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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Trail Status

Everything is passable but be cautious.

Greenway
- Clear of fallen trees and limbs
- 2" of sandy mud in places. Can be trickly if not careful.
- Sidewalk valley is flooded but passable.
- Ford has a rapid overflow that is powerful. It's passable if you use care.
- At the west end of sidewalk just before the picnic table, the greenway has two feet of loose rocks piled on it. Unless you have a mountain bike and are a skilled rider you'll need to walk over it.
Trail
- The north side is not too bad except for one area at the east east end about 1 mile from Linville Road. Lots of fallen trees have been removed and the trail has some really rough areas.
- The south side is not much different than before the storm.
 
 
 
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Salem Creek is still up about 6" from the last few rain storms, so if we get a lot of rain from Florence, it will get nasty.

The greenway has fast-moving overflow in the sidewalk valley and over the ford but the area is still passable. Deep sand at spots on the greenway. Sand on greenway at the sidewalk is nearly up to the picnic table so the weekend flooding was at least that high.

The trail is clear but has water puddles and more deep rutting. A few ruts were so deep I had to hop over them. Sand and deep ruts at bottom of the west side of the big dirt hill make it dangerous; better slow down when descending the hill. All the trees are heavy with leaves and some are leaning way out over the trail so more rain and wind will surely bring them down.

If we get a lot of wind and rain, the greenway and trail may be unusable for a couple of weeks.

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Trial Status

The greenway is normal. The broken section of sidewalk below the dam has been filled in so it not a danger.

The trail is normal. Ruts, rocks, and roots are still there.  Ruts are getting worn down so they are not as deep or abrupt. Upturned tree trucks, one on the north side and one on the south side of the lake, have left large holes on the edge of the trail.
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Trail Status

Greenway is normal, no overflow at ford.
Trail is normal, deep ruts in some areas.
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The greenway is clear. The bridge in Washington Park has debris stuck in the side rails. Since the rails are over ten feet from the normal surface of the water, this shows how much flooding there was in Salem Creek.

  • From Marketplace Mall to Main Street the fallen trees have been cleared but there are patches of deep sand especially under the Broad Street underpass. 
  • From Main Street to the dam the greenway is clear and scrapped; it's cleaner than before the flooding. 
  • There is some overflow in the sidewalk valley and at the ford but easily passable. The sidewalk has a section broken off near the ford end. 

The trail is clear.

  • It has been scrapped in some places but where fallen trees have been removed the trail surface is uneven and tricky. 
  • The big hill has more rutting on the western side and more sand in the curve at the bottom of the hill. 
  • There is a tree leaning over the trail at the sharp curve that's between the main parking lot and the short bridge.
  • Near the short bridge, an uprooted tree on the edge of the lake left a large hole on the edge of the trail.
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Salem Lake Trail Closed

As of 2 August 2018, the Salem Lake Trail, Salem Creek Greenway, and Muddy Creek Greenway are closed CLOSED due to flooding.

The Ford and sidewalk valley on the greenway are probably flooded with raging water as seen in the past when we've gotten this much rain.
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Status Report

I and my dog are recovering from a disagreement we had with a swarm of yellow jackets.

Greenway has flooding in the sidewalk valley but it's easily passable. Ford has fast rushing overflow that is passable by experienced adult riders but would be dangerous for children. Watch out for slick mud under overpasses.

Trail has some rutting. Western side of the big dirt hill has new deep ruts and lots of loose sand at the bottom. There are 4 mud puddles between the hill and the small bridge.

Watch out for small pieces of wood on the greenway and trail. Rolling over one could be dangerous, especially in curves.
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Tire Report

I ride about 1,500 miles a year, half on paved trails and half on packed cinder trails. For 4 years, I rode on Kenda Slant 6 tires with small knob tread since that was the recommended tire for my Diamondback Trace XT, but this year I decided to try the Serfas CTR City Drifter tires with inverted tread.

I had to rotate the Slant 6 tires at 700 miles since the rear tire was half worn by then and, by the end of the year, both tires needed replacement. At 700 miles, the Drifters look new, so I don’t’ need to rotate them. I think the tires will not only last out the year but will still be good for next year.

On paved trails, the Slant 6’s were loud and felt like I was pedaling against a headwind and, on packed cinder trails, they tended to slide out in curves. On paved trails, the Drifters are quiet, smooth, and fast due to the smooth, hard rubber on the center line of the tires. At first, I was leery of entering packed cinder curves with only the large inverted lugs on the sides of the tires for traction, but I have had no slide outs, even with high tire pressures. If I get too wide in turns and get in the loose rough, the tires still grip. In sand and when the cinder is wet and soggy, the tires don’t get bogged down and they still grip.

For my kind of riding, I’m loving the Drifters. Since they are long wearing, the ride characteristics don’t change over the riding year and I feel safe and secure on any riding surface.
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Trail Status

I've somewhat recovered from my nasty chest cold and I'm back riding again, but the rides are shorter and slower than before the cold. As my strength increases, I should be back to normal in a few more rides.

Since there has been little rain for the last few weeks, the greenway and trail are still in good condition. The newly groomed big dirt hill on the south side of the lake is starting to get ruts again.
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I've had a nasty head and chest cold for the last week, so there has not been any riding, and very little walking. I'm on the mend now so, hopefully, I'll be back in the saddle this weekend.
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Trail Status

The greenway and trail are in normal condition.

The city has dumped new material on the big dirt hill on the trail and graded it. It's still soft but nice. It will get better and it packs and gets firmer.
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Trail Status

Nice day for a ride.

The greenway and trail are in good shape. No overflow at the ford. Most of the overhanging limbs have been cut back


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Greenway and trail are in usual condition.

A little overflow at the ford on the greenway.
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Trail Status

The greenway is in good condition, Some limbs down. They have not been removed after a week, but they have been cut back to the edge of the greenway, which can still be a problem if meeting an approaching bike. The ford is dry today but rain is expected.

The trail is in good condition. It has the same problems with down limbs as on greenway. If riding east on south side of the lake, you will be on the tight inside lane at the hairpin curve. The inside lane has relatively large ridge bumps that can bounce the wheels off the ground so be carful.
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Trail Status

Lots of amateur and professional bicycle racing events downtown from Friday through Tuesday so the trail will probably be crowded.
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Trail Status

Quarry Park Greenway is in good condition.
From the Marketplace Mall to the end of the greenway at Waughtown Street is about 5 miles for a round trip of about 10 miles.
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GREENWAY Puddles on the greenway. Large tree limb partially blocking the greenway between the dog park and Broad St. Valley at ford and sidewalk is flooded but passable if you mind getting your feet soaking wet. TRAIL Puddles on the trail. The trail is wet so you will get a racing stripe of wet cinders down your back. Lots of low hanging tree limbs on the trail and they get even lower when wet. Be careful when ducking your head under one, you may come on on the other side and hit another one that was hidden by the first one.
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New tires

I've got 300 miles on my Serfas CTR Drifter City tires and they are great. The inverted tread design lets them roll faster and I've had no sliding in turns on the Salem Lake Trail. I used Kenda Slant Six tires for years. I had flats, a ruptured side wall, and they wore out at 1600 miles even with rotating them at 800 miles. The Serfas inverted tread should hold up for a couple of thousand miles.

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Trail Status

Greenway and trail are normal.
No overflow at the ford.



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Greenway and trail are in good condition with no new problems. Trail traffic has increased now that the weather has finally improved.
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Trail Status

Greenway and trail are in usual condition. The ford has a couple of inches of overflow.
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Trail Status

The greenway is in good condition. There is flooding over the concrete sidewalk and overflow at the ford but both are passable.

The trail is in good condition. Some standing water in the usual locations. Big dirt hill has more and deeper ruts. Foliage has leafed up so visibility in some turns is limited.
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Side Ride

Very windy today so I made a side ride and rode the Long Branch Trail and The Strollway.

From Market Place Mall, ride the Salem Creek Greenway to the Research Parkway underpass and turn right on the Long Branch Trail cutoff. At the parkway, turn right and take the sidewalk toward town. Cross Ram drive to the bike path. Ride the path to MLK Dr. It is uphill all the way from the greenway.

Turn around and ride back down the bike path to the 3rd Street path exit, At the traffic light, turn left on 3rd Street. Ride up the hill, across North Liberty Street, and down the hill.

Turn left on Town Run Lane, cross 2nd street and enter The Strollway. Ride The Strollway downhill all the way back to the Salem Creek Greenway. Turn right on the greenway and ride back to the mall.

The round trip is about 7 miles.
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Trail Status

Greenway is okay; 2" of overflow at the ford but easy to cross.

Trail is okay; the usual rocks, roots, and ruts.
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Trail Status

Greenway concrete ford still has a 5 foot wide overflow. Easy to cross.

Trail has normal normal conditions.

Maybe spring is finally here.
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Status Report

Did the lake loop from Marketplace Mall today. Very windy; my average speed was 1 mph slower.

Everything on the greenway and trail looks good. There are still deep ruts on the marina side of the big dirt hill on the trail and there is a 5-foot wide overflow at the ford on the greenway.

The Linville Road parking lot is closed.
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Status Report

Down tree on the trail has been removed.

The trail is drying out but more rain is on the way.
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A tree is down across the trail in a curve on the north side of the lake about .5 miles from the dam. It's a small diameter pine with no limbs, which makes it difficult to see. From the dam side of the curve, the curve is sharp so you don't get a much time to stop. From the other side, the curve is more gradual and gives you more stopping distance. There is no avoiding it, you either stop or you hit it.

The western end of the trail on the south side is very soggy. It makes you think you have your brakes applied.

After all the work they did on the main parking lot, they left the barrier poles around the drainage ditch. The poles protrude into the trail and make it dangerous when meeting other bikes or pedestrians. A little rerouting of the trail would have been easy to do

Why doesn't the city consult with people who use the trail regularly before they work on the trail? Designers who site behind desks don't have a clue what kinds of hazards exist for trail users. Regular trail users can tell them every problem that exists because we deal with them almost daily
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Status Report

This was my first loop ride of the year and it was slow. Partially due to the soft lake trail but mostly due to a soft me.

The greenway is in good shape. The Reynolds Park Road bridge project is done, The new payment under the bridge is lumpy but they eliminated the speed hump on the west side of the bridge underpass entrance. The concrete ford has a couple of inches of overflow but it's easy to cross.

The new parking lots and restrooms on both ends of the lake are finished. The trail on the south side of the lake from the lake entrance road to the small bridge is soggy where the city has done some scraping but the rest of the trail surface is solid. Both sides of the big dirt hill are rutted again. Until they fix the drainage problems on the trail, any repairs to the surface of the trail are just temporary.
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