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    BLASPHEMY!

    I get my legs broken off REPEATEDLY.
    Drowned.
    Molested by a H8R.
    Smothered by a bunch of sh1t that you humans think I like. I'm not a damn Geocache!
    Left out in the wild all busted up!
    And now you want to replace me! Go ahead, I'll crush him.

    Why don't you break your legs off and see how long it takes to have them properly mended.
    Rehab sucks.

    I'll be back, beatches!

    All this excitement is making me light headed, I'm going to gimp my ass back to bed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samford View Post
    BLASPHEMY!
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    Allright 'Samford' We need a verification of your identity. Let's see a photo of you with today's date written on a piece of paper. 12/04/11.
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    Way to go LimeyPerp! That's right Samford, Life goes on without you. bosey bosey bop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PisgahWorks View Post
    Way to go LimeyPerp! That's right Samford, Life goes on without you. bosey bosey bop.
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    PisgahWorks, LimeyPerp:

    Pisgah Gnome purists will accept no substitutions!!! You wanna hide another gnome, then start another thread! This thread is "Adventures With the Pisgah Gnome", and the Pisgah Gnome is SAMFORD... It appears that Samford has risen from the dead (or the lost) and will be communicating with us again soon... Come back and play, Sam--we'll treat you better this time!

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    Who said anything about hiding it? ...Samford and Son.
    Think about something that feels good.

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    Proof!
    Here is a shot of my rescuers.
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    How bout a picture of smothered and broken me.
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    Another of what the doctors had to work with.
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    A couple during the surgery.
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    A shot of my insides.
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    My Uncle Zeek and Aunt Candy. I'm recovering at their place. I told them that you guys
    are bikers also.
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    Great to hear from you, Samford...

    ...but that colonoscopy shot looks rough--what are the docs saying?? Looks like the legs are mending well--much better than the trail-side stitching I did. How much longer will you hang out with Zeek & Candy? Hope to see you back at DSRF soon!
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    Well,

    It's official. Joe and I were the last to see the little guy and we left him with the LSU Koozie. So.... he is indeed in someone's care. I'm sure where ever he is he's being looked after well. Hope you come through surgery well, little buddy.

    Miss you
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    Greatest Thread on MTBR... Glad Samford is on the mend!

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    I almost cried with joy upon reading Samford's posts. Way better than any Hallmark channel Christmas movie!


    The longer the ride - the better the pain

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    Yeah baby!

    Once you've had Gnome, you won't wanna go home!

    Speaking of joy.
    While I was out, my uncle took my busted up gun to a gun smith.
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    Oh baby, now that's a proper double popper.
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    Nice Gun Work!!

    Oh, yeah! With the shorter barrel and stock, maybe the gun won't get all bent up again. Hope you're healthy and back in the woods soon!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrailZen View Post
    Oh, yeah! With the shorter barrel and stock, maybe the gun won't get all bent up again.

    TZ
    A sawed-off shotgun and a renewed belligerent attitude...I think we have more to fear now than mere convience.

    What if Samford becomes the vigilante Pisgah gnome.
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    Does Sam call that his boom stick?
    BS'ing less, riding more.

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    Sorry no Samford at Warriors but if I run across the little guy I'll make sure he's returned safely.

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    Hey, Sully's got a shovel! I hope he's not been out dumbing down trails with that PAS bunch.
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    @ mater, It's a double barrel so "Boom Boom Stick"

    @ logover, I know Sully. He comes to the Gnome Gatherings, along with all the other forest Gnomes who care for the forest and the creatures who live in it.

    @ bikedogs, I'm safe. The only time I've been unsafe is at the hands of a few of you humans.

    @ goose, Make up you mind, does PAS dumb down trails or don't they. I have a trail tool, but dumbing down trails is not what we do. Water on the trail is bad news. The PAS trail volunteers seem to be in line with that. The more help we have the better. It's all about the trail, not the petty humans who use them.
    We might add a feature to the trail to get your attention, but it's all in good fun...... for us.

    BTW, The Doc says I'm doing fine, and I should be out soon.

    @ chick and perp, Sorry about my rudeness. It must've been the pain medicine. Look me up when I get back in the woods and we can "talk" some more. The H8TR left a bad taste in my mouth.

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    I agree, take it easy on the PAS, they are volunteers spending time working on the trails when they could be riding. I know for a fact they use the same guidlines IMBA teaches for trail sustainability. What you may consider "dumbing down" the trails may indeed be what saves that trail from water damage and erosion. It might be fun now but 2 or 3 years down the road it might suck so bad you might start skipping that trail if nothing was done. I always tell people that ride in our area that if you don't like what's being built come to the workdays, help out and give your thoughts and input on what you would like to see happen.

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    Damit-all Samford...I'd a thought my sarcasm was plainly obvious. Clearly all the trama you've experienced lately has cost you that playful nature we all loved about you so much.

    But anyway, I'll roll my eye's one more time for you.....
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    Fair weather gnome?

    Hey Samford,
    What gives? You scared of the cold and wet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie Dingle View Post
    Hey Samford,
    What gives? You scared of the cold and wet?
    Eddie
    Yeah--what he said!! Listen up--your legs are repaired, your gun is repaired, and you've had plenty of time to throw back some egg nogs and cookies. When do you plan to get back in the woods? You waiting on Christmas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrailZen View Post
    Yeah--what he said!! Listen up--your legs are repaired, your gun is repaired, and you've had plenty of time to throw back some egg nogs and cookies. When do you plan to get back in the woods? You waiting on Christmas?

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    You know the old saying " Slow as Christmas"........

    Maybe Santa will bring him some long-johns and a down sweater.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie Dingle View Post
    Hey Samford,
    What gives? You scared of the cold and wet?
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    Yeah, I don't get it either. Come back out and play. Nobody likes a lame gnome.
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    @ Dingle
    You probably know a thing or two about being cold.

    @ Zen
    For someone pushing Zen, you sure do rattle my chain a lot.

    @ Woody
    Slow? Get back on that fancy bike man.

    @ Drifty
    On your blog, you over did it, and came out lame. I know what lame feels like.

    @ Everyone
    Patience, Christmas is a very busy season for us Gnomes.

    Uncle Zeek said that I squint too much, so he gave me a rad pair of shades.
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    I guess you guys did not get the memo that he has been busy with a film. All that Bike Mag. Exposure really helped his career.

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    Samford,

    Going for a bike ride, great advice for all of us.

    Unfortunately, the weather later has been a wee bit "Scottish" so local mountain biking is not the best of ideas. You look like you may have a bit of Celtic blood in you mate, no?

    I had the opportunity to visit the homeland in 2009 and ride many of the trails in Scotland and Wales. Unbelievably awesome trail systems across the pond, they are 10 years ahead of us.
    Was in Scotland 10 days and it rained each and everyday, but I got to ride every day with no tread damage due to the all weather trails at the ride centers:

    7stanes - 7stanes Mountain Biking Scotland l Mountain bike trails l Borders l Dumfries and Galloway

    We had good weather in the Lake Country of England and a week in Wales and the trails were again awesome. It was great visiting Coed-y-Brennin and checking out the great work work of my friend Dafydd Davis.

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    We could learn a lot from the builders across the pond, they are building great trail that can weather the weather (great pun) and provides excellent riding no matter how wet (it does rain a bit over there- many places over 150" per year).

    The key there is that government is really investing in trails and see them as a great economic driver for the rural areas of the country. In fact Dafydd was given an award by the Queen for his work saving the local economies through his trail building efforts. He loves to tell stories of "when I got gonged by Lizzie".

    Here in NC, the FS is not likely to step up and fund the level of trail excellence I saw when over. We do have the right ingredients of beautiful landscapes and plenty of rock (especially in DuPont) for lots of rock armoring and tread hardening techniques that would allow us to go play in the woods even after big rain events and snow. it will however be up to us in the riding community to make that happen here locally. Perhaps a little less time opinionating on MTBR and more volunteer trail work for all of us would help get our trails heading in the direction we all want to see: more sustainable with less impacts on the natural resources (including water and soil) but not sterile.

    Hope to see you soon back out on the trail mate, perhaps at a 2012 trail work day.

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    So where's Samford? I don't know where he's hiding out but I do know this...we're not the only ones being led on a wild gnome chase. The bikers in Florida have the same problem. It seems ill tempered gnomes playing hide and seek with mtnbikers might be a southeastern, possibly national, hell...even global problem. While riding the Florida Greenways near Santos lately we came upon this little trouble-maker. Says he's never heard of Pisgah or Samford but admits he likes to hide from bikers and be a general nuisance.

    Coincidence or conspriacy?

    Pisgah Forest NC

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    Oh Goose, don't be so paranoid. I don't blame that gnome for hiding from those Florida riders, I do the same here.

    I almost got out today, but I had to wait on my new trail tool. The one I had was lost during my rescue. With all the maintenance needed on our trails, I couldn't get out without it.
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    I've also been working on how to carry all of this other stuff you humans think I need.
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    Woods, finally!

    It was good to get back out in the woods today!

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    But I left my bundle of stuff hanging on a branch up the trail from me.

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    I should've clipped it onto my base.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Samford View Post
    It was good to get back out in the woods today!

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    I should've clipped it onto my base.
    So, is Samford back in the woods? Dupont? Pisgah? or back under a roof?
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    Whatup E?

    I figured Zen or Goose would be chomping at the bit, oh well. I guess I know now who really loves me.

    Yes I'm in Dupont and I'm kinda under a roof.......... of stone.

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    So if you happen this way, look for my stuff first.
    Take a right at this pile of rocks,

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    and look for this pile of rocks,

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    Line up a compass as shown and look for my stuff hanging on a branch.

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    Then head back to the first pile and head East to look for me.
    Don't forget my trail tool. I couldn't hold it in my hands where I'm standing.

    -Just a few reminders-
    Be gentle with me.
    Please remove whatever I'm holding in my hands before transport.
    Don't try and remove my shades.
    Please hook my gear onto the loop at my base when I get to the new location.
    I don't have to wear everything I own all at once. Pick something, or nothing, and the next human can change it, or not.
    The necklass has room for more trinkets.
    The snuff can is great at holding small stuff.
    Not only is the coozy good at holding a beer, it holds other things including my trail tool and bandana.
    No more prolonged underwater adventures.
    Cars make me sick, Horseback, bike, hike, or in your girlfriends shorts are all OK.

    That's all for now.
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    I'm chomping, but I'm also trying to get new flooring down in my kitchen, and it's been raining like hell today... Maybe tomorrow!

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    The weather up here today was a lot nicer today

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    than it was the other day.

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    I wonder what tomorrow has in store.
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    Samford,

    I was out in DuPont yesterday flagging out upcoming SORBA trail project. My apologies for not stoping my your camp for a visit, was focused and busy (and forgot you were hanging out in DuPont for a while). Perhaps you can join us on the workday and test out your new trail tool, it looks like a realy nice custom McLoud.

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    ... and if we just ...

    Since Samford has a trail tool now is he gonna be bringing all the trails down to the "Gnome" standard. Should we go ahead and start 'Haten' On Him because he is dumbing down the trails?
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    he is not a affiliated with the ttb or pas in any way ... so no worries

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    @ crusty and enuts
    How bout next time your bike needs some maintenance, just skip it, and see how far you get on that wisdom.
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    Trails need maintenance? Wow I never knew that. I thought little creature came out @ night and did the work.
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    Yo, part of this "lets play a game where we relocate Samford from one location to another via hike or bike" is that you actually come out and do it!

    Adventures with the Pisgah Gnome-g-011112-2.jpg

    For those of you who still can't figure out where I'm at, here is another clue.
    It's the highest point in Dupont!

    So slap some chamois cream on your little mangina's, and get up here. Don't forget my gear hanging in the tree.

    Samford
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    Samford,

    I had no idea the "higest spot in DuPont" was also a "hot spot" with wireless internet so we could post updates to Facebook and MTBR.

    Is that a trail tool you are holding or really some top secret antenia commications device?

    Hope to meet you soon.

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    The gnome is out and about!

    Went on an adventure today looking for the Gnome. He always seems to get me to go places I've never been before. So, it was off to the top of Stone Mtn, in Dupont SRF. We rode from the parking lot a ways and then ditched our bikes and hiked to top. Me and joe were just getting to a good sitting spot when he noticed this:
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimimeg/6722472381/" title="IMAG1046 by jimimeg, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7020/6722472381_b883b0494d.jpg" width="299" height="500" alt="IMAG1046"></a>
    Back at the top I was taking "Scenic Photos" when good ol' Samford comes walking (wtf!) up to us.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimimeg/6722488891/" title="IMAG1058 by jimimeg, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7146/6722488891_ba33b95c54.jpg" width="500" height="299" alt="IMAG1058"></a>
    Wow! "Hey, how are you doing?" I asked.
    "Recuperating well," he says. The Operation on his legs was a huge success he said. "Uncle Zeek took pretty good care of me. Even if he did leave me in pieces for a while."
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimimeg/6722543267/" title="IMAG1054 by jimimeg, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7169/6722543267_e339811b00.jpg" width="299" height="500" alt="IMAG1054"></a>
    I couldn't believe it. He was looking so good. The last time we had seen him his legs were totally crushed, and we were seriously worried about the guy. He was chipper, and up and about, though, so I guess all was good.

    "Hey, let's get off the top of this cold rock!" He exclaimed. Joe and I couldn't have agreed more. Ready to Go ?
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimimeg/6722483313/" title="IMAG1059 by jimimeg, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7026/6722483313_6f542238d4.jpg" width="299" height="500" alt="IMAG1059"></a>
    We hiked down from the top, got to our bikes and bombed down Rocky Ridge. The Gnome hollered when we hit that big jump right in the middle of the trail. Fast, fun, scary.

    We rode some road, then a few more singletracks.

    Before we finally took a break at some falls.
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    Samford told us some more about his recovery as we all shared a beer. He made it sound like there was a lot involved in getting him "back together." "It took many operations, and skilled, patient hands," he said.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimimeg/6722493617/" title="IMAG1063 by jimimeg, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7001/6722493617_a02cf63260.jpg" width="500" height="299" alt="IMAG1063"></a>
    We chatted more about winter and the woods.
    Sam remarked that "The water is so cold, but also very clear." He wasn't in a hurry to go in though.
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    After a while longer we decided it was getting late, and time to get moving. Samford let us know he was staying around there for a while. He crossed over the creek and found himself a nice home in the rocks.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimimeg/6722510681/" title="IMAG1067 by jimimeg, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7028/6722510681_3a9fb9ef5a.jpg" width="299" height="500" alt="IMAG1067"></a>
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    We waved good bye as we left and noticed Samford had left his gear on the other side of the creek. "Don't worry about it," he said. "I'll get it later!"
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    And off we went, leaving in his new rock cave home.
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    The scenery it is a changin'

    I had to get out for a birthday ride and wanted to avoid the slop so off to Dupont I went with my neighbor. We were riding the cross machines today so we decided to keep it high and dry and started over on the Rich side of the forest (but actually not IN the forest). Not everybody is rich over there though, a few of the houses could certainly use a buck or two in maintenance.

    There's a nice bit of single-track trail up there in the far east of Dupont. Not too many folks seem to travel that way. But we'll be back for sure. And if you want to play with Samford you'll have to find that single track yourself.

    We made it over the top through some nice switchbacks and wiggly bits and then down, down, down like we were shot out of a Cannon, Rocking our way to the pavement. Then through the Buck Forest parking lot and into Dupont again. Sam remembered that Samford was down the grassy creek and maybe he wanted some visitors today. I figured that was a good idea and since I'd heard it was good luck to kiss a gnome on your birthday I was up for it. We motored right over to Grassy Creek Falls and after a bit of scouting we heard Samford a hollerin'. With all the rain we've had he was having a tough time getting across the creek to his supplies and he asked Sam if perhaps he could get a lift over. Fetching him out of his gnome-cave was no easy feat.

    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/35482977?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" width="400" height="300" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/35482977">Getting Samford</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user1577871">Zeb Ridn29s</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>

    Getting across the water was an tricky task too.
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    We told Samford about the nice single-track up on the ridge and he said he'd like a change of scenery, especially somewhere a bit more out of the way since since some folks who found him the other day swiped his dang his trail tool.


    So, off we went back the way we came. Samford was pretty impressed with the big rocks we saw on our way back.

    But he also kept an eye on the trail because Sam can ride pretty fast sometimes.

    Up near the top of that single-track Samford spotted an out of the way mossy rock and asked to be dropped off.

    If you look closely you can see his wee little green cap....

    We hoisted his orange flag so he'd have a point of reference if he wanted to explore a bit and then we headed back to the car. You can see the flag right in the middle of the picture and it's much more visible in real life than here on the internet.


    There are some more Samford-like spots quite near where he is, but he said he preferred it that way since nearer to the trail he might be encountered by some of the locals who might not know what to do with a gnome. There's some nice twisty and rocky sections right at the top and he's just past there if you are headed into Dupont.



    X marks the spot


    Oh yeah, I asked him about a good-luck kiss before I left and he said I could kiss his ass. I told him to be careful what he wished for 'cause he just might get it.

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    Perhaps you mean the far WEST of Dupont ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimimeg View Post
    Perhaps you mean the far WEST of Dupont ?
    I must have been looking at the map upside down
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    Relay: Part One

    Today started with the Goose picking up his wheel at the hub and Sam asking him what are you up to today. Goose said that he and I were going for a gravel grinder in Dupont and might pick up Samford. Sam said that Jimi had the same plan. So the race was on.

    We started from Corn Mill Shoals parking area and headed towards Samford with no delay.

    X does mark the spot.
    Adventures with the Pisgah Gnome-012412-005s.jpg

    There you are.
    Adventures with the Pisgah Gnome-012412-008s.jpg

    Just hanging out on this green carpet.
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    So we loaded him up in a hurry. We weren't the only ones out looking for him.
    Adventures with the Pisgah Gnome-012412-014s.jpg

    We did leave a note for the other searcher.
    Adventures with the Pisgah Gnome-012412-013s.jpg

    We then headed out towards Rich Mtn Road, just in case someone else was coming up behind us. We were going to loop back towards the Quarry. But to our surprise, we run into Jimi coming in from Rich Mtn. What a surprise! Our first question was, what are you doing riding your road bike on single track.....

    That's when Samford said: Why not make this a relay, fat tire meets skinny. I would sure like to go into town for some supplies and cheap women. Maybe I can find my trail tool there.
    Adventures with the Pisgah Gnome-012412-017s.jpg

    So the pass was made, and Samford was road bound.
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    The Pisgah Gnome does Brevard ! Day 1

    Well the race was indeed on.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimimeg/6760246217/" title="Handoff1 by jimimeg, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7144/6760246217_c28b4cb2f1.jpg" width="500" height="299" alt="Handoff1"></a>
    Worried about whoever might be coming for us; Samford and I rocketed down Rich Mtn road and proceeded to ride into town on 276.

    He then had me stop at this spot.:
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimimeg/6760226363/" title="Prove it2 by jimimeg, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7143/6760226363_56ede2927f.jpg" width="299" height="500" alt="Prove it2"></a>
    He wanted to go inside and ask the guy to prove it ! I told him we needed to keep moving, and he reluctantly agreed.

    We rolled into town and i suggested lunch and Samford suggested beer so, it was straight to Celito Lindo. Grandes and burritos were had.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimimeg/6760229415/" title="CielitoLindo1 by jimimeg, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7155/6760229415_ebc12c8b30.jpg" width="500" height="299" alt="CielitoLindo1"></a>

    Samford even offered to pick up the check!
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimimeg/6760223561/" title="I'll get the Check by jimimeg, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7159/6760223561_02eaab0c3c.jpg" width="299" height="500" alt="I'll get the Check"></a>
    "If you're gonna be my taxi service for a day then I'll put fuel in your tank!" Thanks little buddy.

    We then went over to say hi to Baker Bill at Bracken Mtn Bakery The gnome was bouncing all around that place after a Mocha Swirl and Bill threatened to make Gnome bread out of him.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimimeg/6760265439/" title="Gnome Bread ? by jimimeg, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7034/6760265439_6c747457ed.jpg" width="500" height="299" alt="Gnome Bread ?"></a>


    We then visited Brevard College. Samford said it had been "ages" since he'd last been on the Campus.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimimeg/6760222385/" title="BCSwing by jimimeg, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7032/6760222385_55f0f45735.jpg" width="500" height="299" alt="BCSwing"></a><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimimeg/6760236735/" title="BCArt2 by jimimeg, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7171/6760236735_65b44f4b74.jpg" width="500" height="299" alt="BCArt2"></a>

    We wandered around Brevard for a while picking various supplies and sundries. Stopping to check out some of the local flair on the way.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimimeg/6760218061/" title="Elk by jimimeg, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7152/6760218061_6a990fdcd9.jpg" width="299" height="500" alt="Elk"></a>

    His Gnomeness then announced we should go Jordan Street for a beer.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimimeg/6760244255/" title="Jordan Street 3 by jimimeg, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7151/6760244255_9c95ab0c60.jpg" width="500" height="299" alt="Jordan Street 3"></a>
    Unfortunately they weren't open yet. So I suggested we roll on into The Pisgah Tavern, and he promptly replied "why aren't we there yet?" Yes sir, your taxi awaits. We rolled out the three miles in no time at all.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimimeg/6760262795/" title="The Pisgah Tavern by jimimeg, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7005/6760262795_af25c71781.jpg" width="299" height="500" alt="The Pisgah Tavern"></a>

    After the tavern visit I asked the Gnome what we should do next. "Lets go relax at your place for a bit and get cleaned up. A shower would be great!" "Good Idea, I've got some Cold Mountain stashed there;" I told him.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimimeg/6760253405/" title="Cold Mountain with Jimi by jimimeg, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7035/6760253405_13aa8b5b60.jpg" width="500" height="299" alt="Cold Mountain with Jimi"></a>
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimimeg/6760515195/" title="Shower3 by jimimeg, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7141/6760515195_a58575ac68.jpg" width="299" height="500" alt="Shower3"></a><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimimeg/6760512911/" title="Shower5 by jimimeg, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7168/6760512911_a87093fcdb.jpg" width="299" height="500" alt="Shower5"></a>
    "Make sure you get behind your ears" I told him. "Get the hell out of here with that camera" he told me!

    After our rest break we head into downtown about 8:30 and went straight to Jordan Street.
    Samford thought the service was great: "and entertainin'!
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimimeg/6760264189/" title="What are You having ? by jimimeg, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7171/6760264189_aca348c2c9.jpg" width="299" height="500" alt="What are You having ?"></a><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimimeg/6760220307/" title="Jordan Street8 by jimimeg, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7015/6760220307_1e35095ef9.jpg" width="299" height="500" alt="Jordan Street8"></a>

    After a couple beers Samford made his way around the bar talking to people.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimimeg/6760215839/" title="Jordan street8 by jimimeg, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7160/6760215839_9891536b24.jpg" width="299" height="500" alt="Jordan street8"></a><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimimeg/6760234521/" title="Jordan street5 by jimimeg, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7155/6760234521_4ae082a294.jpg" width="500" height="299" alt="Jordan street5"></a>


    After chatting with everybody at Jordan Street Samford wanted to know where else we could get a beer. I suggested the Irish Pub, Dugan's. "I fancy a trip to the Pub," he said in his best Irish accent. It wasn't a very good one, though. And on we went.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimimeg/6760249287/" title="Dugan's1 by jimimeg, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7029/6760249287_7301c21d55.jpg" width="299" height="500" alt="Dugan's1"></a><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimimeg/6760213351/" title="Dugan's2 by jimimeg, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7147/6760213351_1c80da4108.jpg" width="299" height="500" alt="Dugan's2"></a>
    Samford was making friends again, just as easy as ever.
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    He even got a treat from Sarah. "That's great pack food, thanks a bunch!" he told her.
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    We headed over to my place after that.
    Samford insisted on having a few more. Pretty much until he passed out.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimimeg/6760356819/" title="drunk2 by jimimeg, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7003/6760356819_49c55e3b4d.jpg" width="299" height="500" alt="drunk2"></a>
    I just left him there to sleep it off.

    Somehow, though, that's not where he was in the morning!?
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimimeg/6760359389/" title="morning1 by jimimeg, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7012/6760359389_6ed8cec4b0.jpg" width="299" height="500" alt="morning1"></a>
    Heey, what are you doing in my bed?

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    Glad to see he found his "tool". A tool-less gnome is trouble looking to happen.
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    The Pisgah Gnome goes home!

    The Pisgah Gnome goes home! aka The Pisgah Gnome does Brevard - Day 2 aka The Relay Part 3

    Well, Samford had enjoyed his time at Dupont State (Recreational) Forest. He had also greatly enjoyed his visit to Brevard. "I sure miss some of those people" he said. Brevard had been kind to the Gnome over the years. But he let me know in no uncertain terms he was ready to be back in Pisgah for the winter, or what was left of it.

    The day started with the prepping of gear. Both The Gnome and I getting our stuff together, together. Mine was just for another day's ride, his was for the next two to six months, or however long it would be before he stopped for supplies, or got through town again.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimimeg/6763404247/" title="Survival3 by jimimeg, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7141/6763404247_ee45b6e4fe.jpg" width="299" height="500" alt="Survival3"></a><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimimeg/6763407725/" title="Survival2 by jimimeg, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7012/6763407725_31849a2d6b.jpg" width="500" height="299" alt="Survival2"></a>

    We looked over the map for quite a while before the Samford deciced on a good spot for a Dropoff.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimimeg/6763411097/" title="Map1 by jimimeg, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7010/6763411097_8323539ff6.jpg" width="299" height="500" alt="Map1"></a><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimimeg/6763398185/" title="Map2 by jimimeg, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7170/6763398185_51cd97babb.jpg" width="500" height="299" alt="Map2"></a>

    We left the house and entered the forest. Down by the river we spotted this little Gnome Home, but Samford decided it was too close to the road.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimimeg/6763413601/" title="Leantto3 by jimimeg, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7011/6763413601_131f699451.jpg" width="299" height="500" alt="Leantto3"></a>

    We continued on to our original destination. After a ways further we crossed the river. Then we climbed quite a bit of Singletrack and I thought we would never reach the top. When we finally did get up to that first knob Samford said "Ok, jimi. That's far enough." he could tell my legs were spent from all those road miles of the day before.

    We shared a beer and enjoyed the grand view for quite a while.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimimeg/6763402975/" title="View3 by jimimeg, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7009/6763402975_8dff0d1ef6.jpg" width="299" height="500" alt="View3"></a><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimimeg/6763416055/" title="View1 by jimimeg, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7030/6763416055_686329720a.jpg" width="500" height="299" alt="View1"></a>

    We hung his goodie bag and Cache in a nice fir tree while we built him some good accomodations.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimimeg/6763394989/" title="Fir1 by jimimeg, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7150/6763394989_5d457d898e.jpg" width="299" height="500" alt="Fir1"></a>

    If you see the leaf pile in these pictures:
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimimeg/6763503907/" title="view by jimimeg, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7007/6763503907_a90178b19a.jpg" width="299" height="500" alt="view"></a><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimimeg/6763419987/" title="LeanTo1 by jimimeg, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7160/6763419987_c248261ca9.jpg" width="299" height="500" alt="LeanTo1"></a>

    You may get to see this:
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimimeg/6763418129/" title="Leanto2 by jimimeg, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7022/6763418129_77b0d0a123.jpg" width="299" height="500" alt="Leanto2"></a>
    Samford chilin' in his latest forest home.

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    Take me to Turkey Pen!!!

    Samford was on the move today. I grabbed him up from where Jimi had dropped him yesterday then continued up the hill. The route was going to take him over to Avery Creek but he was a crabby SOB today and kept saying Turkey Pen! Turkey Pen! rather loudly in my ear. I was game until the hail started. I was full of excuses: hail, not enough food, not enough 'supplies' but he was insistent and like a zombie I kept climbing all the way to Turkey Pen Gap trail. I told him that rain and hail were not my thing and that I was done and I dropped my bike. I walked in Turkey Pen Gap trail 100 steps. I turned left and walked up the hill 50 steps and dropped his gear. I then walked another 25 steps, uphill, and stashed him behind a big tree.
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