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Old 03-31-2014, 08:33 AM   #1
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Rope across the trail and broken bottles on the ground...

Decided to head N on Sunday afternoon instead of hanging out with the good folks from Pasco County. I found an interesting spot just east of US 19 and the Chassahowitzka forest. Nice trails and some elevation changes too. A bonus here in the flatlands! I was thinking this is a great place to ride when I found something convincing me otherwise.

Some wiener-mobile decided to lay broken glass bottle necks at the intersection of some trails and also tied a piece of that Lowes twine across the trail at neck height. At least it was white twine! I had been going through the area at very low speed, because I didn't know the area. (and because I'm old and slow) Good thing, eh? I looked around for more booby traps and didn't see any close at hand. I decided I'd leave the area and find greener pastures elsewhere.

Keep your head on a swivel, boy and girls. They're out to get us even if we ride in the woods!!!
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Old 03-31-2014, 09:14 AM   #2
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Did you at least cut the string?
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Old 03-31-2014, 09:47 AM   #3
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Did you at least cut the string?
Of course! I didn't put that part in the 1st post on purpose but I didn't figger it would be the first reply...
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Old 03-31-2014, 10:00 AM   #4
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I've only seen that once, it was a couple years ago in Blackwater State Forest. I cut the braided nylon string, and called the ranger station in Munson with location info. The ranger who took my call (I've forgotten his name) took the matter very seriously--he opened a case right then and there. He entered the info I gave him into his computer, and said if I ever saw anything like that again, I needed to call it in ASAP and they'd look into it. I took about 10' worth of the string with me, gave the ranger station a sample and keep the rest in my jacket pocket, where it stays as a reminder; keep yer eyes open out there!


Pert near neck height, bubba. This'd be a game changer in low-light conditions, ya think I'm lying?
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Old 03-31-2014, 10:05 AM   #5
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This is the first time I've seen this. The broken bottle necks were the icing on the cake. If this was SF land, I would have called it in but it was probably just right of way / setback area for SR 19.
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Old 03-31-2014, 04:21 PM   #6
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Oh, about the thread. pun intended

I've seen asshattery like this before. Unfortunately, it's impossible to see it coming. Beginning of a trail head is one thing, but if we're blitzing down a trail in third gear......
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Old 03-31-2014, 05:21 PM   #7
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A good friend of mine lost his brother when said brother at the tender age of 14 hit a guide cable for a large pole. It hit him chest high and went up until it killed him. And that wasn't from someone with malicious intent. Same principle unfortunately.
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Old 04-01-2014, 03:22 AM   #8
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Looks like folks who put this kind of stuff up don't seem to think a whole bunch. From Face Plant, posted up yesterday! High viz signs would have been a nice addition to that cheese grater... I think I would go have a talk with the jackalope who put that up.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=966296

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When I was a teenager, there was a kid decapitated by something similar near my grandparents property up north. I believe when they caught the dood he was convicted of manslaughter. That is seriously fooked up. I'd still contact the SO.
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Old 04-01-2014, 04:31 PM   #10
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That is seriously fooked up. I'd still contact the SO.
Yep. That one cowardly attempt to hurt someone still has me rattled. When I go back I may consider engaging the authorities if the rope is back.
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Old 04-03-2014, 08:13 AM   #12
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Man that is messed up. I'd love to catch some ass hat doing that. Problem is, if the news heard about it and ran a story, it would would probably just cause copycats.
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Old 04-04-2014, 07:09 AM   #13
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Hi all ! My son and I ride out that way so we will be extra careful . Our plan on riding trails that are not in places like Croom , etc is to ride in real slow and careful and then boogie on the way out . A few years ago we ran across a rope across a trail off of 52 , we cut it down and still go in there from time to time . It has not re-appeared . On a somewhat related note ....back in 1976 or so I was riding my dt175 around the edges of some ball fields . It was getting dark so I was heading out . I ran into one of those cables that help hold up the power poles . Luckily it hit around the forks/fender . It threw me quite a distance over the bars into next week .
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Old 04-06-2014, 07:46 AM   #14
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We had an area awhile back where the trail ran along side of a multiline bob wire fence. From time to time a ride would somehow get tangled in that fence.
We called it the "cheese grater" for obvious reasons. Hard to tangle with one of those and not get hurt...
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Old 04-06-2014, 03:36 PM   #15
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Yea, be careful with barbed wire... that chit can almost put your eye out!

I seen the after effects first hand on a certain "tire grooving" feller!
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