Thursday, June 10, 2010

White Pine Trail Update 2

Yesterday I went out for a short afternoon ride and started by heading north on the White Pine Trail to see how badly the Memorial Day storms had damaged it. The trail is closed by barricades from about one mile north of Belmont to House St. The damage is in three sections about a half mile south of House. The trail has been undercut and washed away on the downhill side. Snow fence and hay bales have been erected to move trail users who ignore the barricades (that would be me) off the trail and into the dirt on the uphill side of the trail.

This is not going to be a quick fix. The DNR cannot just resurface the trail, the actual hillside must be rebuilt. And it's washed out, as in the above photo, in three separate locations. The Powers That be know about it but so far there is no timetable for the repair. This section of the trail will probably be closed most of the summer.
In other news I completed 18 miles yesterday on a beautiful, if slightly windy day. That gives me 468 miles for the season so far. Kind of paltry when compared to some of my team mates who have been doing a century every month. But I still consider it early, since we don't do the Death Valley Ride until October.

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