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Old 09-02-11, 08:15 AM   #1
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For those who ride in Longview, WA

Apparently, a couple of bad apples has spoiled it for the rest of us. Please pass this along to any one you know that rides the area that parking previously enjoyed is now off limits.
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After speaking with the people who own the areas at Harmony where most
bikers park, Bob Stanton submitted this report:
*Notice to all:*
*The homeowners at the end of Harmony Road (Longview, WA) have rescinded
the parking privileges that we had previously enjoyed. **There has been
too much noisy activity (by bikers and hikers) there of late and it is
perfectly and reasonably their right to do so. *
*Think about it – you drive up the road, maybe the radio is turned up a
bit, get out and close the car door. Maybe say “Hey” to your buddy that you
are up there to ride or hike or run with. Now look around. You are basically
in someone’s front yard. It’s summer and windows are open. Maybe it’s 6 a.m.
on the weekend. *
*You just thump-thumped up the road and slammed your car door and yelled
in someone’s yard. Oh, and your dog just chased the cat onto the porch, the
dog leaving some lawn fudge behind in his excitement to get the kitty.*
*Now maybe the homeowner comes out and asks you nicely to keep quiet. You
give him a ration of your poor pathetic mind that it is your RIGHT to be
there. You maybe even try to bully the homeowner with a statement like **“I’m
> gonna call the cops ‘cuz you are blocking my access to state land!”.*
> **
> *You have just cinched the rope around your own neck showing your
ignorance. There is NO state land accessible from Harmony. There is NO state
park, city park, national park or monument there that you have access to. It
is all privately owned land. As far as you can see and then some.*
*But you call the cops anyways. **Really?*
*This, and so much more, has happened there recently as reported by the
homeownders. I am personally ashamed that friends of my friends may be doing
this. I and many others have enjoyed showing the trails that we have spent
15 years slowly building and maintaining and I know I have emphasized at the
events I am responsible for that the expanded parking we enjoy is a
privilege and that we should do everything we can to keep in the good graces
of our neighbors. *
*A few have not shown the common courtesy due and have ruined a good thing
for all. **Seattle and* *Portland people were specifically cited by the
homeowners as being a big part of the problem.*
*Thanks so much. And just so you don’t think I’m being too sanctimonious,
I am rethinking what I have done there and will do in the future. This
includes but is not limited to this - there will not be another Harmonic
ConvergenceSS. We are done.*
*The trails are not closed but almost all parking is now off-limits. There
is room for maybe five cars at the end of the road, parked out of the way on
the creek side. That may disappear too. *
*There is parking at Coal Creek and Ocean Beach and a three-mile paved
road (400 foot gain) climb to the gate. You are welcome to park there and
ride. Remember that the road is narrow, twisting and has no shoulder.*
*To review, the small gravel lot almost to the gate is now a no parking
zone. RESPECT that. RESPECT the peace of the area and help us to salvage
what we can of this situation by keeping quiet and not being idiots.*
*Please pass this information along to others that you know ride up here.*
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