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    Post-Turkey Day at Moraine

    Hi folks,

    I'm pondering a ride at Moraine on Friday morning, day after Thanksgiving. Probably a 10:00 or 11:00 start. There's also a possibility of riding Saturday instead. But, Friday's weather is looking decent (as of Monday, heh!).

    Let me know if you might be interested.

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    6+ inches of snow in the forecast for tomorrow with temps remaining around freezing the rest of the week, so I would assume the snow will still be there. Something to think about.
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    I'm heading up to Pittsburgh this weekend, too. Was thinking of bringing my bike - are any trails rideable with snow? Brady's Run, North Park, Frick, Moraine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TedS123 View Post
    I'm heading up to Pittsburgh this weekend, too. Was thinking of bringing my bike - are any trails rideable with snow? Brady's Run, North Park, Frick, Moraine?
    We haven't got much snow on the ground at the moment. We should be getting a few inches over the next couple days, so there will probably be -some- on the trails, though not too much.

    So everything should be plenty ride-able, even without a fatty.

    Aside from that North Park, Boyce and even Frick get a good bit of cross-country skiers, plus lots of MTB traffic, so things normally are pretty ride-able unless we get a mountain of snow..

    Bring the bike or you'll probably regret it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffw-13 View Post
    6+ inches of snow in the forecast for tomorrow with temps remaining around freezing the rest of the week, so I would assume the snow will still be there. Something to think about.
    Dude, the snow covers up all those damn rocks and fills in the gaps!

    Seriously, I ride in almost anything. Possibly slowly. But, maybe I'll bring the snowshoes too.

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    So, this weather system is crazy. My parents (near New Castle) are expecting 4-8 inches plus more. We're expecting (near Wilkes-Barre) drizzle and *maybe* snow plus a little bit of snow. Crazy stuff when a major front cuts your state in half.

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    I'm ready for as much snow as it can dump on us.
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    My parents are in Beaver Falls - also expecting ~8 inches. We will be close to Brady's Run and had been thinking of riding there Thursday. Think there will be any other traffic on those trails? As much as I like snow-riding, I wouldn't want to be the first one on unfamiliar trails.

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    There should be something going on there. Bradys Run is a couple miles from my house and my regular ride. I know a couple people were talking about riding Thursday morning. Ill probably wait & see how much snow we get. Ill post back here if I hear anything concrete on a Thursday ride, or you can just keep an eye on the BABES facebook page.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/babeclub.beaver/

    Went up to Moraine this morning since the storm seemed to be tracking a little south of there. I was wrong There was about 3" on the ground when I left and still falling steady. It was pretty rideable but having the rocks hidden in the snow was kinda sketchy. Good time though

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    Thanks - I'll check back here and on the FB page. Right now I'm watching the weather channel and hoping for a safe trip tomorrow coming up from Virginia.

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    Looks like about 6"-7" on the ground this morning. The system has pretty much moved out of the area but there might be a little lake effect snow over the next couple days that could add a little to that total. Im gonna hike out in the park later to cut out a downed tree & see how it looks.
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    Thanks for the update. We're loading up the car now - bike rack is on...

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    We didn't get **** but rain down in Pittsburgh. Watching the weather map yesterday evening, it looks like Moraine was right on the boarder of the rain and snow.

    Was going to ride Frick today, but too much rain, not enough snow and cold temps so its gonna just be a slick, muddy mess.

    Really trying to fight the urge to treck to Moraine today.
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    Just back from Bradys Run. 3-5 inches of wet, heavy snow on the ground on the section I walked. Rideable, but I probably wont lol. Hopefully it will freeze overnight.
    I have twice as much snow at my house. I pedaled my bike around the neighborhood and through the yard and didnt have any problems getting around.
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    Got into BF this afternoon and took a quick spin around the neighborhood. It looks like my only shot at Brady's Run will be tomorrow morning ~10. Think it's worthwhile? Suggested routes? May just ride back roads around BF...

    To the OP: sorry for derailing your thread. Originally thought Moraine might be an option this trip, but didn't work out.

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    Welp doesnt look like anyone is riding Bradys Run this morning. Its tough to navigate without a guide. The only suggestion I could make is to park across from the A-Frame house at the end of Beacom Drive in Brighton Twp, then ride the south trail out & back. It splits in several places but its basically two different ways to get to the same place.




    From the A Frame continue in on the double track & just before it starts downhill watch for the trailhead up the small hill on the left. Basically ride that out to the end of the park, turn around & ride back. Probably 6 or 7 miles total.

    Wish I could come out & show you around but I cant break loose today.

    Good Luck!

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    OK - I think I know where that is - rode there twice a couple years ago and think I followed that part of the trail after climbing up from the horse area. Sounds good - thanks!

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    Re: Post-Turkey Day at Moraine

    Well I managed to get in a ride this morning for a little over an hour. Started at the horse area and went up the hill to the a-frame, then along the ridge for an out-and-back of ~4 miles. Snow definitely made it a good workout. Did pretty well with 29 x 2.35 Maxxis Ikons. Thanks for the reports and route suggestions!




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    Glad you got to ride. It was cold this morning!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TedS123 View Post
    Well I managed to get in a ride this morning for a little over an hour. Started at the horse area and went up the hill to the a-frame, then along the ridge for an out-and-back of ~4 miles. Snow definitely made it a good workout. Did pretty well with 29 x 2.35 Maxxis Ikons. Thanks for the reports and route suggestions!




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    Wow, doesn't look like much snow is still left on the ground...just a bit more than what was in Frick park yesterday.

    I'd go to Moraine today if I wasn't heading up past there already either later today or tomorrow morning when we head to visit family in Mercer Co...where they have quite a bit more snow. I'm hoping that the path around Lake Wilelm hasn't been cleared so I can get a nice ride in.
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    Re: Post-Turkey Day at Moraine

    Quote Originally Posted by jcaino View Post
    Wow, doesn't look like much snow is still left on the ground...just a bit more than what was in Frick park yesterday.

    I'd go to Moraine today if I wasn't heading up past there already either later today or tomorrow morning when we head to visit family in Mercer Co...where they have quite a bit more snow. I'm hoping that the path around Lake Wilelm hasn't been cleared so I can get a nice ride in.
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    How was Frick? We're heading to Irwin later today and I might be able to sneak in a ride at Frick or White Oak park tomorrow.

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    We went pretty early and it was nice and crunchy, everything frozen, with only a couple slick spots. Tomorrow should be good, early would be better as its supposed to get above freezing.
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    Hey, glad to read about everyone's outings. I ended up doing three days of hardcore sled riding. With some snowcats (snowman -> cat like) in the mix. That and a crackling fire did the trick. Now about those Thanksgiving leftovers ....

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    So I'll be back up in the Pittsburgh area again next week and planning to bring the bike. What are the trail conditions like (Brady's Run, North Park, Frick, White Oak)? It looks like some rain over the weekend and then colder - I'd prefer frozen to mud!

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    Yea, everything is pretty thawed at the moment and pretty sloppy. The good thing is that it should freeze back up Monday night. Wed and Thurs are going to be above freezing, so those days an early morning ride would be advisable as it might get a bit sloppy again late into the day.

    Bavington would be a good bet for any day, even this weekend really.
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    All the snow melted today and its going to rain all weekend with temps near 60. My backyard is a sloppy wet mess and its just going to get worse. Hoping for some freezing temps next week
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    It looks like my first opportunity to ride would be Monday at North Park ~ noon. Do the trails there drain well? Think they will be rideable?

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    Glad to see this thread is still kicking. Even though it will now be "Post-Christmas" riding. I'm debating taking my bike to the greater Pgh area. I'm assuming the slop will freeze for riding Tue->later. As jcaino mentioned, morning rides will likely give better trail conditions.

    White Oak is so close to my in-laws that I "must" get a good ride there. Same with Moraine and my folks. And, hitting either North Park or Boyce is pretty easy. If I can convince myself of two rides, I'll bring the bike. I'm thinking Moraine on Sunday (29th) and White Oak on Thursday or Friday. Depending on the drive, Boyce on Tuesday (24). I might swap Boyce and White Oak. We'll see.

    These are all going to be holiday type rides for me. So, I'd love to meet folks to ride. Post up if you have any interest. I might be convinced to hit something further east (Laurel Highlands area-esque), if a group is going.

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    Same here: my in-laws live very close to White Oak. My folks are close to Brady's Run; my sister is close to North Park. With all the planned family activities, I just try to squeeze in rides where I can.

    So tomorrow I'll give North Park a shot. Tuesday morning will probably be a quick ride around my folks. Wednesday and/or Thursday will probably hit White Oak - will post back in a day or two.

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    Re: Post-Turkey Day at Moraine

    Did 10 miles at Moraine today. Trails were wet & slick but totally rideable. Good stuff.
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    With the rain this morning I scrapped my ride plans and went for a run instead. Hope to ride tomorrow morning either at Brady's Run or just around my folks.

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    So, I did hit White Oak today. I had a good bit of fun exploring the east side of the park north of Must and east of McClintock. Apparently, some of that was just cut in November. I had fun criss-crossing and re-crossing my tracks trying to figure out as much as I could. I ended up with about 6.75 miles in 1:15 moving/:30 head scratching (and a bit of begging for air, getting back out from the creek). The criss-crossing trails headed down the ravine towards the creek look like a ton of fun. I was cautious since it was new trail to me, snowy & icy, I was alone, and I'm a wuss. But, I can imagine that is pretty much a grin-fest in summer.

    Also: I was on the trail about 5 minutes after I left my in-laws. Now, -that's- a nice Christmas present. I'm not sure what's next on my list. Probably White Oak or Boyce on Thursday AM-early afternoon.

    Peace and Happy Holidays,
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    Got out this afternoon to White Oak for a bit. Rode 7 miles in a bit over an hour. Trails were nice and frozen. This was just my second time, and discovered the fun trail down to the creek.

    Looks like tomorrow I'll be lucky to squeeze in another mid-afternoon ride after taking the kids to the children's museum.

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    I was thinking a 1 or 2 o'clock ride at White Oak. If you're interested in riding together, let me know. I'll PM you my phone number.

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    Re: Post-Turkey Day at Moraine

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    I was thinking a 1 or 2 o'clock ride at White Oak. If you're interested in riding together, let me know. I'll PM you my phone number.

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    Got your message and replied.
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    Finally got around to downloading some pictures - here's one from White Oak on 12/26/13. Enjoyed meeting up with Feanor76 for a snowy exploration - White Oak definitely looks to have some nice trails.

    Ted

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    We're riding Bradys Run today at noon. Meeting at the Arboretum lot
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