Sunday, April 24, 2016

Clean Up – Green Up @ Rockland

Sunday, April 24, 2016
Meet at Route 79 Trailhead, 9 AM.

Support Town of Madison’s Clean-Up — Green-Up Day by riding and cleaning Rockland Preserve. We’ll clean the parking area first and then look for trash along a no-drop intermediate level route. Bring a bag to clear trash along our ride.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

TM Report: Quillinan Reservoir

Date: 4/20/2016
Report Type: TM Report
Trail Name: Quillinan Reservoir
Town: Ansonia
Trail Conditions: Fine (now)

Observations/Information: Observed on earlier ride major blowdown (big tree taking down a half dozen or so others) on the south end of Purple (returning north from the reservoir, up past the brook crossing and Bill The Cat graffiti, and just after the next sharp curve to the right).

Two hours or so to remove.  The old proverb about how to eat an elephant ("one bite at a time") came to mind.  Not picture postcard perfect, but it is open and won't inspire a braid.

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 (up from the southern lot)
Time of day: Afternoon

Time/Duration (hours): 2:15

Monday, April 18, 2016

Central CT NEMBA in The Great Give 2016

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This year, Central Connecticut NEMBA is participating in The Great Give® 2016, the premiere online giving event for nonprofits in the Greater New Haven region. For 36 hours, starting May 3, 2016, 8 a.m. and lasting until 8 p.m. May 4th, your charitable donation will make us eligible for thousands of dollars in grant prizes when you give to us through®.

Central Connecticut NEMBA will be competing for various matching prizes, including most money raised, greatest number of individual donors, and greatest number of new donors. Your donation will go a long way in helping us grow mountain biking in Connecticut.

Please tell your friends to mark their calendars for May 3-4 and give – whether out of bed, from your desk, off your couch or on the trail, just give!

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Pre meeting ride is canceled, too much rain last night, but the meeting is still on.

Monday, February 29, 2016

March Meeting

We're having our early spring meeting  Wednesday March 2nd 6PM at CFPA Headquarters 16 Meriden Rd (Rt. 66) in Rockfall (Middlefield). We'll ride before at Wadsworth Falls State Park Rt. 157 in Middletown. Ride starts at 4PM. If you can't make it by 4 let us know and we'll come back to the lot to pick you up. Come, ride, eat pizza, and share your ideas.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Quillinan Reservoir

Date: 2/27/2016
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: Quillinan Reservoir
Town: Seymour/Ansonia
Trail Conditions: Mostly frozen

Observations/Information: It was sub-20 at sunrise, so I figured I'd climb into the flight suit and have one of the last cold-weather rides of the season. By noon I'm guessing the temperature will be sufficiently high to cause mud.

From the Rimmon lot, down the fire road, left at the logging site and up the hill, right (west) side purple branch down to the reservoir, then back up the purple branch farther down, all the way back to the lot.

Trails were for the most part frozen, except for a patch of the fire road just north of the brook crossing with the downed tree (see photo), where water is running down and across. The tree's a split trunk, and the other half is hung up and will probably come down next windstorm. (Don't be under it.)

Bits of the singletrack had that frozen crunchiness that freeze/thaw will do. And yes, there's evidence someone's been riding there wet. I also saw another "Please contact me to coordinate trail work" sign Travis has up.

TM = kicking branches off trail, and dragging off a small tree that was down near the reservoir.

No other people this morning - a couple of wild turkeys were about, though.

Trail Ambassador Name: John Joy
Trail Ambassador E-mail: jmj [at] savagejoy [dot] com
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Trails Ridden: Fire Road, Purple
Time of day: Morning
Time/Duration (hours): 1
Approximate Distance (Miles): 4.1

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Naugatuck State Forest

Date: 2/11/2016
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: Naugatuck State Forest
Town: Oxford (and a tiny bit of Beacon Falls)
Trail Conditions: Snowy of various flavors

Observations/Information: This morning's sunrise 20-degree quickie was in the West Block. In at the Rt. 42 lot, down the hill then left up to Res 2, around and up the east side of #3 to #4, down the Camaro(less) Trail, right onto the bypass down to the power lines, then Red down to #2, around the east side and back up and out.

It doesn't look like the snowmobiles have been in, but other users plus thaw/refreeze has "groomed" a lot of the reservoir loop at least. Not so much some of the other trails - climbs were tough and got bogged down enough to walk it more than once.

The predicted cold snap this weekend may change this (though probably not for long), but the mushy patch on the Camaro(less) trail is all that and then some. And the wet stretch around the power line crossing is an absolute mess.

Item of note: just east of the mush on Camaro(less) a tree is down, not huge but too big for hand tools. Given the snow on the trail past it and the snow on top of the log, I had a hard time seeing it until I was almost upon it, and I was moving slowly. I can easily imagine a faster user (e.g. snowmobile) hitting it, especially in lower visibility. I cleared as much of the snow on the log as I could, and in the next day or two want to get back over there to apply some flagging tape to mark it better until it can be removed.

TM = clearing a couple branches here and there.

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
Approximate Distance (Miles): 3.1