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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! Moon Lake Trail damage reports here

    Hello fellow hurricane survivors...

    ...Ok so previous work completed and Monday it rained again, but people were at da mOOn working on trails and riding!

    The saddest part is we have discuss the fact that a tornado did go through the mOOn, because you can see the path in a straight line and in that path the trees are twisted right off the stumps, sadly "SLIDE" trail was right in the alley the tornado took! It is basically CLOSED right now don't waist your time trying to hike-a-bike it, just too many trees down, rerouting isn't possible, nor do we wanna do that as SLIDE had a character of it's own and riders who like SLDIE liked it for that reason!

    We will have special SLIDE work day of it's own soon to get it open unless anyone wants to cut trees as they have time!

    Edge had a section in the path of the tornado, but we can get the trees cut out.

    Good news is "Goin Up" is open, thanks Dave and Amy


    I saw Mini and Wyatt from the Danville crew and they hit up Salamander. I'm sure Wyatt will post up their progress there.

    So the biggie is the NFS, FLume, 5858 loop still to be tackled.

    Dave and Amy T. and myself removed salad from Watkins, Eddie Turchin, but trees are still down.

    Updates: As you can read in posts below lots got done today, just couldn't stop the trail gnomes, they are "work crazy"

    The list is updated.

    If your out and about at da mOOn and ya see trees down on a trail, report it here. This way we can get to it quicker to get it cleaned up! From the stuff I was on yesterday looks like lot and lots of "SALAD", anyone hungry?... LOL

    Thanks...
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    Maybe we should have a work day, bring out the leaf blowers, saws, and pruners.
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    Was out the Moon tonight. Few trees down on Natures way and 8. after several stops to remove sticks from my derailleur I decided to walk the bike and clear debris as I went. Got most of the ankle stabbers, eye gougers and small logs and trees moved from natures way one and 8 up till the Salamander intersection.at least the ones this old body could lift, drag, or break. I guess about a mile total. The bugs got pretty bad so I had to bail. If anyone gets a clean up crew organized let me know. I will me more than happy to lend a hand. I have been enjoying the trails all summer and would feel quite guilty if I did not lend a hand where I could.

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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead!

    Well we got work to do!

    After a tour of the park with security Gene there are lots of trees down. Buddy's trail is virtually gone, under a cover of trees. Just so everyone knows this is very bad, it will take lots of work to get it open the way we like it!

    I will be at the park tomorrow Wednesday to get stuff going and the Hunlock's(HCGA) crew is joining me, I don't expect people to not ride, but it will be different if you do, expect to hike a bike a lot.

    If your not going to ride, but are interested in still coming to work on stuff that would be great! Our plan is to cut and run, move the stuff later or if we have helpers to move stuff off the trail that would be a big help!

    Myself and the HCGA crew will be working at Buddys trail, just stop after 5 or later and park right along the park paved road that runs down to the traffic circle(its OK to do so) you will see us there. You won't get locked in don't worry about that, I have it covered.

    I will post a workday for all day Saturday also!

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    Man I so intended to be there tonight, loaded up the truck this morning with tools, snippers, limb lopper, leaf blower, even stopped and bought a good saw this morning, but I pulled a muscle in my back with some violent caughing this morning.

    I still might show up, not sure what I can do to help, I'm sure I could run the leaf blower if nothing else.
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    Good job!

    Lots more done... people are showing up different times and just getting stuff done, and word in the park is: Work till it's all done!

    Wednesday night: work completed
    Thursday: work completed
    Friday: work completed
    Saturday: work completed
    Sunday: Some work done - lightning/rain
    Monday "LABOR DAY" some work done/rain again
    Tuesday no work scheduled
    Wednesday night work?

    Great work everybody...

    If ya did something or know something that was done by a non posted throw it out or: email: nepmtba@yahoo.com
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    No work scheduled for Tuesday

    Thanks for the help now and in the past
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    So there are more trails to be done just look at the list and pick to your hearts desire!
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    I put up a list of mOOn trails, then I'll edit it as we get them done!

    Anyone wanting to help, please look at the list, pick a trail and take to it, let us know how the outcome is, don't worry about cutting big stuff just do whatever you can and report it back, this way we can get the trails done quicker and get everyone back to riding.

    (Need someone to ride NFS, Flume, 5858 and report)

    Thanks from da mOOn trails!


    Moon Lake Park Trails
    updated 9:54 PM Sunday - progress as of 9/4/11

    Trails in blue are basically open
    Trails in red work in progress
    Trails in black need to be checked and salad removed

    Trails cleaned, open

    1. 8 - some interesting reroutes, cleaned, open all sections
    2. 5858---- section end to Deacon, cleaned, open
    5858
    --------section from Nature's Way 1 tree, cleaned, open
    3. 5 Tree ---- cleaned, open
    4. Big Blue - cleaned, open
    5. Buddys--------------- Rerouted, cleaned, open
    6. Burts - cleaned, open
    7. Dark------------------ one tree down still, cleaned, open
    8. Deacon - cleaned, open
    9. Farm Rd ---- cleaned, open
    10. Goin - Up ------------ cleaned, open
    11. Ledgeview - cleaned, open

    12. Lolli-Pup ---- cleaned, open(Chriffers favorite trail... LOL)
    13. Moto ---- cleaned, open
    14. Mo-Zee------------- cleaned, open
    15. Nature's Way 1------ cleaned, open
    16. Nature's Way 2------ cleaned, open

    17. Nitemare ----- cleaned, open
    18. Peek-a-Boo-------- cleaned, open
    19. Screamer - cleaned, open
    20. Service Rd 1---------- open
    21. Thorny-------- cleaned, open
    22. T-Rex1 ----cleaned, open
    23. T-Rex2------ cleaned
    , open
    24. Twister - cleaned, open

    25. What---------- cleaned, open
    26.
    27.
    28.
    29.
    30.

    Trails totally cleaned and open:
    25 (14 finished on Saturday)!!!!!


    Work in progress

    5858----from Deacon to Flume, trees down, needs salad removal

    Eddie Turchin(ET) - salad removed, trees down
    Edge - from Skinnys to Trials area needs salad remove & cked 4 trees
    JKE - trees down, salad removed
    Salamander - Danville crew reports cleaned, open, a few trees down
    Skills area --------------- open, needs salad removal

    Slide - CLOSED tornado damage, many trees down
    Watkins--------- trees down, salad removed

    Poor orphan trails, some still need adoption

    Big Stick
    Big Stinky Uphill(BSU) --- one tree down, remove salad
    Deacon Trials area ---- remove salad
    Dr Feelgood
    Dual --- trees down, remove salad
    Eagle -- need report
    Flume - need report
    NFS - NFS/Flume/5858,(need someone to ride this loop to check it)
    Ol'Yeller -- needs to be checked from Trials Area to Goin-Up
    Plan B - trees down on upper/need report on lower
    Rock-it - need report
    Service Rd 2 Trees down, remove salad
    Skinnys - trees down, remove salad
    TTS - need someone to ride/report back, could do shuttle at the bottom back up by car/truck

    Did I get'em all, cause it's off the top of my head(the flat part)... LOL

    I just gotta say if the trails could talk they would be thanking everyone for the great effort put forth to get this beautiful park and trails rolling again. We have many great people in this area "who care"...

    ... that says it all

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    More info here:

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    Tonight Lisa and I went up 5858 to the Nature's Way intersection and cleared what we could with my handsaw as well as picking up debris. However, there were a handful of blowdowns that were way too big to get by hand - mostly towards the bottom but there are one or two in the upper section too.

    Big THANKS to everyone else who's out there picking up/cutting/etc. as well. Every little bit helps.

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    The amount of small debri on the trail was amazing, it was literally covered, on Big Blue I got about 1/8 of a mile or more past Nightmare before running out of gas, Chris was walking in front of me moving the bigger stuff, and my leaf blower cleaned up the rest.
    We were finding limbs imbeded in the ground 8-10 inches deep.

    I have a party to go to Saturday, but I plan on coming up early in the morning and finishing Big Blue, so save that one for me.
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    ... and if we just ...

    DR:

    Thanks for doing that...

    ...if you notice being in the woods on the trails now seems more open and airy, the trees were kinda "air" blasted thin of leaves, I guess it's a natures way of saving the tree by releasing stuff to lighten the tree, so it doesn't blow over.

    Salad for me, salad for you! Bring salad dressing! Ranch or French.

    Big Blue is saved 4 you!

    Awww... that rhymes!

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    Buddys report from Wednesday night:

    Ledgeview has about 4 BIG ones down. Other than the BIG ones, not bad.

    The second part of eight - up to where you have the "hill challenge" it is okay. Then OMG - real big ones down. By where you can see the Downhill course.

    Some chain saw will be required on TRex 2. Not too bad.

    Watkins will need a chain saw.

    I will transfer this info to the master trail list in thread above

    I wonder how many words a minute Buddy can type?
    Good Dog!
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    We got a good amount of work done in a short amount of time on Wed. night but it still looks like we have a long way to go. I see that plans were made to work on Sat. afternoon. I will be there then but I am also available any time on Fri. Is anyone planning on doing trail work during the day on Fri. ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtrider6 View Post
    Man I so intended to be there tonight, loaded up the truck this morning with tools, snippers, limb lopper, leaf blower, even stopped and bought a good saw this morning, but I pulled a muscle in my back with some violent caughing this morning.
    Me too! I was all loaded up....on beer and got my mustache caught in the refrigerator door. Nearly ripped my face off. Had to have a few more beers after that. Hopefully I'll recover and make it next week or the week after....or after I run out of beer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canadian Chuck View Post
    Me too! I was all loaded up....on beer and got my mustache caught in the refrigerator door. Nearly ripped my face off. Had to have a few more beers after that. Hopefully I'll recover and make it next week or the week after....or after I run out of beer!
    I never ever runout of beer!

    Sucks......I have had my portable tens unit on all day, I might be forced to go to my chiropractor that I havent been to since I destroyed my leg over 2 years ago.
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    ill be there to do some work at 4:30 today until about 6:30 (fantasy draft at 7) then tomorrow I'd be good to work in the afternoon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canadian Chuck View Post
    Me too! I was all loaded up....on beer and got my mustache caught in the refrigerator door. Nearly ripped my face off. Had to have a few more beers after that. Hopefully I'll recover and make it next week or the week after....or after I run out of beer!
    Now that's funny you should have posted that in your picture thread

    In fact that might explain the picture!... LOL

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    Matt, Murph, and I headed up today and were able to clear screamer and the trex 2 bottom extension. they now just need to be blown out.

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    Good job!

    Quote Originally Posted by wnb800 View Post
    Matt, Murph, and I headed up today and were able to clear screamer and the trex 2 bottom extension. they now just need to be blown out.
    Thanks... Good stuff...

    Updated the list!

    Old School, Farmboy Single Speed (NEPMTBA)will be at the park tomorrow Friday doing T-Rex1, Screamer, and Farm Rd.

    If I get that done, I'm onto more stuff...

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    Starting from the beginning of Watkins at the road all clear up to the split.
    Take the split right and it is clear up to going up with the exception of one big tree that needs chainsaw attention.
    Going up is clear almost to the ledges.
    The trails that are off of going up to the left are partly clear.
    There are some big blow downs on the trail below Going Up that has all of the med size trees laying parallel the trail, I do not know the name.
    Clear means no branches, no blow downs and completely raked.
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    Some of us should be back tomorrow around 1 for more cutting and whatever else is needed

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    ... and if we just ...

    Quote Originally Posted by wnb800 View Post
    Some of us should be back tomorrow around 1 for more cutting and whatever else is needed
    The majors are 5858,(5858 not too bad Rt 29 follows it mostly) Salamander, NFS hard to get to, long trails, might be able to arrange car parking as a shuttle after work is done driving back is better than walking out with equipment.

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    I'm sure everyone doing trail work is really glad to see "MORE TREE" pics... LOL
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    Good job!

    T-Rex2 your favorite trail is done and open...

    ... 2 downed trees remain, first tree is laying across the trail near the entrance coming in from the water tank service rd, it's a biggie, second tree is in the middle after the rock garden medium sized.

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    I will have the chainsaw on trex 1 and 2 tomorrow. We cleared out ledgeview tonight so its 100% up and running.

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    Good job!

    Quote Originally Posted by wnb800 View Post
    I will have the chainsaw on trex 1 and 2 tomorrow. We cleared out ledgeview tonight so its 100% up and running.
    Do I need to de-salad Ledgeview?

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    We were hoping to get Ledgeview, 8 and Deacon done today. The number of trees down on Ledgeview really slowed us down, so that is the only trail that we completely cleared. It looks to be in pretty good shape. We had to make a couple very slight reroutes, but it should work out fine. I also left a pile of wood at the Deacon trials area in case we need to build a bridge or ramp in certain areas.

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    ... and if we just ...

    Quote Originally Posted by kuhlkat View Post
    We were hoping to get Ledgeview, 8 and Deacon done today...

    ...t a pile of wood at the Deacon trials area in case we need to build a bridge or ramp in certain areas.
    When I get done I will head over your way!
    See ya in the AM

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    I continued on Big Blue today.



    Kind of slow going, I would walk ahead and move the branches then walk back to the leaf blower snipping branches on the way, then leaf blow a section.



    Looks like I will finally get to try out my new saw.



    Making my way to Five tree.



    I made it to the five tree intersection, then turned right, made it about another 1/4 mile, and ran into a tree top facing me, it covered the whole trail, and will need to be attacked with a chain saw from the other side.
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    Good job guys, wish I could lend a helping hand but too busy today. I will be out tomorrow around 10:30am (main gate) for a loop if anyone is interested.

    -Alex

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    8, Deacon, Trex 1 and 2 all complete and open after an 8 hour day by myself and some volunteers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wnb800 View Post
    8, Deacon, Trex 1 and 2 all complete and open after an 8 hour day by myself and some volunteers.
    that's awesome.

    *respect*

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    ... and if we just ...

    Quote Originally Posted by wnb800 View Post
    8, Deacon, Trex 1 and 2 all complete and open after an 8 hour day by myself and some volunteers.
    Kramer wouldn't be happy...

    ...I heard they were trail knomes, not volunteers!

    Volunteers do as their told...

    ... knomes make........................... (optional)................stuff

    red rover, red rover, red rover
    reroute, reroute, reroute

    LMAO

    YOU GUYS!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtrider6 View Post
    Maybe we should have a work day, bring out the leaf blowers, saws, and pruners.
    OK, so the hurricane was a week ago today, 9/4/11, since then we have had 5 workdays in a row!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    DO YA STILL WANNA HAVE A WORKDAY?????????????????


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    Good job!

    DR:

    In the last pic cannot even imagine a trail ran through there a few days ago and we were on it!

    Nice work, we will get the big tree cut out.

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    Started at the bottomn of JKE today, just before the ramps there are HUGE trees down.
    I blew out the salad up to the split, then went left, at the next intersection to the right there is another big tree down.
    On the way down I ran into Lee and we could hear the thunderstorm over our heads, we could hear the rain as it pounded through the trees right at us, we started hightailing it out of there, twice right over our heads the lightning struck, and I was carrying a metal walking stick!
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    Good job!

    Like Chuck said it was "ELECTRIC"...


    ... So JKE has big trees at the section in from the sanitation plant no way to reroute so they gotta go, but it is free of salad.

    Dave K and I got a ride in and Plan B has downed trees, since it's a service road they gotta go, no reroutes!

    Looked at Dr Feelgood and Big Stick, BS just looks like salad removal will do didn't get too far into Dr F.

    Work continues Monday...
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    Hey Lee,

    Let me know if you still need some chain sawing at the Moon. I aslo have a ton of days off so I will try to get some scheduled to get some work done at HGA too.

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    Skinnys, What ever it's called that goes from the campground down to across from Watkins, Goin Up are de-foliaged! Trees on Skinnys and Watkins.
    ahh...the sound of my hub when I coast.

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    Good job!

    Quote Originally Posted by Got-Bike!! View Post
    Skinnys, What ever it's called that goes from the campground down to across from Watkins, Goin Up are de-foliaged! Trees on Skinnys and Watkins.
    OMG how did you pick "ALL" the leaves off the standing trees?

    heh, heh.. you said "de-foliaged"

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    I said the trails were de-foliaged! Not the standing trees! No trees were harmed during this process!
    ahh...the sound of my hub when I coast.

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    Might need a "VACATION" now!

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    Salamander

    Mini and I made it up from Bloomsburg today to work on Salamander. We made a lot of progress, but it's gonna take another day at least. The Moon is in really bad shape, but there are some people stepping up to help out. We ran into Koolkat and Joan and of course Lee today all working hard to get the trails reopened. It's amazing how much damage the wind can do! We started at the Deacon end of the trail on the doubletrack and cleared that of all the big stuff and it's able to be ridden now, we didn't make it super pretty because it's doubletrack. Once it turns to singletrack we got serious, we cut out some tree tops and large limbs, but when we got to the first large tree across the trail we had a chainsaw malfunction so that's only halfway cut out. We hand raked a large portion of the trail, but there are a bunch of trees down that need cut yet and it the rest of it needs finished. I'm gonna take wed. or thurs. off work and head up to try and finish it up. I took a few pics just to show the damage...
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    Good job!

    I just gotta say people come from everywhere to RIDE da mOOn...

    ...better yet, people come from everywhere to REPAIR da mOOn

    Thanks Wyatt and Mini, and da rest of the Danville crew!


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    salamander

    The wife and I made it back up to the Moon yesterday early a.m. and made some progress. It rained the entire time we were there, we got a lot of trees cut off the trail and did some more raking, but the trail was a little like a creek down on the bottom... It was cut short by phone calls from the schools and my sister, schools were letting out and the water was rising in my sisters basement. So back to Bloomsburg for a long night of moving stuff from basements and other assorted fun.
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    wow, sorry for all the sideways pics... No time to fix now.

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    Hmmm, pics look okay on my phone(tapatalk) ? Have to check the laptop later....

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    Is it possible to get to moon lake with all of the flooding? I was thinking about doing some trail work tomorrow.
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    A friend who lives on 29 said the road is out by the dam. So I'd come across 118 then down to Moon.
    ahh...the sound of my hub when I coast.

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    With all the recent rain and severe flooding, is the Moon rideable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn333 View Post
    With all the recent rain and severe flooding, is the Moon rideable.
    Don't know what rain did, but Moon tends to handle that pretty well. A couple trails like JKE/The Dark/Thorny/lower TRex2/Watkins will probably be wet/muddy for a day or so but otherwise okay.

    Area right next to the lake I'd expect to be pretty dang wet too, but not many of the trail actually go there.

    Moon is essentially up on the hill, so not really in thread of flooding like something closer down.

    Still, I find myself thinking about a ride this morning and wondering whether it's worth going to any trail right now. We did has some more rain last night, but not a bunch.

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    Amy and I just rode the Moon at 11:30. Natures way to Deacon to ledgeview to 8 to edge to old yeller to t-Re2 backwards to t-Rex1 to 8 backwards. Everything except the double track going to natures way is pretty much dry.
    ahh...the sound of my hub when I coast.

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    Took the long way to the Moon today, Memorial Highway, 118, ect..
    28 Miles
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    Getting to ride the Moon again....priceless.

    Did my usual route, for the most part the trails are in good shape, except for the tree about 8" around sticking out of the crotch of a tree at the intersection of 8 right at head height coming around a corner, I just noticed it out of the corner of my eye and instinctively ducked...good thing! I managed to break it off and get it out of the way.

    Bridge by the Damp.


    Moved all the branches piling up against it and forming a dam.

    The Bridge is out on Mosey again.

    A BIG shout out to everyone who helped get the trails back in riding shape in such a short amount of time.

    On the way home I figured I would try the normal route, down Hunlock Creek, this is what I found.



    The road is open all the way to Chase road, you can then take that out to the Cross Valley, just a heads up in case someones not sure what roads are open.
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    I was thinking about trying to get up there this coming Wednesday. I come 239 through Macanaqua, onto 11 in Shickshinny, and then left at Hunlock creek and onto Hartman to the Moon. Does anyone know if any of these are currently closed? Thanks in advance, it's a bummer driving 30 minutes and then finding that the road is out and having to turn around.

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    I can tell you Macanaqua got hit really bad, I would be surprised if the roads were open down there.
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    Shickshinny was completely under water, as was the Rt 11 / 29 intersection in Nanticoke (Banko's was up to it's roof-line in water). I'd not consider that the way to go until someone local posts that it is actually clear and serviceable.

    There are a LOT of roads with drainage damage, like dr6 found, here and there, even far uphill from the river.

    If the damage in West Pittston is anything to go by ( Maria and I were out there volunteering, somewhat, today ) then I'd expect travel in Nanticoke and Shickshinny to be restricted - particularly after hours - until we've been told otherwise. National Guard was posted and checking people going into West Pittston, for example.

    ;^(

    ps. NEPMTBA lives in West Pittston, he and his mother are fine and they got lucky and only "lost" the basement ... but they don't have power yet and are working hard to reclaim their house. Their neighborhood looks like a mud-water bomb went off, it's really, really sad.




    note: other streets had household contents piled up waiting for the back-hoes to shovel them into trucks to carry them away, up to 10' or higher tall. Think roads lined with mud-destroyed household goods.


    this kind of shows the water level. The Curry's were lucky as the water crested 2" below their 1st floor FLOOR, most of the 'hood was not so lucky. Major credit to Jeremy S. for being out there apparently all day with Lee helping him out.

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    I was concerned about Lee knowing where he lives, I shot him a email Friday, I was in Pittston on Saturday, but couldn't get to West Pitston bridges were blocked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtrider6 View Post
    I was concerned about Lee knowing where he lives, I shot him a email Friday, I was in Pittston on Saturday, but couldn't get to West Pitston bridges were blocked.
    Yeah, you would have needed to go up to the 309 bridge to cross over and then come back north on rt11.

    They were in good spirits, just tired n dirty. So much more fortunate than their neighbors (for the most part).

    The area between the RR tracks and the river was the hardest hit that I saw.

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    I'm not sure when I'll make it up to finish the work on salamander, it's still a mess here, got power, still no water. I don't know if I can get there without driving a 100 miles anyway?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wyatt79m View Post
    I'm not sure when I'll make it up to finish the work on salamander, it's still a mess here, got power, still no water. I don't know if I can get there without driving a 100 miles anyway?
    I think you need to Take Care Of Business first, Salamander will get helped out.

    Getting there is doable, but not as direct for you for sure until rt11 opens up all the way, and 29 is clear from 11 up. High-way-way would work though and wouldn't add TOO much more time...

    80 -> 81 -> 309 (cross valley) -> Hillside Rd (left) -> Chase Rd (left) -> 29 (right).

    Back-tracking of course gives you the option of stopping at Hillside Farm just a bit before you get onto 309 for some super-lucious frozen dairy-based confections.

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    thanks for the route...

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    Quote Originally Posted by wyatt79m View Post
    thanks for the route...
    Are 487 and 118 clear? According to PennDot, 487 is only closed around Catawissa LINK. That'd be faster from Bloom than Bear's way.

    487 North to 118 East to 29 South.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonz View Post
    Are 487 and 118 clear? According to PennDot, 487 is only closed around Catawissa LINK. That'd be faster from Bloom than Bear's way.

    487 North to 118 East to 29 South.
    A couple weeks ago Chriffer and I went the back way to BESF, which took us from Shickshinny via 239 to 487 to 254. There was some kind of crazy construction going on that required a long-term detour to get from 239 to 487 (somewhere in the vicinity of Benton). I honestly don't know if it affected 487 through, but I don't *believe* so.

    In general, always take Jonz' advice over mine on PA routing, btw.

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    This list was updated today.


    Road closures



    PennDOT District 4 has announced the following roads are closed.

    Luzerne County•
    SR 29 – Ramp at SR 29 South, Exit 3 is closed today due to a washout

    • SR 29 is closed in both directions between Red Barn Road in Jackson Township and Hartman Road in Lehman Township

    • SR 239 is closed in both directions from the intersection of Ruckle Hill Road in Conyngham to the intersection of Pond Hill Road in Conyngham Township

    • SR 2004: Jenkins Township; police request that large trucks avoid SR 2004 (River Road).

    • SR. 2006 (Main Street) Duryea is closed from Phoenix Street to Stephenson Street

    • SR 3001 (Market Street) is closed from the Industrial Park Entrance to the West Nanticoke Bridge in Nanticoke

    • SR 4013 (Mossville Road) Fairmont Township, is closed in both directions from the intersection of Bethel Hill Road in Fairmount to the intersection of SR 118 SH in Fairmount

    • SR 4015 (Bethel Hill Road) is closed from the intersection with SR 118 to the intersection of SR 4024 (Talcott Hill Road).

    • SR 4024 (Talcott Hill Road) (Ross Township) is closed from the intersection with SR 4015 (Bethel Hill Road) to the intersection with SR 4021 (Broadway Road)



    Wyoming County•
    Truck Information: Trucks going to or coming from Tunkhannock: Rt 29 is closed between Bowman’s Creek and Evans Falls. Use Interstate 81 North to US 6 West to Tunkhannock, for northbound. Use US 6 East to Interstate 81 south for points south.

    • SR 29 is closed in both directions between Beaver Street in Noxen and Bigelow Street in Monroe Township

    • SR 29 is closed in both directions between SR 309 in Tunkhannock and SR 292 in Eaton

    • SR 29 is closed in both directions between Maple Street and Tannery Street in Noxen

    • SR 187 (PA-187) is closed in both directions between the intersections of SR 4002 SH in North Branch to the intersection of Wyalusing and New Albany in Terry

    • SR 1010 is closed in both directions between the intersections of Main Street in Oakland to the intersection of Main Street/ Susquehanna Avenue in Hallstead for bridge inspection

    • SR 267 is closed in both directions from the beginning of the road to Boro Road in Meshoppen

    • SR 2001 (SR 2001 SH) is closed in both directions from the intersection of SR 2018 SH in Monroe to Wyoming County (65)

    • SR 2007 (Keelersburg Road) is closed in both directions between SR 29 and Barziloski Road in Eaton

    • SR 2008 (Sand Plant Road) is closed in both directions between SR 92 and Sandy Valley Drive in Falls

    • SR 3005 (Eaton Road) is closed in both directions between SR 29 and Private Drive in Eaton
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtrider6 View Post
    • SR 29 is closed in both directions between Red Barn Road in Jackson Township and Hartman Road in Lehman Township
    I went to Google Maps, Mapquest and Bing - none of them acknowledge the existence of Red Barn Road. Is it north or south of Moon Lake?

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    I did the same thing. Could not find it anywhere.

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    Jackson Township (where Red Barn Rd is supposed to be according to the above) is south of Moon, apparently centered on the east side of 29 and north of Chase Rd (according to google maps).

    I don't really know what all this means.

    If there is a problem with the runout from the reservoir and the creeks lower along 29 I'd understand, but that would block off relatively easy access to ML. There are a bunch of other small roads up there to wind around in but it sounds like a PITA. Going to ML from WB by way of 118/29 seems kind-of like walking a camel for 100 miles for a drink of water.

    Wish I knew someone up that direction who could scope it.

    ;^(

    ps. I know someone who went up and rode ML on Saturday. I know they were staying in Pringle (hills above Kingston) so probably went Larksville (Mtn Rd) -> Weavertown -> Mtn Rd -> Chase -> 29. Don't know of anyone who has been up since then.

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    It sounds like RT 11 is open in W. Nanticoke though, so it could just be as easy as going up Hartman Road to Atherton Rd, going into ML the back way. That's the way I normally always go home and it's pretty straight forward.

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    I rode there Monday. Chase road to 29 then up to moon lake is all open

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    29 was open, but single lane where the road washed out. The paper said it would be closed today. Maybe they are repairing the road. If thats the case, you should be able to turn left off of 29 onto either Mizdale or Pavlick Rd. They both run into White Oak Dr. Look for a sharp right onto Atherton which will put you at the main gate of Moon Lake.

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    When I go to moon lake I usually take take the following route. Please let me know if I need to go a different way. I really don't know the roads over there well at all. Thanks.

    Rt 81 to exit 164 PA-29 Cross valley
    then 29 to 11
    11 to mill st
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    oops, looks like I will need to find a different way
    SR 29 – Ramp at SR 29 South, Exit 3 is closed today due to a washout
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    You can get off on exit 2. Turn left which will take you toward Nanticoke. Look to make a right at Luz. Co. Comm. College. At the bottom of the hill, make a left on to the main street in Nanticoke. When you get to the light, turn right. You will cross the bridge onto rt 11.

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    Had a great ride last night. There were people everywhere and the trails wer primo. Last night was my first time back on clip pedals in about 5 years. I have the bruises to prove it today.Thank you everyone who who worked on clearing the trails. it was the first time up since a few days after Irene. The place is a whole lot different from then.

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    I'll be riding moon at 10:30am tomorrow if anyone is interested. Nothing crazy, just looking to enjoy the nice weather for a few hours.

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    Sincere Thanks!!!

    I rode the Moon for the first time since well before Irene went through! It was amazing! I just want to extend my sincere thanks to everyone that helped to clear the trails and make them rideable! I am so glad that I got involved in mountain biking!!! I have never met a better bunch of people!!! Looking forward to seeing you on the trails!!!
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    Rt 11 is open the entire way through W. Nanticoke. No issues. I would not go through Mocanaqua. Too much clean-up going on and the streets are still a mess.

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    Also, Nanticoke Bridge is now reopened as well.

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    I think I damaged the trail when I spun out in the mud!!!
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    There are some big trees still down in the middle of the lower section of The Edge that will require a chainsaw, I leaf blew and trimmed out what I could.
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    Good job!

    I finally get a day at mOOn working trails, 7 hours worth!

    Slide trail had way too many trees to cut out so rerouting is the way besides it needed a face lift.

    I think it is more interesting this way, although not open yet but will be soon!

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    Lee.........your a madman!
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    I'll second that....

    Thanks very much Lee for all the work you have done as well as organized...good seeing you Saturday on "Slide".....we ended up having a great ride...we connected with DirtRider on "8" and later he showed us a new way down to the circle from the campground....got some pictures of the stone work we did on Screamer....and got a chance to ride it....still pretty wet and muddy there but you can get through now....KuhlCat and I are going to do some armoring at the intersection of "What" and "Natures Way 2" on Monday starting at 9am .....then a ride...
    There are two paths you can go by but in the long run........

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    Good job!

    Thanks guys...

    ... I do the work cause I like to see everyone out on the trails having fun and it's really great to be part of a group that likes to get stuff done so "all" can enjoy!

    Back at all of you with a big thanks for doing work in your areas to make trails everywhere great!

    We're pretty lucky around these parts...

    On the list: Plan B has trees down as I rode the first part of NFS and it to has a few down, will cut them out soon, and I still didn't get to lower NFS of lower 5858.

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    Another.....

    ....big oak down on Natures Way 2....at post #25 or 26....must have come down on Friday night or Saturday morning.....just prior to the newly armored section...
    There are two paths you can go by but in the long run........

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    No problem Jeff. If we don't cut the tree out, I can always build a bridge over it. I know how much you like the one on the dark !

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    Wink

    Yep...

    ... make 177 feet long with a 1 degree incline, railings, anti skid traction treatment. a traffic light, a roof over it, and charge a tax to cross it!


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    No good

    Nothing is safe...

    ... one of our fav items the teeter-totter that Chriffer built has been attacked and cracked by a mean ol tree that fell on it. Needs new runners on the sides and a few top boards need to be reattached, looks like a good winter project for someone?
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    Good job!

    <o:smarttagtype namespaceuri="urn:schemas-microsoft-com<img src=" images="" smilies="" redface.gif="" border="0" alt="" title="Embarrassment" smilieid="2" class="inlineimg"></o:smarttagtype><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if !mso]><object classid="clsid:38481807-CA0E-42D2-BF39-B33AF135CC4D" id=ieooui></object> <style> st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } </style> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman";} </style> <![endif]--> Well...

    ...I guess it's not really damage, but just as good a place as any to list work at da mOOn: So it's that time of year to blow leaves off the trails, yes we are all nuts but we like to be all nuts, better than NO NUTS... LOL

    I will use the same format as the hurricane damage and some trails will still require tree removal as stuff continues to fall from all the wet weather, but we have a great crew(take a bow) and we will continue to get stuff open and keep it open for all to enjoy(if your interested in helping please join us) nepmtba@yahoo.com or post here on MTBR...

    ...no one expects, anyone to go out a buy a leaf blower to do this, but if ya have one and are willing to bring it, grerat! Leave blowers are best, but a good ol leaf rake will work also. Feel free to pick a trail and have at it just post up here on MTBR your work completed and I will update the list!

    Thanks to all who have done work and to those who will join us!

    Moon Lake Trails Report (leave removal as of 10/21/11 Friday night)
    Key: blue = work completed, red =needs leave removal

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    5858
    5 Tree
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    Big Stick
    Big Stinky Uphill(BSU)

    Buddys
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    Deacon Trials area
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    Flume
    Goin Up

    JKE

    Ledgeview
    Lolli-Pop
    Moto

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    Natures Way 1
    Natures Way 2
    NFS
    Nitemare
    Ol'Yeller
    Peek-a-Boo
    Plan B
    Rock-it
    Salamander
    Screamer

    Service Rd 1
    Service Rd 2
    Skills area
    Skinnys
    Slide

    Thorny
    T-Rex1
    T-Rex2
    Trials area
    TTS

    Twister
    Watkins
    What

    Lots of people in the park today clearing trails 10/22/11
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    Lee, T-Rex 1 was also done on Friday night. Hopefully we can get a few more done on Sat.

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    Good job!

    OK

    I'll hit Buddys, Twister, JKE, Slide today!

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    I did MoZee today, and Watkins to Goin Up to the top is done just a ways past the service road into the field where I ran out of gas.
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    Good job!

    Hoping to clean a few more trails before the Wednesday night ride!

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    Good job!

    More progress at mOOn work today...

    ... cut trees out on SR2 all the way to the old stone steps, they are huge and have to be rolled out of the way next time we have 3 or more riders. From the old stone steps there still trees down, I'll get them next time! Then the SR2 will be open.

    There is now an entrance from the intersection of Eagle and 8 by the TTS triangle. You can access 8.3 from there. Tuned flow on 8 by removing or modifying log overs, and mini stumps/roots and yes the steep ramp on 8.3 on the uphill now has 3 lines, none of them are easy, you really didn't think I would make a easy line there did ya?... LOL

    I'm in the process of restoring the old/easy line on Ledgeview after the ledge up ramp. Trees are cut must be removed.

    Work continues and we need another work day to get "ALL" the trails leave free! Maybe the snow will hide all the leaves?

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    There is hope.....Thx.

    "There is now an entrance from the intersection of Eagle and 8 by the TTS triangle. You can access 8.3 from there. Tuned flow on 8 by removing or modifying log overs, and mini stumps/roots and yes the steep ramp on 8.3 on the uphill now has 3 lines, none of them are easy, you really didn't think I would make a easy line there did ya?... LOL"

    Thankyou......Especially for the steep ramp removal!!! on 8.3.....Ride On
    There are two paths you can go by but in the long run........

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    Good job!

    Quote Originally Posted by JeffSkisMontana View Post
    "There is now an entrance from the intersection of Eagle and 8 by the TTS triangle. You can access 8.3 from there. Tuned flow on 8 by removing or modifying log overs, and mini stumps/roots and yes the steep ramp on 8.3 on the uphill now has 3 lines, none of them are easy, you really didn't think I would make a easy line there did ya?... LOL"

    Thankyou......Especially for the steep ramp removal!!! on 8.3.....Ride On
    I didn't remove any ramps, just made a "signature" line... LOL

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    Found that out on Sat Snow Ride...

    Quote Originally Posted by NEPMTBA View Post
    I didn't remove any ramps, just made a "signature" line... LOL
    Did see my name carved into the tree! .......oh well....Ride On!
    There are two paths you can go by but in the long run........

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    You did?...

    ... never know what happens when someone gets a hold of a chainsaw, must be chainsaw graffiti... LOL

    Brings new meaning to the words: "sig line"

    I think Kuhlkat did it, but that's just between you and I.

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    If I got my hands on that chainsaw, I would be carving my own name all over the place !!
    BTW- We are going to have to get a crew together again soon. The heavy snow snapped branches everywhere. Lots of debris on the trails.

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    Just give me a heads up, I managed to twist and snap the derailleur cage in 2 spots, and destroyed another derailleur hanger so I should have some downtime that can be best spent in the woods.

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    Will:

    I sure Will, Yes I Will, Will? Will I? Yes sir, Will...

    I hear a singlespeed a knock'in and I think it's com'in in!

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    Its in the basement haha. Gary will be converted to one reliable speed

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