Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Please pass the word along to members of your groups. I hope to see some riders from LHORBA, TORC, and RCST on Sunday at R.B. Winter.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
A competitive trail ride is not really a race - there is a minimum and a maximum time allowed for completing the ride. For 25 miles, the window is 4 hrs 20 mins to 4 hrs 50 mins. The winner is not the fastest but the horse that is in the best condition. each horse starts with 100 points, we have 2 judges, one of which is a vet. They check the horse before the ride and again afterwards. Points are deducted for changes in condition. In addition pulse & respiration are checked at the half way point and horses are not allowed to continue if they do not recover to the required parameters. P & R's are again checked at the end - 20 minutes after finishing the ride and points are deducted if they don't recover to normal. The horse with the highest remaining points is the winner.
The horses will not be on singletrack and given the time frames of the event, if you park in the East lot and start around 9:00ish or so, the horses will likely be out of the woods by the time you get to Rock's Ridge from the East Park Lot. But be careful if you start from the Minnich Hit picnic area 9:00 or 10:oo, the horses may be hitting Minnich and Matter between 9 and 10 and we know Minnich is a connector to Rocks Ridge. Also be careful if you head up Rim to Wolf Pond too -- the horses will be coming DOWN Rim between 8 and 10 or around that time.
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Emory Ehrenfeld and Mary (Mary will likely hike)
Rick Begley (9:00)
Paul Konhaus (9:00)
Mike Ostrowski and Company from Wilkes Barre/Scranton
Dan Killingsworth (If Granogue doesn't wipe him out)
Matt Morrison (If Granogue doesn't wipe him out)
Don Don Andrews found fun elsewhere now and ain't coming
Legendary Tony Labato
Oh, and my group will simply be having fun on the rocks. I ain't riding at no breakneck speed or anything -- just fun schtuff for a change. I even ditched the heart rate monitor so no more heart rate Harriet. I may switch up the route and do Wolf Pond first, THEN Rock's Ridge, Matter, and the preferred DOWN Rattling Creek, which means the trip back will be UP FAWN Kill or road. total miles will be about 16 or 17 miles at a comfortable pace.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Emory - about 20 miles, 3 to 3.5 hours. He'll do the majority of the loop likely at a comfortable pace. All types of trails (rocks and easy).
Andy - Our local expert rider will likely do the entire loop (23+ miles) at an expert pace.
Ricky - the Casual group ride guru. 10-15 miles on the easier trails.
Jill/Don (if he gets a ride) - I'll substitute for Keith and do the rock hoppin loop - maybe 15ish miles starting with Rock's Ridge, then Wolf Pond, then Shale Run/Preserve Line/Fawn Kill. Will head back up Rattling Creek/Dry Run to finish up.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Size Large, 19"
FramePlatinum Series ZR9000 SS internally and externally butted aluminum w/ eccentric bottom bracket Genesis 29" Geometry
WheelsBontrager Race 29 Disc SS wheelsystem Bontrager Jones ACX K 29x2.25/2.2
ComponentryBontrager Race Lite SS 32t crank Avid BB 7 mechanical disc brakes w/6" rotor w/Avid FR-5 levers Shimano M505 ATB clipless pedals
SuspensionRockShox Reba SL Dual Air 29 / External rebound, internal floodgate, external compression and lock-out Butted aluminum steerer 80mm travel
Monday, May 12, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Very little evidence of washing or even much running water from the previous storm and last evening and today's rains were spread over a long period with no real downpours so I would expect no change in trail conditions.
Trails should be in good shape save for a few trees down that we need to get to yet. One on Fawn Kill near the reroute is in the plans to get taken out next time we take the chainsaw for a walk !
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Plenty of percipitation over nigth. The link above to the Harrisburg USGS percipitation gauge measured a little over an inch of rain between 7pm(Sat-26th) and midnight.
Trails will likely be wet with some running water in the usual places. Trails were in near perfect conditions before the rain, dry and fast with lots of leaf cover. With an inch or more of rain over just a few hours watch for washed areas and possible newly downed trees, although this storm didn't bring the really high winds that usually blow trees over.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
FYI. We had some rain and wind here Sunday night. There was a tornado warning south of here and they got lots of rain in the southern portions of the state. The Harrisburg gauge registered about 1.25". Not sure exactly how much rain we got on the trails but enought to have had some effects on trail conditions. I would expect some washing and with the windy conditions expect soem new blowdowns.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Trails are dry and in great shape !! Still lots of dead leaves covering the trail tread. With no significant rain for the area in sight trails should stay in great condition for riding.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
The chosen route made a right—hand turn toward the hang-glider launch to continue to the alien spaceship. Upon arrival, a praise was in order and a promise from the aliens of no anal probes; then the blessing of the ship and ground it sits on. The curious question of the day… “Does anyone know this is here?” There’s no fence, no “stay away” signs…just the ship in the middle of the field. And knowing the kids, and what they do up there… “dr…smo…f…” they are bound to find this too. (but we hope we are all wrong).
Onward we plodded… starting on Rock’s Ridge West, we hopped, bounced, and trudged through some rocks – Chrissy and Don leading the way and losing the rest of us rather quickly. B and J stopped for D, at which time D decided possibly the rocks were a bit too wet, and a bit too much today, so D and J opted for a more enduring ride, rather than a damaging ride (in more ways than one!). They continued across the top of the ridge doing a huge loop, passing the new NWTF Hunting Ramp off Lukes Trail, then down the mountain, and started back in Lykens road/Doc smith, then Lykens road to White oak and back home via IronMine. Don/Chrissy/Brettster enjoyed the remainder of Rock’s Ridge, Matter, Dry run, Rattling Creek, and I’m not sure what they did after that, but I know they ended up climbing White oak. There was some discussion and very hard looks and laughter at some point about “sucking Don…” but actually it was “sucking Dawn…" after cleaning the camelbak with Dawn detergent. But it didn’t quite come out right making it funny as hell – thanks for the chuckles Miss Chuckler, Chrissy! The 3-hour tour ended with some sunshine and temps of about 50. No blood, broken bones, nor broken bikes… some would say that wasn’t a good ride. But I believe we all felt it was a fine day in Weiser. And the odds are growing folks…it was a 60/40 ride –3 niners and 2 26’ers. And the future may hold a 80/20 ride with this same group. Niners ROCK.
The regular season is starting Saturday April 26th thru Monday May 26th
Please stay off singletrack until after noon Monday thru Saturday
during the wild turkey hunting season.
Thanks from RCST and the National Wild Turkey Federation.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
We DO have some trail gods to thank. I really don't know who they are, but there's always evidence that folks stop and clear what they can off the trails. Rick carries a saw with him, obviously others do too - so THANK YOU! I'm trying to talk Rick into riding on Friday and if we do, we'll try to clear as many trees off the trails as we can. The majority of trees will need a trail crew and a chainsaw, but there's a couple we may be able to do ourselves. Possibly the Earth Day weekend we could clear trees with chain saw.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
I FINALLY got on the trails today and have much to report.
- Dismounted no less than 10 times to crawl over, under and around downed trees. We have work to do. Keith said he'll be "Trail Boss" now that he can't ride until his wrists heal.
- Was thinking how bumpy the trails seemed. Duh...maybe it's because it poured raining two weeks ago? And maybe the trails are really washed at spots. Yup...you will notice a much more bumpy ride. There's some serious washing at spots and rocks are exposed. Most noteable washed areas:
- Rattling Creek at the "gully" where the water is supposed to run (its one of the biggest rock gardens on Rattling Creek).
- Fawn Kill at the log pile -- there's actually standing water in there.
- Shale Run - watch for the tree on the downhill with a branch sticking deadon in front of you -- I wish i could have moved 'cause that one is dangerous if you don't see it coming and are flying down there.
- Schreffler to the turn on Dry Run. Very washed, still soggy, a tree or two will slow you down if the washing doesn't. Its not screaming fast anymore!
Will try to get out and get a pic of the space ship tomorrow. Amazingly, even with standing water in spots and several soft spots - there's no mud! I love our trails. I bagged a race today at Blue Marsh 'cause I knew after last night's rain Blue Marsh would be a quagmire of mud. I'm glad I bagged it...was a great day in the woods.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Maybe I'll run into one of you this weekend sometime - Jill
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
- Ride THROUGH the center of the puddle or mud.
- Do NOT go out around the soft section. If you do, we'll track you down using CSI methods of analyzing your tire tracks.
ps. Rick and I had planned on getting on trails on Sunday since we haven't been there since who-knows-when (October?!), but appears its won't be warm enough for Rick (high of 40). So its a wait-and-see-game.