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    Proof is in the pudding

    Pictures are coming...

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    Remember, in the tree, far right branch, eight feet up, before the cable bridge. Use caution if you're climbing in wet biking shoes people. It'll be a heck of a helicopter ride out. And a little embarrassing.
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    Apparently I was close yesterday. I should have taken a closer look at your GPS track. The gnome is still safe in his tree somewhere in TP.

    Chief, It looks like you have 2 separate rides on that map. Is that correct? I know it would take me longer than 4 hours to ride that loop including Laurel and Pilot

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    Affirmative. You were close. According to your posts on other thread.
    Negative. It was one long ride. A big(ger) figure eight so to speak. You know what they say, "Go big or go gnome."

    I imagine that Samford will literally be "hanging around" until someone who tolerates, rather, enjoys wet feet steps up. Cough, cough: enter Driftwood. I was thinking further along on Bradley Creek initially, but the access point from Yellow Gap Road would make an out and back too easy. We'll save that location for January...
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    Camping Gnome

    Had a nice little Pisgah mini-adventure today. Went out South Mills to Mullinax to Squirrel (just a little bit) to Laurel Creek. Laurel Creek is a great downhill by the way. Then hung a right on Bradley Creek to begin my search for our little friend. Found him sitting safe and sound up high in the tree. Sorry, no pics. I found a full length Snake skin right at the tree, so I didn't dilly dally.

    Samford told me he was ready for a little time camping and told me of a great spot. So, we headed down Bradley aways and then picked up riverside. Just BEFORE we crossed the river one more time again and met up with Vineyard Gap samford told me to take a side trail to the left. Which brought us to this camp.
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    After he got set up at camp I began on my way again, but samford called out to me. He had already crossed the river, and hollered out to me that he had found some gold!
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    After that I sailed past Vineyard and continued on Riverside; yea I crossed the river a couple times. Made a lot of 'em. Then finished with more of Bradley Creek and the climb out South Mills.

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    Good job! The Pivot probably makes short work of Laurel Creek. And I know the campsite well. Hope that when the river rises tomorrow, that Samford knows how to swim!
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    bring your water wings!

    After having Broussard drag me up Black Mountain and then across Turkey Pen Gap I then let him convince me to go on across Vineyard Gap to get the gnome on my own while he went on to take a leisurely spin across Squirrel. I found the gnome right where he was left:



    I'm not sure Jimimeg knew exactly how close he was to a historic old homestead but lets just say he was very close:



    I figured my best bet was to get him as far away from there as possible but a short ways up Squirrel (or was it down Mullinax?) I encountered a group of gnome hunters sent out by PAS who tried to kidnap him:



    After wrestling him from their evil grasp Samford told me he was tired of living the Pisgah mountain bike life and would like to find someplace safe to hole up and spend the winter, someplace where bikes rarely go so he could regroup and get some thinking done and maybe settle down and raise a family.

    So, I obliged.

    Samford is now safe and sound halfway between Cantrell Creek and Wolf Ford on South Mills River trail. Look for this rock on the North side of the river:



    And then look for the cave:



    Look again:



    And then crawl in and you'll find Samford:

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    Stretched out soggy socks

    Wouldn't you know that Beefcake and I looked at every water crossing, in every nook and cranny on our way out. Around every bend... Investigated every footprint that wasn't ours left in the soft sand. We turned a casual-paced ride into an even more casual-paced ride.

    "Hey Cook?" "Do you think he'd put it over there? It'd be real inconvenient?"

    "Hey Dave? Do you think Clay was counting stream crossings?" "He'd probably put it smack dab in the middle of Mills because it would be a pain in the butt to get to from either side." "Are we on fifteen or sixteen?"

    "Yuri?"
    "I bet Clay still had it in his pack. Did you see him barely open the top when he put that litter in? What do you think was inside his pack? Normally I'd say raingear, but it's not supposed to rain."

    "Dave?"
    "I don't think Clay put it in the chimney. That'd be too easy." "You're right. We'd better look inside the chimney..."
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    I wonder...?..... I'm going back to Vernon,NJ. to ride Diablo this Friday/Sat&Sunday and I wonder if the gnome wants to take a road trip???????
    Maybe he needs some air time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by motobutane View Post
    I wonder...?..... I'm going back to Vernon,NJ. to ride Diablo this Friday/Sat&Sunday and I wonder if the gnome wants to take a road trip???????
    Maybe he needs some air time.
    Stop posting these videos! You are going to make me come out of retirement.(and get divorced)

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    arrrgh ... posting fail!

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    Samford & Me ... and Def Leppard!

    When Snotrotter and I ran into Broussard last weekend at the top of Cantrell, he informed us that driftwood had met up with Samford and was heading "some place on South Mills River, some big rock or something." Seeing as how that happened to be the one section of trail in the Pisgah Ranger District that I've not ridden, I started making plans pretty much right away, holding out hope that no one would beat me to the punch ...

    I drove On Through the Night to make sure I made my date with Samford. In case you were wondering, while the world around you may be unstable, at least in Pisgah we're doing OK:

    Sorry, just Foolin'. I figured this day was all about Action! Not Words, and so I grabbed my gear and headed up Clawhammer, a man on a mission. I warmed on the climb, and looked forward to passing through Buckhorn Gap on my way down to Wolf Ford: Heaven Is descending a long, wide-open trail in Pisgah on a Ride Into the Sun as the forest floods with light.

    Before I knew it, I was at the bridge, and crossed over. A bit of Hysteria crept in -- this was the way to Squirrel; where was SMR? I crossed back over, and there, hidden behind some shrubbery, was the trail I wanted. I knew I had several thigh-deep crossings ahead in frigid waters, but I didn't expect to be riding through small streams and water falls that had taken over the trail in the rains of the past several days. But Die Hard the Hunter: I made my way along South Mills River Trail and kept an eye out for the Rock of Ages that driftwood had identified.

    Sure enough, Samford was safe and secure, and I wasn't Too Late. I was worried he'd be cold and wet, so I offered him my PMBAR and Double Dare-approved safety blanket.

    "No, no," Samford said. "I'm not hypothermic, just hypoglycemic. I need me some White Lighting; c'mon, Pour Some Sugar On Me."
    I obliged, and then freed him from his Vault. First we took a Photograph for Maida:
    and then I introduced him to Ted, the Only Friend I Had last weekend.
    We settled him into my pack, and headed back the way I had come.

    At first he was quiet, and I was worried he wasn't feeling so good. Eventually, though, he started to open up. "Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad?" he asked. "I mean, that driftwood is an Animal. He made Promises to me about Women, and then left me High 'N' Dry there in that little cave. I shoulda' known after Broussard -- I was Wasted, and Love Bites, ya' know? -- but When Love and Hate Collide, it's like you just can't turn away. I thought it might be Too Late for Love, but I thought I'd give him the benefit of the doubt. Ah, well, It Don't Matter, No Matter What they'll both eventually Answer to the Master for Bringin' on the Heartbreak like that."

    I thought it was poigniant that he opened up to me, and I felt a bit sorry for the little guy. We reached the bridge, and stopped for a quick bite. My feet were cold from all the river crossings, and I thought about starting a fire to warm them. But no sooner had I pulled out the PMBAR and Double Dare-approved lighter than Samford grabbed it out of my hands.

    "Fire! Fire!" he said, a maniacal look taking over his face. Quickly, I grabbed back the lighter. "Aw, man," he complained, "a little Pyromania never hurt nobody!"

    I told him we had to be careful there in the Forest, and that my feet weren't all that cold anyway. "No No No," I said, "Let It Go."

    "Hey, I know what let's do," he said suddenly. "Are you Excitable? Let's Get Rocked!"

    "What?!" I asked, incredulous.

    "Well, I heard they did some work over on Pilot last week," he replied. "Let's head over there and see what's cooking. I know a place nearby that always has something going on Saturdays. We're going to Rock! Rock! Till You Drop. No more of this human stuff; I want to hang with my own kind for a bit."

    I was game, so we headed up the hill, and turned right to head down into the horse camp area. We very politely stopped to let a couple of groups pass, before we were out on the road and making the left turn onto Pilot Rock Trail.

    Something snapped in him just then, and he was off like a Rocket. I spent the rest of the climb following Two Steps Behind, before he finally stopped to take in the view from the rock face.



    While he chilled, I turned the other way for a nature break, but found myself with a bit of Stagefright. I turned back, but he was already up the trail ...



    I quickly gathered my things and hurried to catch up. "Man, You Got Me Running," I said when I finally overtook him. "You might show a bit of gratitude, a bit of Love and Affection for bringing you up all this way."

    Suddenly, he stopped. "What happened here?" he exlaimed. "Someone decided to cut out my favorite log in all of Pisgah, totally Armageddon It! It's like a Run Riot up here now! Do they think they can just Tear It Down? It's my Personal Property! It'll never be the same!"

    "Oh, whatever," I replied. "Could you get over the log?"

    "Well, no," he admitted. "Only a Koerber could Klean it. But I was trying, and man, I was getting close. I could have done it someday! Darn it! I'm madder than a one-armed drummer in a rock band. May the Gods of War reign down all over Blue Ridge Adventures! I'll never ride this trail again!"

    "Unbelievable," I said. "You are so full of yourself. Let Me Be The One to tell you that Day After Day, Todd's no Demolition Man, and his crew do an amazing job out here, and by cutting out that one log they made this trail so much more sustainable. So Back In Your Face: Look how much better it drains now: It was beginning to Disintegrate, and now there's no Scar. If you think removing that one feature -- which wasn't a feature at all, by the way, but was created by happenstance when the wind blew that tree down, and caused a natural drainage problem -- ruins your trail experience, then you have a Long, Long Way To Go toward understanding trails. IMBA is not a Four Letter Word, though I know they've been Comin' Under Fire, and the trail is not Torn To Shreds. Now, don't Cry -- this trail will still put a huge smile on your face Everyday; you can still get your Rocks Off!"

    Samford allowed that was true, and said he felt a bit Guilty, so we continued on and crested the hill, turning right onto the connector. Gravity didn't disappoint, and soon we were at the gap and turning left onto the top of Laurel Mountain Trail. This is the so-called Gnome Trail, and Samford was visibly excited about reuniting with his kind. We rode for just a few hundred yards and stopped.

    "Aw, man," he said, "I'm sorry. We're early. There's no one else here. The party must not start until Tonight, Only After Dark."

    I looked at my watch. "Dude, I wish I could stay, but I've got a pregnant wife and a little girl waiting for me at home. I gotta' book."

    "That's OK," he replied. "I'll just hole up here for a bit. I'll Miss You in a Heartbeat, though -- thanks for the ride."

    I didn't want to leave him hanging, so I offered to leave him with my orange Onza toothbrush, just in case he got some Action.

    Then I said Goodbye, and turned and headed down my favorite descent in all of Pisgah -- let me tell you, Love Don't Lie, and cleaning the rock garden felt awesome, even with the changes. I headed back up SMR, and down Clawhammer, turning right onto Buckhorn Gap to finish out the ride. It was a great day To Be Alive, and I'm sure Samford will have some serious fun All Night!

    If you'd like to join him, Samford is on the Gnome Trail (top of Laurel Mountain Trail), just past the second tree blaze as you head toward the Parkway from Turkey Spring Gap. There's a jumble of moss-covered boulders on the uphill side of the trail, and Sam found a nice little niche next to a rock running perpendicular to the trail, halfway between the tree blaze and a big tree with a nice root-over. Happy hunting!











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    Wow,

    That is amazing. I didn't know there were so many Def Leppard songs.

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    I moved the gnome, Ill post pics and better description tomorrow, but..
    Samford is hanging out by a huge tree off the Laurel Mountain trail not too far from where he was picked up..
    Going west on Laurel (towards Pilot).
    Just past the where trail that connects Laurel to Slate comes in on the left, you will roll over a nice flat rock and the land on either side of the trail flattens out. Keep your eyes peeled for a very large and distinctive tree on your left. The tree is about 20 feet off the trail to the left.
    (*So i think this is called Sassafras Gap on the map, but Ive always called the next gap down the trail Sassafras Gap (where sassafras drops down to big creek off the right side)..just to add a little more confusion..)
    Sam is on the ground by the trunk, next to a geocache..the tree looks dead and has crazy mushrooms growing out of it! He's tucked in a little bit behind some bark, but he's looking pretty flashy with all his bling he's picked up. Should be easy to find, but Ill post pics tomorrow

    luv, limey

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    Quote Originally Posted by LimeyPerp View Post
    I moved the gnome, Ill post pics and better description tomorrow, but..
    Samford is hanging out by a huge tree off the Laurel Mountain trail not too far from where he was picked up..
    This is what I love about giving directions in Pisgah: "So, yeah, that tree on that trail that used to be on the right, but then it fell over, but then it got moved -- yeah, that one. That's where you turn left and head on this goat trail that really doesn't go anywhere until you see the big rock and you need to look to your left ..."

    Good on ya', Limey -- maybe Sam Koerber or Adam Craig will pick him up when they hit Laurel this Saturday?

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    although Im bike savvy, Im not so computer savvy

    So, I met the little runt sitting there under a log, I asked him his name and in a raspy voice he said Samford, S-A-M-F-O-R-D, Samford...
    (ok, I bow down before the creative genius behind the Def Leppard tribute/gnome game posting..I cant compete! So, here are just the plain simple facts from the day..)

    So I met up with Sam on Turkey Spring Gap..I dont do that hike between Laurel and Pilot nearly enough, thanks for the excuse!


    He said that he was quite content under that log, so I bribed him with a little cash and promised to not take him too far away. I had something to show him.

    I told Sam about a ride I went on a few years ago with a few beautiful ladies. We rode up Laurel Mountain and when taking a break before continuing down the trail to drop Sassafras, we stumbled upon a curious little jug tucked into a tree's trunk. I knew what it was right away! A geocache! Someone had placed it for others to find using GPS units. But its waay cooler to find them by accident. The jug had an entry log, but also trinkets for geocachers to trade out to have a momento of the find...Sam was in! He wanted to find the cache and the potential treasures that awaiting inside the jug.

    We rolled our way back down Laurel Mountain, with our eyes peeled for the cache. We knew we went a bit too far when we saw the trail that drops down to Pilot Cove...So, from that trail, we turned around. (going west on Laurel, towards Pilot).

    From the Pilot Cove connector trail, we rolled over a nice flat rock and the land on either side of the trail flattens out. Keep your eyes peeled for a very large and distinctive tree on your left. The tree is about 20 feet off the trail to the left.




    There it is! Just like I remember!

    Sam ripped open the top and looked through the contents..damn, no treasure! Oh well, we signed in on the log, traded out the party beads from some classier party beads.



    After all this hunting, Sam said he preferred to stay put by that tree.
    Sam is on the ground by the trunk, next to a geocache..the tree looks dead and has crazy mushrooms growing out of it! He's tucked in a little bit behind some bark, but he's looking pretty flashy with all his bling he's picked up. Should be easy to find!..
    My time with Sam was fun and adventurous. He's quite good company, I hope he doesnt spend all that cash in one place, gnomes are not known for their thrift.


    (*So i think the tree is at what the map calls Sassafras Gap, but Ive always called the next gap down the trail Sassafras Gap (where sassafras drops down to big creek off the right side)..just to add a little more confusion..)

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    Quote Originally Posted by LimeyPerp View Post
    (*So i think the tree is at what the map calls Sassafras Gap, but Ive always called the next gap down the trail Sassafras Gap (where sassafras drops down to big creek off the right side)..just to add a little more confusion..)
    I believe that is indeed Sassafras Gap. The social trail that is commonly called Sassafras is actually at Good Enough Gap.

    Nice find on the geocache! Over two years since the last find!
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    Quote Originally Posted by driftwood View Post
    Nice find on the geocache! Over two years since the last find!
    Well played sir! Sam's signature on the geocache is worth a pile of Def Leppard CDs!

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    Samford has moved to under the suspension bridge on North Mills River trail. Pictures to come later tomorrow.
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    So, as I was saying, last night on my wildly successful attempt at a group ride I stopped at Don't Look Back and picked up Samford for a little ride:



    I didn't have a pen (been a long time since I went geocaching) but I did drop a little pirate booty in the cache:



    From there we went on up Laurel headed for Big Creek. It being Wednesday we stopped for a drink or two along the way:



    This led to Samford insisting he was ready to ride the bike instead of just catching a free ride:



    Lets just say that didn't work out too well for him:



    I carried him the rest of the way and then left him to sleep it off under the suspension bridge on North Mills River:

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    I took Samford on a 4 hour tour

    of the North Mills River area. He's now on Fletcher Creek trail. If you're headed to the Reservoir Rd from the intersection of Spencer/Fletcher/Middle Fork Sam is on the left, behind this unique stump, before the short but annoying climb. More photos later.
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    OK, here are a few photos from that ride with Samford:
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    High on a mountain













    Could be hard to find. Lots of muggles about. Good luck!
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    He made it all the way to the top, huh? Something tells me Sam better get comfortable...

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    We're trying to break the stereotype that mountain bikers are lazy and worthless....

    To my surprise, fellow mountain bikers have weathered trails that potentially have the most stream crossings in Pisgah to retrieve Sam. These individuals were undeterred in our shennanigans. Bradley Creek, Riverside, and South Mills proved to be no match for the rugged outsoles of these individuals' clipless shoes. Throwing in Big Creek for good measure this weekend, we sought the other side of the spectrum. The misty and windy side. The exposed side. The "better not get vertigo" side. Sam's current perch requires commitment, determination, and a positive mental attitude.

    With that being said... he'll probably be up there for a week or two.
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    Quote Originally Posted by "CHIEF" View Post
    With that being said... he'll probably be up there for a week or two.
    Sam is on the move, stopped by the Pisgah Tavern today.....

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