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Cycling News,Discussions,Questions - msg from Serotta Rick - Trail a mess

webgeek - Dec 13, 2017 - 12:29 AM
Post subject: msg from Serotta Rick - Trail a mess
Left me a phone message Monday morning.

He tried to ride the Silver Comet Trail Sunday on a mtb.
Said it was an icy mess with trees down everywhere.
I suspect it will take the counties most of the week to get it cleared.
joncarr - Dec 14, 2017 - 04:58 AM
Post subject: RE: msg from Serotta Rick - Trail a mess
It's now Thursday.
Does anyone have any updates on the condition of Silver Comet?
Sadlebred - Dec 15, 2017 - 01:59 AM
Post subject: RE: msg from Serotta Rick - Trail a mess
Cobb County is clear as several friends have reported to me. All trees, big branches, etc have been removed, and the trail appears to have been blown off in most places. The bridges are still icy, so you may need to walk them.

Paulding is another story. PATH reported yesterday that the trail west of Hiram was unrideable with trees down and "damage" that is being repaired. I wonder if the concrete itself was damaged. Friend said that once he hit Paulding County there was a lot of little debris on the trail.
webgeek - Dec 15, 2017 - 05:25 PM
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Update from Rick:
As of Thursday evening.
Cobb County section of the Silver Comet Trail looked great.
Paulding was still a mess.
DuraCell - Dec 15, 2017 - 05:37 PM
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I went out on Wed and it was a complete mess. A lot of trees are still down and still plenty of ice. The cobb side was spotless.
erubi - Dec 16, 2017 - 03:06 PM
Post subject: Updates
Any brave soul riding west of Hiram, or riding from Rockmart today, any updated trail conditions would be appreciated. I hope to come out tomorrow, but if it’s still bad, I may opt to save myself the 60+ mile roundtrip drive!
bjp - Dec 16, 2017 - 09:53 PM
Post subject: RE: Updates
The trail is definitely still a mess in Paulding County. It's evident the instant you cross Isley-Stamper as the Cobb County side is perfectly clear and suddenly there are leaves and branches and trees down all over the trail. We did ride out to the Jennifer Ewing memorial so it is passable that far but there's a lot of crap on the trail.
erubi - Dec 16, 2017 - 10:51 PM
Post subject: RE: Updates
Thanks for the update. Guess it will be indoor riding. Riding with debris is no fun and not real safe riding alone. Hope for better conditions next weekend!
webgeek - Dec 17, 2017 - 06:06 AM
Post subject: RE: Updates
Rick reported that Paulding has now blocked the trail at the Willow Springs bridge.
That would be ~ mile 26.
jrc55 - Dec 17, 2017 - 12:10 PM
Post subject: Re: RE: Updates
webgeek wrote:
Rick reported that Paulding has now blocked the trail at the Willow Springs bridge.
That would be ~ mile 26.

Does that mean the trail is open from the Cobb line to mile 26?🤣
joncarr - Dec 17, 2017 - 01:28 PM
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The trail is open from the zero mile marker 26.
Cobb county is in great shape with all debris cleared and the trail blown clean.
There is a lot of small junk, sticks and pine cones mostly, in Paulding County.
There are still a couple of icy spots on bridges.
TimH - Dec 17, 2017 - 04:18 PM
Post subject: Re: RE: Updates
webgeek wrote:
Rick reported that Paulding has now blocked the trail at the Willow Springs bridge.
That would be ~ mile 26.


Did he say how they blocked the trail or with what?

Traffic cones or barriers perhaps, or something more formidable preventing physical access?


-Tim-
webgeek - Dec 18, 2017 - 02:50 PM
Post subject: Re: RE: Updates
TimH wrote:
Did he say how they blocked the trail or with what?

Traffic cones or barriers perhaps, or something more formidable preventing physical access?


-Tim-

Tim,
[Sunday afternoon]
Rick said it is blocked and being patrolled.
Between 27-29 mile marks, so many trees down it is impossible to ride.
"Strictly, bike n' hike", his words.
jrc55 - Dec 18, 2017 - 03:52 PM
Post subject: Re: RE: Updates
[Sunday afternoon]
Rick said it is blocked and being patrolled.
Between 27-29 mile marks, so many trees down it is impossible to ride.
"Strictly, bike n' hike", his words.[/quote]

"Being Patrolled, impossible to ride", sounds like an oxymoron.
TimH - Dec 18, 2017 - 04:16 PM
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Thanks for the info Joe.

I was planning on some gravel this Thursday and would have been entering the trail 2 miles east of the Tunnel and then taking the trail eastbound.

I'll probably head to the Cohutta or Blue Ridge instead. Might not be much better.


-Tim-
webgeek - Dec 18, 2017 - 05:41 PM
Post subject: Re: RE: Updates
jrc55 wrote:
"Being Patrolled, impossible to ride", sounds like an oxymoron.

Seldom see any patrols past Rambo.
Working at the tunnel or running the blower, it's rare that you see anyone from Paulding working or patrolling past Rambo. It's just a hard section for them to get to. Narrow tunnel for the SmartCar at US-278 or entering from McPherson Church for maintenance vehicles.
erubi - Dec 20, 2017 - 03:34 PM
Post subject: Update?
Any news on Paulding clean up?
webgeek - Dec 21, 2017 - 09:35 PM
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As of Wed evening trail was stiil closed at Willow Springs.
I'm planning to be working from the Coots side Friday and will have an update.
TimH - Dec 21, 2017 - 09:52 PM
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I rode parts of the trail today (Thursday 12/21) from Hiram to Coots and back.

https://flow.polar.com/training/analysis/2024593570

From Hiram to Dallas the trail has lots of debris such as pine needles, cones and sticks less than 1" diameter. Crews had definitely been out as there were many cut trees on the side and piles of wood chips. It can be ridden and several cyclists were out but I would not do it on a bike with delicate racing tires. The photo below is typical.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/i2cb2ntg8aq51qh/12-21-17.002.lg.jpg?dl=1


I left the trail at Dallas and took local roads, rejoining the trail at the Mt. Olivette tunnel. As reported, there was a "Trail Closed" sign at the Willow Springs Bridge.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/d3oz8mne9d0l17f/12-21-17.003.lg.jpg?dl=1


The sign was there for good reason. A section of trail is completely blocked just east of McPherson Church Rd. The section is only about 100 ft long but most will not want to take the trouble to pass. I had to drag the bike over, under and through. The first photo shows that a crew had already started cutting.

Looking west
https://www.dropbox.com/s/35bbrmb3v1j2flt/12-21-17.004.lg.jpg?dl=1

Part way through
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ffx1cxlnlvwvlft/12-21-17.005.lg.jpg?dl=1

Almost through. That big electrical box at McPherson Church Rd is just in the background.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/rrlbgut6zvwze1h/12-21-17.006.lg.jpg?dl=1

Looking back toward the east
https://www.dropbox.com/s/6i21gan0munrsxv/12-21-17.007.lg.jpg?dl=1


There was another sign at McPherson Church Rd but much of the trail from there to Coots Lake was pristine, as if nothing had happened. The crew from Fletcher Tree Service was doing an amazing job.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/efujy1r8lmgpfs6/12-21-17.008.lg.jpg?dl=1

The photo below is of a small slide west of McPherson Church Rd. which had been cleaned up and the following photo shows the piles of wood chips all along the trail closer to the tunnel. The trail pictured in the background is typical of the condition from McPherson Church Rd to Coots Lake. Much of it is immaculate.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/p8lrun42ch5bsqn/12-21-17.009.lg.jpg?dl=1

https://www.dropbox.com/s/2hcu3evbs917ofu/12-21-17.012.lg.jpg?dl=1


This is the Fletcher Tree Service crew who were contracted by Paulding Parks & Rec. I stopped and chatted with them and thanked them on behalf of the cycling community. Ray Fletcher said that he hoped to have everything clear by Friday evening, in time for everyone to ride on Saturday. He could not promise but that was his plan.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/q2gqafz5qq51r8t/12-21-17.011.lg.jpg?dl=1

Fletcher Tree Service is at 404.456.3874. Everyone should let them quote their next tree job.

Two guys from Paulding County with backpack blowers were heading west from the caboose blowing the trail when I returned to Seaboard Rd. They have their work cut out for them.


-Tim-
motoBcane - Dec 21, 2017 - 10:46 PM
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Great pics...
The correctional guys were at Isley Stamper road, Paulding side hacking and cutting away on limbs and bushes (even ones not snow storm related) earlier this week.....just finished walking on that area and yes the trail is pristine and all leaves, debris blown.....just in time for the oncoming rain and cold... Sad...boo
erubi - Dec 21, 2017 - 10:51 PM
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Thank you for the great pics and details. Looking forward to an adventurous ride Sunday!
Sadlebred - Dec 22, 2017 - 02:00 AM
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Wow! It looks like the damage in Paulding was a lot worse than in Cobb!
TimH - Dec 22, 2017 - 04:06 AM
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Looking at the snowfall totals, it looks like same band that dumped 12 inches on Acworth came through Paulding from southwest to northeast.

http://www.weather.gov/images/ffc/events/20171208_Snow/Snowfall%20Totals%20Map%20-%2072%20hrs.png

This was about 10 inches on Friday night with another two overnight. Riding in this was so much fun. I fell three times and laughed like a little kid.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/51ep5kv0bf381tm/12-09-17.002.sm.jpg?dl=1


-Tim-
motoBcane - Dec 26, 2017 - 02:31 AM
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Speaking of friendly Rick, has anybody ever asked him how much mileage he has on his blue serotta......He sure has gotten his value on that bike....
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