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    Houston's Rain

    Don't get me wrong: I know we need the rain, especially after last year, but why do we get it all at once? I am getting symptoms of cabin fever
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    It's driving me crazy too. Between the bad weather, broken parts and other activities I've had going on, I haven't been able to ride in 4 weeks. I'm really hoping its clear by next weekend.

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    I rode Monday and Wednesday, a little rain shouldn't stop you.

    I only melted a little.

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    Managed to ride my mtb around the neighborhood bike paths Monday and Wednesday nights so far during brief dry spells. CO trip in a couple of weeks, can't take a break now and despise riding the trainer. Gonna probably get wet tonite.

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    i wonder if RHR or Bluff Creek will be dry enough this weekend.
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    We haven't had as much rain in Huntsville. I rode the state park yesterday and the trail was tacky and fast but the roots are slick.
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    I guess what I meant to say was I haven't got to ride my Mountain bike in 4 weeks. I have a road bike, but its not near as much fun

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrPretty View Post
    I guess what I meant to say was I haven't got to ride my Mountain bike in 4 weeks. I have a road bike, but its not near as much fun
    It didn't rain much in Huntsville today. It rained a little in the early morning. Nothing like what Houston got though.

    When I rode yesterday the sand was firm and grippy . Making the corners way faster. The wet roots are slick though. I didn't come across any mud puddles. Seems to be draining well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pleepleus View Post
    It didn't rain much in Huntsville today. It rained a little in the early morning. Nothing like what Houston got though.

    When I rode yesterday the sand was firm and grippy . Making the corners way faster. The wet roots are slick though. I didn't come across any mud puddles. Seems to be draining well.
    I haven't been to Huntsville yet, it sounds like it might be the perfect time to check it out.

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    If you go to this site : Harris County Flood Warning System - Harris County, Texas
    and pull down the location menu for Trinity River Authority, you can find a rain gauge in Huntsville very near the park. Right now it's showing 0.0 for the last 24 hours, 0.72 for the last 48. If nothing changes radically between now and then, I'm headed there in the morning.
    Pleepeus, sounds like you live nearby, post up on here if my information is wrong or needs updating.

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    Hal if I had the money, I probably would get one. Might have to head up to Huntsville tomorrow as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HAL 9000 View Post
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    the tires on a road bike skid around too much when i am riding a muddy trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill in Houston View Post
    the tires on a road bike skid around too much when i am riding a muddy trail.
    cycloross bikes are great at the anthills and memorial park i suggest you look into it.

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    History | Weather Underground

    Only 1.92 in of rain this week in Huntsville. The most on one day 0.66 in. If I had tomorrow off, I would ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HAL 9000 View Post
    cycloross bikes are great at the anthills and memorial park i suggest you look into it.
    great idea! i hear you are supposed to carry those half the time anyway.

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    I rode Tuesday but now I think Saturday might be dry long enough to ride. My problem is I hate the grit and grime.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Faulker479 View Post
    Don't get me wrong: I know we need the rain, especially after last year, but why do we get it all at once? I am getting symptoms of cabin fever
    I take it this is not normal then? Looking on the bright side the cooler temperatures are nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbscott View Post
    Managed to ride my mtb around the neighborhood bike paths Monday and Wednesday nights so far during brief dry spells. CO trip in a couple of weeks, can't take a break now and despise riding the trainer. Gonna probably get wet tonite.
    Where in CO are you going? The Weather is awesome up in the Mtns to ride
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    Quote Originally Posted by HAL 9000 View Post
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    Go get a real Bike HAL you Poser !! when are you coming to COLORADO to ride your funny 29er lefty bike on some real Trails so we can show you how to be a MAN VS a Boy that your are !!
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    Quote Originally Posted by YETI_Chris View Post
    Where in CO are you going? The Weather is awesome up in the Mtns to ride
    Staying in Durango for a week. Got a couple of pretty long days planned, and then the shorter stuff in and around town. Team trip, we're renting a house just north of town.

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    Leaving now for HSP to meet some teammates. Will report back later how conditions are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YETI_Chris View Post
    The Weather is awesome up in the Mtns to ride
    Winter Park DH is prime.

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    Give us the HSP trail conditions please!!

    Also anyone know conditions at Double Lake?

    Never ridden either one but gonna head out in the morning depending on the reports.

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    I'm gonna try the paved trails at THP on Sunday and see what they're like

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    Just tried the paved path at THP on thru to GBP on the cross bike this AM, good until past the dead-end of Barker-Clondike Rd, just after that the GBP hike and bike trail is flooded.
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    Huntsville State Park was great today. Normal conditions there are very sandy, so the week's light rains really made it much more packed in than usual. No mud whatsoever. It sprinkled some on us while we rode two laps (roughly 10:30-12 timeframe) but not enough to change anything, it was great. I was a little tentative on the roots and bridges on the first lap but on the second knew what to expect and went faster. I don't like to overdo a good thing, but since it's likely to be the only place rideable again tomorrow, I may be going back.
    I did catch some serious rain going home on I45 between Conroe and the Woodlands but by Spring it had tapered off and there was none inside the beltway. If anyone is thinking of heading out tomorrow, be sure to check the link I put up earlier with the rain gauges. It's never exact as it's not right at the park, but I'd say if it's under an inch or so, the park should continue to be fine tomorrow. I've ridden there for years and it takes an extended period of heavy rain to make mud out there and that hasn't happened this week.

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    Whoever has been doing the rain dances please stop.

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    thank you, mtb scott.

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    Rode HSP for the first time this AM, trail was dry enough. Someone had been through a good bit of the trail on an ATV, so that wasn't nice at all.

    Good to get back on some dirt, but I'm only ever going back when it's the only option because of rain. IMHO, it would be way too sandy to be any fun when it's dry. Plus, the trail's so wide -- I'd hesitate to even call it singletrack . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by ecthelion View Post
    Rode HSP for the first time this AM, trail was dry enough. Someone had been through a good bit of the trail on an ATV, so that wasn't nice at all.
    the ATV is the park ranger.

    the trails were nice for the first two laps this morning then it started raining on our third the combo of sand on tires and wet roots was fun.

    lots of riders going the wrong way on the trail it flows better clockwise not counter clockwise we have no idea on how folks start off in the wrong direction.

    however it is not marked so ride whatever makes y'all happy.

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    I like to ride it counter clockwise most of the time.
    It's not like there's no room to pass.

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    It will be kick ass when the Huntsville expansion gets built next year. From the map I've seen on the GHORBA site it looks like it's going to be a fun ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pleepleus View Post
    I like to ride it counter clockwise most of the time.
    It's not like there's no room to pass.
    we just ride the "race loop" when out there just because...

    in the past years you would perhaps see one person going the counter clockwise direction because most folks did the race loop or a variation of it, however in the last few months it's like sh!t are we the only ones riding this thing clockwise??

    hey it's a state park there are no directional signs or anything and there is plenty of room for passing so ride whatever way you want just don't have your group stop and stand in the middle of the trail when you see other folks out riding that is one of my pet peeves rolling up on a group and having bikes strewn all over the middle of the trail and them standing around with their fingers up their rear and the deer in the headlights look on their faces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HAL 9000 View Post

    hey it's a state park there are no directional signs or anything and there is plenty of room for passing so ride whatever way you want just don't have your group stop and stand in the middle of the trail when you see other folks out riding that is one of my pet peeves rolling up on a group and having bikes strewn all over the middle of the trail and them standing around with their fingers up their rear and the deer in the headlights look on their faces.
    Ya that pisses me off too. I was riding a few weeks ago and somebody thought it would be a good idea for two bus loads of kids on a field trip to sit and eat lunch on the big bridge near the spill way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HAL 9000 View Post
    the ATV is the park ranger.
    Setting a bad example aren't they? Definitely seemed like it wasn't good for the trails . .

    I did 2 clockwise and 1 counter, can't say I have a preference. Glad I missed the rain, I came through it on my drive back to Houston.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ecthelion View Post
    Setting a bad example aren't they? Definitely seemed like it wasn't good for the trails .
    thats how they get around on the property and clear fallen trees and such by using that buggy/cart how do you think all the material for the bridges got out there?

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    I have long ago accepted HSP's sandiness for "it is what it is." It's always got some on it but I know how to ride sand so I work around it, this weekend was almost the best condition I've seen in years.
    As HAL and Pleepleus note, it's a public park and not designated one-way, but IMHO it flows much, much better going clockwise or "race loop." Going that way, there's only a couple of big roots or ledges going up, the rougher stuff is always on a downhill which I like. The bridges are also all made with their approaches oriented in the clockwise direction, I can guarantee the trail designers intended it that way (because incidentally they were all involved with or intune with the race's direction.) I was talking to a co-worker today who dabbles in offroad and he had no idea how to even make a loop at the park, since the "race/ride" loop isn't really marked as such.
    Anyway, I like HSP and can't wait for the expansion, I love what it's done for Double Lake.

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