Score one for Gravy

From: wilde bike
Subject: Marin Independent Journal: Fairfax man defends himself against illegal mountain biking charges

“…’gravy’ gets ripped for poaching an illegal trial but he got the chance to express some thoughts in federal court about the lack of cooperation & the dangers of cycling in Marin… …the judge showed a lot of empathy towards the cycling community by simply stating that things weren’t good as they stand & that all parties need to open discussions…”
Independent Journal (Marin Co.)
marinij.com

Sounds like sixty bucks well spent.

More at sfgate.com:
Man cited for riding on Point Reyes trail marked ‘no bikes’
Fairfax man convicted of illegal mountain biking at Point Reyes

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About big jonny

The man, the legend. The guy who started it all back in the Year of Our Lord Beer, 2000, with a couple of pages worth of idiotic ranting hardcoded on some random porn site that would host anything you uploaded, a book called HTML for Dummies (which was completely appropriate), a bad attitude (which hasn’t much changed), and a Dell desktop running Win95 with 64 mgs of ram and a six gig hard drive. Those were the days. Then he went to law school. Go figure. Flagstaff, Arizona, USA

9 thoughts on “Score one for Gravy

  1. Riding in a Wilderness area. Cool bro, Fuck you. I won’t confiscate your bike. I’ll kick your ass. I realize you are a special snowflake, but you will not ride if I catch you. And you won’t be able to walk 25 miles home. Nowhere to ride in your area? Move, you fucking punk. The world is filled with good riding. Do not let me catch you riding in a Wilderness Area, they are the closest thing our culture has to sacred land. No mechanical transport. Like I said, Fuck You!

  2. “In a statement, U.S. Attorney Scott Schools said his office will “continue to prosecute these offenses as illegal mountain bike trail rides contribute to soil erosion, cause wildlife disturbance and interfere with the enjoyment of the park by hikers and others.”

    This makes me laugh…as if hikers and horse back riders don’t cause erosion and disturb wildlife. Cyclists are like everyone else…there are good eggs and bad…and shouldn’t be banned from any properly managed wilderness area.

  3. Yo, I ain’t looking to meet up Pistol Pete out in some wilderness spot. Unless I’m walking and he’s got a twelve pack. Then I’m cool.

  4. Hey man, I ain’t talkin’ wildlands. I’m talkin’ Wilderness. Let me quote:

    “The United States was the first country to officially designate land as “wilderness” through the Wilderness Act of 1964. Wilderness designation helps preserve the natural state of the land and protect flora and fauna by prohibiting development and providing for non-motorized recreation. Recreation and development in Alaskan wilderness is often less restrictive.

    Wilderness designations are granted by an Act of Congress for Federal land that retains a “primeval character” and that has no human habitation or development. Approximately 100 million acres (400,000 km²) are designated as wilderness in the United States. This accounts for 4.71% of the total land of the country.”

    Now if you can’t ride in the other 95.29% of the country and you feel you need to poach Wilderness, like I said, Fuck You!
    Why don’t we all go find where Del Webb or Pulte Homes is getting ready to build another instant slum. Maybe have us a little campfire…

  5. …shit, it’s hard to talk about gravy after all that good thanksgiving food, smothered in ***** but here we go:
    …’gravy’ was born n’ raised in west marin and rode those trails as a kid (before mtb’s) w/ no restrictions, because there were none…some of those restrictions came about because of the conflict between mtb-er’s & old money horse people…we were few at the time & the horse set had been having their way for a long time & looked on us as the red-headed step-child…

    ***fact: the mtb industry started here in marin, & while the hikers & horse people hoped our initial small numbers would just fade away, that didn’t happen, yet even now we’re treated sub-standardly because we were the vanguard…

    ***fact: that designated “wilderness” is within a couple of miles of a number of towns…there are few paved main roads out there & no way to commute between towns w/out traveling on narrow, winding roads w/ constant farm & commercial ie; large truck traffic…

    ***fact: most cycling deaths in marin county have occurred in west marin…

    ***fact: it’s dangerous on those roads, a fact that was not lost on the federal judge who recommended that the appropriate parties ought to take that into consideration…

    ***fact: his statement to the ‘park service’ was in essence, “you are forcing people to either defy you & break the law or seriously risk their lives…do something intelligent about it”…

    ***fact: that same federal judge expressed his dismay that his federal court was being used by the ‘park service’ as a collection agency & rather than forcing a $5,000 fine, he reduced it to $60…

    ***fact: his honor also expressed dismay that ‘gravy’s’ bike was confiscated as evidence & yet was not on display in the courtroom as said evidence…

    ***fact: he recommended said bike be returned to its owner immediately…

    ***fact: his honor also admonished the federal prosecutors for allowing this case to ever reach a federal level…

    ***fact: as evil_bumpkin said “cyclists are like everyone else…there are good eggs & bad…i guarantee ‘gravy’ is a good egg & that would be confirmed by a lotta cycling folks who used his help on the way to national & world championships…

    ***fact: pistolpete is like a god to me because he has such a way w/ words & such a sweet disposition…but maybe we could have a beer together some day a discuss the***facts***…

  6. You are right.I know nothing of the facts of this particular situation.I see red when I hear of Wilderness poaching.I also realize”Wilderness” can be a political thing bent to the will of the “Connected”.They say rich folks taste just like pork…

  7. …nothing goes w/ that rich folk, pork taste like a mess o’ gravy…

    …thanks for the reply, pp, & yer right on in yer assessment…i’m also led to believe there’s a bit a’ nepotism-itis in our little corner of paradise…

    …i can appreciate where yer heart is at…i grew up as a young child in a town in northern canada, so small, it was a stop on the railroad line…dirt streets & no road into town…contact w/ the outside world was the RR or a bush plane landing on the lake & while that was only the first 5yr of my life, thats where my appreciation for nature was created & honed…

    …i know you can understand the depth of those kinda feelings…