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    Confessions of a trail gnome

    Today I decided on a gravel grinder in BC. I climbed Ledford to Boyd Branch and as I climbed Boyd, I noticed a LOT of cleaned up blow downs. Obviously the FS had been through and cleared the road. But then, just downhill from the picnic table, I find this: So me and my trusty gerber get to work. Dog helped too. And we made this: it's the best I could do with little time and a smaller saw. But it's rideable, at least from the uphill side. Later I found this: It wasn't much, but it was a cluster fock. So I cut it out. Some people don't believe in trail gnomes. But I know better, because I are one. I do this all the time. It's how I give back. How bout them apples.

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    speaking of gnomes..is Samford still M.I.A.?..I miss those posts.
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    Arrg! I expected this to be about the resurgence of Samford!

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    I was thinking Samford too.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Jeezus. Me thinks I will change the thread title. Sanford is fugging dead. And he never could do sh!t anyway. Ok?

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    Dammit. Can't change the title. I just didn't feel comfortable using the term "trail fairy". Though I did think about it.

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    You should have used "trail fairy".
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Confessions of a trail gnome

    I reckon I'd be joined by you if I did.

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    Confessions of a trail gnome

    I reckon my dog and I passed you and your dog today, that feller looks familiar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbmb65 View Post
    I reckon I'd be joined by you if I did.
    Maybe, I don't judge.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Maybe, I don't judge.
    No worries, I work better alone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbmb65 View Post
    No worries, I work better alone.
    Most fairies do.

    Unfortunately, a group of gnomes will probably come by and destroy your neat little trail feature.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    Most fairies do.

    Unfortunately, a group of gnomes will probably come by and destroy your neat little trail feature.
    Most likely just one "trail maintenance volunteer" and a chainsaw. They always do. So my "neat little trail feature" will surely be short lived.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pilgrimm View Post
    I reckon my dog and I passed you and your dog today, that feller looks familiar.
    Was this Tuesday? Or Monday?

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    Definition of Trail Steward:

    Trail stewards are trained volunteers who will monitor trail use. Their role is to provide a sense of security on the trails, enhance the publicís enjoyment of the trails and protect and enhance our image with the public. A trail steward is not a law enforcement officer. They encourage
    good riding habits by explaining trail usage policies and proper trail etiquette as well as maintaining and protecting the environment.


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    Quote Originally Posted by M-U-M View Post
    Definition of Trail Steward:

    Trail stewards are trained volunteers who will monitor trail use. Their role is to provide a sense of security on the trails, enhance the public’s enjoyment of the trails and protect and enhance our image with the public. A trail steward is not a law enforcement officer. They encourage
    good riding habits by explaining trail usage policies and proper trail etiquette as well as maintaining and protecting the environment.


    I've never seen one with a pointy hat.
    Well there you have it folks. They don't exist. At least not by PAS' definition,

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    Most fairies do.

    Unfortunately, a group of gnomes will probably come by and destroy your neat little trail feature.

    You mean, "neat little middle of a gravel road feature."
    He/she who works the trails does so in their own image.

    Speed just slows me down...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2bfluid View Post
    You mean, "neat little middle of a gravel road feature."
    And you know, with some hard work and patience, you could likely learn to ride it. Make some thing good happen.

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    You ever read a bunch of post and wonder if some of your IQ has just leaked out your brain... I do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mbmb65 View Post
    And you know, with some hard work and patience, you could likely learn to ride it. Make some thing good happen.
    Yo Gnomeo relax!

    Simply correcting KJ's quoted statement.

    It is in the middle of a gravel road, no?

    Welcome to the world of getting your trail work critiqued. Around here no good deed goes unpunished.


    Didn't want to mention that it looked ridable without the loose stack of sticks in front of it.


    Thanks for limbing it anyway.
    He/she who works the trails does so in their own image.

    Speed just slows me down...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2bfluid View Post
    Yo Gnomeo relax!

    Simply correcting KJ's quoted statement.

    It is in the middle of a gravel road, no?

    Welcome to the world of getting your trail work critiqued. Around here no good deed goes unpunished.


    Didn't want to mention that it looked ridable without the loose stack of sticks in front of it.


    Thanks for limbing it anyway.
    Uh huh. Make something better happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Desidus View Post
    You ever read a bunch of post and wonder if some of your IQ has just leaked out your brain... I do.

    As a matter of fact yes.

    I read yours and instant drop.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2bfluid View Post
    You mean, "neat little middle of a gravel road feature."
    So what if it is in a gravel road.
    Makes the gravel grinders that we are going to be doing a lot of because of all the rain a little more fun.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Well there you have it folks. They don't exist. At least not by PAS' definition

    Uh - that particular definition is from a 2007 off-road motorcycle forum. Maybe they got it from some bicycle group out west.

    I posted it as a compliment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by M-U-M View Post
    Well there you have it folks. They don't exist. At least not by PAS' definition

    Uh - that particular definition is from a 2007 off-road motorcycle forum. Maybe they got it from some bicycle group out west.

    I posted it as a compliment.
    Sorry MUM. My mistake. I misunderstood your post.

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    "Welcome to the world of getting your trail work critiqued. Around here no good deed goes unpunished."


    "Didn't want to mention that it looked ridable without the loose stack of sticks in front of it."



    I can't believe he stacked sticks in front to make it easier, complete dump down of what was a perfectly rideable up and over. (joke)

    With all seriousness now, this was on a gravel road and indeed the FS will clear the road to be able to drive vans and other FS vehicles on it. Bent Creek has 2 different FS management groups:

    -Experimental Forest staff: they manage the roads and timber resources. Bent Creek is mostly experiments having to do with re-foresting after timber projects.

    -Pisgah District staff: they manage the trails and recreation there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    So what if it is in a gravel road.
    Makes the gravel grinders that we are going to be doing a lot of because of all the rain a little more fun.
    Yeah, 2be. Nanny, nanny, na, na. 😳 Do someone better.

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    Re: Confessions of a trail gnome

    Yawn
    He/she who works the trails does so in their own image.

    Speed just slows me down...

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    Maybe you should get some rest. You sound tired.
    Last edited by mbmb65; 07-12-2013 at 12:06 PM.

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    It's OK - I'm used to being misunderstood.

    Now you're cast of steel and cast aside. Broken dreams maybe, but you haven't died

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    I would advise to not publicly admit to doing any sort of trail work, maintenance, or anything of that nature on USFS lands.

    At least one person who admitted to doing a little clearing on a trail was reported to the USFS by a pathetic mountain biker on a power trip. The USFS gave the trail gnome an official warning. Hard to believe that there are people out there who would do such a thing but some people really are that low down, stinking and rotten.

    That being said, even though the USFS will completely remove that tree eventually it is good that you trimmed it up. Nothing lasts.

    Keep up the good work
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    Quote Originally Posted by driftwood View Post
    I would advise to not publicly admit to doing any sort of trail work, maintenance, or anything of that nature on USFS lands.

    At least one person who admitted to doing a little clearing on a trail was reported to the USFS by a pathetic mountain biker on a power trip. The USFS gave the trail gnome an official warning. Hard to believe that there are people out there who would do such a thing but some people really are that low down, stinking and rotten.

    That being said, even though the USFS will completely remove that tree eventually it is good that you trimmed it up. Nothing lasts.

    Keep up the good work

    Ok, if USFS wants to be that way, than I won't pick up any more trash since that would technically be trail work.

    I get their reasoning, they don't want anyone getting hurt but in reality they need to cut the bull sh!t and that mountain biker on a power trip should be pummeled with punish blows to the knees so he can't ride or hike out there anymore.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    Ok, if USFS wants to be that way, than I won't pick up any more trash since that would technically be trail work.

    I get their reasoning, they don't want anyone getting hurt but in reality they need to cut the bull sh!t and that mountain biker on a power trip should be pummeled with punish blows to the knees so he can't ride or hike out there anymore.
    I think their reasoning has more to do with people disturbing sensitive arch/enviro sites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbmb65 View Post
    I think their reasoning has more to do with people disturbing sensitive arch/enviro sites.
    Based upon my own experience (I once worked loading live turkeys into cages for shipment), with all the incredibly dumb stuff people do witnessed by Forest Service Staff, it would follow they'd be numb to the tribulations of wounded guests.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 450VoltsDC View Post
    Based upon my own experience (I once worked loading live turkeys into cages for shipment), with all the incredibly dumb stuff people do witnessed by Forest Service Staff, it would follow they'd be numb to the tribulations of wounded guests.
    Given the litigious society in which we live, and the current norm of a complete lack of personal responsibility, I think the FS is very much concerned about wounded guests. Nonetheless, it's not the reasoning behind the restrictive maintenance regulations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbmb65 View Post
    I think their reasoning has more to do with people disturbing sensitive arch/enviro sites.
    Check

    But I think in this case, mother nature did the disturbing. lol
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    May be a little long but cuts like butter.
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    I use a gerber. It has a sliding blade that slides into the handle. It's small and compact and cuts well.

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    I use a Stihl....
    Won't fit in my pack. I tried.

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