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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Carnage in Patapsco

Me and Carl rolled from my house at 5:45 this morning.

The rain on the trails was just what the Dr. ordered to take a away the dangerous dusty conditions.  But the microburst T-storm cells that passed thru last night did more damage than I've seen in the 15 years I've been riding there combined!

Leaf and twig debris is everywhere.  Wrist sized branches are down about every 50-150 feet or so.  Giant trees are down too.  No trail is unaffected.  It's going to take a lot of hours of chainsawing and pulling branches from the trails before they are ridable without frequent dismounting.

We did a regular counter clockwise loop with nothing added at all.  Belmont downhill to Rockburn Branch only has one obstacle that needs a chain saw.  Rockburn Branch we didn't do the up down up, we just went up the right...can't recall but probably a couple of spots in need of sawing.  Ridge was horrible at least half a dozen big trees down everywhere.  One tree fell over the footbridge and the rock creek crossing...literally took out both lines.  Cascade only had one big one down...I think.  Big tree down between Grovemont and Norris Lane...again!   Lewis and Clark wasn't that bad if I remember correctly. Morning Choice log intersection is obliterated by a giant tree.  Log Trail was hard hit with about 4 or 5 trees down in a row just before the creek crossing.  Farm Field has no trees down;-)  Belmont on the way out from Farm FIled fared pretty well too.

Ebae and Colin were rolling in via Belmont just as we were rolling out.  Jen's out jogging now and will be home soon with a Nacho Renegade carnage report.

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