over our heads and we started out at the Air Field area. I can't say enough about this place, its not exceptionally difficult and the climbs arn't lactic burning jaunts, BUT, oh, the goods are so worth the ride. Some technical and a nice mix of large rocks and buff trail, such a good combo . I especially loved the Off camber area we were on (don't know the name) but you had to pay attention to that uphill pedal at all times (great stuff). My favorite was the section of T-Rex (don't know which one) but the technical rocks and twistie path keeps your mojo rockin. We ended up back at the "Trials" area and played there for 20 min or so. What a great way to end a ride. I'd like to thank the County for letting the "Builders" do their thing and who ever the adjacent land owners are, thank you too. I can't wait to get back up to the diamond in the rough !!!

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    Good job!

    Quote Originally Posted by 1stiski
    I know this is a late post, but I'm happy to say, YES, I've ridden "Moon Lake"... Woa, this place has such great potental, and it has been added to my list of "Places I love to ride in PA". I'd like to thank Locals, Joe Fauzio and Bob Caverly for showing Myself, Dale S and Rick M the goods. WE had a fantastic day, the temps were hovering in the 30's in the morning with a stiff breeze it was chilly, but blue sky's were over our heads and we started out at the Air Field area. I can't say enough about this place, its not exceptionally difficult and the climbs arn't lactic burning jaunts, BUT, oh, the goods are so worth the ride. Some technical and a nice mix of large rocks and buff trail, such a good combo . I especially loved the Off camber area we were on (don't know the name) but you had to pay attention to that uphill pedal at all times (great stuff). My favorite was the section of T-Rex (don't know which one) but the technical rocks and twistie path keeps your mojo rockin. We ended up back at the "Trials" area and played there for 20 min or so. What a great way to end a ride. I'd like to thank the County for letting the "Builders" do their thing and who ever the adjacent land owners are, thank you too. I can't wait to get back up to the diamond in the rough !!!
    1stiski

    We love to hear that...

    Thanks as I will pass this on to everyone! You don't know how greatly your comments are appreciated and it gets everyone more psyched to ramp it up even more!

    We started building the downhill section this past weekend right now it goes from the water tanks to the service rd that runs down to Pavlick Rd. I met with Mr Pavlick whose property borders Moon Lake. He was very excited and even came out to ride on Sunday with his son to check the place out! I will say it again It's great to have good neighbors! So, if your looking for a Christmas Tree this year stop by Pavlick's tree farm buy a tree and giv'em a big thanks!

    I'm sure Joe Fauzio is very familiar with this area and can show you around as it was he that suggested we have a long flowing downhill at the mOOn. Thanks Joe. Chuck K. and I roughed out the corridor then Brian W. and Mike K.designed the course and led the workday construction. Those guys have a knack for "FLOW" I gotta say you have to ride this. "One point on the trail Brian and Mike designed this big downhill sweeping "S" turn that allows you to carry speed all the way through! You gotta ride it really soon! I'm sure it will gain the name "SWOOP" cause it is classic! Anyways once you dropout on the service rd turn left and grind back up hill to the crossing service rd that will take you back into the park Big Blue main loop.

    That is just the beginning of the downhill project as well as there will be an expansion of more "Trials" play areas with a full blown trials competition this summer!

    So come back and Ride the mOOn...

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    Ride On!

    Look forward to getting back up there and put some finish work on the trail. It should be a fun one. Thanks to all who showed up and supported. Hopefully we can get back there before the ground freezes.

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    Moon Lake workday updates from 11/2/08

    Excellent workday all:

    Back in the summer during a ride at the mOOn I asked one of our best Moon Lake trails supporters Joe F. what do you think the Moon needs? He replied "I can tell ya what the mOOn needs, a long flowing downhill"

    "Say it's so Joe" We have DH at the mOOn thanks to: Moon Lake Staff, Andy, Clif, Mike, and Paul along with NEPMTBA and crew including: Chuck, Ty, Loren, Jake, Isabella, Joan, Buddy, Bill, Brian, Mike and Myself, also nearby landowners, Ken and Tom helped out with property lines in the successful designing, and constructing the first phase of the downhill trail. Just a note, All trails are on "Moon Lake" property.

    A few highlights are: It begins at the water tanks, but can also be accessed from T-Rex 2 thus making different ways to make more interesting loops to ride or hike. Official name given is "NFS" or Not For Sissys? Nice Fast Swoop? Nice Flow Sucka? or any other colorful alignment you choose to add personal experience to it! Starting out at the water tanks the trail user will encounter a ribbon of flow atop granite cliffs with many optional "Trials" lines, singular glacial boulders, gaps, and flagstone. As the terrain begins to drop away the trail changes to loam covering the rocks and follows the ridge till the super flowy "S" turn designed by Brian and Mike called "Swoop it" You have to ride this to gain the effect of the feeling as you can keep the momentum going all the way through both turns with increasing speed. The trail cuts back on itself in a switch back manner to begin the really steep stuff, that of course in northeastern Pennsylvania we all call the Sideways Slippy or Off Camber. On this section of the downhill exists a line over a huge slab rock that drops away at 2 angles! When dry its a handful, when wet? well let's just say when WET... YIKES!!!!!!!!! Arriving at the bottom it joins a service rd and a turn to the left will take you back uphill to another service rd section of Big Blue. In the future, phase 2 downhill will connect with the Flume and beyond to access future 5858 trail to return back into the park proper.

    I would personally like to thank "ALL" who work, ride, support, provide positive comments and help and make the mOOn an epic place for all to enjoy...

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    More Good news!

    Hey thanks for sharing the story on the progress on the DH trail. Great reading. Can't wait to get back to Moon Lake! Ride On!

    p.s. That shot of Brian doing the Mike pose....hmmmm....
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    I'm guessing that new downhill was the new cut in section flagged in white past the water tank??

    I rode the moon on Monday for the first time after a work appt in Nanticoke. It was a great time. I stopped in the office and the older lady there said you usually park at Pav 2 so with a parking spot and a small map I headed out. Not bad. I rode the blue trail to the road and then up past the "squeezer" and "screamer" past the campgrounds and to what looked like a brand new cut in.

    After that I rode what looked like the more established section on the other side. Nice place all around...

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    Quote Originally Posted by stumpjumper2008
    I'm guessing that new downhill was the new cut in section flagged in white past the water tank??

    I rode the moon on Monday for the first time after a work appt in Nanticoke. It was a great time. I stopped in the office and the older lady there said you usually park at Pav 2 so with a parking spot and a small map I headed out. Not bad. I rode the blue trail to the road and then up past the "squeezer" and "screamer" past the campgrounds and to what looked like a brand new cut in.

    After that I rode what looked like the more established section on the other side. Nice place all around...
    stumpjumper2008

    Dummy me I forgot to mention we used white ribbon on the new downhill. Oh well we progress, and the map will soon be updated to match the new stuff, All in all roaming around finding stuff is cool as it's pretty hard to get really lost up there.

    We rode there tonight and the weather was great for this time of year. We will continue the Wednesday night rides and now we have Saturday rides in November and December meeting at the Nature Center at 12 noon. There is no hunting at the mOOn The mOOn is starting to get a following, and it's good people are enjoying themselves.

    Thanks for the positive comments, and glad you enjoyed the day!
    See ya at the mOOn

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    Can't wait to hit up the SWOOP downhill trail. Probably head out there on Sunday as usual!

    Sorry I missed the workday I will work overtime at the next one!

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    MLP trail update

    To all

    MLP Trail update:

    "Slide" Trail has been extended, tuned and blown clean to improve Flow! Gone is the wicked right turn uphill...

    Enjoy

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    i got a chance to ride the new trail and as mike says it will be sweet once wore in once again brian and mike work their rock magic

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    Well today Brian and I did all the required benchcutting on the new downhill (follow the white ribbons from the water tanks) but when we were done we were WAY too exhausted to ride it so we need everybody out there to ride it repeatedly and pack it all down. It should be pretty sweet now. Enjoy!

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    Good job!

    Man:

    Can't wait to ride it and to Brian and Mike and all that helped a big:

    THANK YOU

    again for all you do!


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    benchcutting

    If you need it for the park records we spent about 4 hours benchcutting it. Ran into a few people checking it out while we were working. It should be pretty much done maybe a few tweaks here and there. We were to tired to make any poses for photos but we'll certainly have our arms raised after we ride it. Ride On.....

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    I've never been riding at Moon Lake yet but the construction of a DH trail definitely has me interested in both riding and trail building there. We made this trail in Mtn Top over the summer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMRXfkjiTtI. Would you be interested in adding jumps/drops/skinnies to this trail?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Finius T Flubberbuster
    I've never been riding at Moon Lake yet but the construction of a DH trail definitely has me interested in both riding and trail building there. We made this trail in Mtn Top over the summer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMRXfkjiTtI. Would you be interested in adding jumps/drops/skinnies to this trail?
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    Good job! Riding the mOOn

    Riding the mOOn:

    11/16/08 Sunday

    1PM meet at the Nature Center

    See ya at the mOOn

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    Good job!

    Quote Originally Posted by NEPMTBA
    Riding the mOOn:

    11/16/08 Sunday

    1PM meet at the Nature Center

    See ya at the mOOn
    Bill's Big NEPMTBA/BMER mOOn Lake Ride was really cool. Bill organized the ride at the mOOn with riders from NEPMTBA and the (BMER)Back Mountain Enduro Riders who spent the afternoon riding the trails at the mOOn. Starting at the Nature Center at Big Blue on to Thorny Hollow then Nature's Way the 15 riders and Buddy the Dog kept a good pace ending up at T-Rex2. From there it was onto the Downhill of Screamer/Squeezer and Swill of your Life trails. Local legend Stevie (Lokie)Loke kept us entertained with his trials moves in the rough rocky sections. Continuing on to the Dark trail we ended up at Mo-Zee trail where we picked up 2 more riders Roz and Chuck Simons on his sharp looking new Canadian model Specialized bike. Peek-A-Boo trail was next on the roster where Chuck K. was doing some filming for the upcoming Moon Lake the Movie. We finished up back at the Nature Center where a good BS session ensued with many compliments of the shape and design of the trails were heard. Tom Jones from Around Town bikes soon joined us after his ride.

    The 2 groups NEPMTBA/BMER have joined forces to expand the efforts of working on trails and riding together. Too bad both of our X-Mas parties are on the same day! So come join a great group of riders as the more the merrier with rides every Saturday in November and December at noon at the mOOn. Of course we still have the Wednesday Night ride at 6PM meeting at the main gate! Also the 11/28/08 Cranksgiving Black Friday ride at 12 noon! Christmas party at Happy Pizza 40 West Main street Plymouth everyone invited.

    See ya at the mOOn
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    Good job! Moon Lake Park new stuff/happenings

    MLP has some more great news!

    A new unique Natural Terrain Dual Slalom Trail is open!

    This is a bit different as it is a side by side trail up to 10 feet wide composed of lot's of turns, but the twist is it's on natural terrain, not machine constructed, so no soil was turned. Purpose you ask? Old school race your buddies for bragging rights kinda trail. It will bring back the BMX old school feeling, plus It will drain like crazy and we can ride it all year even XC ski it once we get the snow! I'm sure we will add some rollers for fun in the spring once we can get some unfrozen topsoil to mak'em. At the finish line you can ride back up through the swimming pool parking lot for more runs making it great continuous fun!

    Free Ride / All Mountain sections trail under construction by the Janick Brothers!

    NEPMTBA and the park staff have invited the Janick Brothers forming a work group to design and construct freeride sections on the downhill side of the park. After a walk through today all I saw was smiling faces as the terrain is perfect for this type of riding! Sections will be all ability levels, and we will have tech clinics in the spring. Building starts next week depending on weather progress will be reported as allowed.

    Pump Track in the Spring!

    Yes, you heard correct were build'in a PUMP track at MLP. We have the design, field, equipment, parking right next to it and the topsoil will be delivered in the spring! All on the 2009 schedule are Monday night summer races! BMX style and Pump style! To race Pump style ya just drop the chain! So grab a BMX bike or use your MTB race your buddies for bragging rights "King of the mOOn"

    Remember we recommend you wear helmets and safety gear!
    Thanks to everyone for your support and positive karma at MLP

    MLP more than just trails a MTB park that you can fish too... LOL!

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    Anyone doing a Green Friday ride?

    Friday after Turkey Day...anyone riding Moon Lake?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffSkisMontana
    Friday after Turkey Day...anyone riding Moon Lake?
    Jeff:

    I'll be there early AM build'in trails then we have our Cranksgiving ride on Black Friday at 12 noon at the mOOn! There is "NO" snow at the mOOn!

    Ride Ride Ride...

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    There is "NO" snow at the mOOn!
    ...damn, were getting blasted with snow here in Ithaca...I'm jealous! I might try and bring my bike home to Kingston tomorrow and catch anyone who might be riding Moon on Friday or Sat. Any help with the fastest directions from Kingston?? ~Steve

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    Smile

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclesilicate
    ...damn, were getting blasted with snow here in Ithaca...I'm jealous! I might try and bring my bike home to Kingston tomorrow and catch anyone who might be riding Moon on Friday or Sat. Any help with the fastest directions from Kingston?? ~Steve
    Steve:

    Head down Rt 11south (Wyoming Ave) thru Plymouth then look for Rt 29 on your right by Banko's fish place(there is a black mini VW bus out there by the road turn rt and head about 6 miles up rt 29. Look for the big green Moon Lake sign on your right turn left there and follow the signs to the park!

    Enjoy the mOOn

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    cool. thanks! hope to see you there! I am jonesing to ride on dirt...as this is how our spot is looking as of now
    http://www.cycle-cny.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=4859

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    Brought my gear...I should be at the moon by 11:30 or 11:45. Hopin' to catch a ride/tour with anyone who might be around. ~Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclesilicate
    Brought my gear...I should be at the moon by 11:30 or 11:45. Hopin' to catch a ride/tour with anyone who might be around. ~Steve
    Steve:

    I'll be there at 10:30 and we have a ride planned for 12 noon. I drive a black Chevy Caviler.

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    Yo! Great to meet all of you folks at moon lake Friday! Big thanks to Jeff, Chis, Lee and the rest of the gang that showed me around...you guys made my visit home even more fantastic! I'm hoping to keep an eye on the weather there so that "the Dude" and I can make an overnight trip there very, very soon to spend more time at the Moon...It seems like a great place and obviously is hosted by a great group of folks! Cant wait to get back there . I'll be in touch! Cheers! ~Steve

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    rode the moon today and guess what lee and crew are building another trail you guys rock thanks for all your hard work

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    The Moon Today..........

    Must have been pretty slippery up there today(Sunday) SlowDave....we drove up just past there a few miles and got in our first BC skiing of the season! Amazing riding Saturday and skiing Sunday. On Saturday.... Lee/Chuck told us about an extension of the downhill trail aka NFS that would go all the way down to the "Flume" that is visible from route 29. They mentioned a new trail that would eventually lead back up to Nature trail from there. That sounds like one really long climb. KRazcustoms, Glahnb, John Mc, and I got chance to ride the downhill trail again Sunday. Krazcustoms was one of the designers and he thought it still needs some work, I could "see" his mind working.... We rode it out this time(making a loop) returning to the Stone steps area and back up T rex 2 to get a shot down the other side. We ended up getting back pretty late and the gates were locked.....luckily Chuck and Lee had keys to the gates to get us outta there!

    btw- did anyone else who rode with the Albany Extreme UniCycler think that riding was amazing or what? He ripped Salamander and the Downhill trail not to mention everywhere else he rode.....seriously hard core. Or how about CycleSilicate just bombing the downhill trail previously sight unseen!!!! Damm.
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    CycleSilicate and Chiffer......

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclesilicate
    Yo! Great to meet all of you folks at moon lake Friday! Big thanks to Jeff, Chis, Lee and the rest of the gang that showed me around...you guys made my visit home even more fantastic! I'm hoping to keep an eye on the weather there so that "the Dude" and I can make an overnight trip there very, very soon to spend more time at the Moon...It seems like a great place and obviously is hosted by a great group of folks! Cant wait to get back there . I'll be in touch! Cheers! ~Steve

    Good riding for sure.....would like to see those pictures of CycleSilicate jumping the ledge at the PlayGround area. I think i was shooting with one of your cameras.
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    WOW:

    To pick up on your kind compliments....

    ... and to update everyone Chuck, Ty, and Myself worked on the trail today that will take you from the flume back into the park proper. The name is 5858. Reason 5+8+5+8 = 26 or the 26th trail we have built in the park. Right now the first phase is open and rideble, and Dave Scott(aka SlowDave) is the first to ride it! How do you find it? Natures Way from the main gate, just before you hit the service rd. there is a left turn on to 5858 trail(no signs right now but coming soon) You go about 50 feet and cross a service rd. then begin climbing up and out towards Rt 29 and the trail skirts the edge of great overlooking cliffs along the highway. I cut almost one hundred downed trees going through 3 chainsaw chains in the process, but we wanted to keep logovers to a minimum, so there are very few to interrupt the flow, but the rocks and twistys will add to the tech factor! As you proceed with phase one segment of 5858 you come to a service rd(turn right) and follow it past the intersection with Salamander(ride Salamander if you like) or continue back to the main service rd to connect with the rest of the park proper. As usual it sounds worse than it is to find your way around, but we will all learn it quickly as we did the other trails in the park.If ya want a tour we will ride it this Wednesday night.

    I would like to say myself along with the NEPMTBA members, park staff, and park manager are very thankful to all who we have met, rode with, and have offered their support in this effort cause trails without riders are just trails. Seeing everyone enjoying themselves riding and making memories is the ultimate!

    So what's left on this epic journey?
    1.Phase two of 5858 to the flume.(many trees down and building the new trail)
    2.The flume (clearing many trees down blocking access) I should explain the flume. The flume is a very old concrete waterway(not used now) that carried drinking water from Pike's Creek dam to Plymouth and Nanticoke many years ago. Along side is a pathway we can use to ride along. Very scenic! Also the connection with Lackawanna State Forest.
    3.The connection with phase two of the downhill.
    4 Phase two of the downhill.

    See ya at the mOOn

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    Greeting from Kentucky

    Hey guys,

    I had a great time riding this past Friday. You'all have done a great job with the trails in the park. My bro-in-law and I were very impressed with the hospitality toward new riders. Keep up the great work and I look forward to riding the next time I'm in NEPA.

    Bob Miller

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    Good riding for sure.....would like to see those pictures of CycleSilicate jumping the ledge at the PlayGround area. I think i was shooting with one of your cameras.
    I had a few decent shots on my camera...I would have taken more if I wasn't pressed for time. Hopefully I'll be back this sat.
    http://www.cycle-cny.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=4865

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    Good job!

    Quote Originally Posted by footdocrrm
    Hey guys,

    I had a great time riding this past Friday. You'all have done a great job with the trails in the park. My bro-in-law and I were very impressed with the hospitality toward new riders. Keep up the great work and I look forward to riding the next time I'm in NEPA.

    Bob Miller
    Bob:

    Thanks for riding with us and the next time you stop by we will have lot's more to show you. Keep in touch!

    Do you have Roland's email?

    If you do here's mine so as you can please forward it to me!
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    Hi Moonies, great ride last week, thanks for showing us the trails. I'll try to bring a few more munis down next time. We had 4 of us at a mtb race in Schenectady yesterday where I had a spectacular finish pictured below
    -Roland

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    Rolandisimo, CycleSilicate, Footdocrrm.....

    Thanks for sharing the pics of the ride as well as the race....the rock jumps looked good. Here is a vid that one of the guys who rode with us(Joe R.) forwarded to me after seeing you guys ride....

    <object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/1uPznTbus3g&hl=en&fs=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/1uPznTbus3g&hl=en&fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object>
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    Roland:

    Great Pic!!!!!!!
    Please tell me you saved that!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! Moon Lake Trail Distances circa 2/24/09

    Thanks to Chris Chiffer Murphy for GPSing, designing, and now adding distances to the Moon lake Park trail map system!

    Moon Map Legend

    <table border="1" cellspacing="0" cols="4" frame="void" rules="none"><caption>Map Legend Data</caption> <colgroup><col width="215"><col width="122"><col width="86"><col width="86"></colgroup> <tbody> <tr> <td align="left" height="17" width="215">Trail</td> <td align="left" width="122">Distance (ft)</td> <td align="left" width="86">Distance (mi)</td> <td align="left" width="86">Notes</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="left" height="17">Natures Way</td> <td sdnum="1033;" sdval="2616" align="left">2616</td> <td sdnum="1033;" sdval="0.495454544424" align="left">0.5</td> <td align="left"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td sdnum="1033;" sdval="5858" align="left" height="17">5858</td> <td sdnum="1033;" sdval="2307" align="left">2307</td> <td sdnum="1033;" sdval="0.436931817273" align="left">0.44</td> <td align="left"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="left" height="17">Salamander</td> <td sdnum="1033;" sdval="4392" align="left">4392</td> <td sdnum="1033;" sdval="0.831818180088" align="left">0.83</td> <td align="left">Includes service road</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="left" height="17">Natures Way to Trex Service Road</td> <td sdnum="1033;" sdval="3358" align="left">3358</td> <td sdnum="1033;" sdval="0.635984847162" align="left">0.64</td> <td align="left"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="left" height="17" valign="top">Plan B</td> <td sdnum="1033;" sdval="2125" align="left" height="17" valign="top">2125</td> <td sdnum="1033;" sdval="0.402462120375" align="left" height="17" valign="top">0.4</td> <td align="left" height="17" valign="top">Alternate way out from NFS</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="left" height="17">NFS</td> <td sdnum="1033;" sdval="3031" align="left">3031</td> <td sdnum="1033;" sdval="0.574053029109" align="left">0.57</td> <td align="left"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="left" height="17">T-rex 1</td> <td sdnum="1033;" sdval="840" align="left">840</td> <td sdnum="1033;" sdval="0.15909090876" align="left">0.16</td> <td align="left"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="left" height="17">T-rex 2</td> <td sdnum="1033;" sdval="3062" align="left">3062</td> <td sdnum="1033;" sdval="0.579924241218" align="left">0.58</td> <td align="left"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="left" height="17">Stone Steps to Campground road</td> <td sdnum="1033;" sdval="1497" align="left">1497</td> <td sdnum="1033;" sdval="0.283522726683" align="left">0.28</td> <td align="left"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="left" height="17">Skinny trail from start to trials area</td> <td sdnum="1033;" sdval="3370" align="left">3370</td> <td sdnum="1033;" sdval="0.63825757443" align="left">0.64</td> <td align="left"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="left" height="17">Skinny bailout to marina</td> <td sdnum="1033;" sdval="981" align="left">981</td> <td sdnum="1033;" sdval="0.185795454159" align="left">0.19</td> <td align="left"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="left" height="17">Edge of the Ledge</td> <td sdnum="1033;" sdval="1642" align="left">1642</td> <td sdnum="1033;" sdval="0.310984847838" align="left">0.31</td> <td align="left"> 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height="17">Buddy's</td> <td sdnum="1033;" sdval="1132" align="left">1132</td> <td sdnum="1033;" sdval="0.214393938948" align="left">0.21</td> <td align="left"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="left" height="17">Farm Road</td> <td sdnum="1033;" sdval="952" align="left">952</td> <td sdnum="1033;" sdval="0.180303029928" align="left">0.18</td> <td align="left"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="left" height="17">Dual Slalom</td> <td sdnum="1033;" sdval="1242" align="left">1242</td> <td sdnum="1033;" sdval="0.235227272238" align="left">0.24</td> <td align="left"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="left" height="17">Mo-Zee</td> <td sdnum="1033;" sdval="785" align="left">785</td> <td sdnum="1033;" sdval="0.148674242115" align="left">0.15</td> <td align="left"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="left" height="17">Peek-A-Boo</td> <td sdnum="1033;" sdval="3208" align="left">3208</td> <td sdnum="1033;" sdval="0.607575756312" align="left">0.61</td> <td align="left"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="left" height="17">Rock-It!</td> <td sdnum="1033;" sdval="1480" align="left">1480</td> <td sdnum="1033;" sdval="0.28030302972" align="left">0.28</td> <td align="left"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="left" height="17">Thorny Hollow</td> <td sdnum="1033;" sdval="1264" align="left">1264</td> <td sdnum="1033;" sdval="0.239393938896" align="left">0.24</td> <td align="left"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="left" height="17">Rock Waterfall</td> <td sdnum="1033;" sdval="884" align="left">884</td> <td sdnum="1033;" sdval="0.167424242076" align="left">0.17</td> <td align="left"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="left" height="17">Big Blue</td> <td sdnum="1033;" sdval="3720" align="left">3720</td> <td sdnum="1033;" sdval="0.70454545308" align="left">0.7</td> <td align="left"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="left" height="17" valign="top">Five Tree</td> <td sdnum="1033;" sdval="4416" align="left" height="17" valign="top">4416</td> <td sdnum="1033;" sdval="0.836363634624" align="left" height="17" valign="top">0.84</td> <td align="left" height="17" valign="top">Includes a nightmare section between the five tree parts</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="left" height="17">Nightmare</td> <td sdnum="1033;" sdval="2626" align="left">2626</td> <td sdnum="1033;" sdval="0.497348483814" align="left">0.5</td> <td align="left"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="left" height="17">Burt's</td> <td sdnum="1033;" sdval="1104" align="left">1104</td> <td sdnum="1033;" sdval="0.209090908656" align="left">0.21</td> <td align="left"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="left" height="17">Moto</td> <td sdnum="1033;" sdval="1475" align="left">1475</td> <td sdnum="1033;" sdval="0.279356060025" align="left">0.28</td></tr></tbody></table>

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    wow they are short!

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    Short trails = lots of options and lots of fun!

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    are conditions ride-able at moon 3/09? How are things looking? I was probably heading that way soon, and was wondering if I should bring the bike along...any conditions info would be apreciated. mucho gracias. Steve

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    Conditions

    Hey Steve, I haven't been up to the Moon this year but conditions around Mtn Top have been really variable. We went south yesterday to Rattling Creek to find perfect conditions. We rode with MTBR'R -1Stiski for an epic day. Here is a site that you can monitor for conditions:

    http://trails.ellisworld.us/#

    It is new and is only as good as the latest post but have found it to be accurate. Lee has been updating the Moon Lake section on this site. Right now we probably have about 3 more weeks of freeze thaw cycle to get through. Still planning on you coming to Mtn Top to ride....
    There are two paths you can go by but in the long run........

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