Mongolia Chronicles scanned it and linked it. I'll post it.
BIKE magazine did a little feature on the Ned bus a few months back (the article is in this month's issue)...one of Gandalf's friends was involved somehow I think. They were hoping for a photoshoot with 30+ people getting on the bus. The ironic part was that while that happened almost every other weekend over the summer, that beautiful sunny Saturday morning it was only our little crew, Gandalf (when did we start calling him this?), Rasta, Miller, who showed up.
Got me thinking about two interactions I had in the woods around Ned near the end of the season. We'd stumbled upon some new trails without any No Tresspassing signs and had been riding them a fair amount. First interaction was running into the trail-builder on our night ride. His first question, 'You guys from around here?' After a while, he turned out to be a neat guy.
Second interaction was running into a lady on a trail. Again, first question, 'You guys from around here?' then 'This is our land'. She said it was okay to ride...but I'm just waiting for the signs to go up.
So what bothers me isn't that people are protective of their land, their trails, their homes, (I can see where they're coming from even if I don't completely agree) but in how they go about being protective about it. I wish the first questions would be, 'do you pick up trash on the trail when you see it, do you treat others in a respectful manner on the trail, do you treat the woods with respect, do you cause an excessive amount of noise or disruption?' or even 'do you pump excessive amounts of money into our local grocery store/bar/coffee shop?' instead of 'are you from here.' I'm sure Ned has it's fair share of people who are far worse to the area than we are. Motoheads come to mind.
I guess I just hate being judged by where I sleep because I'm fairly certain most of the people up there make their living down on the plains, just like the rest of us.