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Re: Marking trails
>In a message dated 1/1/99 8:42:15 AM Pacific Standard Time, CMKSAGEHIL@aol.com
><< Even on well-traveled roads, a line of Dolomark or something similar across
> the road still holds up to traffic pretty well and will get riders' attention
> not to continue in that direction.... >>
>And I 've experienced "lolly-gagging" riders go right across a double white
>line while they were visiting with each other. I still prefer the tape strung
>across the trail. I've even strung it across a wide road. Actually, being a
>person who hates to leave anything to chance, I've done both at the same
>place, and added an arrow for good measure. How's that for over-kill? It
If there's something I *really* don't want the riders to miss I'll try to
get a human out there to direct traffic. Barring that, I lay in the
ribbons real heavy (including some of my ribbons with silver mylar tape) to
catch people's attention just before the critical point, then I use chalk
and "pie plates" to indicate a turn or warning or no-entry. Our rides in
SY are on private ranch lands with cattle so I stopped using paper plates
years ago because the cattle eat them (just like they eat flagging tape)
and thought I was in good shape using colored (so I can match them to the
ribbons) plastic picnic plates. Not! The range cattle/wild pigs we
encountered at our fall ride on a new ranch this year just seemed to think
the plates were a crunchy treat. So now I'm collecting real metal pie
plates (from Heidi Pies, etc -- tough duty, but someone has to do it . . .
.) for use.
Lynn Kinsky (Santa Ynez, CA)
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