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Offline Dave In Odessa

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How did our trails get their names?
« on: January 02, 2009, 03:32:12 PM »
I was riding by myself at hole in the fence today and I was wondering how our local trails got their names?  I'm assuming some were named after SWAMP presidents (Garry's Loop, Randy's trail), and Sand Pine was named after Sand Pine broke his arm there ;)  but are there any interesting stories about how some of the trails were named? 
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Re: How did our trails get their names?
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2009, 03:33:46 PM »
I want my drop called "Crash Factore"

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Re: How did our trails get their names?
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2009, 03:40:33 PM »
I want my drop called "Crash Factore"

I thought FactorE Falls would be a good name as well.
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Re: How did our trails get their names?
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2009, 03:48:38 PM »
I want my drop called "Crash Factore"
I prefer to call it "Factor E-Spot"  but is your spot...

* No sandpine was not named after me.  But there is a tree log named after me on that trail.  
* Gregg is also known as "Bunny" for his crash Rabbit Ears

But as far as trails go, i can only tell you the ones I know...
* NorthCreek - I am not 100% on this one but as you may have notice, that creek is NOT on the north side.  Is after Art North.
* HartBreak - Known as the Tram Trail since it was an old rail road line and hiking only trail.  After many kept poaching it for biking it was made an official trail where the roots will break your hart.
* Pandamonium - Some of us will FOREVER call this trail the "IMA" trail.  Gary and others thought the trail was intermediate.  During the first club ride, Marty Wes kept saying "Intermediate My Arse" so we named it IMA.  But board didn't think it was appropriate.  So it was opened up to sWAMP club to name it.  After many sent suggestion, David Davenport sent several names.  That included Pandamoninum, SideWinder, and Swamp Thing.
* RidgeLine - the terrain gave its name.
* Shelly's loop - named after swamp member spent many hours working on it.  I think.  Same for Frank's loop (is this for Frank Tulik?), Randy's Trail was the old Boyette trail boss.

The names I l really like are the Blue trail names around the pits up in Croom.  Volcano Ridge, Cherry Bomb, Lefty Looser, EasyRiding, Drunken Monkey....
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Re: How did our trails get their names?
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2009, 03:50:13 PM »
There was a DH trail back home called "suicide", and there was a young couple that offed themselves at the top of the hill back in the 60s there.  I don't think people knew when they named it though.  

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Re: How did our trails get their names?
« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2009, 04:06:22 PM »

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I thought FactorE Falls would be a good name as well.
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FACTORe Falls is even better

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Re: How did our trails get their names?
« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2009, 04:07:14 PM »
i love "blood rock" was on a trail in alabama

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Re: How did our trails get their names?
« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2009, 04:57:20 PM »
FACTORe Falls is even better

or FACTORe = 32 ft/sē

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Re: How did our trails get their names?
« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2009, 05:55:34 PM »
Marcel already covered some of them.  At Boyette Loch Ness trails were named because as they were being flagged and rough cut some fairly large animals near the water were making noises and some splashing, but they could never be seen - hence the mythical Loch Ness was born.  Speaking of born - Baby Nessie was just a small offshoot of a trail that because of it's proximity to Loch Ness was so named by Rick Knight our jersey guy. Spider Berm was cut in and groomed and re groomed a few times; turn around and try to ride it after you groom it and about a half dozen spider webs were up again.  Seemed like as good a name as any.  Abyss - runs by the lakes and some pretty deep drops  - seemed like a good name.  Sidewinder runs along the contour of the hillside and Mad Machette Myron, who has since moved to Canada named that one before we barely got started on it.  Most of the Morris Bridge trails, I think, were named by then trail boss Jonathan Knoll and a few of his helpers long ago.

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Re: How did our trails get their names?
« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2009, 06:57:48 PM »
Speaking of Boyette, many people don't realize that there used to be an actual derelict golf cart (or a shell of one) way out in those woods, and the trail went right right by it, hence the name.
It's not there any more, but I don't know how long it has been gone...

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HartBreak - Known as the Tram Trail since it was an old rail road line and hiking only trail.  After many kept poaching it for biking it was made an official trail where the roots will break your hart.

Back in the day we called it the 'Postal Trail', because some amateur historian claimed that the rail line was used (at least in part) for the mail.  And yes, it was frequently poached for many years.  It was a bear and a blast to ride (and seemed harder).  I can tell you that during rainy season, those gullies where there are now bridges were a real treat to cross :o
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Re: How did our trails get their names?
« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2009, 12:38:39 AM »
FACTORe Falls is even better

or FACTORe = 32 ft/sē

 ;D

Isn't it 9.2 Meters per second squared?
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Re: How did our trails get their names?
« Reply #11 on: January 03, 2009, 09:15:53 AM »
Here is FactorE's tire of choice, complete with his formula -

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Re: How did our trails get their names?
« Reply #12 on: January 03, 2009, 10:30:27 AM »
So why where did the name Indian come from?  Also, I was walking my dog yesterday and off of the main trail at Hole in the Fence there looks to be a dashboard? from an early make vehicle.  Is there a story behind that?
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Re: How did our trails get their names?
« Reply #13 on: January 03, 2009, 12:19:19 PM »
FACTORe Falls is even better

or FACTORe = 32 ft/sē

 ;D

Isn't it 9.2 Meters per second squared?


yes but I prefer to keep the metric system down (32ft = 9.8m)
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Re: How did our trails get their names?
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Also, I was walking my dog yesterday and off of the main trail at Hole in the Fence there looks to be a dashboard? from an early make vehicle.  Is there a story behind that?

Yes Johnny, there is a story to that also.  It's called lazy-ass litterbug.  ;D
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