Oh no dudes! I just took my mini-mag light scanned the sidewall of my MM and discovered it were "TRAILSTAR"! :damn::scream::crybaby:=/
Does this portend my untimely demise on my annual new years day ride?
Report in please! Did you survive?
I've been riding MM's super gravity trailstar on the rear, vertstar on the front for a couple of years, and I'm not dead yet. I am old, fat and slow though.
New Years Day 2016:
Lower trails: freeze-dried, awesome traction.
Penny Lane / Good Sir Martin: 1st three quarters clear of snow. Upper bit of GSM has hard packed snow, all rideable.
Team Pangor: woodwork is icy, dirt is not. Good times!
Old Buck: clear and dry. Baden Powel from Old Buck: clear up to just below Incline exit. Packed snow thereafter.
New Severed Dick Entrance from the power line: some hard-packed snow, some freeze-dried dirt. All good traction.
Cunt Buster: some hard-packed snow until Asian Adonis branch. Cunt Buster is clear and dry from that point on down.
Thanks to all the trail fairies! Lots of people out enjoying your work today.
Not The Gate. That was on Woodlot Gold. I remember seeing those clips and recognizing some were taken on Crazy Carpenter, but others we on a new trail so I had to go exploring; turned out to be gold, woodlot gold. Good times…
That's an awesome set of photos! Not quite as old school, but I have a bunch of video clips from 2000 taken at the woodlot. I don't know who made them; I saved them off of here or MTBR, can't remember which. Lee is in some of them including this one:
Here's how it really started…
Mark and his attendant clip clop up Asian Adonis to a filthy trail fairy toiling on the trail.
MARK: Old woman!
MARK: Man, sorry. What land manager commissioned this trail?
LEE: I'm thirty seven.
MARK: I what?
LEE: I'm thirty seven. I'm not old.
MARK: Well, I can't just call you 'Man'.
LEE: Well, you could say 'Lee'.
MARK: Well, I didn't know you were called 'Lee'.
LEE: Well, you didn't bother to find out, did you?
MARK: I did say sorry about the old woman, but from the behind you looked
LEE: What I object to is you automatically treat me like an inferior!
MARK: Well, I AM trail boss…
LEE: Oh trail boss, eh, very nice. And how d'you get that, eh? By exploiting the workers! By hanging on to outdated imperialist dogma which perpetuates the economic and social differences in our society. If there's ever going to be any progress with the
SHARON: Lee, there's some lovely filth down here. Oh! How d'you do?
MARK: How do you do, good lady. I am MARK, king of the Shore Corps. Who's trail is this?
SHARON: King of the who?
MARK: The Shore Corps.
SHARON: Who are the Shore Corps?
MARK: Well, we all are. We're all Shore Corps and I am your king.
SHARON: I didn't know we had a king. I thought we were an autonomous collective.
LEE: You're fooling yourself. We're living in a dictatorship. A self-perpetuating autocracy in which the working classes
SHARON: Oh there you go, bringing class into it again.
LEE: That's what it's all about if only people would hear of
MARK: Please, please good people. I am in haste. Whose land is this?
SHARON: No one lives here.
MARK: Then who is your lord?
SHARON: We don't have a lord.
LEE: I told you. We're an anarchosyndicalist commune. We take it in turns to act as a sort of executive officer for the week.
LEE: But all the decisions of that officer have to be ratified at a special biweekly meeting.
MARK: Yes, I see.
LEE: By a simple majority in the case of purely internal affairs,
MARK: Be quiet!
LEE: but by a two-thirds majority in the case of more
MARK: Be quiet! I order you to be quiet!
SHARON: Order, eh? Who does he think he is?
MARK: I am your king!
SHARON: Well, I didn't vote for you.
MARK: You don't vote for kings.
SHARON: Well, how did you become king then?
MARK: The Lady of the Lake [angels sing] her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite, held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water signifying by Divine Providence that I, MARK was to carry Excalibur. [singing stops] That is why I am your king!
LEE: Listen Strange women lying in ponds distributing shovels is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.
MARK: Be quiet!
LEE: Well you can't expect to wield supreme executive power just because some watery tart threw a shovel at you!
MARK: Shut up!
LEE: I mean, if I went around saying I was an emperor just because some moistened bint had lobbed a spade at me they'd put me away!
MARK: Shut up! Will you shut up!
LEE: Ah, now we see the violence inherent in the system.
MARK: Shut up!
LEE: Oh! Come and see the violence inherent in the system! HELP! HELP! I'm being repressed!
MARK: Bloody peasant!
LEE: Oh, what a giveaway. Did you here that, did you here that, eh? That's what I'm on about. Did you see him repressing me, you saw it didn't you?
Dec 29, no sign of snow up to the power lines and top of severed.
Got my first look at the new pile driver; still too big for me today but it is in the realm of possibility. Maybe.
Boogieman is in great shape and tons of fun. Thanks so much to the TAP'ers and their sponsors: Central City Brewing, BMO Bank of Montreal, Steed Cycles and Devinci; and Sean Gerke, Dan Lui and Earl Allen and their crews! And the NSMBA too!
Tuesday Nov 11: Blowdown on Ladies, four places.
First is about 200 yards downhill from Bart's Bridge (4th switchback). I cleared the branches and moved the trunk as best I could so that riders should be able to get by staying on the trail. I would have liked to move it another couple of feet, but I could not lift it over a stump that is in the way. A couple of young strong guys should be able to shift it another foot or so. Or it could be dealt with using a hand saw. Its about 8 inches in diameter.
Second is a 4 foot section of trunk, about 2.5 feet in diameter; too heavy for me to move. This one is on the flat section before the uphill to the Big Stupid split.
Third is the big one, covering the A-frame at the start of the uphill section leading to the Big Stupid split. This one needs a saw to clear.
Last one is just after the Big Stupid sign. Branches are cleared, but the trunk was too big for me to lift. Its also about 8 inches in diameter.
Lower Ladies is clear.
I rode Pink Starfish about a month ago. For the most part clear and rideable, but there are a few spots with trees down. Many of the structures are out of commission. I didn't regret going down it, but I just like to check it out once a year.