With all of the train we received yesterday we are closing the trails until they either freeze or dry out.
When soil freezes all the moisture turns to ice crystals between the particles of the soil and in clay or loam soil they are tightly packed together. As the moisture freezes the crystals expand and tear the clay apart shattering it, then as it thaws the soil become more porous and allows more moisture in. This is repeated with every successive thaw.
In Indiana we can get as many as 100 freeze-thaw cycles in a season.
So, please be very careful when trying to ride the trails in the winter. The best time to ride is when the trail is frozen solid. On days when the temperature goes below freezing at night, the worst thing we can do is wait for the sun to come out and warm up the trail before riding. The trails can be very soft even if it hasn’t rained recently. Even if the temperature stays below freezing South facing trails can defrost in sunlight and turn to mush.
If you are leaving ruts in the trail where you have ridden please leave the trail. The ruts will allow even more water to remain on the trail and make it even worse. If people see you riding they will want to ride too.
Please be cautious of this area and any other areas on the trails. We’ll be making our way through the trails this weekend to ensure the trails are safe for use and report back.
Riding friends, KCV is closing out the year with a big ol’ THANKYOU. That’s right we are bringing back the popular Poker Run event tomorrow afternoon. Festivities start at 2 pm in the open section near the small barn on the greenway. We will have a special course laid out, something special and a surprise to everyone except the “evil” trail master NC1. Don’t worry it won’t be difficult and all abilities will be able to ride.
The front section of the trails will be closed from 2pm through the evening hours. If you plan to attend, please bring a dish to share or a donation to the trails. The back half of the trails will be open as normal.
Further updates will be posted on Facebook.