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Old November 21st, 2006, 04:05 AM   #1
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I'd like to put together a trail rating guide based on a scoring system 1thru 5, 5 being the worst and 1 being obviously the best. Beyond that definite criteria would be used to measure such as rough surface, lots of hills, poor repair, very crowded, comfort such as water, benches and toilets. Anyone think of other criteria we might add? This might help to identify expert level trails versus beginner level. It would also open new trails to those who travel and are in strange places. There is so much diversity here that we really could have a decent trail guide.

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Old November 21st, 2006, 04:03 PM   #2
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trail width
hills lenths and grades
sharp turns
dog walkers / daisy pickers
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setting, noise, sceenery
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Old November 21st, 2006, 04:29 PM   #3
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I would add trail maintenance....how often is are sticks, leaves, poop etc. cleaned off the trail.

And protection from wind and sun....how much tree cover is there.
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Old November 21st, 2006, 05:39 PM   #4
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... and the ladies. Don't forget the ladies. oh and the relative availability of Courvoisier, the ladies man has always got a nice supply of Courvoisier.
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Old November 21st, 2006, 06:05 PM   #5
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If people want to share photos of their favorite trails, I will make a special page on this Web site for each of those trails. After I make each trail page, we can create a new discussion for the trail, and I'll link to that discussion on the trail photo page. If we do that, anybody who wants to can view the photo and then post their own review of the trail in our forum. l can also make an index page to all of those trails, organized by country, region, and city.

What do you think?

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Old November 22nd, 2006, 09:53 AM   #6
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size of rodents - chipmunks and I are developing a history but collisions with them don't cause me to fall. However, I've begun rethinking dusk skates as lots of deer frequent some of my trails and I just think that I might not emerge unscathed from one of those collisions.


Benches?! Is our age showing?

Some gentlemen need more Courvoisier than others.

(way too easy and I'm too weak to resist)
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Funny, I seem to require Courvoisier to tolerate certain women, some more than others. ...and some don't even appear on my radar until I've had copious amounts of Courvoisier, yeah that's right, Courvoisier Goggles.
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Funny, I seem to require Courvoisier to tolerate certain women, some more than others. ...and some don't even appear on my radar until I've had copious amounts of Courvoisier, yeah that's right, Courvoisier Goggles.
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If people want to share photos of their favorite trails, I will make a special page on this Web site for each of those trails. After I make each trail page, we can create a new discussion for the trail, and I'll link to that discussion on the trail photo page. If we do that, anybody who wants to can view the photo and then post their own review of the trail in our forum. l can also make an index page to all of those trails, organized by country, region, and city.

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You might want to glean some ideas from this trail map: http://www.skateminnesota.org/trails/graphicmap.html
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Then we can link it all together with a google map...
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Old November 24th, 2006, 12:53 PM   #11
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Made it to Yuma. Still looking for bike or skating trails. Temps are great, 83 degrees for a high. I will try the river and se if they have built anything down there. I think the rink has closed...disconnected number . Keep you posted on this. Those benches ure are nice for us old guys
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Made it to Yuma. Still looking for bike or skating trails. Temps are great, 83 degrees for a high. I will try the river and se if they have built anything down there. I think the rink has closed...disconnected number . Keep you posted on this. Those benches ure are nice for us old guys
I 'spose once you've made it to Senior Grand Poobah if you want benches you get benches.

Too bad about the weather. You have my sympathy.
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Old November 27th, 2006, 03:30 AM   #13
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I'd rate the trails low due to theire crosscrossing in traffic and across activie railroad tracks. There are numerous trails one can skate and one is being built near the river. They are the standard 3 or so meters across with a line drawn down the middle. Upkeep is lacking but functional. You need to get on 1st street and go to Av C and you will plug in nicely. Temps were great and they are lightly used. The best kept secret about Yuma is its hockey rink. An outdoor cement rink with nets and all. You may reserve the rink for an hour or two and there are teams! Next to it is a small skate park which bicycles and boarders rule although inliners were to be seen. My view was a snapshot but skating in Yuma is growing as teams and trails expand. There was a roller rink but it closed this summer due to lack of interest. Thre trails I'd rate as a 3.5 due to traffic and train crossing. Good luck if you visit. Phil
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