Tuesday, February 2, 2016

We have canceled Winterfest due to inclement weather. Rockland will be closed for the weekend.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Quillinan Reservoir

Date: 1/31/2015
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: Quillinan Reservoir
Town: Seymour/Ansonia
Trail Conditions: Snowy/Frozen ***


Observations/Information: I took a (very) quick sunrise ride @ Quillinan: purple up from the Rimmon lot to the four-way purple junction, right and down to the fire road, then back to the lot. (Hey, I said it was quick.)

Only complaint was some bumpiness due to frozen boot tracks, and some icy patches here and there. TM = kicking the odd branch off trail.  Some hikers (not us folk) made a couple of shortcuts.

One item of note: logging adjacent to the fire road by the spur that runs out to Clinton Rd. (i.e. by the double logover, which BTW is now just a single logover).  Also, the purple trail teepee is flat (and has an odd tote that looks like it contains remnants of someone's picnic lunch).


*** Temps are coming up rapidly and will likely stay warm over the next few days, so if you haven't gotten today's ride in by now, you're probably SOL until late next week or the weekend.




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, Fire Road
Time of day: Morning
Time/Duration (hours): :30
Approximate Distance (Miles): 2.5
Image Description(s)/Instructions:

Thursday, December 31, 2015

January Meeting

The next chapter meeting will be Wednesday, January 6, 2016, at 6:00 PM at Connecticut Forest & Park Association, 16 Meriden Road, Rockfall, CT.

Among other topics to be discussed is the meeting schedule for the coming year, as well as preparations for upcoming Winterfest.

Monday, December 28, 2015

George C Waldo State Park

Date: 12/28/2015
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: George C Waldo State Park
Town: Southbury
Trail Conditions: Fine: leafy, some small branches

Observations/Information: Quick AM ride: WW -> Daffy -> Hunters -> WW -> Daffy (other end) -> Hunters -> Fire Road and done.

Before
Someone's been doing some skidding, as evidenced by kicked-up leaves here and there.

TM consisted of tossing branches off trail, except for a tree that came down with the canopy directly atop one of the stone wall crossings on the west side of Daffy. I cut it back sufficiently it's no longer impeding the trail.

(The log across the eastern end of Daffy is still there, and it looks like someone has added to the ramping.)

Saw one other rider on the way out (and lent my pump).

After
Next trip in I should probably do some lopping - I kept getting hit in the glasses by some pesky little branches. Also, post-thaw we'll probably need to address some of the stone wall crossings, as some have loose/wobbly stones.

Trail Ambassador Name: John Joy
Trail Ambassador E-mail: jmj [at] savagejoy [dot] com
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Trails Ridden: Where's Waldo, Daffy Duck, Hunter's, Fire Road
Time of day: Morning
Time/Duration (hours): 1 (including TM)
Approximate Distance (Miles): 3

Saturday, December 12, 2015

TM Report: George C Waldo State Park

Date: 12/12/2015
Report Type: TM Report
Trail Name: George C Waldo State Park
Town: Southbury
Trail Conditions: Leafy/Tacky

Before
Observations/Information: Took a quick ride - Where's Waldo, to Daffy, to Hunter's, and back up the fire road to the parking lot - before grabbing tools and a stack of 2x6s Paula had hanging around to redeck the little bridge at the bottom of Hunter's.

After
Before photo is from last weekend; between then and now, another board had broken through, so it was definitely time to replace the whole thing. (Most of 'em came up in pieces.)  Not perfect, but better.

The nails came out with me; the old wood I tossed in a loose pile up the hill at the base of the double tree. Next trip in, I'll have to bring something sufficiently large and heavy-duty to get them and carry them out.

Also of note: tree down across Daffy (eastern end). It looks like someone tried ramping it with some rocks (behind my rear tire).


Trail Ambassador Name: John Joy
Trail Ambassador E-mail: jmj [at] savagejoy [dot] com
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Trails Ridden: Where's Waldo, Daffy Duck, Hunter's, Fire Road
Time of day: Morning
Time/Duration (hours): 2:20 (including TM, ride and photos)
Approximate Distance (Miles): 1.5 (ride only)
Image Description(s)/Instructions:

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Naugatuck State Forest

Date: 12/5/2015
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: Naugatuck State Forest
Town: Oxford/Beacon Falls
Trail Conditions: Naugalicious

Observations/Information: I wanted to get a gander at Tom's handiwork rerouting the end of Red back onto state land, so this morning's ride was @ Naugy West Block.

Since I hadn't been on it in some time, I decided to take the (unblazed) trail that runs down the west side of Res 3. Where it hangs the right, there's a tree down (too big for my hand tools). The first (northernmost) stream crossing used to have rocks such that it was theoretically rideable (albeit not by me). Not anymore - crossed on foot. The second (the washed-out culvert where the old truck used to be) has always been nasty and muddy to cross. The rest of that trail (down to the Res 3 dam) is still plenty prickery and full of pine litter from the logging that happened there, but nothing an afternoon work session couldn't fix.

I crossed the dam and headed south, making my way around #2 to Purple. A little ways past the right turn another tree is down, and has been there long enough a braid has formed (which the motorized guys have successfully made into a rutted mess).

The southeast terminus of Red is now successfully back in the state forest. Be forewarned there are a couple of sharp corners on that trail.

TM = not much (maybe a branch or two). Stopped to take some pictures.

Other users: one walker, and a hunter who had parked next to me @ the Res 4 lot (no luck today). Tis the season so be sure to wear blaze. (TA jersey and blaze camo BDU trousers for me.)



Trail Ambassador Name: John Joy
Trail Ambassador E-mail: jmj [at] savagejoy [dot] com
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Trails Ridden: Various colors
Time of day: Morning
Time/Duration (hours): :50 (including TM such that it was and photos)
Approximate Distance (Miles): 3.73

Friday, December 4, 2015

George C Waldo State Park

Date: 12/4/2015
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: George C Waldo State Park
Town: Southbury
Trail Conditions: Leafy/twiggy but otherwise fine

Observations/Information: This morning was the first "for real" singletrack ride since The Crash. (And yes, I made it a point to err on the side of caution and walk anything I wasn't absolutely sure I could handle without dumping it.) Rode Where's Waldo (red) beginning to end, and the fire road back. Bike = Kona Wo.

TM consisted of kicking the odd branch off trail, and then at the bottom of Waldo just in from the fire road, there was an old, dead cedar with its pointy branches perilously close to the trail, such that someone coming down the hill and losing it could have been impaled. I cut the top off, pulled the rest further off trail, and knocked off some of the nastier pointys.

Word of caution: there's a big pile of horse poop right in the middle of the trail shortly after the eastern (i.e. the first, if riding from the parking lot) intersection with Daffy.

There's still a broken board on the little bridge at the bottom of Hunter's. Really, all of them should probably be replaced. I might ask Paula's permission to do so.

Nobody but me and the squirrels in evidence, though there was another truck in the parking lot.

Trail Ambassador Name: John Joy
Trail Ambassador E-mail: jmj [at] savagejoy [dot] com
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Trails Ridden: Where's Waldo, Fire Road
Time of day: Morning
Time/Duration (hours): :45 including TM
Approximate Distance (Miles): 2.9