Saturday, June 4, 2016

Trails Day Ride @ Rockland

Saturday, June 4, 2016
9:00 AM-11:00 AM

As part of Connecticut Forest & Park Association’s Trails Weekend, CCT NEMBA will host a beginner level ride at of Rockland Preserve to introduce riders to the singletracks network.

This will be a mountain bike ride to introduce riders to the Singletracks of Rockland. Riders should bring a trail bike (not hybrid) and be fit enough to ride on hills and through narrow trails. The ride will visit a sample of trail features at Rockland Preserve that will be fun for multiple levels of users. All riders must wear helmets, have an appropriately tuned bike, and be comfortable riding on narrow, windy, unpaved trails.

Leader(s): Jason Engelhardt & Dave Anderson

Total Distance: 5 miles

Meeting Place:
99 Renee’s Way, Madison, CT 06443

Rain Plan & Registration Details: Rain cancels.

Pre-registration is APPRECIATED

Jason Engelhardt

Monday, May 9, 2016

May Meeting Reminder

This month the chapter meets on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 7:00 at CFPA, 16 Meriden Road, Rockfall.

Pre-meeting ride will be at 5:30 at Wadsworth Falls State Park.

George C Waldo State Park

Date: 5/9/2016
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: George C Waldo State Park
Town: Southbury
Trail Conditions: Fine, tacky in spots

Good morning, Southbury!

Observations/Information: After a rainy week, I couldn't wait for a ride, so I took probably my longest singletrack ride since the crash in August (not saying much, I know, but to me it is).  I rode the new trail down to where it dumps out onto the fire road, then down to Hunters, up to Daffy (eastbound), out to Where's Waldo, all the way to the western terminus of Daffy, back to Hunters, down to the fire road, up to Thing3, down to the lake, then up the western end of Where's Waldo, to Daffy, to Hunters, up to Where's Waldo, eastbound back to the parking lot.  (A lot to type, but the map makes sense of it.)

Rotten Tree Leaner
Despite a week of wet weather, everything was pretty dry, except that spongy spot on Daffy near the Hunters intersection (and even that was drier than expected).  That said, it looks like someone was riding just after the rains before the trails had a chance to dry out.

Items of note: Paula (I'm assuming) has a couple of signs up near one of the trail features on T3 requesting people not open unauthorized lines.  There's also a nice little bridge on T3 where that mucky brook crossing used to be (and pin flags indicating a proposed reroute).

There's a rotten tree leaner across Daffy a bit to the west of the Hunters intersection.  Ride-underable, but I won't be surprised to see it come down in the next windstorm.

TM = removing branches here and there.  I was getting slapped in the face enough next trip in I should probably do some lopping.

No other two-legged users in evidence; just me and the squirrels.

Trail Ambassador Name: John Joy

Trail Ambassador E-mail: jmj [at] savagejoy [dot] com 
How did you use the trail? MT Biking 
Trails Ridden: Several (see narrative) 
Time of day: Morning 
Time/Duration (hours): 2 (incl. TM and photos) 
Approximate Distance (Miles): 6.7

Update 5/17/2016: ...and it's down:

Someone ramped it somewhat with pieces of the rotten tree.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Central CT NEMBA in The Great Give 2016

Update: And it’s done!  Many thanks to The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, the Valley Community Foundation and our many donors for a very successful event! Details:

Ready... Set... Give!

This year, Central Connecticut NEMBA is participating in The Great Give® 2016, the premiere online giving event for nonprofits in the Greater New Haven region. For 36 hours, starting May 3, 2016, 8 a.m. and lasting until 8 p.m. May 4th, your charitable donation will make us eligible for thousands of dollars in grant prizes when you give to us through®.

Central Connecticut NEMBA will be competing for various matching prizes, including most money raised, greatest number of individual donors, and greatest number of new donors. Your donation will go a long way in helping us grow mountain biking in Connecticut.

Please tell your friends to mark their calendars for May 3-4 and give – whether out of bed, from your desk, off your couch or on the trail, just give!

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Naugatuck State Forest

Spring color in the trees! (Reservoir 2)
Date: 5/1/2016
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: Naugatuck State Forest
Town: Oxford/Beacon Falls
Trail Conditions: Typical Naugy

Observations/Information: I got in a quick AM ride before the rains.

ATVs had been in, doing donuts in a few places.

Trails mostly dry, with the exception of the places always wet (e.g. under the power lines on Red).  Even the east side of Res 1 only had a couple of damp spots.

West side of Res 3 (in addition to the persistence of logging debris) is also getting prickery.  Tree down across the trail by one of the brook crossings, a bit too big for my handsaw, and the (even bigger) tree across by the turn up the hill to Res 4 is still there.

Other users: dog walker going in as I rode in, and coming out as I rode out.

West side Res 3, looking east (before the rains)
Trail Ambassador Name: John Joy
Trail Ambassador E-mail: jmj [at] savagejoy [dot] com 
How did you use the trail? MT Biking 
Trails Ridden: Reservoir Tour 
Time of day: Morning 
Time/Duration (hours): :45 
Approximate Distance (Miles): 3.7

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Clean Up – Green Up @ Rockland

Sunday, April 24, 2016
Meet at Route 79 Trailhead, 9 AM.

Support Town of Madison’s Clean-Up — Green-Up Day by riding and cleaning Rockland Preserve. We’ll clean the parking area first and then look for trash along a no-drop intermediate level route. Bring a bag to clear trash along our ride.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

TM Report: Quillinan Reservoir

Date: 4/20/2016
Report Type: TM Report
Trail Name: Quillinan Reservoir
Town: Ansonia
Trail Conditions: Fine (now)

Observations/Information: Observed on earlier ride major blowdown (big tree taking down a half dozen or so others) on the south end of Purple (returning north from the reservoir, up past the brook crossing and Bill The Cat graffiti, and just after the next sharp curve to the right).

Two hours or so to remove.  The old proverb about how to eat an elephant ("one bite at a time") came to mind.  Not picture postcard perfect, but it is open and won't inspire a braid.

Trail Ambassador Name: John Joy
Trail Ambassador E-mail: jmj [at] savagejoy [dot] com
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Trails Ridden: Purple (up from the southern lot)
Time of day: Afternoon

Time/Duration (hours): 2:15