Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Central CT @ NEMBAFest 2014

By Glenn Vernes

Central CT NEMBA had a good presence at NEMBAFest this year. The new venue on Darling Hill Rd was great, putting us close to some of the best trails in the KT network, and the weather was just about perfect.  The chapter’s tent compound was the place to be on Saturday night. Sue Scheibenpflug had prepared a feast of many dishes, Nina Paim cooked Brazilian-style barbecue, and we had so much food we had to invite people in to help finish it.  The result was a great party redolent of the Pedrosfest days. Thanks to Sue and Nina for all the food, and to whoever brought the keg of 120 Minute IPA.








Monday, July 21, 2014

Naugatuck State Forest


Date: 7/20/2014
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: Naugatuck State Forest
Town: Oxford/Beacon Falls
Trail Conditions: Typical Naugy

Observations/Information: I took the orange beast in to Naugy West Block Sunday AM to conclude what should have been Friday morning's ride, had I not lost the front brake.

In at Res 4, and up the east side, hike-a-bike up the steep, nasty fall line to the power lines and out to the beaver pond, down the fire road (with a brief excursion on the power line trail) to the first fire road branch, right just past the stream crossing to the badly washed out area, left at the junction at the bottom down to the junction with the big tree across it, then down to Res 2, around and up to Res 3 and back to the Res 4 lot.

The rough patches are still plenty rough, with a washed-out mix of big rocks and loose stones. Big puddles in the usual place up top at the power lines (but overall pretty dry). I stopped on the fire road branch up top to do some much-needed lopping of brambles that were trying to take over. (I still have blood stains on a tech shirt from hitting one last season.) Also stopped now and again to toss sticks off trail.

There's still a big tree across the fire road from Res 2 to the west side of Res 3, right about at the double culvert before the big hill.

Saw a jogger and two dog-walkers (one on the fire road up top, one on the Res 2 loop).


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): 1:48 (incl. TM)
Approximate Distance (Miles): 5.76

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Airline Trail

Date: July 19, 2014
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: Airline Trail
Town: East Hampton to Lebanon
Trail Conditions: Good
Observations/Information: The trail is generally in good shape with only a couple of small sections with ruts due to water running over the trail. My hybrid bicycle did fine. I reported these areas to the state with the hopes they will deepen the drainage ditches to keep the water off the trail. The section east of Village Hill Road is marked with a sign saying that the trail is closed due to overhead powerline work. If you go past the sign, which everyone is doing, there is a gate under the powerlines which is designed so people can pass through it. At the gate, it simply says Construction Site. Northeast Utilities has put up new towers and is in the process of stringing them with wires. The trail ends at the Willimantic River at a bridge that needs decking.
Trail Ambassador Name: Tom Ebersold
Trail Ambassador E-mail: bikehikekayak123 [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Trails Ridden: Airline Trail
Time of day: Morning
Time/Duration (hours): 4
Approximate Distance (Miles): 39

Saturday, July 19, 2014

River Highlands State Park

Date: 7/18/14
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: River Highlands State Park
Town: Cromwell
Trail Conditions: Good, dry

Observations/Information: A quick spin at River Highlands Friday night found the trails to be in good shape with no evidence of the recent rain a and very little evidence of the recent wind (a few limbs and sticks to clear). It looked like the grass around the parking lot had ben mowed recently and, for once, there was no litter to pick up, suggesting a recent visit from the roving DEEP crew.

There were a lot of bike tracks on the trails, and people are starting to ride the chutes that lead into the blow hole again. Someone painted smiley faces on trees along the red trail in the southern part of the park (see photo), and I rode that trail all the way down to Nooks Hill Rd (a steep decent).

If your local trails are still wet you can come ride the dry at River Highlands.

Trail Ambassador Name: Glenn Vernes
Trail Ambassador E-mail: glennvernesatgmaildotcom
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Trails Ridden: Green, yellow, red, white, blue
Time of day: Afternoon
Time/Duration (hours): 1.0
Approximate Distance (Miles): 7.5
Image 1: Blow Hole 071814 003.JPG
Image 2: Hartmann 7-13-14 002.JPG

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hartman Park

Date: 7/13/14
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: Hartman Park
Town: Lyme/Salem
Trail Conditions: Good, clear
Observations/Information: Rode Hartman park with Cory, Al, & the bro Sunday morning. The trails were in good shape, clear, and there really wasn't anything for us to do TA wise. Cory took us on a mini tour of the place, incorporating many of the yellow-blazed short cut trails. I had never really ridden these trails, preferring to take the long way, but they're good trails in their own right, of the rocky and rooty type typical of the older trails here, and with narrow bridges with difficult approach angles. We checked out Thom's new bridge on the red trail power line section- nice work.

We then rode out into the state forest, doing a counter-clockwise loop that put us on the powerline and finally the orange trail up on the ridge. We descended on the blue trail and then spent some time on the new trails south of Hartman Park. These trails are much smoother, straighter, and less rocky/rooty than the Hartman Park trails, and are a good place to put in a few extra miles.

Afterward we went to Salem Valley Farms for ice cream. All around a great ride. Hartman is the type of place where a good rider can be challenged, but have the chance to clean almost everything.
Trail Ambassador Name: Glenn Vernes
Trail Ambassador E-mail: glennvernesatgmaildotcom
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Trails Ridden: Red, orange, yellow, blue, dirt roads
Time of day: Morning
Time/Duration (hours): 2.0
Approximate Distance (Miles): 12
Image 1: HArtman 7-13-14 005.JPG

TM Report: West Rock Ridge SP

Date: July 16, 2014
Report Type: TM Report
Trail Name: West Rock Ridge SP
Town: Hamden
Trail Conditions: Damp
Observations/Information: Despite all the rain this week, the trails at West Rock were merely damp. Places that are normally muddy, even after a dry spell, were wet, but firm. I did some pruning as I went, plus took out a few invasive plant species, as usual. The mosquitos are flying in squadrons, so be sure to wear bug repellent. I picked up half a bucket of trash, which is a positive sign that I continue to find less and less trash at the park.
Trail Ambassador Name: Tom Ebersold
Trail Ambassador E-mail: bikehikekayak [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
How did you use the trail? Hiking/Walking
Trails Ridden: White and Baldwin Drive
Time of day: Afternoon
Time/Duration (hours): 3
Approximate Distance (Miles): 2
Image 1: Butter and eggs-NEMBA.jpg
Image Description(s)/Instructions: This wildflower is called Butter and Eggs and it is growing near Baldwin Drive. Thanks to the Connecticut Botanical Society for the website that helps me ID these plants: http://www.ct-botanical-society.org/galleries/linariavulg.html

Monday, July 14, 2014

George C Waldo State Park

Date: 7/13/2014
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: George C Waldo State Park
Town: Southbury
Trail Conditions: Grrrrreat!
Observations/Information: Quick Sunday AM ride. Nice to see the places that were mucky a few weeks back were nice and dry.

Stopped now and again to clear some small branches/sticks, or do a little lopping.
Trail Ambassador Name: John Joy
Trail Ambassador E-mail: jmj [at] savagejoy [dot] com
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Trails Ridden: Almost everything (except Thing 3 and WW between Hunters and Daffy)
Time of day: Morning
Time/Duration (hours): 1
Approximate Distance (Miles): 4