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Old 02-02-2007, 05:38 PM   #11
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My niece's fiance was recently killed by a trap like this. Seems the neighboring (absentee) property owner didn't like the lad riding on a trail where he had permission to do so. Massive lawsuit and potential criminal action in the works.



The situation sucks all the way around. The perpetrator just wanted him to stop riding there, but had no idea of the consequences of his action. Of course, it never occured to him to actually talk to anybody. In any case, he's an absentee landowner, and I have no idea why he would object to someone riding on the access road adjacent to his property, which was owned by another.



Bobby's family is, of course devastated. My brother's family is really torn up as well.



This really happened last September.



I have seen this type of activity before, but I have always been lucky. I believe another rider was nearly killed in CA a few months back by a few people stretching a rope across a trail to deliberately injure a rider.



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Old 02-02-2007, 07:35 PM   #12
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Plus two incidences of people stretching pallet shrink-wrap across a sidestreet between poles. One by kids who supposedly were just out "pranking", and one unsolved (with serious injuries to a motorcyclist and pillion).
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Old 02-03-2007, 04:41 AM   #13
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Funny how no one mentions that the SUN is simply hotter, right now. They, also, forget to mention that Mars is hotter. Guess we have too many SUVs running around the "red planet".

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Old 02-03-2007, 06:39 AM   #14
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It's not just the eco-'warriors' booby-trapping in the back country, it is the pot-growers too. Big problem in state and federal lands.
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Old 02-03-2007, 05:32 PM   #15
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Who do you think the Eco-pukes are?
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Old 02-03-2007, 09:54 PM   #16
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I'm sure there are some motorcyclists who genuinely are intruding on someone's property, and doing all kinds of things that no reasonable person should have to accept, but I think living in the country ain't what it used to be.

I grew up in the Napa valley when it wasn't a famous wine growing area, but just the boondocks. I hiked over every foot, I think, of everything within a two or three mile radius of our house. There weren't that many kids out there in the sticks in those days, and people found it easy to keep track of who's kid was who. No vandalism or suspect fires were happening, and no one worried much about being sued.

Recently, the house that I grew up in was torn down, to make room for, I would guess, a million dollar home. Feeling nostalgic, I took my camera along with me on the VFR one time and stopped at the nearby hill, where I could hike up for a couple of minutes and get a view of my home, and the fields and hills and houses in the background. I'd done it hundreds of times before.

I hardly had my helmet off when a woman maybe a quarter of a mile away saw me when she went out to get her mail. She came down and asked what I wanted. I told her the story about my house, and what a vantage point could be had from up there. She said I might get hurt and told me to get lost.

Country Joe had a line in one of his songs 'she don't know nothin bout country ways' and it is not a compliment. Living in the country now is a darker, more paranoid kind of place than it was then. It's a damn shame.

My guess is that we will see more, rather than less, of this kind of thing in the future.
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Old 02-27-2007, 05:30 PM   #17
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