Thursday, October 30, 2014

Ready for Work

Underdown trails are great to ride now that Steve helped me turn Kelly's deck into a boardwalk and Paul helped me blow all the leaves off.
Sunday November 9th at 10AM or will be a great time for a bunch of us to get all the trails repaired. We'll start around Heartbreak Ridge where the Ice Age Trail crosses Loop Road on the snowshoe-fat bike trail.  Trail X is in the area and should be ready to repair as loggers are almost out.  The agenda:


  1. Rebuild the Heartbreak Ridge climb so we don't have to hike out fat bikes
  2. Clean up Trail X - if the loggers were as gentle there as elsewhere it should go fast and be an opportunity to make the trail even better than before
  3. Clean up the south edge of trail KK with a new boardwalk - a 1 hour job
  4. Tree down on KK plantation east
  5. Clean up the end of G coming off of Roundtop - under an hour
  6. Trees down on C
  7. Tree down on the Neccessary Evil part of trail S
  8. Clean up trail L Ice Age Trail with a rebuild of the steep west end

Saturday, October 25, 2014

New Boardwalk on Trail U

Leaf blowing will be done this week.  All trails will be open except for X, L, and LL because of logging.
Taking the boardwalk for a walk.




No more mud. Beware of dogs.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Coming Attractions


  1. Logging on trail X and bits of KK and G this month.
  2. Some made over corners on trail U.
  3. Leaf blowing at the end of the month.
  4. More bull dozing at the new city forest trail.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Secret Site

A peek at the Underdown's new neighbor.



Monday, September 15, 2014

Tomahawk 90 and 33ish

Meet at the Sarah Park boat landing on September 27th at 10AM for the 90 mile fall ride that features the Hiawatha Trail before heading into the Willow and Newwood wild country.  A detour to Tripoli will get us resupplied half way. 66 of the 90 miles are gravel.

The 33ish course also starts on the Hiawatha before diverting back to Tomahawk via the cozy Rozell Road, McCord ghost town turn around, and crooked CC. The route is all scenic and just under half gravel.

Cue sheets are here.

The Garmin File


P.S. We took Ruth Road right to the nice BP station at Tripoli and then used the gravel Tripoli Drive to get back on course.

Taking Putnam from 86 at the second RR crossing in Tomahawk brought us to a nice jaunt past Mirror Lake in Bradley Park on our way back to Sara Park.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Ready for Fall



  • The most beautiful time of year is almost here, and the Underdown is ready to ride.
  • Raspberries are still good and blackberries are ripe now too.
  • Bears are out turning over logs, and I saw a hawk eating a worm on Loop Road.
  • Trails U and W are now all mowed so all trails in the 2013 and 2014 race courses are good to ride now.  We'll start blowing the leaves off after they fall is October.
  • Avoid trails L and LL for now because LL isn't mowed and loggers are just finishing up on L.
  • Ride trail X while you can because loggers will hit it this fall.
  • Come out for some gravel on September 27th.  The Tomahawk 90 uses some Hiawatha Trail before heading west to Price County and south to Newwood.  Cue Sheet.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Get Out There


  • Raspberries are bountiful in the Underdown.
  • Kelly spent a couple days mowing the Oktoberfest trails that weren't in the race course.  Jason was there too.
  • Riley and I worked on the Yin Yang* hill and mowed one side before the the mower broke.  Kelly has agreed to get back out there to attack the brush once the part comes in.  It's an aggravating job so we're lucky that he's willing to suffer through the heat and flying debris for us.
  • This month we break ground on the new Merrill City Forest trail system across Heineman Road from the Underdown.  This fall we'll work on a 3 or 4 mile loop that features the beautiful marsh and hills of the city forest.  Next year's goal is a connection between the Prairie Dells and the Underdown.
*The name that Wausau borrowed for their trail.  I should have copyrighted it, but that wouldn't have been very Taoist.