I am now considering starting an account to post this.
When I am out riding I say things like hello or good morning/afternoon to people I see and if they preemptively yield trail I certainly always give a thanks. I would say I think this is true for others but I know it is since observe others behaving the same way daily. Nearly always the people I see out the forest are as happy to be out in the forest as I am! Seeing another person has positive impact or no net impact on the experience. I would say this is especially true for the Flagstaff area. Guess I should never take all this positive energy for granted.
I am not worried about this article having any real impact as I know riders in this community prove this stereo type wrong all the time.
I guess that is why I find this womans bit so offensive! It is a struggle for me to come up with times I can recall where I have been in the elden area and encountered some one being a dick. She makes it sound like sierra club hikers have a huge chip on there shoulder and that gravity riders are a bunch of D-bags. See this is why this article has a great capacity to offend any reasonable person in the area (and yes reasonable people are the majority around here).
Sarah King - I hope you can find some joy in your life and muster a friendly hello as I ride by but if you cant thats cool its not going to even effect my attitude or my day...