04-05-03, 05:26 PM
We were at the local trails today, building some dirt jumps. It's technically illegal to ride out there, but I've never been bothered and TONS of people still ride out there.. but there aren't any signs. They are building an apartment complex on one section of the land, so I think that has something to do with them telling everyone to leave, but up until today I'd never seen anyone being told to leave or anything. I usually ride these trails during the morning hours after my classes let out since it's near my college. Anyway.. we were building some dirt jumps using logs and other material that had been illegally dumped out there anyway.. not harming anybody or even damaging anything. We built one jump that wasn't too big, and then we decided to make a big double jump with a smooth transition and a BIG takeoff. We had JUST gotten it to the point of being ridable when a white truck drives by on the road, stops, and then backs up and looks at us. I decided it was best for us to just leave rather than get arrested or cause a scene. So as we were riding out of the trails there was a police officer sitting on the side of the road, obviously looking for some guys such as myself.. but I don't think he saw us ride by. I doubt I'll be going back to these trails as often... it's not worth getting arrested or hassled. It's just a shame that an apartment complex is being built on some of the best trails in the Gainesville area. Urban sprawl sucks.