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The Freeport Regional Water Authority announced today that it will reopen the Pocket Area Bike Trail, near the Freeport Bend.

The trail has been closed since 2007.

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Poison Oak Fun Facts

On my trail ride the other day, I could see the Poison Oak encroaching the trail and it made me think about all the times I have had it and bad enough for one time the hospital taking pictures for “training purposes”. I thought it would be good to share some Poison Oak fun facts for #30daysofbiking.

Some fun facts about Poison Oak’s “active ingredient” know as Urushio Oil:
* Only 1 nanogram (billionth of a gram) needed to cause rash
* Average is 100 nanograms for most people
* 1/4 ounce of Urushiol is all that is needed to cause a rash in every person on earth
* 500 people could itch from the amount covering the head of a pin
* 1 to 5 years is normal for Urushiol oil to stay active on any surface including dead plants
* Derived from urushi, Japanese name for lacquer
* The Cashew shell has a type of Urushiol oil in it

As fun as that was, I will stick to my regimen of Technu. Which to make this post even more exciting, a fun fact on Technu.

Technu was originally created to clean Nuclear fallout dust off the body and clothes during the Cold War, it was forgotten about after the Cuban Missle Crisis, later which the chemical engineer’s wife somehow figured out that it worked great at removing the residual Urushio Oil (Poison Oak, Ivy, and Sumac). Fun things you read while waiting in line to buy a bottle of this miracle cleaner.

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Proposed Lake Natoma improvements may impact trail

The City of Folsom has decided to proceed with plans to redevelop a portion of the waterfront near the historic district – a move which could impact trail access for cyclists. The proposed improvements, which will cost almost $1 million, would provide a 2,400-foot walkway joining the popular shopping areas south of Lake Natoma with the edge of the water. New boat launch facilities are also planned for the lake.

It is unclear how the proposed development could impact cyclists on the trail, but current plans involve the construction of a pedestrian walkway from Gold Lake Drive, adjacent to Lake Natoma Inn, directly down to the waterfront. Such a walkway would interrupt the bike trail as it currently exists, although cyclists are generally forced to exit the trail at this point in order to continue up to Beal’s Point, or cross the lake at Lake Natoma Crossing.

The improvements have drawn widespread support from local businesses, but environmental protection and trail advocate Stephen Green of the Save the American River Association has condemned the proposal, “The project would be totally incompatible with the existing natural area”, he wrote, in a letter addressed to the City of Folsom last November. Green’s concerns are important to note for cyclists, since the existing trail – which enjoys steady use throughout the year – has been sensitive to surrounding riparian habitats. Green has vowed to fight the proposed redevelopment in court if necessary.

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dusty trails

This is a good read on our Sierra trails. Be mindful when riding on dusty days where the trail could be near mine trailings. Play it safe.

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