Its been a while since I had a good rant so here goes.
What the fuck is up with assholes who cut the trail? The more popular the trails at Turkey Point get, the more cheater lines pop up everywhere. I understand the need for easy and hard routes in some sections but the blatant corner cutting of some people is just sickening. I'm not sure if its stupidity or the Stravasshole effect, but its getting downright maddening.
Take this corner on "The Burn" for example. This is near the north end of the trail just before it reaches Moosehead Junction. This end of the trail is known for being quite rooty and slower than the rest of the trail. Take a look at the photo evidence below looking at the corner from the entrance and the exit.
As you can see the original corner is already big enough to drive a straight truck through, then some assholes decided it was a great idea to cut that corner with a shitty little cheater line. I suspect this is the work of some Strava-addicted asshole who needs that precious half second to score his PR or KOM or whatever the fuck gets Stravassholes hard. What the dickhead in question does not realize is that now everyone is saving that half second on the cut corner and hes going to loose his bragging rights in their virtual race and won't receive as many "props" or what-the-fuck-have-you that those guys (virtually) stroke eachother off with.
If mountain biking was all about going fast maybe we should just pave a road through the woods and be done, but its not. Its about putting in the grunt work for the fast and flowing payoff, pushing yourself to the limit on both the fast sections and the slow grinding ones, earning your turns. If you can't ride a tough section or feel that it slows you down too much, work on your bike handling skills. Don't alter the trail to suit your own shortcomings, work that shit out on your end and become a better rider.
I've seen lots of this shit over the years, and some really awesome trail features removed because someone took it upon themselves to remove something they couldn't ride. I say fuck those people. If cutting corners is your thing then maybe you should take up sewing.
I did stick around after taking these photos and fix the corner in question, after all I am a man of action, not just some jerk with a keyboard.
In conclusion: Don't Fuck With The Trail!
The Bric...._ mountain biker, road rider, heavyweight gear abuser. Built like a brick sh*thouse. No bike is safe.