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Old 03-25-2013, 07:07 PM   #16
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Old 03-30-2013, 01:41 PM   #17
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Pushed by the river on Easter

With more of the original trail under water, this Holy Saturday I was pushed to higher ground…

Here's crossing a short "floating bridge" I built from logs to cross the drainage from this natural lagoon (right) into the river (which you cannot see, but is on the left of this picture.



This one is on the southern end of the same lagoon, about 1/5 mile south. This end of the lagoon is surrounded by about 15 feet bank which makes for a nice area to build a couple of interesting switchbacks down into the waters and back up.









In these one can appreciate the banks of the lagoon in the background









Overall, a really nice day as I was able to finally connect all the 4 sectors into a longer single track, probably three or four miles long. Short but with plenty of interesting sections to repeat, several difficult logs that require me to dismount and wrestle the bike over, etc. the possibilities are endless…as long as the river cooperates...
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Old 04-06-2013, 05:05 PM   #18
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...another beautiful spring day in Louisiana







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Old 04-07-2013, 04:14 PM   #19
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I always find abandoned footwear around the shores of the river...never in pairs though...



practicing tight turns to get ready for Stanbury Mountains in Utah









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Old 04-21-2013, 05:03 PM   #20
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Riding up Blackberry "Hill…"



Steep and rocky…for Louisiana standards…



The reward, a ziplock full of ripe blackberries. Just ate them with heavy cream for dinner this evening...

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Old 04-26-2013, 09:56 PM   #21
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I have enjoyed reading about your trials course. Keep up the good work!
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Old 04-28-2013, 01:30 PM   #22
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Well, this AM when I checked the stage hydrograph for the the MS River where I live, it was at Stage 30, so I knew it would be bad news for riding

….notice the black solid current level now, late April 2013, vs first week in Jan when I started riding and building the trail...



So the riding was lousy, the fishing was good...



…and next week's leg of our LA to AK trip should be better!
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Old 04-28-2013, 02:01 PM   #23
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I look at your great pics and all I can think about are the snakes..
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Old 04-28-2013, 02:30 PM   #24
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I hadn't seen one snake all winter….but they started to come out the last couple of weeks. Now I'm averaging about one snake seen per ride...plus the ones I don't see…the trick is not to fall….
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Old 05-26-2013, 03:38 PM   #26
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From bad to worse

I have withdrawal symptoms with my trail flooded…when the black line (current stage) is above the blue line (the point at which the water hits the levee)...



What my trail looks like this, 6 feet under, Stage 35







The good news is that when water recedes, we'll surely get new logs along the trail...
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Old 06-08-2013, 03:34 PM   #27
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With the water levels dropping about 5 feet...

I was finally able to ride a bit today…





About a third of the trail is reopened…old logs out, new logs in…





Thinking twice about the next log…




Today, by a huge coincidence, I met the owner of the land where "my" trail is. He's the builder of the home I own, and developer of the subdivision where my house is…and he and his kids ride dirt bikes…he was wondering who had built the trail by the river...and was thinking of taking his kids riding there…His family owns 1,000 acres nearby with miles and miles of dirt trails...
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Mississipi's Carl's Dinner

Well, not quite Erzberg Rodeo's Carl's Dinner…but the river's rising and now falling waters opened up a whole new section full of really cool rocks and logs:











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Old 06-11-2013, 06:19 PM   #29
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spending a late afternoon with a Mississippi River log


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