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  1. You know we have two TD finishers right here in Austin. I have seen the Sheila's several times on SATN. You might want to talk with one or both of them.
  2. Note that I have been advocating for a trail across all of South Austin along Williamson Creek. This morning I received an email about the Williamson Creek area. Here is a redacted version of the email (redacted remove classified info). I also added the underlines to highlight why I think it would be beneficial to MTB'rs. Dear Friends and Neighbors~ I’m passing this on even though you should receive a paper copy in the mail sometime in the next couple of days. Please share with your friends and neighbors, up and downstream of us!! It is a critical time in the planning process and we want to make sure you have multiple avenues to give feedback, get your questions answered and your concerns addressed. We have a “real” opportunity to envision and implement pocket parks, community gardens and orchards, wildlife habitats and wildflower meadows, invasive species removal, employment for our local homeless individuals, bicycle facilities, complete sidewalks, restrooms and water fountains, a rail to trail to the airport, recreation and nature trails along Williamson Creek connecting our community to McKinney Falls State Park, the Violet Crown Trail, Dick Nichols District Park, the Onion Creek Metropolitan Park and beyond. Now is the time to “Dream BIG!”. OFFICIAL: The Watershed Protection Department is conducting a survey to develop a floodplain restoration and management plan for the floodplain buyout areas in your community. Note that these areas may be needed for a flood risk reduction project in the future. Because the buyouts are clustered in four areas, we will have individual surveys for each of these areas. We are starting with the Richmond Tributary area near Glen Oak, Aberdeen and Emerald Wood Drive. Take the Survey online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/williamson-richmond We think the online survey will be the easiest way to take the survey for most of you. But if you would prefer to fill out a paper copy, they are available at the Manchaca Branch Library. We just want to hear from you! Survey Deadline: Sunday, June 30, 2019 Stewardship and Maintenance Watershed Protection manages hundreds of acres of floodplain buyout areas throughout the city, generally as natural open spaces. Maintenance includes periodic vegetation management activities and a variety of community enhancements identified by the local residents. Natural areas help filter pollutants out of stormwater runoff, improve water quality, prevent erosion, provide habitat, and sustain a healthy floodplain. This helps us protect lives, property, and the environment by reducing the impact of flooding, erosion and water pollution. Flooding The buyouts were part of a two-phase project to reduce the risks associated with flooding in the Williamson Creek area. Please visit austintexas.gov/williamsoncreek to learn more about the ongoing project. Stephanie Lott Public Information Specialist Sr. Watershed Protection Department 512-974-2799
  3. Posting so everybody sees the news - https://www.kxan.com/news/local/williamson-county/mountain-bikers-will-go-full-gas-saturday-at-cedar-park-race/2073603464
  4. I always upgrade piecemeal when I have money / time. I would not think twice about installing the fork this month and the shock next month. This question is a different version of "upgrade my existing bike or replace my existing bike"? Do what ever works for you!
  5. Doing some planning in Reimer's Ranch. That is all for now. Probably have more details in about a month. I want to have something solid to report before I report it. Otherwise it starts to sound like Fake News.
  6. You guys are going down some of the same roads I did. I finally gave up and posted for help. But then I found a different way to get something useful even if I didn't understand what those numbers meant (they were listed on a drawing as "Coordinate Points". I suspect you have to have the secret decoder ring to figure out where those were. I found a KMZ file. I converted that to GPX file. My Garmin still could not figure out what was intended in the ~ 5 meg file. I tried Strava and TopoFusion without much luck. But when I imported the GPX file into Ride With GPS - it read the file and gave me something I could work with. The GPX file was about 30 short segments. My Garmin only took the first one. RWGPS listed and previewed each and everyone of them. I was able to look though the files and pick out the ones I needed to combine to make what I needed. So even though I still don't know what those numbers meant - I have a track I can use.
  7. I Hope somebody can help me figure this out. I have a location shown as 2997010.75E 10096432.05N. I thought this was the lat/long or GPS location. I can't figure what it is or how to convert that to anything I can figure out. This location should be in Reimer's Ranch. Can somebody point me in the right direction?
  8. I hope you could find your way around the trail.
  9. That NEVER happens to me. I must not be living 'right' like you are.
  10. Good job. That is a very polite conversation compared to the ones I have had.
  11. I would cut that second stump back and leave the new "feature". But that is just me.
  12. What makes sense for one person may be totally wrong for someone else. That said, here is what I recommend - I would not sink money into your old bike. It is outdated and limiting at this point. Bike standards are changing so fast right now that what you buy today may not be usable on a new bike. You may find it hard to find parts for the old bike already. If you can get 'upgrades' on closeout or other wise low cost - it might make sense for you. But be careful how much you spend on that old a bike. I don't find a GPS very useful for navigating trails. Even a 'high end' GPS does not have trail maps in it like they do for roads. So even if I load a GPX file into my GPS, I have to go past a turn before it tells me I am off course. And it CONSTANTLY tells me I am off course even when I am on course (GPS error? trail changes? Aliens?). What a GPS does best is record your ride so you can look at it after the ride, load it to Strava, etc. Maybe the technology has improved to where a GPS can communicate with Trailforks or MTB Project and I don't know about it. But my experience is that GPS units don't help much with trail navigation. Phone navigation of trails works much better than my GPS unit. But I keep my phone put away so it does not become a victim of a crash. To use the phone for trail navigation I have to stop, take off my Camelbak, dig out the phone, dry the sweat off my hands, etc etc etc before I can get navigation info. All of that and I still find it more useful than my Garmin 800 GPS. Your mileage may vary. So what is my recommendation? The GPS unit WILL transfer to a new bike. If you want a new upgrade now - that is where I would spend my money. Just recognize the limitations. And I would be looking for a new / used bike in the near future. I would probably save my money to put into the new bike.
  13. I rode the Zilker to first creek crossing today. There needs to be lots of work on this section. I suspect on other sections as well. I will start the approval process.
  14. The land manager at Walnut Creek has decided that there will be NO new trail. We can replace trail that has been or had to be closed - but no 'additional' trail. Why you ask? Has anybody noticed that Walnut is getting to be almost all "trail" (actually trampled brush - not actual trail). When there is no brush left to separate trails, people will walk everywhere until nothing can grow anywhere. I know, I know. It is not the MTB'rs doing most of this. But this is how the land manager is trying to deal with the problem. The best thing we can do is try to help them. A lot of the "new" trail (most is over a year old now) is from where the big sidewalk replaced existing trails. And some trails had to be closed for safety reasons like not having high speed MTB crossing the sidewalk. The old Powerline Downhill and Ski Hill are examples. The City allowed us to replace those trails with 'new trails'. So we tried to make the newer trails more fun that the old trails. IMHO - Wilco is in a very different situation than City of Austin. Places like Walnut are getting overrun with users of all sorts. Wilco is not seeing that problem as bad. Not yet anyway.
  15. I can't wait for shark week.
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