Northwest CT dirt road mapping quest

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Northeast, Southeast & Florida' started by btao, Jul 17, 2013.

  1. Boianovich

    Boianovich Old and Cautious

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    Exactly my point, if someone is "learning" to ride trails on a big-ish bike, they damn well better be able to evaluate/asses a dynamic situation. If you ride a bike up a trail you can't see or are unsure of turning around, why did you ride up it?

    The damn is probably the best/safest local place to play and work those back country trail skills. I'd be happy to help out anyone wanting to work on trail riding skills.
    Or if any big biker wants a good thrashing I'll give you the tour...
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    Hope he has bark busters, skid plate and crash bars.

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  3. Ethical Paul

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    I do in fact. But I will try to stick to the easier stuff anyway.

    > If you ride a bike up a trail you can't see or are unsure of turning around, why did you ride up it?

    Is this a trick question? ;)
  4. Boianovich

    Boianovich Old and Cautious

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    No, maybe a bit unclear

    When I'm out exploring or riding an area for the first time and it looks like I can't turn around, it gets skethier or so narrow I can't back down, I'll get off, walk it and asses on foot.

    Hope that makes sense
  5. Ethical Paul

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    Yes, that makes perfect sense. I am pretty cautious and I appreciate all input!

    So here is a shot of the dam. The "lower" part is on the right, right? I am having difficulty visualizing the one-way nature of that trail network down there but obviously I want to honor it if I can figure it out!

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  6. Boianovich

    Boianovich Old and Cautious

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    This web page has a link to a PDF map download

    The road goes out ~4.5 miles
    The trails heading off to the left are the upper, or harder trails. You wont see lower trails until you pass the blown out bridge and it turns from pavement to gravel. At this point, keep an eye to the right and look for the trails coming onto and off the road, these are the river side or easier trails.

    On the way back, explore to the left...

    Once you get to the blown out bridge, stay left and explore some more...
  7. Ethical Paul

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    Ahh thank you, here is the link. I've been to that site before but missed it: http://www.nae.usace.army.mil/Portals/74/docs/Recreation/TMD/TMDOHVTrails.pdf

    Now I think I see. The road bisects the trail loop in a north/south direction is that right? So like you said, ride north up the road, and pick a trail on the right side and head south. That side of the loop is the river side and looks to be generally flatter (logically) whereas the higher part on the west side of the road goes up the valley ridge more.

    Thank you again.
  8. Ethical Paul

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    Oh and it looks like the old railroad gravel bed runs all the way up. Is that part of the loop and if so, is it northbound or southbound or both?
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    No, the rail road bed is not part of it

    Can you ride mid week after 4:30?
    If so let's meet up next week

    Did two laps last night on the lower. I think I'm 5lbs lighter
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    I think I can make Wednesday. What time is best for me to appear there? I appreciate the ride offer!
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    Dualsport Chic Been here awhile

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    Don't forget to get to the top of The Rock!
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    Make sure to get Video! Getting to the top of the rock is fun. It's a hill that sits by itself. The run up is steep but short and you get good traction.
    The picture of the dam you posted shows only one section. There isn't a one way trail in that particular area. The trails leading there coming from the lower are one way. That's a good place to work on skills. There is also the "motocross track" It's not a motocross track, it's just called that. Basically it's just a dirt loop that's wide, wooped out and has a pretty cool bermed turn. There is a trail that goes through the pine trees by the rocks too.

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    are you saying that you can get a bike up on the rock? I was there last Sunday and it looked all grown in, but I never got on the side shown from the pic above. Looks like a trail up.
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    Dualsport Chic Been here awhile

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    NDR goes up it all the time.

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    Thomaston Dam boulder...
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    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    I should've gone around the other side.
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  17. Boianovich

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    I'm 20 minutes away and will be riding in about 4:30ish. If you PM me your number I can text you when I'm on my way

    I find going counter clockwise up the rocky trail to the top of the rock to be harder than going up the rock proper
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    How was the ride? I was at the Dam at 6:00pm on Saturday. No one was there riding, one guy leaning on his truck next to his bike playing on phone. Sunset was 7:53pm but they must have closed the main gate at 7:30pm. I had to go around the gate on my way out. Trails were in good shape. Lots of people creating new trails going up to the top pf the railbed, not good. If that stuff keeps happening they will eventually shut the place down. I know the club works hard to prevent erosion especially on the tracks side. Currently the last section that goes behind the bridge pillar is closed on the tracks side as of Saturday. I haven't taken my 1150gsa there yet but ride all the trails on my XR650L. If you go there when an event is going they even let me take my ural around. My wife and I did that last year for the Dam good Weekend enduro. Lots of fun.
  19. Ethical Paul

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    We went out yesterday afternoon. My skill level is better suited to the center road/trail but my guide took me on some of the lower trails and I expanded my skill set I think is the way to put it!
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    Ethical and modest...
    You did great for first time on big bike hero trails
    Keep at it!!!