Blue Clay Trails Update
(updated: Dec 26, 2007)
12/3/2006 -- Update. I went out to Blue Clay today and rode the trails again with the gps. I was about half-way through then I flatted and it started raining. So I went home and combined the new data with the old and updated the map below. Looks pretty good now. The software said 3.5 miles total, which seems about right. Note the start and directional arrows. We should have trail markers posted soon. We're also working on a parking area under the powerlines.
I also made the GPS data available as a Google Earth (.kml) file and GPS Exchange file (.gpx). If you download and open the kml file in Google Earth, you can pan, zoom, and tilt and do other cool stuff. You can also upload the data directly to your gps using Google Earth but only if you upgrade to Google Earth Plus. Or you can just use the gpx file which every gps and gps software should understand.
Here is the link. The files can also be downloaded from the updated Blue Clay Trail Description page:
11/19/2006 -- We have been working hard on the trails and today we had another great day to work. We have new trails that connect everything together as one big loop so I brought my gps to make a new map and find out how much we have now. I rode the entire course, loaded the data into my computer only to find out that my gps screwed up the track and I need to borrow a much better gps (this thing is junk) to make a decent map. If you could post a comment or email me if you have one I can borrow I would greatly appreciate it.
For now, take a look at this image. My gps said 3.6 miles for the entire trail. It really felt closer to 4 miles. I think the gps missed the part of the loop that goes behind the water tower. I also drew in white other potential trails to get the total length possibly to 6 miles.
For now we are going to finish what we have and take care of the wet areas.
Updated map (12/3/2006):
Google Earth (.kml) files and GPS eXchange (.gpx) files.
TRAIL GPS COORDS (4)
1. Jay Pearce said...
Wow! you guys have done an outstanding job... I got in from the road last night, and headed over to Blue Clay this morning, I couldn't believe all the new trails, once again, you guys did a killer job!!! Ive got my tools ready for the next trail day...
Nov 20, 2006 @ 1:09 PM
2. sirbikes said...
Thanks. People have been working really hard on it. Now that we've got a good loop to ride, the next step is to fix the muddy areas. We've can use pallets, 8x8s with boards across, logs stacked next to each other, and gravel/crushed brick. I recommend also putting in drainage to drain the water off the trail. We need a lot of help with this because it involves moving a lot of material. Sunday 9am is our regular weekly trailbuilding day so hopefully people can schedule this in, even if they can only help for an hour or two.
Nov 20, 2006 @ 2:46 PM
3. Ed M said...
Its been fun and re-energizing to watch people come together to build a safe place to ride here in Wilmington . Hopefully this will be a place our kids will be able to ride in the future. A lot of the same people are doing most of the work it would be nice to see some new faces out there helping out . Ride on
Nov 21, 2006 @ 7:04 PM
4. Gabe said...
Whats up with the New Hanover County posted/no trespassing sign at the entrance to the trail?
Dec 2, 2006 @ 4:11 AM
5. Sir bikes-a-lot said...
Shoot me an email and I'll tell ya.
Dec 2, 2006 @ 12:24 PM
6. Jay Pearce said...
Headed out to Blue Clay today with Matt, and took our time and rode the entire thing...Its dried up so much over the last week, its looking better and better...
Dec 8, 2006 @ 12:52 PM
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