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So I went for a ride up and back down the Capital Crescent Trail. It's paved, and goes fro Georgetown to Bethesda, Md.

It was in pretty bad shape. There was a tree down blocking the path, and I had to take a muddy detour through some weeds around it. There were some areas that looked like there were recent mudslides. Still, the trail was passable, and it felt so good to get back on the bike after almost a week of drenching rain.

Here's what I looked like when I got home. From a paved trail ride.





 

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first post here!! yeah finally stop raining i went yesterday to wakefield and it was bad trees everywhere, muddy as hell but very fun to ride, my friends are going back to ride it today.
 

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You know what's the best now, though? Rock Creek Parkway is closed in both directions. Last night I stumbled onto it on the bike on the way back from a grocery run. All these folks were running and cycling on both sides of the highway with big grins on their faces. It was a very cool feeling. I'm used to such a frenetic drive in the car on those sections of Rock Creek that riding the singlespeed down the wrong side of the road felt like anarchy. Highly recommended if you can get down there before the car culture counter-attacks and retakes the battlefield. . .
 

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Drevil said:
Please don't.
I agree. Please stay out of places like Patapsco, Wakefield, Shaffers, Fountain Head, Roseryville, etc 'till the trails have had a chance to dry. We did just have RECORD rains for June here and the drainage isn't that great. I figure Gambrils is the only option right now.
 

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wow! i'm a newbie first year riding trails. i didnt know it was bad for the trails i just wanted to ride after all the rain. its good to know new stuff thats why i signed up to this website. thanks
 

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wow! i'm a newbie first year riding trails. i didnt know it was bad for the trails i just wanted to ride after all the rain. its good to know new stuff thats why i signed up to this website. thanks
Riding in the rain or wet trails in and of itself isn't a bad thing, just depends on where ya are. Around here, the trails don't drain well and saturates the ground making lots of soft mud. When you ride through that it leaves ruts and such in the trails and erodes them. :nono: On the other hand, if you live in an area w/ good drainage and a good system of rock and roots then riding isn't much of a problem.

The Slatyfork gathering is a great example. Rained ALOT out there, but we still rode. The trails there almost never dry out, but are in great shape because of the rocks and roots. One guy that rode w/ us said he's never been wetter. :thumbsup: I've raced in lighting/thunderstorm downpours as have many others on the boards.

Basically, just check out the area and try not to ride on excessively muddy trails. As I stated before Gambrils should be good to go since it's mostly rocks there. Every other place, give 'em a few days. Shouldn't kill ya. ;)
 
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