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Old 12-12-10, 03:52 PM   #1
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Whats does your trail look like now?

I was just wondering for all those who ride the Rails to Trails what your trail look like this time of the year. I ride the GAP (Greater Allegheny Passage) all the time in different section and these were taken yesterday up near Deal PA, and more snow is due today. Looks like I am done for the season on the trail and the Big Savage Tunnel is closed now too. Can't wait for the spring to get here now... I can't stand riding a trainer so I guess it will be walking and weight training now for the winter here.









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Old 12-12-10, 07:44 PM   #2
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With a little more snow that trail looks like it will be ideal for cross-country skiing.
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Old 12-12-10, 07:45 PM   #3
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Barring weird soil conditions or something like a light coat of snow over ice, that looks perfectly rideable to me. If it's just snow on dirt or asphalt around here, there'd be tire tracks all over it.
We're mostly mud now, following eight inches of snow, then a couple of days of rain and an unseasonable 62-degrees Saturday and Sunday. A little snow and colder temps coming by the weekend, though.
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Trail is crushed limestone and gets very soft once the freeze and thaw starts. It is great for cross country skiing once we get a bit more coverage on it. That is one sport I have not tried yet but have thought about it.
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Looks like a good place to test ride the new cyclocross bike you should get.
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Wow Ron that is so weird you said that I have been looking at getting a Colnago World Cup cyclo-cross. I thought the same thing when I was up there yesterday.
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Old 12-13-10, 07:52 AM   #7
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Problem with using Rail-Trails for XC Skiing is there isn't enough 'downhill' to help. One inactive Railline I have used in the past had only 100' of elevation change for every mile traveled. It truely felt like it was up-hill both ways.

Now Mountain Bike trails are another thing. Most are too narrow in the twisty spots. Can't turn those boards with any speed.

Give me the rolling golf course for XC skiing thank-you. I'll probably take the skis up the pass bike path. Plenty of elevation change to make the downhill interesting.
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Old 12-13-10, 08:00 AM   #8
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Fortunatley, we have not had much snow that stuck around so the American Tobacco Trail is looking pretty good. The gravel section is very popular and is getting a little worn. Otherwise it's doing great. Sorry, no pics.
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Didn't take the camera but it looked just like last year before the snow really hit us. Lots of ice and a bit of white stuff lying about. Ground was still soggy though so plenty of mud and deep puddles.

Just a couple of pics from last year



And that first one was ICE and it did bite when you lay down on it.
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The Badger trail looks the same except with more snow and a lot of snowmobele tracks.
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Our trail looks like this pretty much all year around. Except when it rains, then it looks like this, only wet.

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Rick that is just wrong, I will send you some snow to put on that trail....
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Seeing as we just had 15" of snow, I'm pretty sure the Douglas Trail has snowmobile tracks down it. In the winter it is open to snowmobiles, so that is to be expected.
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The high here today was 82.



Tomorrow, though, we may dip down to 80 or even 78.
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Rick that is just wrong, I will send you some snow to put on that trail....
Yeah, I know Bendico,

Really sucks, huh?

It's 15 mi. from our house in Whittier to the beach (Seal Beach) on the Coyote Creek MUP (note concrete enclosed "creek" in background) with reasonably good pavement the whole way.

I usually average a bit over 15 mph, so about and hour and 45 min. out and back (not including time for coffee and pastry at The Coffee Bean in Seal Beach). Very few non-cyclists on it until you get within a couple of miles of Seal Beach.

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Our trail looks like this pretty much all year around. Except when it rains, then it looks like this, only wet.

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That is wrong man just wrong. We got another 4 inches of snow last night at the house and most likely the mountian got atleast 6 to 8 more than us. Oh yea and ours doesn't have anywhere to get coffee and pastry but we can fish a nice trout creek that weaves in and out of that part of the trail...
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Our trail looks like this pretty much all year around. Except when it rains, then it looks like this, only wet.

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Yeah, I know, thanks sknhgy,

It's a tough ride, but someone has to do it

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PS: I used to live in MO and I did ride the KATY Trail even when there was snow on it.
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PS: I used to live in MO and I did ride the KATY Trail even when there was snow on it.
Thats what got me- I know I used to do a lot of Mountain biking but that trail from the OP looks completely ridable to me



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This picture doesnt look cold but it should LOL!
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Thats what got me- I know I used to do a lot of Mountain biking but that trail from the OP looks completely ridable to me
The trail is ridable but we try to take care of it as not to cause ruts in it from riding during the winter months here. This way it is less maintenace in the spring when the season gets going full speed again.
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Here's a few shots I took last week after a few days of lake effect snow in Rochester NY. The winter side of the "cranky old dude" pictures.

Eire Canal and bike path.



A few of the 390 bike trail.



Along the Genesee river trail

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Thanks Gyro.......It's only 36 hours into Winter and now I already can't wait until Spring!!
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Thanks Gyro.......It's only 36 hours into Winter and now I already can't wait until Spring!!
The good part of that is, day light is getting a bit long each day.
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