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PostSubject: Minooka   Mon Aug 10, 2009 4:00 pm

Some of my riding buddies tell me this place sucks. Other people say its great. Anyone have personal experience who ride bikes? Is this place more suited to quads than bikes? Its not far from my house and I figured I'd like to give it a try.
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PostSubject: Re: Minooka   Tue Aug 11, 2009 11:08 pm

Dang looks like rain int eh forecast for this weekend. 40% Saturday and 30% Sunday. Either way it will be sloppy I'm sure. I think we'll end up trying to go on Sunday though so if anyone wants to meet us there I think this is where we'll be. That or we'll be riding some private hunting areas near Lay Lake.
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PostSubject: Re: Minooka   Tue Aug 11, 2009 11:30 pm

I dont mind the place, there are alot better places out there but with this one being so close to the house its hard to beat for a quick ride. The last time i was there they had started cutting some new trails. If i can get my new bearings in the front of my dvx i will go with you sunday if you want.
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PostSubject: Re: Minooka   Tue Aug 11, 2009 11:31 pm

Cool! Hoping I can get my jetting dialed in by Friday afternoon. Should be me and my buddy on his KDX220. Maybe a Polaris quad but not sure.
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PostSubject: Re: Minooka   Thu Aug 13, 2009 5:09 pm

Hak wrote:
Some of my riding buddies tell me this place sucks. Other people say its great. Anyone have personal experience who ride bikes? Is this place more suited to quads than bikes? Its not far from my house and I figured I'd like to give it a try.

We rode back in May and they had some pretty
decent single track. IF you're planning on riding all day then you'll
want to try somewhere else. But if you're only riding a couple hrs it's
not a bad place.
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PostSubject: Re: Minooka   Thu Aug 13, 2009 5:27 pm

I'm not sure how long we plan on riding. A friend of mine is still nursing his torn knee so this will be the first weekend back on his CRF. Probably won't last all day I'm sure. Were the trails groomed when you went?
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PostSubject: Re: Minooka   Fri Aug 14, 2009 10:10 am

Would this park be worth a three hour ride from Mobile? How many miles of single track do they have?
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PostSubject: Re: Minooka   Fri Aug 14, 2009 11:33 am

Hak wrote:
I'm not sure how long we plan on riding. A friend of mine is still nursing his torn knee so this will be the first weekend back on his CRF. Probably won't last all day I'm sure. Were the trails groomed when you went?

The open/ atv trails were groomed but some of the single track was grown up and had some fallen trees over the trails.
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PostSubject: Re: Minooka   Fri Aug 14, 2009 11:51 am

gil367 wrote:
Would this park be worth a three hour ride from Mobile? How many miles of single track do they have?

Not worth the drive in my opinion. I would guess there's about 4 - 5 miles of single track.

Here's the email I received a couple days ago when asking about the single track..






The single track is in pretty good
shape. I can tell you it is getting some use but personally I do not ride
the single track. The park ranger here, Mark Alexander, does ride a dirt
bike and can tell you a little more about it. He works Thurs-Sunday and
can be reached at 205-312-1116. Hope to see you at the park soon.






Gerald Arrington


Park Manager


205-312-1376


add another hr and a half and head to the ridge...

http://www.ridgeriding.com/home_page.htm


http://www.newchiltoncounty.org/minookapark/about.htm
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PostSubject: Re: Minooka   Fri Aug 14, 2009 2:29 pm

Anything up that way worth the trip up from Mobile?
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PostSubject: Re: Minooka   Fri Aug 14, 2009 3:15 pm

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Anything up that way worth the trip up from Mobile?

Kentuck was a blast when we went and that was when my bike was riding like ass and it was sloppy from all the rain. Check the multimedia forum section for vids of it. There are other OHV parks up this way that alot of folks seem to like. I have only ridden Kentuck so far. We are going to Minooka tomorrow and I'll have my helmet cam on me so it should give you an idea.

I also want to ride some of Bankhead Nat'l forest soon.
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PostSubject: Re: Minooka   Sat Aug 15, 2009 9:39 am

Well we are headed out at around 10-11 this morning. If anyone is gonna be there look for a WR, CRF250X and a KDX220. That'll be us. Hope the place is groomed!
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PostSubject: Re: Minooka   Fri Aug 28, 2009 8:07 am

Hak wrote:
gil367 wrote:
Anything up that way worth the trip up from Mobile?

Kentuck was a blast when we went and that was when my bike was riding like ass and it was sloppy from all the rain. Check the multimedia forum section for vids of it. There are other OHV parks up this way that alot of folks seem to like. I have only ridden Kentuck so far. We are going to Minooka tomorrow and I'll have my helmet cam on me so it should give you an idea.

I also want to ride some of Bankhead Nat'l forest soon.

Tell me more about Kentuck. Where? Cost? Single track trails?
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PostSubject: Re: Minooka   Fri Aug 28, 2009 6:08 pm

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Tell me more about Kentuck. Where? Cost? Single track trails?

Check this thread. It is vids from our ride. There is a link to info on Kentuck in it. http://ridealabama.forumotion.com/media-sharing-f6/kentuck-vids-t41.htm#161



I think it was $5 or $10 to drop in a box. Two-way trails. Go there early so you get there before anyone else.
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PostSubject: Re: Minooka   Sat Sep 19, 2009 1:51 pm

The wife and me are going to go check it out tommorow. 9/20/09 I talked to the ranger today he said it's messy but all trails are open. We should get there around 10:00. If anyone else goes and you see a flat black DRZ-400S and a blue Grizzly 350 stop us and say hello!
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PostSubject: Re: Minooka   Mon Sep 21, 2009 8:15 am


WE had a blast. we spent 5 hours there and didn't want to leave. The trails were marked great and the park ranger was very cool. I will be spending alot of time this winter there. It's close to home and no hunting alowed. We seen 2 deer 1 was a MONSTER BUCK, turtles and other wildlife. It is a beautiful park. We took a video of the new trail they are cutting but no pictures. We would have to stop for pictures and that wasn't happening. Sabrina was giving it hell!
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PostSubject: Re: Minooka   Mon Sep 21, 2009 5:40 pm

Sweet vid! They were just starting to cut in that section when we went. Your woman looked like she was having a blast. At the beginning I got a good laugh when she about rolled it and then just smiled it off and kept going lol! Thanks for posting it.
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PostSubject: Re: Minooka   Mon Sep 21, 2009 5:54 pm

Might have mad a mistake taking her. She use to have a blaster and sunday thats all she could think about was how much more fun it would have been. She's a wild one.........I'm a lucky man!
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PostSubject: Re: Minooka   Tue Oct 13, 2009 10:01 am

We are going back this sunday 10/18/09 We should get there around 11:00
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PostSubject: Re: Minooka   Tue Oct 13, 2009 11:08 pm

Lucky indeed. My wife hates bikes. Maybe I can get her a 4wheeler later on after the baby grows up a little.
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PostSubject: Re: Minooka   Wed Oct 14, 2009 7:14 am

So is the little one here yet? If not when is due date?
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PostSubject: Re: Minooka   Wed Oct 14, 2009 4:59 pm

We went to the doc today for our weekly check-up and he told my wife to go ahead and take her maternity leave. So looks like we won't be too long away!
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PostSubject: Re: Minooka   Mon Nov 09, 2009 11:06 am

http://vimeo.com/7511191




A little more of the new trails. The vimeo link is a friends video.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1gF8HHxAVw
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PostSubject: Re: Minooka   Sat Nov 14, 2009 12:34 pm

Nice vid. The trails by my house are so covered with leaves it's hard to tell what is trail and what isn't lol. I need to make it back out to Minooka soon. what bike was that vid filmed on?
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PostSubject: Re: Minooka   Wed Nov 18, 2009 8:29 am

The youtube was on my DRZ and the Vimeo was on a KLR 650.
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