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Old 06-07-2018, 07:46 AM   #1
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Default The Pachaug loop at risk!

There is a fund raiser being planned for the "Protect Pachaug" movement. If you haven't heard, there is a proposed CSP gun range being slated to be erected on a ridge which boarders the Pachaug state forest on three sides, the forest effectively surrounds the proposed range. If the range were to happen, the Pachaug loop would have to be relocated for safety which would take years of planning and cost thousands in sighting plans which the CSP will not pay for and it's possible we could loose the loop entirely.

Please keep your eyes are ears out and please attend if possible. It's highly important the we keep the only legal off road trail in CT. The town of Voluntown wants to increase the offroad opportunities for all, not just dual sport bikes after a conversation with the town selectman. If we can fight off the range and keep the loop, we will have a great chance to do more than save what we have, we can create more opportunities.
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Old 06-07-2018, 04:38 PM   #2
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I am afraid the fix is in and its a fait accompli

I would be interested that the road IS located around the safe side of the range so the loop is continuous.

My idea was the pistol range indoors in Hartford where many cops will improve life, The long guns could use the current range

The LEOS are arrogant and seem to enjoy causing disruption and pain and squandering $30,000,000 from the bankrupt state
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Old 07-23-2018, 01:56 PM   #3
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Sad to see stuff like this happening in CT, I did enjoy the few years I lived in the state but since I got much more serious about trail riding, I honestly don't think it's the place for me. It seems the whole North East is similar, with few places to truly ride. If I have to leave Hawaii next year, I think the Pacific Northwest may be high up on my list of places to move... it seems there is an overall excellent abundance of technical trails there.
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Old 07-23-2018, 04:18 PM   #4
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It seems the whole North East is similar, with few places to truly ride.
There is a TON of terrain available, once you develop the right group of buddies/ off road clubs/landowners. They just arenít advertised for any random person to buy a bike, find the spot on the internet, pay 20 bucks for an annual pass, and have at it...it takes a lot more work than that. The roughly one thousand pretty damn good riders showing up to most Jday GP or Sprint Enduros these days (so, in the northeast) are riding and practicing somewhere, on non race days. I personally know about twenty dudes around my town and neighboring towns, who ride at least once a week on technical trails that arenít sponsored events. Are they legal enough to have a ranger offer you a coffee on your way in to the well kept parking area? No. On the other hand, has anyone really been hassled in the past twenty years? No again, or not to any extent to discourage them from going back. Cops around here have more important things to worry about, and no one who rides well enough on staff to catch anyone anyway. The guys who ride woods a lot cut trail themselves (often), maintain existing trails, donít scare or harass other users, and leave less mess than was there when the arrived. They make friends with large landowners and host small events where the owner can receive some appreciation or a little cash...a handful of them (while working regular jobs, usually self employed) have bought large plots of woods to ride in, and invite friends.

Anyway, my point is, there is a lot of woods riding out there in the northeast, but itís not as easy as a google search to find, or enjoy.
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That's good to know Gary, because pressure from my wife to return closer to family may push us back to the North East at some point. Hawaii is similar, at least on Oahu. We have one major MX park with thousands of "unofficial" acres of trails that extend into the mountains. However there are a handful of other riding spots that aren't exactly "legal" but are ridden on every day and bother nobody, hell I ride with guys that are 60 years old and originally cut many of the trails when they were kids. Similar story as far as finding out about it, word of mouth, but they aren't huge mysteries either.

I guess it wouldn't be the end of the world to head back there, I'm sure I'd find my way into somehing. Secondarily, I'm worried about lack of true challenging terrain in CT that I don't have a shortage of here.

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The great anti dirt bike was back in the day they would give a 10 year old a dirtbike, he would saw off the muffler. Then go behind some one's home and ride in circles for 8 hours

There is little excitement over a relatively quiet dirbikes passing by a place

Please if you hear of more Pachaug gun range stuff keep reporting. If the governor turns republican then that might kill the deal as I am sure the money guys involved are
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This is one of the reasons why I mountain bike now. Can go so many places and it's still a blast.
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Tyler, if you come back here I’d be glad to introduce you to some of the folks I know and point you in the right direction. Unfortunately for me, I sold my YZ 250, have decided to hang up the bark busters and mx boots for good, and am waiting for shoulder surgery in a month as a result of a Jday crash. Still plan to ride dual sport and street and maybe paved track when I heal up...
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This is one of the reasons why I mountain bike now. Can go so many places and it's still a blast.
Its almost like CT is catering to MT bikers with great marked trails and dedicated areas like Rockland Park with hand built obstacles and pump tracks. I love it.
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Almost all of NETRA events have an Adventure bike or turkey run as part of the event.


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