Trail closure

ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE CITY

The south side of the Salem Lake Trail from the point parking lot to the Linville Road bathrooms will be closed for trail maintenance beginning Monday, Dec. 17, 2018. For your safety and that of the work crews, please only use the trail on the north/dam side of the lake while this phase of work is being done.
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Winter Break

My trail rides this year have been limited (1,200 miles vice 1,600 miles) due to the rain and flooding. Maybe next year's weather will be better. Since I'm a warm weather rider, my rides and trail status reports will be few until spring.
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Trail Status

The greenway is clear. Sand has been scraped away and down trees have been removed. Sidewalk valley has some overflow but is passable. Rocks have been added to sides of the sidewalk. Ford has some overflow but is passable.

The trail is clear. It still has some large, water-filled mud puddles. North side of the trail near Linville Road has even more nasty areas to watch out for. Causeway on the south side has lots of large bumps that require staying off the seat; it's like riding whoops or moguls.

Leaves are starting fall on the trail; they hide obstacles and are slippery. Shedding trees cause spotty light patterns on the trail that camouflage obstacles.
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Trail Status

Work was in progress on the greenway today. The pile of rocks at the valley sidewalk has been cleared. Hopefully, the deep sand on the greenway was also cleared.

The annual 30K foot race is this Saturday morning so the trail will be closed until afternoon. The city usually grooms the trail for the race so maybe some of the ruts and holes will be filled.
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