The Offical Pachaug Trail Thread

Discussion in 'Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carp' started by leonphelps, Aug 1, 2008.

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Have you ridden Pachaug Trail before?

  1. Yes

  2. No

  3. I have not but I want to!

  4. I am scared to ride it....

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  1. MATPOC

    MATPOC Long timer

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    I have a feeling that some arrows have been recently removed, mainly at the bottom of the South Loop, would not surprise me if it was local residents who are trying to keep the neighborhoods quiet...
    Last time around without GPS to follow I was missing turns all the time
  2. chaoselephant23

    chaoselephant23 n00b

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    Howdy y'all!

    Last Friday (and subsequently Saturday:) I finally got the gumption to head out to Pachaug to try the loop on my DR650 with Shinko 705s. Had a really good time out there without any incident.

    Here are the sections of the trail I rode Friday:
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    Section A was the first, done around 10am. Trail was tame on the forest road. Then it got rocky. Stupid rocky. Rocky enough that I wanted to go back, but going back just wasn't an option... Made it out alive well and feeling accomplished.

    Section B was next up around 4pm. Didn't make it very far. Some rain had come in. Made the uphill rocky section impossible for my skill level. Turned back. Going to get my revenge sooner or later.

    Section C was tackled next. Easy peasy except that I missed my line at one point and dropped the bike. Oh well. Pick her up and carry on.

    Here are the sections of the trail I rode Saturday:
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    Everything was going pretty easily out of the NETRA lot, till you bank the right and come across loose rock gorge. Needless to say I dropped the bike towards the top. Realized I had gone way outside of my skill and comfort zone. Rode down slowly with my feet out safely.

    The tiny little unblazed section before the forest roads and after coming out on a local road after the long north south unblazed section, was really tough. A section that I hoped would get over soon. Forest roads made for a nice cruise out of there.

    Couple questions for y'all:
    • What do you do when going downhill on loose boulders?
    • What do you do when going over fixed wet boulders? loose wet boulders?
    • Where is the Green Falls water crossing (so I don't get myself in trouble out there:)?
    • Where is BabyHead Hill section?
    • Is running the loop in the opposite direction frowned upon or poor etiquette?
  3. lonsomecrow

    lonsomecrow Been here awhile

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    + What do you do when you climb rocky uphill trail? :)
  4. fluffdad

    fluffdad Dual Spork Group W

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    My bung hole usually gets water tight and I hang on.
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  5. KeithC

    KeithC Been here awhile

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    It seems to be customarily run in a clockwise fashion...thought I saw that written somewhere official at one time, cant track it down....in any event I try to be prepared to encounter wrong way riders, horses, hikers, jeeps, quads etc...(just my excuse for being a slowpoke), there is an annual organized event that runs it in reverse (counterclockwise not in reverse gear)
  6. KeithC

    KeithC Been here awhile

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    And keep your weight baaack on the bike, modulate brakes for steep downhills.
  7. KeithC

    KeithC Been here awhile

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    watertight bunghole would have helped casey B on this day at the greenfallswatercrossing
  8. ndavis

    ndavis Been here awhile

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    That still makes me crack up every time I see it. :jack:imaposer
  9. akarob

    akarob Green Cantern

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    For rocky down hills, avoid using the front brake. Towards the bottom, look for a good exit line and gas it. Catching a little air off the bigger rocks can build confidence too. :-)

    Like anything else, dont overthink it. Look ahead, stay on your pegs. Be smooth.
  10. jgormley

    jgormley Long timer

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    Watch out for uphill off-camber wet diagonal logs followed by ledge...

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  11. stromper

    stromper Been here awhile

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    That greenfalls was during the dry season
  12. fluffdad

    fluffdad Dual Spork Group W

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    not really it was at the end of the winter thaw rain . we had a lot of rain

    i was one of the ppl pissing myself in the background. it fact it was quite cool and rainy that day.
  13. chaoselephant23

    chaoselephant23 n00b

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    Thanks to everyone for the tips! Will be deployed next I get a chance to tackle the trail.

    Especial thanks for the water crossing video. My daughter and I were laughing so hard after watching. She wants to do a water crossing now:) (And I now know that I did not perform the water crossing)

    Reminds me of hopping a curb on a bicycle at the wrong angle. Wheel catches curb, you keep pedaling, but the wheel keeps slipping till BOOOM. Mental note made...

    Hope to see y'all out there
  14. nobody

    nobody motomaniac

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    Who's up for Sunday ?
  15. Moto Jimmy

    Moto Jimmy Making the transition

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    I'll be there early Sunday. Shooting between 8 to 9ish and planning to do something new near Green Falls section but I'm wide open.
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  16. MATPOC

    MATPOC Long timer

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    I might join... depends how it goes tomorrow
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  17. Bobatsea

    Bobatsea Adventurer

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    Check out this guy on YouTube. He does a great job explaining many aspects of off-road riding. Proof his videos before you watch with your daughter cause there are some offcolor comments. Nothing bad. Just not super kid friendly.
    https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCJAvmhgP0h1AEKY8vTEJPJg
  18. KeithC

    KeithC Been here awhile

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    But April is the dry season since climate change...that little rainy weekend was probably just weather...dont tell the guy getting soaked that though...
  19. fluffdad

    fluffdad Dual Spork Group W

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    my balls are soaked!
  20. Ken F

    Ken F Been here awhile

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    Flat slimy off camber rocks hurt too.
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