|While the creek has gone back into its banks, the damage has been done.|
I took that information in and when I decided to go see how the Green Belt had fared through the floods, I decided to grab my Blackborow DS fat bike.
It was a nice enough day, and since the Blackborow has flats, I wore my usual tennis shoes. I headed over to the Green Belt and after diving in I was immediately met with copious amounts of sand and a downed log or tree about every 100 yards. It became obvious that this was going to be more "adventure" and less "bicycle ride" as I got further into the trails. I tried stopping to move a couple of the downed logs, but they were too heavy for one man. So, I ended up either making a way around them or dismounting to haul myself and my fat bike over them.
My goal was to get to Marky-Mark and to assess what, if any, work needed to be done. I was hoping that the floods had little effect on the trail. Typically it rides most floods out really well. Even the record flood of '08 didn't phase Marky-Mark. However; by the amount of change I was seeing already into my short trip into the Green Belt, I had to wonder how much damage there really was back there. Certainly downed trees were a real possibility. There would be no way for me to really do anything, but at least I could see what was needed and make a plan. That was the goal for the ride.
|Holy cow! This area is now COMPLETELY different than before the floods!|
|This is the view looking the other way.|
I figure it will take a few years for weeds to take this back over again, but in the meantime, water flow should really do a number back here, unless there is another layer to this activity yet to be accomplished.
Anyway, this whole deal forced me to find another way to get further into the Green Belt. That meant I needed to bushwhack my way, essentially further up and to the right in the image above, to get to the lake, and then hopefully over back onto the Green Belt trail proper. It was a nasty business, passing through needle sharp thorny plants, thickets, and muddy grounds. Eventually I made it through to the lake trail.
|This is where I popped out at the lake.|
|The lake trail was flooded yet as well.|
|Copious amounts of sand can be found all over the Green Belt.|
So, I decided to stop and clear trail where I could lift the wood, or at least swing it off the tread of the trail enough to pass through. I figured I could at least do my part to leave things better than I found them. It wasn't much, because most of the work is of the "heavy lifting" sort, or is best suited to a chain saw.
Once I got back to the "usual" suspects where water typically sits, I had my answer. I was done going forward for this day. Now had I dressed in more appropriate clothing, and worn my hiking boots instead of cotton shoes, I might have given it a try, but the "stepping stones" to cross were partially under water, and well.........nope!
So, back I went the way that I came. It was great to get out into the Green Belt, but as I feared, it needs a lot of work and it already is November. The thing is, "if" anything gets done before the snow flies, we won't have a lot of time before the snow flies. Or something........ Anyway. Yeah..... Winter is coming, Fall woods riding is about done, and we got rooked out of the most of it by these dang floods and rain. Oh well.........