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    Coolest encounter on a trail

    I was just thinking about an encounter I had a few years back at Hall Ranch in Boulder County. I was passed by a bunch of riders from a local bike shop (all had the same jersey) and then a tall guy on a 29er went past and I thought... that was Gary Fischer! I caught up with one of the guys at the back of the pack and asked "was that Gary Fischer?", he nodded yes and said that they where out on a shop ride with him. I caught up with Gary and the rest of the pack when they stopped briefly on the trail and rode past and hollered "Gary welcome to Boulder!", he smiled, waved and said thanks.

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    I met John Stamos in Telluride on a recumbent.

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    I met John Stamos in Telluride on a recumbent.
    That is almost bizzare - biking is a leveling field for most everyone, except maybe Ned Overland.

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    i met NASCAR driver carl edwards and rode up mt tam with him last summer.

    i got stung in the mouth by a meat-bee on the way down...

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    Every time I see him, he wants a selfie with me.

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    I was living in San Diego at the time of this encounter. Back in 2002' I was riding a red Intense bike and had just purchased a team color red and yellow long sleeve jersey. I went up to Orange County to ride the San Juan Trail. As I was climbing this 9 mile beast of a trail I stopped to rest. A group of about 4 guys came through all on Intense bikes and wearing jerseys similar to mine. They stopped and commented on my bike and jersey. We chatted for a few minutes. I then realized one of the guys was Jeff Steiber the founder designer and owner of Intense Cycles. The others were team riders to whom I couldn't tell you. But meeting Jeff was quite the pleasant experience. A super nice personable guy. It wasn't too surprising that I met them on that trail as Intense is located in Temecula not too far from the San Juan Trail. And I later learned that the team riders often practice on that trail.
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    So I shoot off all full of bravado, hit this wee booter - grabbing some air, then I land - leading into a greasy rut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoGoGordo View Post
    Every time I see him, he wants a selfie with me.

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    Who's that? I want to say it looks like Gary Fisher, but I'm not sure.

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    I met Tony Ellsworth in Moab and he checked out my ought three Turner Five Spot. Next he came out with the Moment, hmmm.

    Coolest was on a trail in Sedona. I came up to a particulary difficult climb and there was a large group of senior citizen hikers at the top. They waited and watched and I felt I had a about a 50/50 chance of making it. Having an audience was weird, but I cleaned it and received a standing ovation.
    I got some bad ideas in my head.

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    Deep woods of Louisiana, riding on a trail and came up on a group of stoned out of their mind, backwoods looking people playing zydeco music. Sounded good, but we where nowhere near civilization. They must have been walking and playing for a couple hours at least.
    "a hundred travel books isn't worth one real trip"

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    I came upon some youtubers doing their thing in the woods. They were doing some capoeira style stuff around a campfire at sundown. Was like 3 or 4 guys filming. I was just watching for a while, until the guy signaled to me that I can pass, and they apologized for the inconvenience, saying what they were doing. Didn't bother looking up their channel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dvXin View Post
    Who's that? I want to say it looks like Gary Fisher, but I'm not sure.
    Yes thats Gary.
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    Met W. on the trails once. Was a cool encounter. I'd seen him out there a few times before actually getting to meet him and talk shop.
    The best journeys answer questions that in the beginning, you didn't even think to ask

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    W., as in W. Bush, I'm presuming? Talking shop, with his SS all escorting him still?

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    Quote Originally Posted by otb-klunker View Post
    except maybe Ned Overland.
    My favorite Ned!


    I met Greg Lemond out on a ride once. He asked for trail directions and we pointed him the right way. He asked if we wanted to ride together for a bit and we took him up on it. I followed his wheel downhill and he didn't yield to any uphill riders. I didn't say anything.

    I think I met Billy Bob Thornton once, or some guy who looked and sounded just like him.

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    I run into pros/celebs often in SoCal... wouldn't consider them "cool" meetings, since they are often out on some agenda. It's cool that some just chill riding at your pace though, answering random questions like what do they like to eat, if going the same direction.

    I just remembered another thing... I ran into a nude photoshoot at the edge of an open lot. Didn't get to see anything "exciting", since the model was mimicking a riding position on a Harley-style bike, and I was being given the eye by one of the support staff, so I kept a generous distance away. Was just riding farm land fireroads at the time, exploring.

    Psst, Nat, I think you're supposed to F up the celeb's name a little, as the OP did. Seeing Gee Ankerton and Iron Gwinn at Fontana isn't anything too memorable, other than they sometimes do things mere mortals don't.

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    I was hiking with my wife in the North Shore mountains on a vacation once; wanted to show her some of the trails I'd ridden years ago. I was planning to rent a DH bike the next day and actually do some riding, since we traveled to Canada by train on that trip and I didn't have mine along.

    Anyway, we were hiking down Ladies Only and lo and behold, we stumbled across the MAN himself -- Todd Fiander (Digger) who not only built that trail, but most of the famous North Shore trails and pretty much was key in putting the NS on the scene. After some general pleasantries and shooting the bull, I told him I was going to come back the next day and ride his trail on a rental bike. Being the insanely cool guy he is, he said "Don't rent one -- I'll just leave my bike at one of the shops for you...take it all day if you want!" He gave me a business card with his phone number on it.

    The next day, I went to the shop he indicated (can't remember which one) -- and sure enough, he had left his bike for me. It was a Cannondale Gemini if I recall. Anyway, I spend that day shredding the 'Shore on Digger's personal bike. I'll never forget that...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis Bickle View Post
    I met Tony Ellsworth in Moab and he checked out my ought three Turner Five Spot. Next he came out with the Moment, hmmm.

    Coolest was on a trail in Sedona. I came up to a particulary difficult climb and there was a large group of senior citizen hikers at the top. They waited and watched and I felt I had a about a 50/50 chance of making it. Having an audience was weird, but I cleaned it and received a standing ovation.
    I guess you didn't know that Tony Ellsworth and Dave Turner are long time friends and only live a few miles from each other. There's not many secrets they keep from each other between their designs. I lived only a few miles from both.
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    So I shoot off all full of bravado, hit this wee booter - grabbing some air, then I land - leading into a greasy rut.

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    I think you're supposed to F up the celeb's name a little
    I c my mistake, I'm sure Gary is used to it by now

    My favorite Ned!
    Yes, he is amazing. I understand people often run into him on the trails in Durango, he's just another biker but he passes them on every hill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dvXin View Post
    W., as in W. Bush, I'm presuming? Talking shop, with his SS all escorting him still?
    Yup. He rides out at Rowlett Creek Preserve quite a bit (Well, not quite a bit, but at least a few times a year you can spot him out there). The SS is never far away from him. He's taken a ton of pics with folks from the area out there.
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    I saw a Kangaroo rat chase a snake up a tree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.B. Weld View Post
    I saw a Kangaroo rat chase a snake up a tree.
    LOL
    Awesome! Love those mini jumpers.
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    So I shoot off all full of bravado, hit this wee booter - grabbing some air, then I land - leading into a greasy rut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    LOL
    Awesome! Love those mini jumpers.

    I could hardly believe what I was seeing and thought that maybe I accidentally swallowed some peyote until I noticed that the snakes flickering "tongue" was actually a rats tail. Momma rat couldn't climb but refused to give up, repeatedly attempting to jump to the limb 6 ft. off the ground. The snake was about 5 feet long. Nothing on earth is braver than a mother defending her child.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    There's not many secrets they keep from each other between their designs.

    It sure seems like Dave kept a few secrets about how to treat customers and make good bikes...

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    I got some bad ideas in my head.

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    Evel Knievel, sizing up maybe a 30 foot road gap. I asked him, "Are you really going try it, are you crazy, why, Evel, why?"

    He looked at me and said"You know who the hell I am?"

    Out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joules View Post
    It sure seems like Dave kept a few secrets about how to treat customers and make good bikes...
    Well that's a broad statement away from the topic at hand. Apparently I missed a Turner revolt in recent years.
    Quote Originally Posted by targnik View Post
    So I shoot off all full of bravado, hit this wee booter - grabbing some air, then I land - leading into a greasy rut.

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    I had another interesting encounter on the same trail at Hall Ranch (lower bitterbrush). The bottom is pretty technical and has several decent size rock ledges that take some work to climb up. I was working my way up and a guy on an offroad unicycle came up behind me, I stopped and moved aside and watched him grab the seat and hop up several ledges and keep on rolling. I was dumb founded, he was clearing stuff on one wheel that I was struggling with on two. Now that I think about it, might have been actually cooler than seeing Gary Fisher on the trail .

    That trail is also the only trail I have ever had a rattlesnake strike at me...

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    I saw a massive grey wolf the other day. Right in the middle of the trail. I came to a quick and silent stop. He looked at me in a menacing way, turned and walked off. I went for the phone/camera, but he was long gone by then. (It was in my Camelbak).

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    some for real encounters:

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    1. Mission Trails about 5;15 am, you gotta ride early when married, I am grinding up Jackson fire road and I see several large rabbits ahead , in no way could you call them bunnys, and they start jumping--straight up in the air. They were like pogo sticks jumping at least 8 feet in the air as they went up the fire road. I stopped and watched until they dispersed on their own.
    2. Cuyamaca, west side trail, I rip around a bend and come face-to-face with a wild turkey hen with chicks. she makes all kinds of racket and flaps and then the chicks fly straight up into a tree. I am 2-3 feet from them. I was reaching for my camera when I thought, "I a aout to get my arse kicked" and i rode on.
    3. Cuyamaca Grand Loop, hotter than heck summer, layers of sunscreen on, inlcuding zinc oxide all over my lips. Grinding up a fire road a Hummingbird flys right up to my lips and hovers for that split secod, mistaking them for a flower.

    People:
    1. Sunrise Highway, we had justfinished a day playing around the BLT network and decided, as a man ought to do of his own accord, to drive up the highway to scout for future rides. Who am I to judge another man's ride? (Y'all withou sin may cast the first stone.). But instead we find a group of guys jumping and waving their arms and they are all just wearing shorts and t shirts. We pull over and they tell us they are Ultra Marathoners and had just made their way from the desert floor and 50+ miles of running down there. Although undoubtedly fit, they looked more like prisoners of war who had just been rescued. We always travelled with gallons of water in the Element on our excursions and gave them all we had. Apparently whoever was supposed to drop off water for them did not or put it in the wrong spot, etc...It was like a rescue celebration, and it impressed upon me the image of joy and suffering at the same time. They are interesting guys to talk to and somewhat obsessed with what they are doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis Bickle View Post
    Coolest was on a trail in Sedona. I came up to a particulary difficult climb and there was a large group of senior citizen hikers at the top. They waited and watched and I felt I had a about a 50/50 chance of making it. Having an audience was weird, but I cleaned it and received a standing ovation.
    Similar here. A group camera crazy Euros in a Pink Jeep cheering me on as I dropped into Chicken Point at speed.

    Then there was the time I was riding the McKenzie River Trail and rolled up on three naked girls in the forest on a blanket with a bong. I hung out for a while.
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    I was just finishing up a trail run. Went to the parking lot and my parking neighbor had left all the arms of their trunk rack splayed out, blocking my car's exit from the spot.

    I stopped for a second, looked around at the tourists with their copious amounts of tools, pumps, spare wheels, padding and hydration spread out like a yard sale. No obvious culprits. I walked towards the door of my car to let the dog get in.

    Some guy comes running up from out of nowhere and starts folding all the arms in.

    "Dude! I am SO sorry. I totally forgot to put those back up! Have a great day!"

    People not being douchebags make my day.

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    I was riding years ago at Snow Summit, mid week in the summer and came across Tinker Juarez on a training ride. Cool dude.

    As for wildlife, rode by a bear in whistler (slowly backed away and luckily it was busy eating berries). Saw a mountain lion pacing back and forth on the trail at Whiting ranch in So-cal, saw a bobcat and a fox there too. I also had a red tail hawk dive bomb my head when I was on the edge of a canyon. It sounded like a rocket coming right at me!

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    ok, here is a weird one and a first for me. This past winter on a night right I was pushing thru a skinny section and came across these 2 guys performing some serious tug of war action on this earthworm who was locked deep in the earth...

    Team effort? forced overtake? I dunno but I have a several minute long video, eventually one let go and the other hung in there. Persistent bugger, after watching for a while I left him alone to battle on.

    East Bay Newts in action like never before..

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