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Old 01-06-22, 07:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Calsun View Post
It could hookup with the Avenue of the Giants that goes from Garberville to Rio Dell. It was the only time that the freeway engineers left the old Hwy 101 intact and available for cyclists to use. The Avenue of the Giants is one of the most beautiful and relatively traffic free places I have found to ride and my favorite bike ride for the past 50 years.
What we really need is a paved trail running parallel to Avenue of the Giants.
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Old 01-06-22, 07:47 PM
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What we really need is a paved trail running parallel to Avenue of the Giants.
That would be wonderful, for cyclists and walkers. But with all the "historic" trees around, and how tight the space is, it's hard to see how a new trail could be cut and paved without a big ruckus being made from folks. For that reason, alone, I doubt it'll ever get seriously proposed or built.

Nice thing is, it's a relatively little-traveled road through the Avenue. Even at peak season, it's not all that bad. It's darker, with the canopy, and with the windy roadway and near-zero shoulder. But it's relatively safe for cyclists, all things considered. Bummer that the route wasn't cut 20ft wider during initial creation, decades ago, in anticipation of future use.
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Old 01-06-22, 08:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Clyde1820 View Post
That would be wonderful, for cyclists and walkers. But with all the "historic" trees around, and how tight the space is, it's hard to see how a new trail could be cut and paved without a big ruckus being made from folks. For that reason, alone, I doubt it'll ever get seriously proposed or built.

Nice thing is, it's a relatively little-traveled road through the Avenue. Even at peak season, it's not all that bad. It's darker, with the canopy, and with the windy roadway and near-zero shoulder. But it's relatively safe for cyclists, all things considered. Bummer that the route wasn't cut 20ft wider during initial creation, decades ago, in anticipation of future use.
Fair point. An unpaved trail would be much easier, and probably more sensible.
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Old 06-01-22, 09:23 PM
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Woo hoo! The coal train's d-e-a-d dead! The coal folks never filed their intent to make an OFA, therefore IT'S DEAD! Unfortunately the Skunk Train folks, Mendocino Railroad, did file for the 13 miles between Fort Bragg and Willits, which would put a big hole in the trail. We'll fight them off too.

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Originally Posted by Korina View Post
Unfortunately the Skunk Train folks, Mendocino Railroad, did file for the 13 miles between Fort Bragg and Willits, which would put a big hole in the trail. We'll fight them off too.
There's got to be room for both on the ROW. The Skunk Train's not exactly the TGV, and they have pedal-train rides on their website too.
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Old 06-04-22, 10:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Leinster View Post
There's got to be room for both on the ROW. The Skunk Train's not exactly the TGV, and they have pedal-train rides on their website too.
Turns out I was wrong; they want those miles on the main line, right where there's no room for rail-with-trail.

Also, the coal folks turned in their notification of intent the day after the deadline, with the excuse that their lawyer was on vacation and couldn't get back in time. No one knows how the STB is going to react to this; hopefully very badly. Most likely, the trail is ****ed.

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Old 06-08-22, 12:02 PM
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The plot thickens. Lawyers for the Great Redwood Trail Agency interesting financial shenanigans. The Lost Coast Outpost has been doing some great reporting about the coal train.
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Old 06-08-22, 01:24 PM
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Ya gotta love a thickening plot, huh? 🤔😉

Why does it always turn out to be one, or very few, selfish jackasses, who ruin things for the majority? 😒🙄 Hopefully, they get their just desserts, in the end.
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As it happens, the STB rejected the coal co.'s dog-ate-my-homework excuse. Ding dong the coal train's dead!

Unfortunately, they didn't reject the Mendocino Railroad's notice of intent to file, but they might just laugh them out of the room if/when they see their OFA.
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