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W & OD trail collapse(6 posts)

W & OD trail collapsePaul
May 29, 2003 2:34 AM
Out riding with a friend last nigh around 5 pm, and after crossing Ashburn Rd heading west, rode down about a 1/4 mile and found a section of the trail that collaspe near a small creek. The hole was about 10 feet deep, and about 5 feet across. We called the Park Rangers, and they closed the trail. You can use the horse path to get around, some mud, but not too bad. I can only imagine what would have happen after dark when commuters were going home from work.
Even with a good light ....Humma Hah
May 29, 2003 6:44 AM
... it is hard to see a hole in black, wet asphalt. I imagine it could have been quite a trap! Thanks for reporting it!

I've only ridden it once ... what town is Ashburn Rd. near?
It's in Ashburn, right below Ashburn Village. If you rememberPaul
May 29, 2003 9:33 AM
Parlow's, a store right on the trail, you cross Ashburn Rd. right there. Real scary, glad my buddy had a cell phone. could easily be killed or badly injured with a hole that deep.
re: W & OD trail collapseMazinger
May 29, 2003 7:17 AM
I was wondering what the deal was with the closing.
They closed up a good length of it too.

This is the area before the hockey rink, right?
It's about 200 yards from the rink, but you can easilyPaul
May 29, 2003 9:41 AM
bypass it via the horse trail, albeit a little muddy. That size hole could easily kill someone, man, this has been a terrible year for riding. Can you imagine coming east with a tail wind doing an easy 25 mph, and that hole opens in front of you.
I was badly injured last year after hitting a ground hog, so be careful of those critters.
It's about 200 yards from the rink, but you can easilyMazinger
May 29, 2003 10:11 AM
I was riding there last night. Almost hit a rabbit too.:)

It's closed off really well now. Thanks again for calling it in.