Dan_Harrison wrote:Do you get a sense that the signage is poor because, "hey, we all know where to go," or because it's a yooper/troll thing, like I mentioned earlier?Dan
I really doubt it's a yooper/troll thing. It's probably just a bunch of people who went out and made some fun trails to ride on. And then they probably just want to ride and have fun. I completely understand that. Putting signs up is taking things to a whole different level, and there's more involved then than just putting up the signs.
I kinda think it's fun to explore trail systems without signage. There's a certain satisfaction you get as you begin to know your way around such a system, because you've earned that knowledge the hard way. And I like the sense of exploration. That's really why I like to ride. I like having a maze of trails to explore. For me it's the thrill of exploration more than the riding itself.
I've a friend in town who drives all over the U.P. to explore. I'm sort of the same way, except that I explore a smaller area really, really well.
I remember Dan, that you mentioned the trails in Marquette area in one of your notes. From reading that and other notes, I get the sense of a trail system having grown up organically over the years, and somewhat under the radar. And then all of a sudden everything probably got formalized. (I'm guessing a bit here, and I could well be dead wrong) That sort of sudden change can be jarring. All of a sudden you have rules and signs and an organization (and dues maybe?). On the good side though, you probably get better trail maintainance, signage, and some assurance that the trails won't all disappear at the whim of a landowner.
I'm not sure I believe in the whole "yooper/troll" schism. I hear the word "troll" a lot, but always in good fun. When I moved up here six years back, I never got the sense that the locals were bothered by the fact that I wasn't born here. Sure, it takes awhile to meet people and really get to know them, and to know the area, but I've never felt excluded or discriminated against. Maybe I've just had exceptionally good luck.
That ride, and the trails in Ishpeming sounds fun. I think I may try and get in touch w/those people. I'd probably slow 'em down though. I'm not a terribly fast rider.