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Opened another new trail section today.

The end of Litterbox now comes out behind Water 1 and flows into Black Trac's new (and old) entrance. I hope folks like the flow of this new section that twice crosses the ancient, original Black Trac downhill run. (long ago retired due to erosion) This rolls into the initial wood feature on Black Trac at a better angle than before allowing riders familiar with it to carry speed into the following climb.

The new addition brings the total distance to within a few hundredths of a 12 mile loop when every trail is ridden.

More to come!

 

Trail conditions were dry.

Outside air conditioning was set at 72F.

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5 hours ago, AustinBike said:

Very possibly.

Wednesday and Thursday look OK right now but I *may* have a work thing that I have to attend to, so I would say I am 80% good for those two days at this point.

Thursday is looking better, as it'll be a bit cooler (high of 82 instead of 90).  Less wind as well.  But that can always change, of course.

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Did some bench cutting today on a new section on Black Trac created with the help of the TMBRA PayDirt folks.

This will be a series of ~10 switchbacks gaining about 50' over a quarter mile. It should be completed shortly.

This section passes the new Water Station 3, which has a great view and some shade to sit in. Ought to make a fine spot to hang out while making the loop.

Here's a pic.

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Alright, I took advantage of the outdoor air conditioning yesterday and today and have completed the new section and cut out the old climb on BT to the road.

Here's where the new part begins...

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Most of the old climb will eventually be repurposed as a downhill that leads into this new section. Ought to be a hoot!

Paul has also opened up another new section on Karaway. Between the work done on Karaway and on Black Trac we have gained over 3/4 of a mile of new trail.

I'll get a "wheel" measurement tomorrow.

Thanks again to the TMBRA PayDirt volunteers and to Brian Nash for their contributions that brought these new sections online in record time.

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Mileage Update with recent additions.

Using the standard race start/finish line that starts at the pavilion and ends by going around the pond before crossing the finish line, here's current distance for the whole loop. (deduct 0.3 mi. for Trailhead to Trailhead measurement)

12.67 miles was measured on the bike's wheel.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

More trails coming soon to a Rocky Hill near you.

 

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Paul and I have been at it again. Today we cut in another new section that puts that Black Trac uphill before the road crossing back in the mix... as a downhill run into the last new section of switchbacks up to the new scenic overlook water station.

We also made the BT "option" trail a permanent part of the overall loop so there is no missing it. Paul is adding some fun stuff at the end of this section where it currently has this wonderful dip. It will be like a roller coaster section, as he's taking the trail back across that ravine twice more in succession. There is one bridge to build, and we hauled all the materials he'll need down there today. It could be live by this weekend.

These new parts won't add much distance, I guess maybe a little more than a  tenth of a mile, but they should up the fun factor with some new dips, challenging climbing, and a short downhill run.

Come get some!

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Paul just sent photos of the completed new fun run.

 

Entry, crossing bridge, then bend to the right

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Exit, coming from far side to bottom of photo to rejoin the trail

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Also, he built this while soaking luxuriously in a rain storm that dropped .36 in. on him.

Kudos to Paul the Duck for getting this done!

I can't wait to ride it,

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Took a spin today, conditions were fantastic. Planning another ride this afternoon.

The latest bits added over the last week now have distance up to 12.8 miles.

Also, flagged another new trail and scouted for more places to build.

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The latest map update is on MTB Project online and should be in the updated Texas area download this coming Saturday.

Making more signs, and I have flagged two new trails, with a third in the planning stages.

Two other new trails by Paul are going in between the 512 area and the fence. Presently, you cross the road and go downhill on a fenceline jeep road. Soon, you will take singletrack to the East of the Jeep road, ride back up the Jeep road, then take singletrack back down on the West of the Jeep road. These should add almost a half mile.

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Added new signs for Tristy (a nod to the lost Tris Cross trail), Loblolly, Y-Knot, Litterbox, Black Trac, and... Sofa King Fun Trail, which begins at the last water stop and includes The Grind, The Wall, and Reveille's Romp before rolling onto Fofenique.

But wait, there's more!

A new 0.3 mi. section has been added to Black Trac and was opened for business today. Paul got first wheels on it. It still needs a little polishing on some bench cuts, and I'm looking forward to the rain next week to provide a more malleable surface to dig in.

Tristy (begins where Karaway meets the road at the FR512 gate and ends at the road before Lemonade) has one of the two new sections completed. There is a small jump toward the end, and a berm is planned.

If you aren't racing at Bluff Creek this weekend, come get some RHR goodness!

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