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    Central Vermont Spring 09 - what's dry? How soon?

    Edit. I'd like to keep this thread going for Washington County, VT trail updates, trail work, etc.

    If a mod cares to adjust the title, all the better.

    Thanks!
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    Millstone still has snow in certain areas. Others are bone dry. We should be up and running by the beginning of May. Itching to get out too.

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    Few of us drove up to check out Pine Hill in Rutland yesterday.
    Bone dry.
    Perfect.
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    Middlebury stuff is G2G from what I hear....HHHSSSSSSSS!

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    http://www.fotwheel.org/trails.php

    I'm going to go check out Sunny Hollow later - I'll let y'all know...

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    I hit some in-town stuff yesterday. It was either dry, glop or foamy ice. By foamy, I mean like strong styrofoam that grips tires. I walked the glop areas.

    I've been riding to work to get my legs back. Little by little.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Locotiki
    Few of us drove up to check out Pine Hill in Rutland yesterday.
    Bone dry.
    Perfect.
    Pine Hill Park in Rutland is BONE dry as he said. Mid-summer conditions.

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    I rode Sunny Hollow today, everything was pretty damn dry........

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    Although, not central VT, Saxon Hill in Essex is open. Lower trails are bone dry and fast!

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    Middlebury area trals were sweet today. First ride of the year for me....
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    I hope your bike came home squeaky clean with not a speck of mud on it Davey......

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    That it did. Becasue we walked all the mud on the climb, which, this time of year, was welcomed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JFalcetti
    I hope your bike came home squeaky clean with not a speck of mud on it Davey......
    Your no saint... well said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Severum
    Your no saint... well said.
    Do we know eachother?

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    http://www.fotwheel.org/trails.php
    These people take care of the trails you rode J....please read their take....part of the problem or part of the solution.
    "Please walk around any muddy spots you may encounter."

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveVt
    Do we know eachother?
    Not that I know of.

    I dug JFalcetti's jab. Keeping you in check.

    Props for taking care of the trail... fighting the good fight.

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    Its all in good fun, I meant no offense...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Severum
    Not that I know of.

    I dug JFalcetti's jab. Keeping you in check.

    Props for taking care of the trail... fighting the good fight.

    Fair enough. When you spend a few hundred hours a year cleaning up after users who never give back, your patience wears thin and you may find yourself going slightly off topic to try and raise awareness of just how much damage can be done by a few people too lazy to get off and walk the slop this time of year, and how seriously the state and private land owners react to a few MTBers trashing trails.

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    Wow. I have about 7 hours this year. Thought that was respectable. Guess I need to get back out there... this weekend.

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    This season I've been out for about 40 hours in so far. I enjoy buffing out/building trail. Most folks don't realize what one or two tire tracks up a soft trail will do. It channels water to run down the trail bring moisture back to sections of trail that were allready good to go....setting the whole drying process back. I spent a solid 2 hours today dealing with that....2 riders cost me 2 hours that could have been spent building new trail. It's a labor of love, but it can be bitter sweet.

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    the lower elevation mad river valley trails are dry & getting cleaned up too.
    come on by.

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    Any group trial work going on this weekend? I'd like to take my mentoring buddy out and invest a little before the season is in full swing.

    Barre / Montpelier / Waterbury area.

    Thanks!

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    Camp J was dry last week and Mud Pond (which I hit up yesterday) was in great shape too! The season is here for sure...

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    W00t. I went out with three friends yesterday. We raked leaves and snipped puckerbrush along a nice long section of a really nice, clandestine local trail.

    What's that expression about the amount of work accomplished as the inverse proportion of the number of teenage boys involved? They bogged down about halfway through the work. Not that they were tired - they spent the last 45 minutes knocking over a dead tree.


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    funny how people talk about a tire track or two from a mtn. bike can ruin trails or set back the drying process. may be true, but what does the tires from the dirt bikes do to those same trails that those same people are talking about? Iroinc? Ill informed? or just plain Hypritical.

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    Dude...

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    Word...

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    Quote Originally Posted by hackjobbob
    funny how people talk about a tire track or two from a mtn. bike can ruin trails or set back the drying process. may be true, but what does the tires from the dirt bikes do to those same trails that those same people are talking about? Iroinc? Ill informed? or just plain Hypritical.

    What do dirt bikes have to do with this thread.....

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    Wondering what's dry in Waitsfield. Urich Pond area? Also, How's H2Obury? I know it doesn't "open" for a little while, but it's always been ridable early if you are willing to walk here and there. Thnks.

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    Waterbury must be in good shape. It faces south and it dries pretty well to begin with. I haven't gone down ther eyet because as you said, it's not "open" yet.

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    In the MR Valley, Dennyland trail network is bone dry, and Ctr Fayston Trail & Hydeaway are pretty good. I rode Ctr Fayston Sat AM w/ an axe and cleared 4-5 blowdown - one was a big rock maple that worked me pretty good.

    Don't know about stuff on Dana Hill - good bit of that is north-facing and higher up, but hard sayin' not knowin'.

    I think VMBA is doing a walk-thru of Waterbury trails with VT FPR this week, so I'd steer clear of there for now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scharny
    I think VMBA is doing a walk-thru of Waterbury trails with VT FPR this week, so I'd steer clear of there for now.
    Good to know It's not like we don't have the whole rest of the year to ride it.

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    Anyone know the Fayston stuff wanna ride this afternoon?

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    Pine Hill Park in Rutland was mostly dry as of yesterday with a few puddles here and there. We did receive some substantial rains this afternoon so I'd steer clear for a day or two once the sun comes back and let them dry out nice again.

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    Next Thursday - May 28th, 2009 @ 7 p.m., the Vermont Mountain Bike Association will be holding the first public meeting about the Ride Center project, which aims to develop a large trail system from Waterbury to Stowe and Jeffersonville and Mad River Valley. The meeting is open to all, and we need a huge show of support from mountain bikers. Come along and learn about the project, give your input, show your support. Location - Ackley Building (Town Office), Main Street Stowe, VT. See you there. Thanks, Patrick

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    Ride Center

    MAMBA plans to hold our weekly ride in Stowe next Thurs. and then stop by. Hopefully we can add 10-15 bodies. -Chuck

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    Trail conditions report? Central VT got some pretty heavy rain.

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    I'm thinking it's road bike time for at least a few days. Or you could go paddling.

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    Wet and muddy. I know someone who foolishly rode yesterday, said it was the muddiest it has been all year. We just got a passing shower that was pretty heavy as well. I think we are looking at mid-week at the earliest before the trails are safe to ride without damaging them.

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    I saw someone come out of the Stowe Town Loops yesterday covered head to toe in mud. I wanted to yank the wheel left and crush him, but I didn't so he's probably doing it again right now.

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    There was a huge work project on Burning Spear in Waterbury this past week, a lot of great work got done, but is is a total mud pit. I was just up there again this afternoon crushing stone with a sledge hammer and armoring wet spots. It's will be great when it dries, but for now it is definitely closed. Thanks, Patrick

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    Saw a car with bike on the rack coming out of Rutland COVERED in mud. it was absolutely pasted on.

    I wanted to cry. Fortunately the person I knew recognized his mistake very early on and got out on a work road right away.

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    Boating has been fantastic for late spring...but the creeks have dropped out...prolly trailwork tomorrow.

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    Most of the trails around Conway are sand and gravel and drain really well. we rode Friday night and saturday without dealing with a speck of mud. Lucky

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    Lots of dry riding in the Mad River Valley now. Most stuff is tacky perfection, but small commonly wet areas do persist. Did Center Fayston to Rocky Road to Stagecoach to East Loop/ Chain Gang to Hyde Away last night and had a great time. What a monster climb and descent, the posse generously waited for me several times on the up.

    A short loop in Moretown the night before was even drier. Good to run into the Onion River crew and get my first Thursday night group ride this week.

    Please come help tomorrow in Camel's Hump State Forest for National Trails Day. Rock armoring = ride anytime!

    John

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