Sunday, July 27, 2014

Upper Paugussett State Forest

Date: 7/27/2014
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: Upper Paugussett State Forest
Town: Newtown, CT
Trail Conditions: Soft yet rideable
Observations/Information: Been awhile since I have ridden at Upper Paugussett and needed to get acclimated to New England riding after being down south for a week.  Noticeable signs of a big storm were everywhere that must have came through last week.

Upper Gussy appears to be seeing a lot of traffic lately due to the way the trail appears to be settling in even more. There is one go around that seems to be taking shape that needs blocking. Came across two riders on the Brew Crew roller.

Haven't been on the Mulikin in awhile so I took that on the way home and someone seems to have applied some TLC down where the white trail comes in by cutting up the blowdown and making a new corduroy through the wet area. I don't bother with that section and prefer my bypass that I have been riding for years.

There were two riders headed down Al's Trail as I was bombing down the Mulikin.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Larkin CLOSED between Riggs and Christian

The Larkin State Bridle Trail is CLOSED between Riggs St. and Christian St. in Oxford due to power line work.

Detour is Riggs -> Jack's Hill -> Commerce -> Christian (or its reverse).  Caution: Christian is also under construction.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Gay City State Park

Date: 7/25/14
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: Gay City State Park
Town: Glastonbury/Hebron
Trail Conditions: Good, clear, a few mud spots
Observations/Information: I participated in the Thursday RAW ride led by Al Tinti. We had six riders in total. We started at Blackledge Falls and rode into Gay City on the Cabin Trail, then did a loop in Gay City, and back into Blackledge on the Ribbon Trail. We did 11 miles in just under two hours.

Trails were all clear and, for the most part, dry, with just a few muddy spots and water in the stream crossings. The trails in Gay City and Blackledge were as they've been for years, wide and with multiple braids in places. Someone's been closing some of the braids in Gay City- a positive development, and also doing some rock armoring ant trail clearing.

The RAW rides are fun social no-drop steady-paced rides. Thanks to Al for leading it. Afterward we enjoyed refreshments in the parking lot (photo).
Trail Ambassador Name: Glenn Vernes
Trail Ambassador E-mail: glennvernesatgmaildotcom
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Trails Ridden: Various
Time of day: Afternoon
Time/Duration (hours): 2.0
Approximate Distance (Miles): 11
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Central CT @ NEMBAFest 2014

By Glenn Vernes

Central CT NEMBA had a good presence at NEMBAFest this year. The new venue on Darling Hill Rd was great, putting us close to some of the best trails in the KT network, and the weather was just about perfect.  The chapter’s tent compound was the place to be on Saturday night. Sue Scheibenpflug had prepared a feast of many dishes, Nina Paim cooked Brazilian-style barbecue, and we had so much food we had to invite people in to help finish it.  The result was a great party redolent of the Pedrosfest days. Thanks to Sue and Nina for all the food, and to whoever brought the keg of 120 Minute IPA.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Naugatuck State Forest

Date: 7/20/2014
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: Naugatuck State Forest
Town: Oxford/Beacon Falls
Trail Conditions: Typical Naugy

Observations/Information: I took the orange beast in to Naugy West Block Sunday AM to conclude what should have been Friday morning's ride, had I not lost the front brake.

In at Res 4, and up the east side, hike-a-bike up the steep, nasty fall line to the power lines and out to the beaver pond, down the fire road (with a brief excursion on the power line trail) to the first fire road branch, right just past the stream crossing to the badly washed out area, left at the junction at the bottom down to the junction with the big tree across it, then down to Res 2, around and up to Res 3 and back to the Res 4 lot.

The rough patches are still plenty rough, with a washed-out mix of big rocks and loose stones. Big puddles in the usual place up top at the power lines (but overall pretty dry). I stopped on the fire road branch up top to do some much-needed lopping of brambles that were trying to take over. (I still have blood stains on a tech shirt from hitting one last season.) Also stopped now and again to toss sticks off trail.

There's still a big tree across the fire road from Res 2 to the west side of Res 3, right about at the double culvert before the big hill.

Saw a jogger and two dog-walkers (one on the fire road up top, one on the Res 2 loop).

Trail Ambassador Name: John Joy
Trail Ambassador E-mail: jmj [at] savagejoy [dot] com
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Trails Ridden:
Time of day: Morning
Time/Duration (hours): 1:48 (incl. TM)
Approximate Distance (Miles): 5.76

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Airline Trail

Date: July 19, 2014
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: Airline Trail
Town: East Hampton to Lebanon
Trail Conditions: Good
Observations/Information: The trail is generally in good shape with only a couple of small sections with ruts due to water running over the trail. My hybrid bicycle did fine. I reported these areas to the state with the hopes they will deepen the drainage ditches to keep the water off the trail. The section east of Village Hill Road is marked with a sign saying that the trail is closed due to overhead powerline work. If you go past the sign, which everyone is doing, there is a gate under the powerlines which is designed so people can pass through it. At the gate, it simply says Construction Site. Northeast Utilities has put up new towers and is in the process of stringing them with wires. The trail ends at the Willimantic River at a bridge that needs decking.
Trail Ambassador Name: Tom Ebersold
Trail Ambassador E-mail: bikehikekayak123 [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Trails Ridden: Airline Trail
Time of day: Morning
Time/Duration (hours): 4
Approximate Distance (Miles): 39

Saturday, July 19, 2014

River Highlands State Park

Date: 7/18/14
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: River Highlands State Park
Town: Cromwell
Trail Conditions: Good, dry

Observations/Information: A quick spin at River Highlands Friday night found the trails to be in good shape with no evidence of the recent rain a and very little evidence of the recent wind (a few limbs and sticks to clear). It looked like the grass around the parking lot had ben mowed recently and, for once, there was no litter to pick up, suggesting a recent visit from the roving DEEP crew.

There were a lot of bike tracks on the trails, and people are starting to ride the chutes that lead into the blow hole again. Someone painted smiley faces on trees along the red trail in the southern part of the park (see photo), and I rode that trail all the way down to Nooks Hill Rd (a steep decent).

If your local trails are still wet you can come ride the dry at River Highlands.

Trail Ambassador Name: Glenn Vernes
Trail Ambassador E-mail: glennvernesatgmaildotcom
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Trails Ridden: Green, yellow, red, white, blue
Time of day: Afternoon
Time/Duration (hours): 1.0
Approximate Distance (Miles): 7.5
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