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post #1 of 3 Old 09-05-2011, 10:08 PM Thread Starter
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Yesterday morning I decided to take a short ride up into the White Mountain National Forest. I wanted to see some of the flood damage that followed Hurricane Irene and also ride my favorite dirt road up through Sandwich Notch.
I had forgotten my camera, but I’m sure many of you have seen some of the destruction on the news.
The dirt road was full of wash-outs. Not passable by a 4 wheel vehicle; a challenge on the KLR. The only other person I saw (and talked to) was on a BMW R1200GS coming the other way. I hope he made it down through the wash-outs.
I took a side track to one of our remote mountain ponds. Just before the track ends, it fords the pond’s outlet stream. I crossed the stream and turned around at the pond. Just as I was about to re-cross the stream I felt something tug on the right cuff of my pants. I glanced down and saw nothing. On the far bank I decided to stop and make sure nothing was crawling up my pant leg. Nothing there. But, when I walked around to the right side of the bike I saw some fishing line.
It turns out I had about 200 feet of 8 to 10 pound test monofilament wrapped around both sides of my front hub, under the bike and around the rear hub (behind the sprocket). Removal took about 15 minutes with a knife and needle-nose pliers. Fortunately I caught it before it got too tight or before it started melting. Yes, I packed it out with me.
Some points to make to the a** that left the fishing line:
- That’s littering.
- That’s a national forest.
- Fishing line is a hazard to ALL wildlife, not just fish (not to mention motorcycles).
- 4 pound test is sufficient for our brook trout.
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Drives me nuts when people leave fishing line. I mean, sometimes it is unavoidable, but I will go to GREAT lengths to get any line I might have to break off. And I always leave with a bundle of some idiots line to dispose of. Some people have no class...or brains....or both.

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post #3 of 3 Old 09-06-2011, 08:17 AM
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Some years ago, while working temporally at a appliance repair shop, where they had a small pond in front, ducks would frequent that pond. People would feed them but you couldn’t get near them.
One morning we saw several people chasing a duck around. The duck had his/her head in one of those plastic 6 pack holders. All morning we saw some one trying to get hold of that duck, but nobody could get near it.
Never did know if it was freed from that plastic.

Now another “true story”.
While “parking” in a sand pit with my girl, ( I was 19 at the time ) We herd a “tinkling” sound. I put the car lights on, and saw a skunk coming towards and under the car.
I opened my drivers door and right under my door sill, the skunk came out from under the car. It had it’s head stuck inside a small baby food jar.

I guess littering is a national pass time!
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