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15Tango
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2011 11:22 am    Post subject: Luce Line Labor Day Weekend Reply with quote

I'm planning to bike the Luce Line trail either Sunday or Monday (the day depends on if I can get anyone to join me and what day works best for anyone else, plus the weather has a vote - so far, looks like partly cloudy and 70-ish both days). Right now, I'll probably go off Langlie's bookmark list, unless I find time to make my own. Meet at 4th Ave. NE and Prospect St. NE in Hutchinson at 9am on whatever day we happen to go - also flexible on the start time, can start earlier or later, depending on what works best for everyone who joins this expedition.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2011 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This sounds like fun! I will see if it will work in my (wife's) schedule.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2011 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It does sound like fun.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 6:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Someone logged this 8-31-11 "Found it08/31/2011 Was planning on caching on the Luce Line, but there's a trail closed sign further up. I hope it reopens this fall". (http://coord.info/GCZ8FY)
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's nothing on their website about it being closed (www.luceline.com), but I did put a call in to Metro Trails and Waterways (the suggested contact number on the website) and I'm waiting for a call back.

If it's closed at Hutch, it would prolly be better to start in Plymouth and go West. Meet at 0900 on whatever day works, Sunday or Monday, at GC1BAV9-Luce Line Parking 1.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm interested. Can't on Sunday or Monday morning. But if you are all out on Monday afternoon, and I can get away, I might like to join you en-route. Don't schedule the date based on me because I'm iffy. Just wanted to let you know I'm working on it.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 8:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks like I can't make it on Sunday and I don't know about Monday. Family is leaving for the North Shore tomorrow morning.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2011 7:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rustynails wrote:
Someone logged this 8-31-11 "Found it08/31/2011 Was planning on caching on the Luce Line, but there's a trail closed sign further up. I hope it reopens this fall". (http://coord.info/GCZ8FY)


I have to go to Hutch tomorrow, I can check this out.
I do know that during the state shutdown there were signs along the trail indicating it was not going to be maintained. I have been in various spots along the Luce Line pretty regularly lately, and I haven't seen any other signs that it is closed.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2011 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

From the DNR website -

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Three bridges and a cattle pass are being replaced along the Luce Line State Trail, requiring several sections to be closed until approximately October 1, 2011:

Bridge #7: Trail closed from County Highway 14 to School Road
Bridge #9: Trail closed from State Highway 7 to County Highway 4 (Major Avenue)
Bridge #10: Trail closed from 210th Street to Jade Road
Cattle pass: Trail closed from County Road 71 to Kale Avenue



I can find the first three on the map, and they look easy to bypass, but following the trail on Google Maps, I can't find either Co. Rd. 71 or Kale Ave. - they've got to be there, but must be like a pine tree micro and I just can't see it.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2011 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyhow, I'm doing this on Monday, starting at 9am at GC1BAV9 in Plymouth (Luce Line Parking 1, linky thingy in previous post). Caching along the way, I believe 3 hours out and however long it takes to get back is reasonable, since you're not biking the whole time. If anyone is on the fence or wants to join me along the way, PM me and I'll send you my cell number. And if I can figure out how to do so, I'll make this an event on FB.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2011 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

15Tango wrote:
From the DNR website -

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Three bridges and a cattle pass are being replaced along the Luce Line State Trail, requiring several sections to be closed until approximately October 1, 2011:

Bridge #7: Trail closed from County Highway 14 to School Road
Bridge #9: Trail closed from State Highway 7 to County Highway 4 (Major Avenue)
Bridge #10: Trail closed from 210th Street to Jade Road
Cattle pass: Trail closed from County Road 71 to Kale Avenue



I can find the first three on the map, and they look easy to bypass, but following the trail on Google Maps, I can't find either Co. Rd. 71 or Kale Ave. - they've got to be there, but must be like a pine tree micro and I just can't see it.


Co. Rd 71 is closest to Luce P&G
Kale Ave. is closest to 40 purple
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2011 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rustynails wrote:
Someone logged this 8-31-11 "Found it08/31/2011 Was planning on caching on the Luce Line, but there's a trail closed sign further up. I hope it reopens this fall". (http://coord.info/GCZ8FY)


I went to this cache today, I couldn't see any 'trail closed' signs. It is tough, not knowing in which direction this cacher was planning to go from here.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2011 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

15Tango wrote:
Anyhow, I'm doing this on Monday, starting at 9am at GC1BAV9 in Plymouth (Luce Line Parking 1, linky thingy in previous post). Caching along the way, I believe 3 hours out and however long it takes to get back is reasonable, since you're not biking the whole time. If anyone is on the fence or wants to join me along the way, PM me and I'll send you my cell number. And if I can figure out how to do so, I'll make this an event on FB.

I am looking forward to this. I'll plan to see you at 9 am.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2011 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just crossed the trail on Major Ave/Co Rd 4, and there were' trail closed ahead' signs on both sides of the road.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2011 8:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can make it. I'll be there at 9:00.
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