Time to work off all the tasty Thanksgiving dinners!!
2:00 start at Dufferin. The leaves are looking awesome and with the rain the other day the trails will be in great shape.
See you out there!Johnny in Everything
Trails are great and the leaves are starting to turn…it’s lovely out there.
See you there!
JJohnny in Everything
Hi everyone! Just a note to let everyone know that there is an OCTRA equestrian event happening this weekend (Oct 4th-6th). They will be camped out in the field to the south. They will be using the equestrian trails throughout the entire Forest during all times of the day for the weekend and there can be up to 70 equestrians out there at any point in time. The cycling trail crosses the equestrian trail at several places so please exercise extreme caution at these intersections. If you are the lead rider please make it your responsibility to ensure the safety of all users and yield at these crossings. If you have a bell (personally I believe everyone should in a multi-use forest environment) give it a quick ring when approaching intersections. If you do come upon an equestrian speak up so the horse can recognize you as a person.
I imagine with rain this week the trails will be busy for everyone over the weekend. Please remember as cyclists we are required to give way to equestrians. As always be friendly and I would anticipate that you will be received well. Please strike up conversations with other users. Cooperation as always is the key to everyone experiencing a harmonious enjoyable day in the Forest!
Enjoy the trails, thanks to the efforts of many, they are in excellent condition! See you out there.Johnny in Everything
If you head out on the Stick you may notice some pretty nasty hoof prints at the start. I happen to be coming out and met three equestrians head on on the bike trail. I explained I was sorry to spook them but I wasn’t expecting to see three horses on the bike trail. They were awesome…they said they didn’t know and had not been there in 8 years. I went back to the Kiosk with them explained things and gave them a map to follow. I continued my ride and actually finished at the same time they did and we chatted some more. They where honestly really sorry and I completely believe them that this was a mistake. They said it was nice that they didn’t meet an “a##hole” on the trail and I said the same about them.
So if you see the prints at the beginning, don’t be upset at the equestrians. They didn’t know they where not suppose to be there. And my lesson learned is even if you do encounter an equestrian on the trails judge them honestly if they say they didn’t know and be nice and informative.
I wish to thank those people last night for continuing to foster good user group relationships.Johnny in Everything
I got out for a ride tonight and noticed something as I was riding the lollipop…well it’s actually what I didn’t notice. I wasn’t getting constantly smacked in the face with vegetation crowding the trail. Kathy has been out pruning and cleaned things up a lot. You can actually see around some of the corners now. Thanks to Kathy for putting in the time off the bike to make the trails more enjoyable and safer for all of us!Johnny in Everything
I got out for a ride today and headed back to Ken’s and Steve’s trail where the logging is taking place. I’m sad to say that based on what I’ve seen so far this is not going to go well. Too bad, in the past it’s been awesome when the loggers have been in.
Good thing I marked the trail so they could run over it!!?? At least we can still find it, it is under the red ribbons.
So, with that in place we will likely be planning a trail clearing/rebuilding exercise after the logging is done. It will be in a couple weeks after they are done. I’m hoping we can just get a good size group out and rebuild the trail in one-two days (a Friday-Saturday) and have it set in over the winter. We will require help on this one for sure from anyone who enjoys these trails. Our normal trail group won’t be able to tackle this on our own and we will require help from the community (and TVG will buy you lunch!).
Updates will follow… and by the way, that’s only 100m of it and the logging will cover almost 1km of trail!
J. 🙁Johnny in Everything
Logging has begun in the back north-east section of the Forest around Ken’s/Steve’s trail (in the area I take Max to his watering hole). They are using a harvester and are removing large pine trees. I had a meeting with Sue, Caroline and the gentleman doing the work today and have heavily flagged the section of trail with red caution/danger tape. If you are in that area please be extremely careful as they cannot see you from their equipment and are dropping trees over 50 feet tall. Hopefully things go well and we have minimal trail repair & clean up to do.
Stay safe out there! Please cut and paste this on to any other sites that should be made aware.
JohnnyJohnny in Everything
Hi everyone, please be aware that there is an equestrian event happening this weekend in the Main Tract. OTRA will be there September 27th to September 29th and will be conducting various rides throughout the weekend.
Please exercise caution while out there this weekend. Pay extra attention when approaching and crossing the equestrian trails as not to surprise an equestrian and their horse. If you come upon someone, please stop and speak up so the horse will become aware that you are present. If you ride with a bell, a quick ring as you are approaching the crossings would also be a good idea to alert riders. If you don’t have a bell, not a bad idea to get one!
As always be courteous and friendly.
Between everyone cooperating and paying attention I’m sure everyone will have an uneventful enjoyable weekend. It’s all about mutual understanding and respect for each other.
Enjoy your time in the Forest!Johnny in Everything
Eric has checked in and the rain may stop early afternoon…tentative ride at 2:30. We’ll see…Johnny in Everything
It’s raining pretty hard at the moment so likely ride will be called off. If anything happens this afternoon I post something up. Enjoy the rainy day!