Monday, November 21, 2011

on the trail again

Sunday was a bright and sunny, upper 50F day so after we did some chores around the house we attempted to get a mountain bike ride in. We opted to ride local so we took a shot at navigating the trails around the West Hartford Reservoir. Upon entering the reservoir we were greeted by a fallen tree from the Oct snow storm that someone trimmed a bunch of branches off so you can run underneath it.

Our loop consisted of the outer trails that circumnavigate the reservoir system. We immediately saw a ton of cleared trees that had fallen across the trail but once we got up onto the ridgeline the fallen debris lessened and lessened.
I am thankful for whomever has been out clearing the trails as I haven't had much time to devote beyond my house (even to ride). We can only guess that the water company and/or the local IMBA chapter have been the ones hard at work clearing the fallen trees. Thank you.

Near the northern section of the reservoir, and along the ridgeline, we quickly found out they are building even more houses. This has been on-going over the last seven plus years. I am not sure if the water company sold the land to contractors or it was private land from the get-go. Either way, I continuously get frustrated when I see these 4,000sq-ft+ homes are build within feet from the bicycle trails and the water company property.
 If I remember correctly, this tree fell during Huricane Irene back in late August.
Some more damage. Trees completely up-rooted from the heavy weight of the snow on their leaf cladden branches.
Other trees, weak at the root, also gave way.

All in all, it was nice to be out riding the bike in the woods again. Felt like an October afternoon with how warm it was (short sleeve jersey and shorts). I guess we're getting the full duration of Autumn we were supposed to have that the Oct 30th snow storm took away from us for a few weeks.


Blogger dicky said...

Weak at the root? Look at the pot calling the kettle black.

WV- mence: Doug bitched a lot about the condition of his trails. It must be that time of the month for his mence.

11/21/2011 7:23 AM  
Blogger CB2 said...

The MDC isn't selling any land; it has always been privately held. Builders have run out of low hanging fruit as it were and are building on the tougher to build on and or more expensive lots.
MDC doesn't want anyone doing trail maintenance, but they sure as hell aren't going to go into the woods, so for the stuff that is left that actually needs a saw you need to go all black ops ninja.

11/21/2011 7:50 AM  
Blogger Brendan said...

Penwood is clear, too. Whoever did it must have spent a considerable amount of time. Nice of them.

Reservoir six is still a mess, though.

11/27/2011 9:21 PM  

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