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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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