Forest Trail, River Rd. - R.I.P.
(updated: Aug 10, 2007)
Let Observation with extensive View,
Survey Mankind, from China to Peru;
Remark each anxious Toil, each eager Strife,
And watch the busy Scenes of crouded Life;
Then say how Hope and Fear, Desire and Hate,
O'er spread with Snares the clouded Maze of Fate.
Where wav'ring Man, betray'd by vent'rous Pride,
To tread the dreary Paths without a Guide;
As treach'rous Phantoms in the Mist delude,
Shuns fancied Ills, or chases airy Good.
How rarely Reason guides the stubborn Choice,
Rules the bold Hand, or prompts the suppliant Voice,
How Nations sink, by darling Schemes oppres'd,
When Vengeance listens to the Fool's Request.
Fate wings with ev'ry Wish th' afflictive Dart,
Each Gift of Nature, and each Grace of Art,
With fatal Heat impetuous Courage glows,
With fatal Sweetness Elocution flows,
Impeachment stops the Speaker's pow'rful Breath,
And restless Fire precipitates on Death.
From the "Vanity of Human Wishes"
Samuel Johnson, 1749
This is my tribute to the Forest Trail.
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I just had to stop and take a photo of this sign. This was taken yesterday @ 6pm. Note the temperature. The heat index was over 100, one of the hottest weeks on record in Wilmington, NC:
First you do this:
Then you do this:
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TRAIL GPS COORDS (2)
1. brado1 said...
Sucks about losing trail!
you want Hot? come over to G'Vegas it was 105* yesterday 104 the day before, last night at 9:30 it was still 92*
Aug 10, 2007 @ 9:41 AM
2. Sir Bikes said...
Yeah, that's like Texas hot. At least you get a breeze by the ocean.
Aug 10, 2007 @ 11:22 AM
3. sir leg hammer said...
i cant read the sign, please tell exactly what it says
Aug 10, 2007 @ 12:21 PM
4. brandon said...
this video brings a tear to my eye.
Aug 10, 2007 @ 12:28 PM
5. Sean said...
Did you see the signs on Randall a few days ago that had the same thing. Personally, I don't see a damn thing wrong with it.
Aug 10, 2007 @ 5:09 PM
6. Sir Disappears-a-lot said...
a great tribute to the trail, I surely hate seeing it go.
Aug 10, 2007 @ 5:35 PM
7. Sean said...
Great song for the video btw.
Aug 11, 2007 @ 6:21 PM
8. Baby Jesus said...
Noticed someone commented on the river road letter from the other week in the paper today.
Aug 13, 2007 @ 11:16 PM
9. Sir Bikes said...
Here's the comment from the paper today:
EDITOR: A recent letter writer said that while he and his wife rented a house in The Cape, which left them traveling River Road daily, they "encountered hundreds of bicyclists" in their travels, many of whom did not use the bike path.
I sincerely hope (the writer) was not driving the couple's vehicle (an SUV, may I presume?) during any of these run-ins with the devilish bicyclists, for he is obviously blind.
Was he looking at the same picture from the Star-News I was?
His letter outlining what can be described as no less than a pure disturbance to the residents of The Cape prompted me to go back and look at the photo and, again, I saw precisely zero of the seven bicyclists not in the designated lane.
Oh, OK, there's that one rebel who's touching the white line toward the back. …
As an avid bicyclist who frequently utilizes River Road for its value to nature instead of land developers (for now, anyway, but give it time), I am truly sorry (he was) forced into such traumatizing instances of steering wheel-gripping stress and hope it did not spoil (his) stay at The Cape.
I will make it a point to try much harder next time.
Aug 13, 2007 @ 11:23 PM
10. Russ said...
It makes me sad to drive by that every day. The destruction they cause in one day is incredible. If only that energy could be focused towards something positive.
Aug 14, 2007 @ 8:40 AM
11. Frank said...
It is indeed a heart breaker. It had to happen, and I am grateful for the ten years the trail was there.I have no respect, however for the commissioners letting them tamper with the design of River Road.
I rode the trail Sunday, entering what used to be the exit, rode the 3/4 that was still there, stopped atop the last hill, viewed several football fields of leveled ground, and rode back on the 3/4 trail. All but one of the good hills were still there, so I'll ride it while it's there, for the good workout, and it's close to home.
The biking group did a great job in obtaining and creating the Blue Clay trail area, however in my opinion, Wilmington is not a nice place for bike riders.
Many years ago, a group of bikers and runners met with and asked the commissioners to let us help create and maintain a running/biking trail on the railroad track being pulled up from here to Jacksonville. Their immediate answer was 'No'. Reasons given: Because homeowners had complained they didn't want runners/bikers that close to their backyards, and because it could be put to better use by several business groups who wanted to use it
I just got back from several weeks with my daughter in Montana.The 15 miles from Lakeside Mt to the little town of Kalispell is a 4 lane highway, with a very wide bike lane (5 to 8 ft) all the way, and bikes are treated with respect in town and countryside.
"When every living thing has died on account of us, how poetical it would be if Earth could say, in a voice perhaps floating up from the floor of the Grand Canyon 'It is done. People did not like it here'". Kurt Vonnegut 1922-2006
SO IT GOES. ( A Vonnegut phrase)
Aug 14, 2007 @ 1:20 PM
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