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    Holla!

    Let's hear the route!
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    First off, sorry for such a delayed post. We had quite the adventure with Samford.

    As you may know, we (Bike magazine) have been in Brevard, North Carolina, for the past two weeks testing 2012′s latest and greatest mountain bikes for the "Bible of Bike Tests." We were hardly here for a day before we heard of the Pisgah Gnome.

    We knew this was something we had to be part of, so once most of our test riding was done, we set off to find Samford.

    The full story of our adventure--including helpful hints and over 30 photos--is at: Bike Magazine Parties With the Pisgah Gnome.





    This waterfall is at the bottom of 'a very' fun trail.


    Look around for a hollow tree.
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    Pisgah, we have a problem.....

    Well Samford will never be the same after last night's ride. We found him down by the river then took him on a tour of the Black Mountain/Bennett Gap area. He was on my back when 'the incident' occurred. While flying down black I checked a tree and heard an aweful sound. It wasn't until we were at Smoker's Cove that we noticed something wrong. Being the intrepid trooper that he is he just asked for a prosthesis and to return to the woods. So (most of) Samford is now at the huck rock on Bennett Gap trail. His feet? Somewhere on Black.
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    As the sole family member to Samford, my lawyer will be in contact with you Eric!
    Civil Suit for medical bills and and emotional damage. We can maybe discuss a settlement...

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    I'll go looking for the feet tomorrow

    .... to be more specific they are somewhere between Pressley Gap and Thrift Cove.
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    What time did you find Samford? Looks like it was an epic night ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikemag View Post
    What time did you find Samford? Looks like it was an epic night ride.
    We found him at 8:10pm. It was hard to find him. We dropped him off at 12:10am. We finished up the North Slope at 2:10am.

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    so here's the task at hand....someone needs to find Sam's feet and put them back on.....

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    Word is Lt. Dan is getting some new dancing feet.

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    Please, not another game... special test for DD? Super Glue alert.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikemag View Post
    What time did you find Samford? Looks like it was an epic night ride.
    Epic indeed My phone died an hour or so before the end of the ride but still came up with these stats:
    Created by My Tracks on Android.

    Total Distance: 42.11 km (26.2 mi)
    Moving Time: 3:24:01
    Total Time: 6:14:38 (including all refuel stops)
    Average Moving Speed: 12.38 km/h (7.7 mi/h)
    Max Speed: 42.04 km/h (26.1 mi/h)
    Max Elevation: 1236 m (4054 ft)
    Elevation Gain: 3133 m (10280 ft)
    Max Grade: 27 %
    Min Grade: -28 %
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    Mike B, Zoe, ReggieDog, SophieDog, and I went hiking today. We found the feet and returned them to The Hub. Just as I had suspected they were just down the hill from Hickory Knob.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pisgahproductions View Post
    mike b, zoe, reggiedog, sophiedog, and i went hiking today. We found the feet and returned them to the hub. Just as i had suspected they were just down the hill from hickory knob.
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    hah! I knew it

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    JC and I went out looking for Samford yesterday on our ride down Bennett Gap. As we approached huck rock, we heard a rustling in the bushes. "Sam," I shouted. "Is that you?" "Jeez!" said the gnome, sounding particularly grouchy. "Can't a guy get some peace and quiet around here?" Sam said that ever since Eric had left him on Friday nigh/Saturday morning, there had been a constant stream of riders coming down the trail, all of them stopping to try and find the sickest line through the rocks. "If I hear someone say 'BRO!' one more time, I'm going to kill somebody!" "Woah, Sam. Take it easy," I said. "I'll get you out of here." So we loaded up and down the trail we went. Part of me thinks Sam was just looking to hitch a free ride down the delightful ribbon of singletrack that is Bennett Gap. JC and I had planned to end our ride there but, since I had promised to get Sam to somewhere a bit more peaceful, on we went. After a while I happened upon the perfect rustic retreat for Sam - a cabin in the woods...or what was left of one. Sam happily climbed up into the chimney and dosed off without so much as a thank you. I think he was just looking for a free ride, as usual.
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    Quote Originally Posted by salmansp View Post
    As the sole family member to Samford, my lawyer will be in contact with you Eric!
    Civil Suit for medical bills and and emotional damage. We can maybe discuss a settlement...
    I think Eric needs a restraining order on behalf of Samford -- somewhere on 5051 during his tour of North Mills River, the coveted OnZa toothbrush got lost too!

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    I saw the feet at The Hub when I was enjoying a pint after riding Butter Gap and Cove Creek earlier today.
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    I don't recognize that chimney. Good spot. Any more clues?

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    Quote Originally Posted by puddleducky View Post
    I don't recognize that chimney. Good spot. Any more clues?
    Awesome. Snotrotter and I know that chimney -- you can't see it all summer, and then right about now, it emerges out of the forest ... We first saw it during Double Dare last year.

    Happy hunting!

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    We almost left him there but we wanted to go break his feet off!

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    If that chimney is on the right you have a good chance of seeing it. On the left and you are going to blow past it. It's close enough for me to get to it except my doc told me to stay off the trails for another few weeks....
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    I decided to go see if Samford was ready to stop playing Santa. After all it was a cold night with no fire. He said he wanted to go stretch his new prosthetic leg. So off we went headed northeast eventually crossing over a swinging bridge, passing an old dam, getting our feet wet and then eventually popping out on a gravel road. We then headed west on the gravel road and turned north on the first trail we came to. We climbed a long way, all the while Samford yelling giddy up. When we came to the fork, Samford said he wanted to go right and make his way up to the parkway the next day. As I left I saw him setting up his camp under a rock ledge above the trail.

    I'm trying to post the pictures but no success so far. Forum says I need a safety key?

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    "Pineapple."

    In the spirit of the hunt, great clues!
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    Quote Originally Posted by puddleducky View Post

    I'm trying to post the pictures but no success so far. Forum says I need a safety key?
    PD, I think with the new mtbr system you need 10 posts before you can post pics. email the photos to me and I'll post them for you. pisgahproductions@hotmail.com

    EDIT* Photos posted!

    Also, to everyone, The gnome game has no rules that I can think of but in regards to 'hiding' Samford, I think he should be hidden from the general public but not from us on the forum. I think the person that moved him last should give real directions (here in this thread) to his new location but that on the ground he is out of sight so a non-gamer doesn't take him away. Anyone else care to chime in?
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    I was a bit vague, no? He is safely out of sight from non-gamers on the old slate rock/laurel mtn connector trail. He is roughly 50ft up the connector from the slate rock trail just passed a group of downed trees. Look up the bank on your right and there is a rock outcropping, which he is hiding under. Thanks Eric I'll email you later.

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    Integrity

    In my opinion the ground rules should read as such:
    1) Complete trip, a circle of sorts or a round trip, must be made by bike or foot. No point to points in which a shuttle is used for "convenience." If a shuttle is used it would defeat the spirit of the game.
    2) If the gnome goes home for a repair or for a brewski, the individuals traveling with the gnome must post that information immediately so that others do not go out and report to the woods without possessing the information that the gnome has moved and is on sebatical. Posts should be added by that particular day's end. Pictures can be added later if they are mentioned in the post.
    3) And yes, Smaford should be out of the public's eye. Clues, which I personally admire and serve to reward people with a good knowledge of the forest and a hankering for adventure, are welcome. Yeah, you can use pictures. Sure. But sometimes it's too easy. I say switch things up, keep things interesting. Encourage all walks of mountain bikers to try and find Samford. If you take him for two miles, awesome! A hundred, pretty darn cool! Samford is here for us to develop stories and friendships. Your participation makes you a winner.
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    I don't think rules are really appropriate or necessary when you're hauling a garden gnome around Pisgah.... and I think that if your sense of integrity is wrapped up in the gnome game, then you might want to take a shot at like, relaxing or something.

    There are plenty of bike races out there for those who crave a more controlled cycling experience.
    Yeah, it's strange. But oh well.

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    I'm with The Hater...Rules? We don't need no stinking rules!

    There's too many in life already.

    Just be courteous, logical, and answer questions if people have them. If you show up and the gnomes already been scooped by somebody else, that's part of the fun of semi-chaos.

    In about 45 days when I'm hopefully actually riding a stinking mtb again, I'm looking forward to the simple adventure of getting lost trying to find something. Let's not make it more structured than that.

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    As founder of el gnome game.

    1 simple rule:

    You must pedal, on a bicycle of any sort, the gnome (unless accessing him from hiking only location.)

    And please keep his extremities safe.

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    We need more rules!

    Imagine what this world would be like if there were no rules, or worse yet, if there was only one rule!

    Rules make order. Order makes happy.

    We should draft an official Pisgah Gnome Manifesto complete with an addendum chocked full of rules. We should elect a special council to interpret the manifesto and modify the rules as needed. We should also start a non-profit Friends of the Pisgah Gnome group to make sure that the Pisgah gnome will be protected so that our children, and our children's children are free to frolic through the woods with Samford for many years to come.

    Futhermore, our enforcement of the rules should be strict and the punishment harsh. Anyone who dares break any of the rules with meet the wrath of an angry god!
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    Well, it looks like we might have to have a council meeting tonight @ 6 pm at Pisgah Tavern for some good ole deer and beer

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    Quote Originally Posted by puddleducky View Post
    I was a bit vague, no? He is safely out of sight from non-gamers on the old slate rock/laurel mtn connector trail.
    I don't want to open up this can o' worms, but I, for one, would like to see Samford only traveling on legal trails. We're not the only ones reading this forum, and flaunting the use of illegal trails is sure to incur the wrath of the land managers ...

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    Absolutely. Samford and I traveled on bike trails and he walked on the tiny section of hiking trail where I left him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crossboy View Post
    I don't want to open up this can o' worms, but I, for one, would like to see Samford only traveling on legal trails. We're not the only ones reading this forum, and flaunting the use of illegal trails is sure to incur the wrath of the land managers ...
    errr.... That trail is legal up to the parkway boundary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pisgahproductions View Post
    errr.... That trail is legal up to the parkway boundary.
    So then I'm confused as to where he is. I followed the directions (awesomely vague, by the way!), but I still end up at the top of Slate Rock, *not* the connector between Laurel/Pilot and the Parkway. Now, I don't have my locally produced Pisgah map in front of me, but on 780 there is *no* legal trail that connects Laurel and Slate.

    And all due respect to ducky, any time I hear someone say "old" in conjunction with "trail," I usually assume the worst!

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    It was fairly easy to figure out where the gnome was based on the clues provided, I just had to sit down with my map. Of course, I knew where the chimney was, too. I really like the idea of rules introduced through the narrative (like how Sam gets carsick, so he can't ride in a car).

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    Game Over.

    All this talk of anarchy on the trails was just too much to take so I have decided to do the only truly noble thing.

    I now have the gnome. Tomorrow I will take him to a reunion with his severed lower extremities and then once he is fully healed I am going to tie large rocks to him and drown him in a river.

    You have left me no other choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by driftwood View Post
    All this talk of anarchy on the trails was just too much to take so I have decided to do the only truly noble thing.

    I now have the gnome. Tomorrow I will take him to a reunion with his severed lower extremities and then once he is fully healed I am going to tie large rocks to him and drown him in a river.

    You have left me no other choice.
    Wait! Was it something I said? Oh, damn. I guess it was. Sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Broussard View Post

    There are plenty of bike races out there for those who crave a more controlled cycling experience.
    Is it too late to train for any of them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by driftwood View Post
    I have decided to do the only truly noble thing.
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    Sadly, this is the last we'll see of the Pisgah Gnome.

    R.I.P. Samford
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    What do you mean that is the last we will see of him?!?

    Right around Labor Day we rode all over Pisgah for a week stopping at every, rock, log, stick, and hole as I was hoping to meet the little guy. We even went as far as bringing along our swift water rescue team when the tropical storm threatened high water. But, nnnooooo info on Samford's well being surfaced that week so I was faced with slinking back home only to dream that ONE day I could join the chosen few and be blessed with an insult from his truly........


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cycling_Chick View Post
    What do you mean that is the last we will see of him?!?

    Right around Labor Day we rode all over Pisgah for a week stopping at every, rock, log, stick, and hole as I was hoping to meet the little guy. We even went as far as bringing along our swift water rescue team when the tropical storm threatened high water. But, nnnooooo info on Samford's well being surfaced that week so I was faced with slinking back home only to dream that ONE day I could join the chosen few and be blessed with an insult from his truly........
    Well, if you really have a swift water rescue team there might actually be some hope for the little guy.
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    Samford's last ride



















    Since I am feeling generous this morning I'll follow the rules and give a hint as to where his final resting place is:

    You can see him from a seasonal trail.
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    This is exactly the sort of thing that happens when proper ground rules are not established and adhered to.
    Yeah, it's strange. But oh well.

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    Save the pisgah gnome!!

    I've been watching this from Bend Oregon, and participating in a similar effort (see Yellow Man). I don't understand putting a perfectly good (albeit battle scarred & ornery) gnome down.

    SAVE THE PISGAH GNOME!!
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    I rolled by Samford today, and yes he's still blowing bubbles.
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    I heard Samford's tribe beating drums and yelling war cries today. They might be launching a attack to save him.

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    re: missed connections

    You:
    pisgah Gnome.
    Avid hiker, biker, swimmer. (?)
    Made of ceramic.

    Me:
    Mtn biker.
    Bartender, bike mechanic.
    Gnome lover.


    Saw your pictures on the internet and fell in love immediately. Went to find you today, and you were gone. All I found was some Gnome sized scuba gear. Drop me a line at let's meet at the Tavern for a beer.

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    Samford was rescued by his family in an early morning mission. After he dryed off he went to scout a good spot to heckle the Swank racers. Right in the middle of the rock garden he found a good vantage point behind a rock right above the trail.
    Too bad he missed out on a date with you Jimimeg. I'm sure he would like to find love.

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    Swank course

    Any pics ?
    I'm lonely.

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    Sorry I left my camera in the truck so no eye candy for ya.

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    Quote Originally Posted by puddleducky View Post
    Samford was rescued by his family in an early morning mission. After he dryed off he went to scout a good spot to heckle the Swank racers. Right in the middle of the rock garden he found a good vantage point behind a rock right above the trail.
    Too bad he missed out on a date with you Jimimeg. I'm sure he would like to find love.
    Wow, no respect for the Double Dare. I hear Eric is going to make us all *climb* the rock garden and the first one to get Samford wins with no other checkpoints necessary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crossboy View Post
    Wow, no respect for the Double Dare. I hear Eric is going to make us all *climb* the rock garden and the first one to get Samford wins with no other checkpoints necessary.
    I heard something similar
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    Today, ALL the rules were broken...

    and Samford was easy to persuade to get into the car. Next stop? Double Dare.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pisgahproductions View Post
    and Samford was easy to persuade to get into the car. Next stop? Double Dare.
    Yeah!!!! I'd get in too

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    Quote Originally Posted by pisgahproductions View Post
    and Samford was easy to persuade to get into the car. Next stop? Double Dare.
    It's gonna be a "pants off dance off" at the DD!!!

    I am prepared.


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    Free the gnome!

    This just getting absurd now! First someone doesn't even take a camera and now someone has taken the poor guy home? Do you people really not care about RULES at all?

    Well, I do and have decided to do something about it! I stopped at the Gnome Freedom Project while out for a short Pisgah ride earlier this week and am now an official card carrying member:



    Do you have your card yet? What are you waiting for? The Double Dare is only days away!
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    Quote Originally Posted by driftwood View Post
    This just getting absurd now! First someone doesn't even take a camera and now someone has taken the poor guy home? Do you people really not care about RULES at all?
    Don't worry Drifty. Samford has been having a great day just chillin', getting some rest before the big weekend. He did some gardening today and this afternoon... some meditation is in the plans.
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    Gnome Slave Captor,

    We deplore your treatment of gentle woodland creatures, and your total disregard for the basic principles of liberty.

    Your moral bankruptcy is evidenced by your acts of wanton recklessness and the deliberate use of coercive force and terror tactics against gentle and innocent creatures.

    It has come to our attention that a Gnome is being held captive in your garden. We do not, as a rule, negotiate with terrorists, however, we request that he be released immediately. Already your actions have prompted copycat offenses, which we have witnessed, including the deplorable use of a Gnome as a hood ornament.

    We understand that you probably were not responsible for the innocent Gnome’s original capture but rather purchased him from a Gnome slave trafficker like a garden center or craft show. Please understand that we are not holding you responsible for the state of Gnome slavery in America.

    We are, however, asking you to put an end to your involvement. Do the responsible thing; free your Gnome today.

    FreetheGnomes.com has specially trained caseworkers who will gladly work with you toward the goal of returning your Gnome to the northern woodlands from where he came. Please contact us today at FreeMe@FreeTheGnomes.com.

    Although American law currently permits you to keep a Gnome in slavery, we believe it to be morally reprehensible. We hope that upon honest reflection, you will agree.

    Stop Oppressive Gardening. Free the Gnomes.

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    The Gnome was last seen on Slate Rock. Then was unable to be found. That is all.
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    update.

    After we took the gnome for an evening out of the woods he came out to Double Dare with us. He was one of the only ones ready to party on Friday night because of the rain... Erinna then took him up to Slate Rock (that was an easy sell for Samford) on Saturday morning where we hoped one of the racers would find him for a two hour bonus. Well.... he must have been playing hide-and-seek because not only did no riders find him on Saturday but the rescue crew (Garth Prosser) was unable to find him on Sunday, as well. I went out this afternoon though and there he was, hiding in plain sight. He said he has had enough of my antics for a while and wanted to stay on the rock so that's where he is. Hiding in plain sight with an EXCELLENT view of Pilot Rock.
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    on top of Pilot/Slate:


    Equipped with Blaze orange vest and side-by-side shotgun! (Bear Season)


    Gun on back, camping out for the night @ Coontree.


    He resides behind the 2nd large tree close to the trailhead (parking lot side)

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    The gnome is gone !

    The Gnome has gone on a trip. Details to come!
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    The Pisgah Gnome visits Dupont State Forest

    When for a road ride yesterday up into the forest. Stopped at Coontree to tighten a loose cleat and heard a familiar voice calling.
    "Hey little guy how are ya?"
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    We had a nice little chat about how Fall was coming along. "There are still some great colors hanging in those trees. And the views are really opening up," he said.
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    We chatted for a few minutes more and he mentioned that he wanted go spend some time if a different setting before Winter set in. I told him I'd be happy to take him over to Dupont State Forest. He said "that sounds great! I know a great spot over by Rocky Ridge. But first, let's stop over and visit by the river for a few minutes." "Good, cause I gotta pee" I informed him.
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    After I got back from the bathroom Samford told me he was ready to go.
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    So we loaded up and took off.
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    Just as we got in view of the Pisgah Tavern Sam mentioned we should stop in for a cold one. " I couldn't agree more" I said. "Mmmm, Cold Mountain !" he said as we sat down. A "Cold one" indeed.
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    He even helped the boys out with a stuck pedal: "You just gotta 'Get on it!' " he said.
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    Then we set off on the road for dupont. Thankfully, before the climb topped out we turned onto sky valley road. Then when we got to this spot Samford said "pull over here."
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    "I'm gonna hike in a ways and set up a homestead" he said. "I'll join you for a quick snack before i take off" I told him.
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    When I said goodbye he had set himself up in a nice little spot.
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    Hmmmmmmmmm, seems like WNDC might have to go have a chat with this little fella tonight.
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    Way to make the move Jimmy! Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!!!!
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    South Siiiiiiiieeeeeeeeeeeeddahhhhhhhh!

    Even though we pulled in on the south side of the park I could hear the drum beats , wild women and smell booze. I knew Sam had been partying but who knew we weren’t here to encourage.

    It was a long arduous journey to the other side of Dupont but we pressed on.
    As soon as he saw us he shouted “@%^& you the last time I saw you guys I didn’t have any legs!”



    It was obvious that even though he had hiked to the road and begged rednecks for drinks he was still coherent enough to enact his voodoo on our group as we temporarily lost riders and had multiple light failures on our way.



    We had to nullify the chants against our group plus he was getting annoying about the legs.



    He tried committing suicide to get away from us but we dove in just in the nick of time.



    He started screaming all bloody murder when he saw where we were taking him:



    No one can hear his chants over the rumble of the water now….

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    We stopped by to visit Samford and see how he liked the new forest. He said he was frozen from the waterfall and wanted to get out and explore. We showed him a couple more trails and empty homes as we headed south. We came across an old log shelter that Samford took a liking to and he said this would be his stop.
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    Samford was calling out to learn how to drive. So I was off to find a way to teach him. While we were getting ready to leave the log shelter, we came across a group of hikers from Greenville. After a discussion on trail etiquette, one of the lady hikers donated her emergency whistle to the cause. Samford made sure to thank her. Next stop was a view of Lake Julia. Then off to find something suitable to learn how to drive. As we rounded the corner, there it was. Samford got in the driver's seat, but it wouldn't start. He then climbed under the hood to fix the engine (notice his whistle). Next thing I know, the hood crashes down. Good luck and happy hunting.
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    The hiker's whistle

    Here is a link to some photos that show the hikers who engaged in the "passing of the whistle" to Mr. Sam: mwandrews.shutterfly.com/olli/2685

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    Freedom cost folks like you and me.

    I was venturing into Dupont alone today so I figured I better make amends with our friend Samford. Samford was gallivanting in the car when I arrived and I said “Look Sam, poaching is poaching no matter what side of the fence you are on so WTF?”

    Sam “This Rambler get’s killer gas mileage but I seem to be stuck…”
    Me “So you want to go somewhere new? “
    Sam “Yeah, I don’t get why this place is top 10 in Outside, help me to understand.”
    Me “Ok, I’ll help you understand but you realize that Veteran’s day was yesterday right?”
    Sam “Whatever!”
    At this point I realized we needed to make Sam understand that freedom isn’t free so we went for a trip.
    I said, to understand and fight for what you love is to truly understand freedom. So we need to visit some of those places.

    Me “How’s the view Sam? “
    Sam “Ehhhhh its ok”

    Me “Look dude you can see your reflection in the water and all the way to the bottom. This is what life is about!”

    Sam “Yeah, no fish…”
    I realized Sam needed to fight for these freedoms to truly understand so I made him practice hunting some turkey...

    After our hunt, we found Mr. Brown who graciously stood aside Sam for a photo op. Sam was happy to have a chance to stand with a celebrity.

    On the way to the battlefield I made Sam hike because I was tired of all these free rides. However when we got to a crossing he did what so many do this time of the year…




    As we continued on, we made a stop by an overlook that is often overlooked to view Cedar Rock crawling up the rock in the distance.



    I wanted to ensure Sam knew why he needed to guard these precious natural resources so we stopped at one more overlook along the way.



    Now Sam is fighting back in Lincoln’s days… North against south sort of stuff, he is guarding a critical entrance to the forest. There is a good chance he will encounter Cannon fire where he resides guarding a creek crossing. He has a good vantage of the single track crossing of the creek as he is upstream from the trail. You can find him perched waist high in a tree. Sam's final resting place for now... !!!!Late edit!!! I just heard word from the pony express that Samford may have been injured in the war. The next party that dares find him may want to pack in an extensive med kit.

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    Going to be up @ Pisgah/Dupont the week of Thanksgiving..

    Where the F will the little fella be hanging?

    Really want in on some party time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PanFry View Post
    Going to be up @ Pisgah/Dupont the week of Thanksgiving..

    Where the F will the little fella be hanging?

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    Let me check Samford's appointment book. Oh wait.. he doesn't have one.

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    PAS NMBP Helps MedEvac Samford...

    When we last heard about Samford a pony express rider suggested he'd been injured in some sort of skirmish and that medical treatment might be required. While Pisgah Area SORBA's National Mountain Bike Patrol unit does not yet have a Memorandum of Understanding with Dupont State Recreational Forest (but we're working on it!), several patrollers ride the Forest with full First Aid gear. I found Samford bravely guarding the Rich Mountain Road access to DSRF about a half mile in on Cannon Creek Trail, where it appeared a cannonball had crushed both legs just below the knees.

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    My NMBP gear had just the thing to stabilize Sam's fractures--a SAM splint! I was able to quickly splint the injuries and ready him for MedEvac.

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    While he appeared happy to leave the Cannon Creek area, his primary interest was in reaching a facility that could mend his legs and get him back on his feet.

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    Our MedEvac route included some of DSRF's newer routes--the Micajah relocation and the new Cascade Trail. The SAM splint helped Samford quickly--he played King of the Cairns on Cascade Trail, even though his legs hadn't healed.

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    At the intersection of Cedar Rock and Big Rock Trails we were able to reattach Sam's legs. While the scars from the surgery will certainly go with Samford to his grave, he again stands proudly and appears to enjoy his new-found stability.

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    Back on his feet, Samford requested that he be taken back toward Corn Mill Shoals--he felt the deer hunting might be good there, and his gun barrel had been straightened while Sam was in surgery. A volunteer with the FoDF trail crew gave Samford a McLeod to replace his broken golf club, so Sam stopped to move a couple horse turds off the trail.

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    We left Corn Mill Shoals and went about a half mile on a trail built by Dupont mountain bikers 18 years ago. We found a spot that Sam felt might attract deer to a watering hole. I explained that DSRF has hunting by permit only, and that it isn't gun season for deer yet, but Sam is out there with his double-barrel. Hope he doesn't get burnt for hunting out of season!

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    It looks like Sam finally dropped his wooden nickle.... he still gets a two hour penalty since I didn't get it back
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    No Penalty...

    ...the wooden nickle is hidden by the bandana.
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    D@mn you TZ that was supposed to be harder than that! Good work.
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    It's a favorite...

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    D@mn you TZ that was supposed to be harder than that! Good work.
    Cannon Creek Trail is a personal favorite, and as probably the most "pisgah-esque" of DSRF's trails, it's natural habitat for the Pisgah gnome!

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    The Bad Luck of the Pisgah Gnome

    Well Joe and I went to get rescue the Gnome from getting thrown in Jail for hunting without a license. We found him right where we thought he was.
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    He informed us he wanted to go up high, somewhere with a view. Maybe check out some of the lakes. So we headed out conservation road and took one of Dupont's newest singletracks over by the spillway.
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    Well, disaster struck shortly after Lake Alford. The Gnome was struck (again) by a tree! He seems to have continued issues with those darn Ents. His legs were totally shattered, and all of the stitches pulled out!

    We asked if he wanted to be carried out to get some help. He said, "Screw that. I'm staying here. Send someone in who can help." Sam was quite pissed we didn't have a first aid kit with us. "Damn foolish, unprepared mountain bikers!"

    So, we continued past Lake Dense and went to the closest Mountaintop we could find. It was a tough hike to the top. Samford had to be carried.
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    Upon reaching the top we gave Samford all of our paltry "medicinals" as he was in a LOT of pain.
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    When we left him he seemed to felling better and actually managed to stand up, with a little help from a stump, to see us off.
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    He awaits you and your first aid kit!
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    The gnome has moved. Don't know who got him, but Joe said he's not there anymore!

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    So who moved him???

    Jimi, Joe--

    I climbed Joanna Mtn Thursday afternoon to repair and move Samford, but he wasn't there at 3 PM... Earlier, as I was riding out Joanna Mtn Trail, I saw tire tracks in a couple places--looked like a bike running Nevegals and another bike running Purgatorys... I had a bad feeling about being too late in my quest for Sam, and even though it appeared that someone had gotten there before me, I spent about 45 minutes scouring the mountain top. No luck. I expected to see a post about moving him Thursday night or yesterday, but your post about Joe's discovery is the first thing I've seen. So who moved Samford? Why aren't they reporting the move?

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    Who got Samford?

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    Where are you buddy?

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    I wonder if a passer by not following this thread happened upon him and took him or some kids just chucked him into the woods.
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    ...just think of all the turkey and pie calories one could burn off trying to find and relocate the Pisgah Gnome! FREE THE GNOME!!!
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    He was on the top on Joanna Mtn. No easy way to get there! The road dead ends and you've gotta climb a slippery slope to get to him. I'd be amazed if somebody just stumbled upon him. A hunter maybe ..??!!

    I think he's been kidnapped!

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    I can't imagine a hunter carrying out all the parts! Joe didn't see any evidence of Samford (and he knew where the gnome had been stashed), then I came along later and saw only bike tracks out the dead-end section--again, no sign of Samford. I think you're right--he's been kidnapped!
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    Maybe a dingo got him? Or perhaps a cougar?

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    ...or worse than a cougar--a Nittany Lion!!

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    Poor Samford...

    ...freezing his arse off in the wilds of WNC. Can't believe it's been 2 weeks since his last reported adventure, and thought that for sure we'd have a ransom note or new location hints by now!! FREE THE GNOME!!!
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    It might just be time to move on...

    although its sad, and we can always hold out hope, but I think it is time to move on.. I think Samford would have wanted it that way.

    I have a gnome, he even has experience in Pisgah!

    (he looks a little different from this pic, because he got a fresh coat of paint recently).

    I'll take him with me on a Pisgah ride today, and see if he would like to stay out there...

    Samford! We love you, we will not forget you! But, welcome Minty McFly (like I said, new paint). Hope u like bike rides!

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