Condition of Trails: Dry
Trail Ambassador Name: Rich C
I started a little after 10:30 AM, coming in from the Whitney Ave north entrance to the park. It was a gorgeous sunny day. Had great conversation with the lady who lives on the house right on the corner and who complained (like the mountain biker crowd has) that the state really overbuilt the now paved "road" north to Old Mine park.
Posted a TTC map on the kiosk and then prepped the area near the north bridge for next week's TM session. Also started a small knick up on the White Trail for drainage where it always fills up in the spring (best to continue that in the spring when it's wet nearby and the ground is softer...).
Rode south on the Yellow to check out the dreaded sight of last month's trail reroute - I was informed it was torn asunder,. Sure enough, the old washed out fall line was reopened. Up near the top, it was raked as wide as 12 ft. ! Are NASCAR races expected in the middle of the woods shortly? I don't get it! One step forward and two steps back - this vengeful behavior makes no sense.
Word has to go out that this is totally idiotic and self-destructive. This was a DEP-approved reroute. They are only shooting themselves in the foot.
Took a few photos (for the record) and then tossed a few logs and leaves on the reopened areas to at least readjust the sight line to fixate on the reroute instead.
For the homeward stretch, I road north on the Yellow, switching over to the White/Blue just south of the Serengeti and then the Blue down at Turtle Rock. Met a few bikers and hikers along the way.
Trail Ambassador Email: mtnbikerdad[at]yahoo[dot]com
Location: Pequonnock Valley State Forest
Trails Ridden: Blue, White, Red, Yellow
How did you use the trail?: TM , Mountain Biking
What was the time of day? 10:30 AM -2:30 PM
Duration (Hours): 4 Hours