I’ve had a few people ask about the trails. These tracks from skinny bikes should give you an idea. This is within the first 2km of me hiking…. 🙁
I’d say this should give you the idea….still lots of ice and mud.
Johnny in Everything
COVID-19 and physical activity considerations:
Moving forward, TVG will not be posting any group rides on our site. We will be posting up trail conditions as they change. If out on the trails please exercise good judgement and follow proper Public Health guidelines.
It has been difficult to find exact guidelines on outdoor exercise. Here is some info from some reliable sources for your own reading. It covers topics such as:
- Information pertaining to the current COVID-19 situation
- Things you can do to promote physical and mental health
- The importance of physical activity including the health benefits and current guidelines
- The importance of nature during stressful times including information on health benefits
- The importance of keeping the community safe and yourself safe (i.e. being active while following public health recommendations such social distancing recommendations 2 metres apart.)
Have fun, enjoy nature, be safe, respect others and stay in shape!
The following information is for a reference. Please read through the information and formulate your judgement on how to conduct yourselves according to the guidelines and information and your own personal feelings. Please also seek additional Information on your own accord.
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health website for general info on Covid-19 and how to stay safe:
What is social distancing?
From a recent Waterloo Article: “Can I go outside?
“If you are healthy and do not need to self-isolate, then yes, you can leave your house…..going for walks, a hike or to the park is fine as well, as long as you observe the two-metre rule.”
Guidelines and benefits of physical activity for individuals aged 18-64:
Public Health Ontario’s information relating to physical activity:
Parks Canada:”Healthy Parks, Healthy People, Why Outdoor Exercise Really is Better For You”
Natural Resources Canada outlines how forest can benefit our mental health and well-being:
From National Public Radio (in the US) Refer to question and answer, “People who go outside to exercise are sometimes shamed on TV and social media for risky behaviour. Is it okay to go outside for a walk, run or bike ride?”
Johnny in Everything
We are going to hit the trails at 2pm on Sunday. Cold evening before and a high of plus 3 later in the day and Sun! Trails should be great (if you have studs!). Still lots of snow and ice out there. Anytime this weekend will be a great ride.
Johnny in Everything
Yup. The meeting has been cancelled for now. C-19 (thanks BFB!). No new date proposed yet.
So Wednesday night ride is back on. We had and awesome ride today & the trails are awesome if you have studs. We will find something to ride as the snowmobile trails and old groomed skis trails where also awesome. Lots of damage free riding still ahead…if you have a Fat Bike….just saying….
So see you Wednesday night!
Johnny in Everything
Hi gang, I’m really sorry to do this with short notice. Something has come up and K&I will not be able to make the 2pm time on Sunday. We will be moving our time to 10:30am. Hopefully some folks can make the change and if not we understand. Feel free to check in with others and if 2pm works better then TVG will have 2 rides!Johnny in Everything
Looks like sun, sun and more sun on Sunday with a high of minus 1. Should be a beautiful day in the Woods. 2pm start.
I would say based on the Weds ride that at this point on it’s going to a really tough go if you do not have studded tires. We rode on hard snow, soft snow, dirt and ice (quite a bit of ice). You are free to give it a go but I’d be very careful as the ice sneaks up on you.
The base is still quite hard packed and there still is a fair bit of snow left out there so it will still be awhile for skinny tires.
Just a reminder that there will not be a Weds ride this week as we are going to attend the Friends of Dufferin County Forest meeting. Sometimes you ride the trails, sometimes you support the trails. The support is very important if you wish to ride.
We may plan a ride Tues or Thursday based on the weather and trail conditions. Enjoy the weekend!Johnny in Everything
Hi everyone, the weather is actually lining up quite well for our Weds night ride. Rain tomorrow, then below zero Tues night, not too warm Weds then cooling off in the evening. Sill lots of snow out there and studs may come in handy on the ridge!
Should be a fun night with now only needing lights at the very end.
See you there.Johnny in Everything
Logging will likely begin on Ken’s/Steve’s Trail next week. It is a further along (west) of where the last logging happened in the fall. At least it is not as long of a section of trail affected. I will be marking the section for the loggers tomorrow and our County Forest Manager is attempting to arrange a walk through with the harvesters. Fingers crossed!
The Friends of Dufferin County Forest (FDCF) is having a meeting Weds March 18th, 7pm at the Dufferin Museum. Please plan on attending as everyone being there is important. If you can make it please RSVP as the County Forest Manager has requested. These meetings are very important as they help demonstrate our dedication to the trails, the Forest and the hard work we are willing to do. As well it shows our commitment to each other and other user groups, demonstrating the level of co-operation that we strive for between all user groups. Our normal Wednesday ride will be held on Tuesday or Thursday depending on trail conditions.
That’s it for now…see everyone out there and on the 18th!
If you wish to join the FDCF here you go…the more the merrier! Join up and show your support for the trails and the Forest!Johnny in Everything
Hi all, we will be heading out at 12 noon tomorrow for a ride. This should get us off the trails before it starts to warm up too much. As always, please be very aware of trail conditions moving forward. Lots of plus temp days ahead.Johnny in Everything
Our groomer crew got out yesterday and regroomed all 18km of the single track. As I’m away I can’t speak as to if they are set up yet or their conditions. I just heard it snowed again so I’m not sure what that will bring but I guess it was another big snow dump. It’s great the grooming got done to pack this fresh snow in but it may require another round. I’ll update as I hear things…
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