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Greenway and trail are in good shape. no trees are limbs down. Some overflow at greenway ford and sidewalk below the dam but easily passable. Though not officially open, the closed section of the greenway is passable at times when there is no work being done.
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Today, I rode from Marketplace Mall to the dam, around the lake, and back in 1:13:48. Greenway is still not officially open but it  has lots of riders on it during the weekend; however, construction still in progress on weekdays. Salem lake trail is still in good shape. The runners helped pack down the new dirt. Be careful of sand puddles in turns.
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Rode 16 miles on the A&Y Trail today. I started at the Summerfield end, rode to the other end at Golden Corral on Markland Drive, and then returned with a trip through County Park and the Guilford Battle Grounds. Lots of wet leaves on the trail means you must be careful. The Summerfield end has a lot of pressure ridges on the asphalt that makes a rough ride. Dropped the bike off at Performace Bicycle for its annual tuneup.
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Rode the entire Salem Creek Greenway today from Marketplace Mall to the dam. You can ride from the mall until you cross the under the new Salem Connector and then the greenway detours up onto the connector sidewalk and connects to the standard detour at Ram Drive. They are still working on the trail from the connector to the  HWY 52 underpass.

HOWEVER, THEY ARE NOT WORKING ON WEEKENDS so you are able to ride through the work zone; just don't try it on weekdays.
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Linville Road parking lot is open this weekend. Will probably close again next week.
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Greenway and trail are in good shape.

Dry leaves are starting to fall on the trail.

Linville Road parking lot is closed due to renovations.
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A large limb is on the trail on north side of the lake, It covers 3/4 of the trail but it is easy to get by.
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Trail has been groomed

For the first time in two years, the trail has been groomed.

The city has dumped dirt, graded, and harrowed the trail. The hill at the Linville Road parking lot and both sides of the big hill on the south side of the lake are now level and smooth. This makes riding much safer but you must still use care until the surface becomes more compressed; it is still soft and can be a little squirrelly to ride on. There are still exposed rocks and roots around the trail, some quite large, that must be avoided. The bridge on the south side of the lake still has high, sharp leading edges that can cause wheel damage. Some spots on the trail have been graded completely smooth but the loose scrapped material is along the sides of the trail and has filled in low areas causing very slippery areas in new, unexpected places.

Riding will be safer and more enjoyable for awhile, until the next heavy rain. Until the rain runoff is controlled, the ruts will be coming back. Until new surface material is added, the rocks and roots will keep becoming more of a problem.

We need more running events at the lake. The city seems to care for the safety of visitors running around the lake once a year during an event, but for local runners and bikers who use the trail every day—not so much.
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Normal conditions greenway and trail.

As stated before, with a foot race event happening in a few weeks I expected the city to do some trail grooming (they never do it at any other time),  Today a front loader and a tractor towing a harrow were working on the trail. I rode over some of the areas they had groomed and saw no noticeable difference. Still the same exposed rocks, boulders, and roots, deep sand, and deep ruts. Maybe I'll see some improvement tomorrow.
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