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    How To Ride A Pump Track | Blake Teaches GCN’s Si Richardson MTB Skills

    December 9, 2019

    (upbeat music) – Welcome back you beautiful people and today is all about pump
    track essential skills. Today, I have a very special guest, Simon Richardson, everyone – Hey, thanks mate. – Welcome.
    – You’re too kind. I guess if any of you know me, it will be as a road rider. I am a cross country
    mountain biker, life long, and I’ve got to say Blake, I love pump tracks, I’m just really, really bad at them. – No, you’re not. – No, you wait. – Well, today, it’s your lucky day. I brought my dirt jump bike. You’re probably not very used to it. – I love the look of these bikes and so I cannot wait to try it. Have you got an allen key? I just need to pop that
    seat up a little bit. – No, that stays down, sorry, yeah. Anyway, moving on, I want
    you to ride the pump track, get used to the bike, but whilst you’re doing that, I’m going to scrutinize your riding and I’m gonna pull up where you need to improve on your skills, okay? – Yeah, alright. – We’ll help you improve on those skills. – Thanks man, probably going
    to need quite a big notepad. – So whilst Simon is getting introduced to my lovely hard tail, the Scott Voltage, I’m here with Simon Richardson from GCN. I’m going to help him kind
    of perfect his pumping skill and develop his skills
    within the pump track. This is a great place to
    start developing those skills. How’d you find that? – It’s the fact that
    my front wheel is about six inches further forwards than normal. – Yeah, it’s not underneath you. – No, it’s not. – You’re not holding the
    handlebars past your hub. – Yeah, I think a warm up.
    – I’m gonna scrutinize your riding.
    – Yeah, please do. Be gentle.
    – And then kind of be picky. (upbeat music) What did you think of that? – It’ll take me a while
    to get used to the bike, but it’s such good fun, innit. – But to be honest, your pumping technique, I can’t fault it. – Yeah? – It looks pretty good. – Aw, thanks man.
    – Really good. I think the only thing
    that is your cornering, but I feel it’s a bit
    intimidating when it’s a bit wet. You kind of let yourself
    go around the corner and you let the bike take
    you around the corner. – Well yeah, to be fair, the fact that it is a bit slippery is a bit intimidating, but actually, I suck at riding the corners whether it’s wet or dry. So yeah, if any pointers there, would be gratefully received. – Okay, so the technique
    I saw you doing in a turn, was, like I said, you’re letting
    the corner take you around, so you’re just kind of
    being a passenger in a turn. What you’re also doing is you’re coming and you’re staying quite low in the turn. So, you want to enter high, exit low. So, you’re basically dropping down and getting ready for your straight. – Okay. – Now body position, what I saw you doing was kind of sat back, arms a bit straight. Your knees are bent, but not bent enough.
    – Okay. – You want to bend your elbows. You’re gonna bring yourself down into it, like you would on a straight
    in that attack position. – Okay. – So, not sat back. – So more aggressive? – More aggressive, looking
    ahead, looking at your exit. So, you can pump the turn. – Pump a turn?
    – You can pump a turn. – Whoa. – So, that’s when you want to be on that aggressive attack position. – Okay.
    – Not sat back letting the turn do the talking. – So, you literally, like you’re
    pushing your front wheel in as you’re coming into the apex and then you push with your feet as you’re kind of going through? – Yes.
    – Okay. – Yeah.
    – Alright. – Have a good at that. That’s it, it’ll feel
    weird because you feel like you’re gonna lose the front end. Yeah. There you go. That’s heaps better, well done. Your form look way better
    and you looked quicker. – Cool, well it felt a whole heap better. It’s not rocket science, is it? Taking the wide on the inside. But man has it made a difference. It always felt a little bit like, I’m not sure you can case a berm but it sort of felt like.
    – Yeah. – You know, I’d hit the end of it, lose all my speed, and to roll out of it like a little trickle.
    – Start again. – Exactly, where as now, it’s like oh yeah, I can actually carry a bit of speed through that. – [Blake] Right, recap time. Remember to enter the
    corner central or higher. The faster you go, the higher
    you want to enter the turn, which in tail, will bring you
    to the exit the corner lower. It’s about being in attack position and that’s elbows bent, knees bent, and looking at your exit. Corners can be very
    intimidating at high speed, but the more you ride a
    berm, the easier it gets and you can start to pump in
    a corner to gain more speed. – I’ve got one last favor to ask. – Yeah? – Can you teach me how to jump? – (gasps) Yes.
    – Just quickly. – Yes, I know the perfect straight. – Funny you mention that, yeah. – Can you jump? – Uh. – Have you had air before? I know you’ve done it
    cross country and racing. – Yeah, no, I kind of can jump. Like, it’s not like I’m
    glued to the ground, but I suspect most people would be like pfft, that’s not a jump. I think it feels quite good. The technique, right,
    so you pump, pump, pump. – Yup. – And then it’s literally
    just instead of pumping, you just like woo, straight over.
    – Yeah, you’re kind of need, you bring in that bunny hop technique. – So I am gonna have to like hop it? – Put you on a mellowed
    down bunny hop technique, you don’t want to bunny hop off the lip, you just want to let
    the lip do the talking and then water down that bunny
    hop technique a little bit. So you’re gonna lean back
    – I think my bunny hop technique is pretty watered
    down at the best of times. (laughing) – Well, let’s see it
    and I’m gonna point out where you’re going wrong. – Okay.
    – Yeah? – Yeah, right. If you think I can case
    berms, you watch me jump. – (laughs) I think he
    just wants to show off, ’cause I think he can jump. But I want to see him jump. Okay, I see what he did there. – That nearly made 1000 fails. (laughing) – You did kind of the push through. You kind of thought the lip
    was gonna do the actual lifting of you off the ground. – Yeah. – You kind of went like, like whoa. – It sounds like an excuse, but I think because it’s got such a different position to normal
    – Yeah. – It’s like the front wheel
    kind of feels very different, doesn’t it?
    – Yeah. It takes off before you think it does. Maybe do it again. If you do it again, now you understand where that kind of front wheel is and where it’s gonna take off. Relax a bit more. – Yeah, I think not feeling
    like (beeping) my pants. – Exactly, relax a little bit more. Oh, you had that. – Yeah, I’m pretty sure I left the ground. – You left the ground. Exaggerate a little bit more. Put a little bit more effort
    into that exact technique and you would clear it.
    – Okay. – A little bit faster as well. Yes! Nearly, so a bit more speed, a bit more speed. A little bit more pop. Wah, yes, but as soon as you
    left the ground, you went. You kind of straightened out your arms and that kind of, you
    pushed yourself through. – Okay. – So, you did the pop, but then you didn’t
    continue with that flow, you kind of just went rip. – No, the current flow left
    me when I left the ground. (laughing) – So, bring the bike up
    into you a little bit more. – Okay. – Yes, yes. On a pump track, it’s not
    all about getting height, it’s all about keeping
    it low, keeping it fast. That’s what he did right there. Oh, damnit. Should I demonstrate? (laughing) – No, please do. – So you can actually,
    no, so you can see how, I’ll over exaggerate everything so you can see where
    I’m pulling and pushing. – Yeah, okay cool, that’d be super helpful.
    – ‘Cause you’ve got it. ‘Cause when you’re doing, you’ve got the pop, it’s just when you’ve got the pop, it feels like you’re getting a bit scared, so you’re like, whoa, I
    don’t want to go too high. – [Simon] That’s pretty much spot on. – Forget about how high I go, it’s just the technique of the jump. A bit more speed and you’re like. I’ll show you what you do. – Yup. – With the arms, you’ve
    got to keep your arms bent, not push out.
    – Okay. – Yeah? – [Simon] That looks rubbish. – You see, you’ve got the pop
    to get yourself into the air, it’s just you’re not
    letting your arms continue – No. – Through the process.
    – It’s kind of almost flattening it off. – It’s a short lip but you lean, let the bike come up,
    and then when you do it, you just kind of push forward and bring up your legs
    when you’re leveling out. – Okay.
    – Yeah? – Alright, cool, thanks mate.
    – Try that. – Yeah, I will do. – [Blake] Yes! – Still not there, was it? – No, that was good. Your arms look way better on that one. Maybe the bigger the
    lip, the easier it’ll be. – Okay. – ‘Cause the smaller lip, you kind of, you actually have to do a little bunny hop to get up into the air. Whereas that one, you can actually let it glide yourself over. – Okay, I’ll try and do both. But I’ll try and give it
    a proper one on that one. – Yeah, it’s snowing leaves, look at that. The first one was brilliant. That was good. – Yeah?
    – Yeah, I was like wow, you’re dropping in on a side wind. Jumping is all about being confident and this comes with practice and time. Using the bunny hop technique off the lip can help you get into the air, which is all about timing and
    getting it right off the lip. Next is relax and not to tense in the air. You want to keep those arms bent and panic and straighten out in the air. – Just a bit more practice. – Just a bit more practice. You’ve got the confidence,
    that’s for sure. – I could get used to this bike though. – It’s fun, isn’t it? – Super fun. You know your cables are
    a bit tangled up, Blake? – It’s for tail whips. – You what? – Tail whips. – Blake, thank you so much mate. That’s been super cool.
    – You’re welcome, you’re welcome, thanks for coming over. Definitely improved,
    your pumping is spot on. If you want to go faster, you just have to exaggerate your pump. – Okay. – So be more aggressive.
    – Yeah. – Your cornering, straight away, I saw that you were letting
    the corner do the talking, not you, you’re not making
    the corner work for you. So, by getting into that
    attack position, spot on. Going in high, coming out low – Yeah.
    – Into the straight. – It did feel like it
    made a huge difference. You know, you can tell me how to do it, it’s easy to put it into practice, and yeah, it did feel better. So yeah, thank you for that. – And then jumping, that just comes. You’ve got the pop, you’ve got the skill, you’re comfortable, you could
    relax a little bit more, but that all comes with
    practice and confidence really. – Yeah, thanks man, I definitely feel like I need to practice. But you know, you telling
    me what I was doing wrong, it helps to clarify things and it’s like okay, now I
    know what I need to work on. Yeah, so hopefully mate, I’ll be like taking
    – You’ll be back, yeah? – Landing on another before too long. I still don’t know how you do that. – I’ve been doing it, practice, practice, it’s all about practice. Hopefully this has helped ya. If you enjoyed this video, we got Simon to go around
    the corners, get in the air. If you want to see another
    video on how to jump, click over here. – I’m gonna click on that, mate. – Yeah, don’t forget to
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    Hunting for Dinosaur Tracks!
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    Hunting for Dinosaur Tracks!

    November 25, 2019

    (tense music) – What’s going on guys? Now, you’re used to us
    bringing you episodes of Breaking Trail where
    I’m catching live animals, but, today, we’re gonna do
    something a little different. We’re headed off into
    the back country of Utah to search for dinosaur tracks! Now, as most of you know, I
    absolutely love dinosaurs, so what I’m gonna do is trade in my cowboy hat for this helmet as we ride on these
    awesome Polaris RZRs onto the rough
    and rugged terrain to search out these tracks. Alright, hop in, guys! This is gonna be awesome! Woo! (engine roars) Yahoo! (tribal theme music) In most of our adventures,
    we break trail on foot, however sometimes the best way to cover many miles
    of distance quickly is by way of
    all-terrain vehicle. Today, the crew and I
    are in Hurricane, Utah, one of the best
    places in the west to find and get close
    to dinosaur tracks. This is awesome,
    we finally made it! Let’s head back in there
    and find the tracks! Woo! (haunting music) Aw, man, this is epic! Just this backdrop, I
    mean, you can’t beat this! It is hot, it is dusty. Look at this, check this out. Do you see all the
    dust coming off of me? – [Mark] Oh, yeah. – Woo, it is, what
    do you think it is? About 100 degrees
    out here, right now? – [Mark] At least. – At least 100 degrees, and look at how bone dry
    this is, check this out. Look at that, it
    is just red dust. It’s amazing to think
    that, at one point in time, dinosaurs were walking right
    through this environment. Alright, I think, if we head
    down through this ravine, here, we’re gonna find some! Wow, check that out! Dinosaurs passed this way, this is the whole area that we’re gonna be exploring,
    right here on the side. That’s where we are. You’ve got Megapnosaurus
    and Dilophosaurus tracks. Dilophosaurus are much larger. You see, right there,
    huge compared to a human. I can’t imagine what
    it would be like to have actually seen
    one of these walking in this environment
    120 million years ago. Now, let’s go find the tracks! (piano music) And even though
    this is sloped down, at one point in time, before water washed through
    here and wore the rock away, this could have been flatter, so I’m always
    looking at an angle for any indentation in the rock has the potential to be a track. I mean, look how
    deceiving this is. That almost looks like
    a toe, right there. Wow, I wonder if that
    could be a track? It’s not defined enough
    to prove that, though. Alright, let’s keep going! This is actually great
    substrate, right here. Check this out, look at
    this, Mark, look at this. We just found our first
    set of dinosaur tracks. This is Megapnosaurus,
    right here, a small, upright
    walking therapod, and you can see
    where this animal moved right through
    the environment. Look at this, I’m gonna step
    right next to the tracks. Look at that stride! Wow, that’s so cool, walking
    right along side dinosaurs! You ever think you’d be
    able to do that, Mark? – [Mark] No! I’d never thought I’d
    see a dinosaur track. – I know! – [Mark] This is amazing! – Check this one out. That’s actually really cool. So, it took a real
    sharp turn, right here, and probably headed
    off in that direction, but if you come up here
    a little bit further, you got the larger
    Dilophosaur tracks. Check this out. These are Dilophosaur tracks. Look how big this animal was! Here, come up through this way, you can see this one best. Look at that! – [Mark] Wow! – Wow, what a giant! Dilophosaurus is famous
    because it was featured in Steven Spielberg’s
    Jurassic Park. If you remember,
    it was the one that had the big frill that came
    out and it spit the venom. Now, scientists do not believe that this dinosaur
    actually had those frills, but the filmmakers took
    the liberty of giving that dinosaur these
    traits to make it a little bit more scary. Look at how big they are! In the movie, the
    Dilophosaur they featured was much smaller than this, but you can see with my hand
    right down there in the track, this is not a carnivore
    that you would just wanna stumble upon
    out here in the desert. How awesome is that! – [Mark] Did you ever
    think you’d be, like, standing right in
    a dinosaur track? – No, I didn’t! I’ve never seen dinosaur
    tracks before out in the wild, and you can almost feel
    the energy of this animal when you put your hand
    into the track like that. Okay, so these tracks that
    we’re looking at, right here, anybody can come and see these. What we wanna do now is actually
    head off into the desert and see if we can find
    some for ourselves. You guys ready to do this? – [Mark] Let’s do it! – It’s gonna be dry,
    it’s gonna be hot, and it’s gonna be dusty, but I’m pretty confident that we’re gonna find some
    tracks of our own! (hopeful music) There’s a hole. Oh, check this out! This could be a track! Yes!
    (tense music) Chance, come up
    here, look at this! You got one here, one here, wow! I think this is it, I think these are
    actual dinosaur tracks! This one, right here,
    is almost perfect. Bring your camera up. Come here, come here, come here! Look at this! Look over my shoulder,
    look at that. Three distinct toe marks. Alright, I’m gonna blow
    the sand on you, ready? Yes, there’s no
    question about it, that is an upright
    walking therapod, most likely a carnivore, and guessing on the
    size of these tracks, I’m saying it’s
    probably four feet tall, and close to 11 feet in length. Not an animal that
    you would want to run into out here
    65 million years ago. Holy cow, this is exciting! Dude, high five! I cannot believe we
    actually came across tracks, and look at this, you got one
    here, and look at that stride. Here to here, shorter there,
    planted, and then off, and who knows, I mean, this rock could have broken apart
    millions of years ago, but you got one right
    here, and one right there. And, oh my gosh, we actually
    came across dinosaur tracks. Now this was objective number
    one, find dinosaur tracks. Well, we found them. The good news is that we
    still have a couple hours out here in the desert,
    and we have those RZRs, so objective number
    two is gonna be to head to the sand dunes
    and really have some fun. I hope you guys are ready,
    ’cause this is gonna be awesome! – [Mark] Yeah, come in, guys. (tribal drum music) – [Coyote] Woohoo! What up? – [Mark] What’d you think man? We brought you out in the field! – I know, this is
    frickin’ awesome! This is killer!
    – I mean, dude! – [Mark] Can you
    think of a better trip to come along with, jeez? – Yeah, the walls
    in the editing bay do not look like
    these mountains. It is amazing out here. (engine roars) (rock music) – [Coyote] Woohoo! Yep, I’m stuck! Woohoo, it’s a little
    bumpy, right there! – [Mark] I don’t know
    if I got the whole flip, but that was gnarly! – [Coyote] Ouch! – [Mark] You alright? – Well guys, rule number one, if you flip the RZR, is always
    to keep your arms inside. Thankfully, I’m walking
    away from yet another one. Aw, man! I was barely even turning! I don’t know how
    that thing flipped! (tense music) But it, ah, yeah, I flipped it. You know, if I’m not
    falling off of a cliff, I’m flipping a vehicle. That’s why we just usually
    don’t let me do these things. (laughs) A good lesson here is that if you do roll a
    machine like this, you just hold on to
    the steering wheel, keep your hands inside, you’re always wearing
    your seat belt, always wearing the helmet, and, so far, I’m walking away from this one
    completely unscathed. My back and neck might be
    a little sore tomorrow, but no broken
    bones, no stitches. We’re having to bungee
    cord the door shut, ’cause that’s broken. I cracked the top of
    it, and, unfortunately, I may have just bought the
    Brave Wilderness team a RZR, because this is gonna be
    an expensive one to fix. My bad! – [Mark] Woo,
    alright Coyote, well, that’s one way to do it in Utah. – Yeah, I say it was an
    extremely successful day. We found dinosaur
    tracks, that was awesome. Then we came out here to
    the dunes to rip up the sand with our RZRs, and I
    kind of rolled mine, but the good news is, no
    cuts, no broken bones, and, yet again, I walk away from another Breaking
    Trail mishap. All I can say is that
    Utah is unbelievably epic! – [Chris] Yessir! – I’m Coyote Peterson, be brave, stay wild, always
    wear your helmet, we’ll see you on
    the next adventure! Here we go! Eh, buckle up! Woo! (engine roars) If you thought flipping
    my RZR was a close call, make sure to go back
    and watch the time I missed a jump and fell
    off a cliff in Arizona. – [Woman] Oh my God! – [Coyote] Yikes,
    and don’t forget, subscribe to the Brave
    Wilderness channel, so you can join me and the
    crew on the next location. (coyote howls)

    Top 5 Motocross Track Riding Etiquette Tips
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    Top 5 Motocross Track Riding Etiquette Tips

    November 23, 2019

    – Hello everyone, I am Chase
    here at Rocky Mountain ATV/MC and these are my top five
    etiquette tips for riding track. Alright, so, as you guys can see, we are out here to burn some
    laps at a local motocross track and I just want to share with you guys my top five etiquette tips. Whether you’ve been riding for years and you ride track a lot or maybe you’re just getting into track riding
    and you’re new to it. There’s certain etiquette that I think every dirt rider or
    dirt biker should follow when they’re at the track. So these are going to be my top five tips that are going to make you safer, help other people be safer and just make everyone happier at the track. So my first tip is really simple and it’s just ride
    within your skill level. You know, if you’re new to riding tracks. If you’re gonna go out for the first time, you’ve just got to understand
    what level you’re at. So if you’re riding an
    advanced track and there’s a lot of jumps on the
    track, you’re not able to do all the jumps but most of the riders are. If it’s a really busy day,
    you’ve just go to know that you want to be comfortable
    so it might not be the best day to ride on that track. You know, a lot of different
    tracks that I go to, they’ll have vet and beginner tracks, so make sure if they have those
    available, well start there. Those are gonna be
    easier, have easier jumps and then you’re gonna be
    riding with other people at your skill level. If you’re riding on and advanced track and you’re not able to do all the jumps and you’re uncomfortable,
    you can put yourself and you can put other riders at risk. And also, a lot of times
    when you go to a track, they’ll have timed practices. And what you want to do
    is, you want to sign up for the class that’s gonna
    be at your skill level. I see a lot of riders,
    yeah we all want to ride in a class with the faster
    guys and I understand that but if you’re a beginner
    rider, don’t feel like you need to sign up with the
    intermediates or even the pro class, because you
    want to say that you ride with those guys. It’s important, just know your skill level and ride there and once
    you get comfortable, you can work your way up. And I’m telling you that’s
    gonna make you safer. It’s gonna keep other
    riders safer as well. So that’s gonna be my first tip, is just ride within your skill level. So for my second tip, it’s
    gonna be don’t cross jump and hold your line. And this is probably one of
    the biggest reasons I see that riders are getting hurt
    at the track, is cross jumping. When you’re coming up to a jump, you want to make sure you’re
    jumping straight, okay. If you jump across a
    jump and there’s a rider right behind you and he goes off, well if you jump across,
    there a very good chance that that rider could land on you and that’s never a good thing. I’ve seen it happen way too often. So it’s really important
    that whenever you’re going off a jump, even if
    you’re rolling the jump, you want to make sure to
    go as straight as possible, don’t cross jump and
    because every rider that’s out there on the track, if
    they’re right next to you or they’re just behind you
    and they’re coming up off a jump too, they expect
    you to go straight. And if you don’t go straight,
    bad things can happen. And going along with that, the
    other part is hold your line. So if you’re riding, you’re
    coming to an inside corner and there’s a rider behind
    you, and even if you know he’s faster than you, okay,
    don’t feel pressure like you need to dart out of
    the way and move to the outside of the track. Or if you’re on the
    outside, don’t feel like you need to move to the inside. If he’s faster than you,
    he’ll get around you, okay? That’s what riders do. So, just make sure if
    you’re coming to a corner or anywhere on the track
    and you know there’s a rider behind you and you feel
    like he’s going to pass you, just stay where you’re at, okay? That rider’s expecting
    you to hold your line and go straight. So, if you’re on the inside of
    a corner, stay on the inside. If you’re on the outside,
    stay on the outside. That way, the rider can
    anticipate where you’re going and he can make the pass safely and you can just continue on your way. So that’s gonna be my second
    tip, is hold your line and make sure you don’t cross jump. So my third tip is gonna be entering and exiting the track in designated areas. Every track is going to
    have specific locations for you to enter and exit the track because they want you to do it safely. So it’s never a good idea, regardless of where you are on the
    track, even if you don’t feel like there’s any riders around you, when you enter the track,
    enter where you’re supposed to. Make sure you’re watching, you know. Enter at a good time, obviously,
    but exiting the track. This is where I see a
    lot of bad things happen because riders will exit the track early or maybe they’ll be on the
    far left side of the track and they want to exit, so
    they’ll move over to the right, but they’re not looking
    behind them to see if there’s a rider coming up. So it’s really important. Enter the track where it’s designated. Wait for a good time. Don’t floor it and just
    peel out and try to get ahead of a rider. Wait for them to pass. And then when you’re exiting
    the track, same thing. Make sure you’re exiting. You’re not riding all
    the way across a track when you’re doing that. And just exit in the designated spot and I’ll tell you, that’s gonna make you a whole lot safer, and again,
    you’ve got to be predictable. When riders are seeing you exit the track, they’ve got to know
    that’s what you’re doing. Same thing when you’re entering. Riders should know that,
    hey, there’s a rider that’s about to enter, and
    it’s your job to enter safely. So that’s gonna be my third tip, is enter and exit the track
    in a designated area. So for my fourth tip, it’s
    gonna be parking lot etiquette. And I honestly feel like
    I could do a top five just on parking lot etiquette. So nothing drive me more
    insane than when I’m at a track and there’s riders that
    feel like they need to practice doing starts
    and pulling hole shots in a parking lot. When you’re in a parking
    lot, you just slow down. You don’t need to go ripping
    through the parking lot, popping wheelies. It’s not necessary. You know, people are getting dressed up, they’re getting on their bikes. I’ve seen accidents
    happen in the parking lot. I watched a guy wheelie over
    one time and knock himself out. So just know that in the
    parking lot, go slow, especially in a dirt parking lot, when everyone’s parked and lined up. No one likes to get dusted out. So you don’t need to just
    floor it down the parking lot. Now the other part of
    parking lot etiquette that I have and some of you may or may not agree with this, is sound. When I’m in the parking lot, look, we all know your bike sounds good, you’ve got your exhaust on there. We all love to rev our bikes, I get it. But I want to keep my
    hearing as long as possible. So when I’m getting dressed up, I’m getting ready to go out and ride, I don’t need you to do sound testing like you’re getting ready
    for an AMA Supercross race. You don’t need to sit there
    and hit the rev limiter and just floor your bike. You can but for me, honestly,
    sometimes it gets obnoxious and it’s just really, really loud. I want to wait until I’m on the track to start hearing exhaust. If you have a two-stroke,
    I’ll make an exception. Two-strokes sound really good. They’re not as loud. But really, my opinion, you
    can let your bike warm up. You don’t need to sit there and just rev it the whole time. So that’s gonna be my fourth tip, is just having good etiquette in the parking lot. Alright, so for my fifth and
    final tip, it’s pretty simple. We are not here to win practice. When you’re at a track
    and you’re out riding. Everyone’s here just to have a good time. Everyone wants to be safe. And I see a lot of guys
    that get really competitive and it feels like they have to be the fastest guy on the track. So when you’re riding out there, if there’s a rider in front of you and yeah, he might not be as fast as you and you want to get around him,
    you don’t need to be going block passes on guys. If there’s an 85cc rider
    and he’s faster than you and you get mad. We’ve all been there. You don’t need to try and
    take out the 85 rider, but you know, just have a good time. You don’t need to win practice. You don’t have to be the
    fastest guy out there. If there’s a guy behind you and you know he’s faster than
    you, you don’t need to be a semi-truck and be as wide
    as you can and try and block the lines and keep
    him from passing you. Just hold your line, like
    we talked about earlier, and just let that rider go by. And also, if you’re passing the guy, one of my pet peeves
    is, if I let you by me, because I know you’re faster than me, I’m being courteous, I really
    don’t like getting roosted. Nobody does. That’s why I wear a chest guard. But however, if you’re passing
    a guy, just be conscious of where he’s at behind you. You know, you don’t
    need to just sit there, hold it wide open in second gear and then roost the guy behind you
    if it’s not necessary. If you’ve got to get
    on the gas to get over a jump around the corner,
    I understand that, but if you’ve got a long straightaway or there’s a section of the track where you just don’t have to just pin it and get it wide open. That’s gonna really help
    the rider out behind you because I’m sure we’ve
    all been in that situation where a rider goes past us,
    we start getting roosted, next thing you know we’re ducking our head and we’re just pretty
    much pulling off the track because it hurts so bad. So that’s my fifth and final tip. It’s just know when you
    show up to the track we’re all here to have a good time. Everyone wants to be safe. You don’t need to win practice. Alright guys so there they are. Those are my top five etiquette tips. Those are things that I feel
    that every rider should be doing at the track or
    shouldn’t be doing to say. So if you have suggestions
    or other things that you want to see riders doing more of, or maybe not so much of,
    make sure you comment below and share those with us. Now make sure you click,
    subscribe to us on YouTube. We have a lot of great how-to videos, product spotlights and gear guides. Also don’t forget, orders
    over $75 ship free. And on our website and We have a huge selection of
    parks apparel and accessories, so get over there and get yourself ready for your next ride. I’m Chase here at Rocky Mountain. We’ll see you on the trails.

    Detroit Light Rail – Bright Side 3
    Articles, Blog

    Detroit Light Rail – Bright Side 3

    October 17, 2019

    Our next segment will focus on an exciting
    project coming soon to Detroit. The M1 Woodward Avenue light rail project will connect downtown
    Detroit with the city limits at 8 mile road. It will be one of the first mass transit light
    rail projects in the state of Michigan. So the city of Detroit in 2006 started analyzing.
    If we’re going to build rapid transit somewhere in Detroit, where should be do it and what
    should it be? And they decided after several years of study that it should be a light rail
    type of line and it should be right along Woodward Avenue. So for at least five years now the city of
    Detroit has been working on developing light rail. A lot of cities around the country have
    a light rail. It’s an on street rail line where the rail is built right into the ground
    and there are overhead electric lines. So its’ a lot like a bus in that it drives on
    the street, but it’s a lot faster and generally more reliable, more attractive, more convenient
    than regular busses are. Fully a third of the people within the city
    of Detroit don’t have their own cars, and so they really need to have other transportation
    choices. But even more so, in city after city around the country in communities that have
    developed light rail you’ve seen enormous economic development. People want to live
    and work and shop and play near convenient public transit. And so developers know that
    and they really build a lot of new hotels and lofts and condos and restaurants in much
    more dense, walkable communities. So we really believe that this Woodward light
    rail can be an economic development catalyst for the city of Detroit. They actually just completed a critical step
    on developing an environmental impact study which the federal government requires, and
    making the final decisions about where exactly the line’s going to go, where the stops are
    going to be. They’ve lined up most of the funding at this point and they’re going to
    be moving into the detailed engineering. Construction could start as early as next year and should
    be… we should be riding in about 2015. I really see Detroit and really this whole
    region is at a bit of a fork in the road. We’ve obviously had some enormous difficulties
    and there is a chance that if we don’t make some major changes in how we develop and how
    we invest in making Detroit a place people really want to be, we really could continue
    down on a downward spiral. But I think we’re also at a cusp of something
    much greater. There’s so many people who are excited to make a positive difference in Detroit
    and are trying their little piece at a time. I don’t think that the light rail will necessarily
    solve all of Detroit’s problems but it could really be a catalyst to focusing a lot of
    the development, a lot of the new energy, a lot of the new entrepreneurial spirit along
    this Woodward corridor and really demonstrate what’s possible in Detroit in a very exciting
    and positive way. I really do think that this Woodward light
    rail project can be a catalyst for something great for Detroit

    Articles, Blog


    October 17, 2019

    (slow instrumental music) – We have caught a bullet ant, and we have it in
    the glass capsule, and right now Mark is filming
    the final macro shots. And I am two, yes,
    two minutes away from being stung by the
    insect that supposedly has the most painful sting
    in the insect kingdom. I think I’m gonna be fine, but ooo, guys, the heart
    rate is goin’ today. This is it. (bold instrumental music) One…
    (heavy breathing) Two… (heavy breathing)
    Three. (grunting)
    Ahhh! Ooo! It’s stuck in my arm! It’s stuck in my arm! Ahhh! (upbeat world music) (slow world music) Hidden within the darkness
    of the Costa Rican rainforest a legend exists beneath
    the ancient canopy. Indigenous people
    refer to it as bala, which means bullet. It is rumored that just a
    single sting from this animal is so excruciating that it feels as if one has been
    shot with a gun. They say this creature is
    not only to be avoided, but feared by all
    who hear it’s name. Bala. (whispers) Bala. Over the course of the past year I have taken on the
    challenge of being stung by some of the planets
    most notorious insects. It all began with
    harvester ants. A common species in the
    southwestern United States, that hails as having
    the most toxic insect venom in the world. I took around 60 stings, and walked away
    mostly unscathed. They’re all over my
    hands now, look at that! Ahh! (grunting) Ahh, there’s one on my neck! Next, I buried my hands
    into a nest of fire ants. The pain was like
    sticking your hands into a burning ring of fire. Ahh! Ow, ow, ow! The after math? One of my biggest regrets, as my hands were
    swollen for a month, and permanently scarred
    even till this day. One would think I
    had gone far enough, and then we came
    upon the velvet ant. Famous for having the
    longest stinger in the world, it sent me into agonizing
    pain for nearly 30 minutes. Ahh! (grunting) (heavy breathing) Okay, let me get back here! – [Cameraman] You alright? What are you feeling? – Gooo! (heavy breathing) Oh wow! My next challenge was
    the tarantula hawk, which is ranked as the
    second most painful sting in the insect kingdom. Here we go. (pacing instrumental music) Ahhh! Ahhh! (heavy breathing) – [Cameraman] You alright?
    – Ahhh! The pain was so intense
    that it put me on the ground with my arm in a
    state of paralysis for nearly five minutes. Ahhh! I can’t move my arm! I was ascending the
    sting pain index, and I could see the
    peak of the mountain. It looked down at me
    with black beady eyes, an alien looking creature
    amongst all other animals, and a name that cast fear
    into the hearts of men. But before I could
    go flesh to stinger, first we needed to
    find a bullet ant. Today is bullet
    ant challenge day. I’m actually pretty
    excited about this. As long as we could
    find a bullet ant, I’m gonna get stung by one. So, guys keep your eyes peeled, these little ants
    can be anywhere. Well, I guess they
    aren’t really little. They’re probably about this big. So, let’s head down here
    into the rainforest, and see if we could find one. – [Cameraman] Alright. – Believe it or not, bullet
    ants are incredibly common on the Caribbean
    side of Costa Rica. And setting the
    stage for a sting was only going to
    take a single one. It seems simple, however, finding them can be
    quite the challenge, especially when dealing
    with some of the most difficult filming conditions
    we have ever faced. Oh boy, that is the disorienting
    thing about the rainforest, everything looks the same no
    matter what direction you turn. Mario! (man shouting in the distance) Yeah, alright, found him, ha! Got nervous there for a second. Let’s keep going. For days we scoured the jungle, traversed rushing rivers, fought torrential rainfall, and sloshed through what seemed
    like a endless maze of mud. The goal was to find a creature
    no longer than a needle, in a haystack that literally
    spanned thousands of acres. It seems as if all was lost. Then finally, after
    several days of searching, the sun came out and
    fate took its course. I just saw an ant
    up on the tree here. Come up really slow, this might be a nest. – [Mario] You think
    you got a nest? – I mean, the ground
    looks the same as it has in most of the jungle, but there is a hole here, I definitely saw a large ant
    moving up on the side of that but before I just
    storm up there. – [Mario] You just see
    one or you see a few? – I saw one ant, one ant, but this looks like
    there’s a hole right there. – [Mario] Where? – [Coyote] You see that, this
    looks like it could be a nest. – [Cameraman] I
    don’t see the hole. Keep pointing to it. Oh, I just saw it. – [Coyote] There’s one
    coming out right there. – [Mario] I see it coming out. – He’s definitely right there. Let me see if I can
    get him on the stick. There we go, there we go. – [Mario] You got him? – Ooo, it’s going
    right towards my hand. That is a bullet ant
    right there, hold on. I’m just gonna put
    it in the container. Ooo! Ah! Oh! – [Mario] Mark, watch out. I think there is… – [Mark] I got one on me? – [Mario] I think so, man. I think they’re swarming. – We have definitely
    found a bullet ant nest, there’s no question about it. I was in there trying
    to get a single ant, and they started swarming out. Okay, this just went
    from slightly dangerous to extremely dangerous
    because there was one crawled up on my hand
    and I just got startled, and I flicked it off of me. I need to go back to
    get the container, we need to get an ant. (weary instrumental music) Alright, come on,
    get on the stick. – [Mario] Got one. – [Coyote] My hand’s
    shaking, I got one. Nope, it came off. (weary instrumental music) I got one, I got one. Back up, back up, back up. It’s goin’ right
    towards my hand! Oh boy, it’s attacking
    the tip of the stick. I’m gonna put it down
    right here on the dirt! Ah! Alright, I’m gonna
    get it in this cup. Got it! – [Mario] It walked right in! – Ha-Ha! Whoo! (laughs) Holy cow! Oh my gosh! Hold on wait, check your
    legs, check your legs. – [Mario] See anything on me? – [Mark] No, you’re good. – Oh my gosh! (heavy breathing) If I was that nervous
    just to catch the ant, I can’t imagine how
    nervous I’m going to be to actually be stung by it. Awe, this is wild. Alright, let’s take the ant
    down here into a flatter area, get the scene under control. It’s time to go through with
    the bullet ant challenge. – [Mario] Let’s do it. – Whoo! Yes! Got our ant! (leery instrumental music) Guys, I don’t know, I
    don’t know, I don’t know. We have caught a bullet ant, and we have it in
    the glass capsule, and right now Mark is filming
    the final macro shots, and I am two, yes,
    two minutes away from being stung by the
    insect that’s supposedly has that most painful sting
    in the insect kingdom. Actually seeing the
    bullet ant face to face, coyote pack, it is
    unbelievably intimidating. I have a feeling
    that it is going to be unbelievably painful, but I am ready. (deep breath)
    This is it. We are here. This is Costa Rica, and
    that ladies and gentlemen, dare I say it, is one
    monster sized bullet ant. Alright, before
    we get into this, let’s just go over
    some basic safety. For everybody out
    there watching, we have taken all the
    proper medical precautions. What we have right here
    is an epinephrin pen in case my body reacts
    negatively to the venom. Now, I will note that
    there are no reported cases of humans dying from the
    sting of a bullet ant. – [Mark] Alright Coyote,
    so what’s the game plan? What are you thinkin’ here? How are we gonna get you
    stung by the bullet ant? – Yeah, how are we gonna get
    me stung by the bullet ant? I love the that question Mark, I appreciate that. Okay, well this one is very
    similar to the velvet ant. This is gonna go
    down one of two ways. The first thing
    that we’re gonna try is I’m gonna lift up
    the glass capsule, and then we’re gonna
    place it there. If it doesn’t sting me like that then I will use the forceps where I will pick it
    up by it’s thorax, and just like the tarantula
    hawk induce a sting. One way or another, there is no question about
    it ladies and gentlemen, today I am going to be
    stung by a bullet ant. – [Mark] Alright, it’s time. – GoPro rolling? We are rolling. Alright, now what I’m gonna do
    is tip up the glass capsule, and then place the ant
    down onto my forearm. Here we go. Mark, your shot good? – [Mark] Are you
    sure about this? – Yep, no turning back now. Mario, ready? – [Mario] Ready. – [Mark] Let’s do it. – Here we go, ant on my skin. One… Two… This is it, no turning back. Three. (heavy breathing) Ant is on my forearm. Look at that. Okay, it’s just trying to
    climb out of the glass. I don’t know if it’s realized
    it’s actually on my arm. It is looking a
    little bit agitated. I can feel the little legs
    grabbin’ onto my skin, and right now it is just trying
    to get out of the capsule. It’s thinking, “Okay,
    something’s new.” They can probably sense
    the heat of my skin, and also the smell of my skin. These ants can pick up
    different pheromones. We’ll let it go a
    few seconds longer. (heavy breathing) And I think similar
    to the velvet ant that this ant is
    gonna need to be held with forceps to induce a sting. Okay, I’m going to tip
    the glass capsule back up, and get the ant under control. Are you ready? – [Mark] Yep. – One, two, control. Here we go. – [Mark] Whoo-hoo, awe man! – Dah! – [Mark] You alright? – I got the GoPro. – [Mark] Tell me what’s going
    through your head right now. What was that like? – I’m lightheaded,
    I’m lightheaded. Oh, the nerves that
    that takes guys. When the ants were
    coming out of the nest they were very very angry, and I think at this point
    the ant has calmed down, and it’s just thinking, “Can I get out of
    this glass capsule?” And I was not bitten,
    I was not stung. So, what I’m gonna do
    now is use the forceps to pick up the ant,
    place it onto my forearm, and I’m going to take a sting. Here we go, are you ready? – [Mark] I’m ready. – GoPro is rolling. Okay, I am literally
    at the summit of the insect sting pain index. So, what I’m gonna do
    now is remove the glass. (heavy breathing) Ant is live, okay. It is out and active. I am going to now pick
    it up with the forceps. Got it. (heavy breathing)
    There we go. That right there is a perfect
    hold right on the thorax, and wow, look at that, the
    stinger is already flying. Does that give you
    enough space there Mark to be able to see the stinger
    as it goes into my arm? – [Mark] Yes sir. – We’ve got clear
    visibility on the abdomen. Here we go. I’m going to move the little
    wooden base out of the way. The glass capsule is
    right here in frame. Forearm on the table. I’m Coyote Peterson, and I’m about to take on
    the bullet ant challenge. Are you ready? – [Mark] Let’s do it. – One… (deep breath) Two… Oh my gosh, this is it. Three… Dah! Oh! Oh, it’s tuck in my arm! It’s stuck in my arm! Ooo! Gosh! The stingers
    stuck in my arm look at that! Ooo! Okay, it’s off, it’s off! Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! Ooo! – [Mark] You alright? – Oh my God, it is really bad! Oh my gosh, I think it has
    the tarantula hawk topped! (bold instrumental music) Gooo! – [Mark] You alright man? – Yep! Ho! Did you see that? The stinger was stuck into my
    forearm right into the vein! There is the sting
    insertion point right there. Oh my gosh! It is like, rrr, it’s hot! Oh, I can feel the venom
    already right in my forearm! (heavy breathing) Ahh! (grunting) It is! It’s number one! Ahh! (heavy breathing) Oh my gosh! Oh, it’s burning more! It’s getting worse! Hold on, hold on, hold on! Ahh! Ahh!
    (heavy breathing) Ah, my whole arm is
    getting really tight. (heavy breathing) Oh my gosh, Mark, put
    your arm out here! Just tell them, feel my forearm! – [Mark] Wow. – It is like rock hard, I think it’s spasming
    up the muscle. Now, the toxin that
    comes out of the sting of a bullet ant is
    a poneratoxin toxin, which can cause
    you to hallucinate, so I don’t know how much venom
    actually went into my arm. All I know is that the
    stinger was in my forearm for a considerable
    amount of time. Ahhh! (grunting) Oh my gosh! Owe, oh! Dude, I think my neck is
    having a muscle spasm too. My whole muscle structure
    is like pounded right now. Ahh! What is that? Okay, that’s not good,
    let’s keep an eye on that. My neck is like stiffening up. My entire arm feels like it’s
    having a spasm right now. (heavy breathing) Okay. – [Mark] Is it getting
    better or worse? – No, it’s worse, it’s
    coming in waves of pain now. Oh my gosh! It is, hold on, I am
    super light headed, like super light headed.
    (heavy breathing) – [Mark] Do you need some water? – [Mario] You’re getting flush,
    your face is turning red. And you’re getting
    puffy under your eye. (heavy breathing) – I’m sweating
    bullets right now. Bullets, bullets of sweat
    from the bullet ant. Okay, I’m gonna try
    to stay composed. We’re gonna have to cut
    the scene pretty quickly. I’m in a lot of pain right now. Okay, at the moment, I am experiencing hot
    radiating waves of pain. It feels as if someone has
    stabbed me with a hot poker, and I can actually feel
    the venom, it’s throbbing, it’s very similar to the
    bite of the gila monster. When I was bitten by the gila
    monster it was intense pain, and then it would reside, and then it would
    return with a vengeance. This is…
    (heavy breathing) At this point, the tarantula
    hawk was already done hurting. This is gettin’ worse,
    this is gettin’ worse. I don’t know if I’m gonna be
    able to take this for 24 hours. (laughing) It pumped me full of venom. This is gonna be bad. It’s one thing to get tagged, and you know, to be,
    “Ahh! I got stung!” It’s another thing to be like, I’m just hoping you
    got that shot Mark where it was literally
    latched on and stinging me. Ooo, I am sweating
    bullets right now. It is humid, but
    my body’s on fire. It’s been about 20
    minutes since the sting, and look at my arm. It feels like it is on fire
    about up to my shoulder, extremely painful
    right in that region, it’s red, it is swollen, but I feel composed enough to
    give you guys a proper outro. Now, they say that this pain
    is gonna last for 24 hours, and my goodness, if it does,
    I’m in for one wild day. But I think it goes
    without question that the bullet ant
    sting is the most painful that I have faced thus far on
    the insect sting pain index. However, as some
    of you may know, there are whispers
    that there is possibly a more painful sting out there. The warrior wasp may challenge
    the bullet ant’s claim at the peak of the
    insect sting pain index. Am I gonna be willing to
    take on that challenge, stay tuned, we’ll find out. I’m Coyote Peterson,
    be brave, stay wild! We’ll see you on
    the next adventure! Whoo! What a day! As we returned this legendary
    creature back to its colony, the insect was immediately
    greeted by the other ants. Like a soldier who had
    returned from a great battle, and who would perhaps
    share its tale of the giant human it had
    defeated with a single sting. And as I watched this
    fearless gladiator disappear into the darkness, from my perspective I too felt
    as if I had defeated a giant. A giant ladder I challenge
    my self to climb, and we’ve all come to know as
    the insect sting pain index. I am proud to say I made it, and when it comes to
    the most painful sting in the insect kingdom, so far, it definitely belongs
    to the bullet ant. It has been a long 24 hours. Now, they say that the bullet
    ant is the 24 hour ant. My arm is still sore today. Guys, looks at my arm. I think the venom actually
    scarred the skin right there. I don’t know if you
    can see it on my face, I’m exhausted, barely
    slept at all last night because my arm was
    just pulsating. I could feel these hot waves
    of pain going though it. I guess we’ll see where
    it’s at in 48 hours. It’s still stinging now. Legends are born from
    the stories we are told, and as they are passed down
    from generation to generation they often times
    become so grandiose they are nearly
    impossible to believe. But when it comes to
    the legend of bala, trust me when I say
    the tales are true. If you thought the bullet
    ant sting was intense, make sure to check
    out the aftermath, and the steps I took
    to immediately reduce
    the searing pain. And don’t forget subscribe, so you can join me and the crew on this season of
    Breaking Trail. (bold world music)
    (birds chirping)

    Air Line State Park Trail – Introduction
    Articles, Blog

    Air Line State Park Trail – Introduction

    August 20, 2019

    MUSIC Used to be a train track. Now it’s the Air Line Trail. . . NARRATOR Long ago, the vision of a railroad running in a straight line from New York to Boston crystallized and became a reality. Known as the Air Line Railroad, the line operated from the 1870s to the mid-1950’s. Today, this corridor has been reclaimed as a new kind of state park. The Air Line State Park Trail is a 50-mile rail-trail in eastern Connecticut, with numerous access points for non-motorized recreation, and is open daily from dawn to dusk. The trail currently runs from East Hampton to Putnam and Thompson, and then into Massachusetts linking together diverse communities. With endless opportunities for year-round use there is something for everyone on the airline trail; — whether it is a half hour walk — or an intense training run, a half-day bike ride, a leisurely weekend-get away or a week-long tour from end to end with plenty of stops along the way to savor all that the state has to offer. The unpaved trail provides a natural experience and is mostly level with gentle grades making it suitable for people for all ages. There are many ways to use the trail year round. Most sections of the trail are handicapped accessible and suitable for strollers and wheelchairs. Some sections offer benches and picnic tables. Interpretive signs explain the history of the area, mileage markers are in place in some sections of the trail, and trail maps are posted at major access points. As you travel along the trail today, you can still see evidence of the extensive engineering works required to build and operate train service from New York to Boston. Look for long viaducts that span valleys from ridge to ridge to maintain a level grade, — long stretches where the builders blasted through bedrock in order to lay tracks, and — numerous bridges and road crossings. In some places, old railroad ties are visible along the sides of the trail where they were discarded years ago during routine track maintenance and other remnants can be seen poking through the soil here and there along the sides of the trail. The trail passes through an ever-changing classic New England landscape, including extensive wetlands and bogs, — woods, — stonewalls, farm fields, rocky streams and meandering rivers. From the top of the viaducts and the trails many bridges, visitors can enjoy tree top views of scenic river valleys. If you want to expand on your trail experience, there are many interesting things to see and do just off the trail. Here are just a few examples. Let the Airline State Park Trail take you places! — — — — — —



    August 13, 2019

    – [Coyote] You ready? – [Cameraman] Oh,
    spider, huge spider! Right there right there,
    Oh, whoa. right there, right there.
    Is that a tarantula? – [Coyote] No no no no no. I think that’s a
    funnel web spider. – Okay, a bite from this
    is potentially lethal. I’m just gonna set that down
    and see if I can coax it. It’s in, it’s in
    there, it’s in there. (highly energetic music) Australia’s arguably the most dangerous continent
    in the world. I’m sure that as your
    imagination begins to run wild, you are likely
    thinking about being snatched from a river’s
    edge and eaten alive by a giant Saltwater Crocodile. Or perhaps you are envisioning
    how terrifying it would be if you were to stumble
    upon and be bitten by one of it’s incredibly
    venomous snakes, like the Eastern Brown. However, it’s not
    only the reptiles that you need to be weary off. Tonight we are exploring
    just outside of Sydney, the most densely populated
    city in Australia, which also happens to be home to the world’s deadliest spider,
    the Sydney Funnel Web. Armed with a set
    of massive fangs, and an incredibly toxic
    venom, just a single bite from this spider has the
    ability to kill a human. Sounds terrifying, yet these
    spiders are rather illusive and tend to avoid
    humans at all cost. In fact, they can be
    rather difficult to find, as building their silk
    lined, funnel shaped burrows under rocks or in rotting logs keeps them hidden
    and out of sight. Ooh, covered in ants,
    watch out for that. Let’s go on the back
    side of this tree. There’s some logs
    to flip over here. So, unless you’re like me
    and are flipping over debris in the environment, your
    odds of encountering one are pretty unlikely. You ready? Lift this up. Oh, spider, huge spider. Right there, right there,
    Oh, Whoa. right there, right there.
    Is that a tarantula? No, no, no, no, no, I think
    that’s a Funnel Web Spider. Right there, just came out
    from underneath that log. Look at it’s
    abdomen, right there. Holy cow, that’s definitely
    a Funnel Web Spider. Hold on, I need to get
    it in this container. Oh my gosh, did you see? It’s a good thing I picked up
    the log from the other side. It was just burrowed
    right underneath there. – [Cameraman] That’s a
    tiny container, dude. That looks too big
    to be a Funnel Web. – [Coyote] No, no,
    no, it definitely is. Look at the front of it’s body. – [Cameraman] Oh yeah. – [Coyote] Wow, that
    spider’s so big, I don’t think it’s going
    to fit in this container. Mario, you have that bigger jar? – [Mario] Yeah, I think might
    have one in my backpack. Hang on. – [Coyote] Let me see
    if I can peel back some of these grasses.
    It looks like a tarantula but, Ooh, it’s moving, hurry up. – [Mario] I understand, here. – [Coyote] Okay, bite from
    this is potentially lethal. I’m just going to set that
    down and see if I can coax it. I’m going to try to coax it
    right into the container. Now they cannot jump but
    they will lunge forward. Oh, it’s in, it’s
    in there, it’s in. There we go. Wow, look at that.
    Oh yeah. That is 100 percent
    a Funnel Web Spider. – [Cameraman] That is a big one. – Wow, we can not
    miss getting this up close for the cameras. Okay, let me grab my bag and
    let’s head up to those rocks. Wow, that is without
    question a Funnel Web Spider. The question that remains
    is what species is it? I want to find a
    good, flat open rock. – [Cameraman] How about
    that one right there? – This? Yeah.
    Yeah, that looks pretty. – [Cameraman] Or that
    one. Is that better? – Yeah, that’s a
    little bit better. Let’s see if it will just
    sit on top of the rocks if it’s just like this. – [Cameraman] Yeah, I
    like this, this is good. – Wow. – [Cameraman] Let’s have a look. – That is intimidating. It does, it looks
    like a tarantula. I know you said,
    “Is it a tarantula? “You sure it’s a
    Funnel Web Spider?” 100 percent certain it’s
    a Funnel Web Spider. One of the ways that you can
    identify this species as such is they have a very
    bald cephalothorax. Now, they do have hairs on
    their legs, and on the abdomen, but that is how you can
    recognize a Funnel Web Spider, and that’s the perfect
    sort of place to find them. Underneath logs
    where they can wait and ambush for their prey. Now, they will also,
    obviously, be inside of burrows with those little funnel web
    systems, and whoa, am I glad that I picked up the log
    from the end that I did. Now, my fingers didn’t
    tuck underneath the log. I was on the top side
    and that’s why you always pick up a log from an
    area that you can see, because if you tuck
    your fingers underneath, you grapple onto that
    spider, and you take a bite, you are on your way to the
    hospital, without question. Okay, now, I know it’s probably
    kind of tough to see it inside of this container, so
    let me see if I can take it out and place it on the rock here, and let’s get some
    shots with you. Are you ready for that? – [Cameraman] Okay,
    let me help the guys break out the light real quick. – Okay,
    It’s getting dark. We’re losing light here. (dramatic music) Alright guys, we have
    the lights set up now, and in the lights, the
    spider is even more intimidating looking. You can see the sheen on the
    legs and the cephalothorax. Ah, it’s already cast
    a little bit of webbing inside the container
    there, and uh, I think if you guys are ready, let’s take it out
    of the container and see if it will just hold
    it’s ground here on the rock. Now, this is an extremely
    aggressive spider species, and often times, they won’t run, but what they will do is rear up and show you those fangs,
    and those front legs. Okay.
    We have to be very cautious. Yeah, I’m just going to
    gently tilt this down like this, and let’s
    see if it will crawl out and just stop right
    there, here we go. Okay, see if I can
    get it to stay still. Ooh, you stay, you
    stay, you stay. Actually, maybe I’ll do this. It seems to be more comfortable
    inside the container. – [Cameraman] Yeah,
    that works for me. How about you, Mario?
    Okay. This is such a dangerous spider. I mean, even more so
    than a wandering spider. – [Cameramen] Ohh.
    Okay. Look at those hooked legs,
    allowing it to hold on to the edge of the container. Let me see if I do
    this, maybe if I put the container over
    top of it, and give it just a second to
    stay right there. Now, one reason that
    the bite it so bad is that because when they
    bite, their fangs are so long, they actually will
    hook into you, hold on, and continue
    to pump venom. And it’s not like a Black
    Widow or a Red Back Spider where they might give
    you a warning bite. A bite from this spider
    species is full on, as much venom as I can inject. Okay, let’s try this. Everybody got a decent
    shot on the spider? There you have it, wow,
    and just for scale. Look at how big that
    spider is next to my hand. Not taking my eyes
    off of the arachnid. That is definitely as close
    as I feel like I can get. Alright Mark, let’s try this, I’m going to try to present it from just it’s still
    position, right there, and like all spider species,
    you see those very defined eight legs, but they also have
    very long pedipalps upfront and that helps them to
    grapple on to their prey, and when they rear up,
    they show those fangs, and their fangs are
    incredibly long. Longer, in some
    cases, than even some of the snake species
    here in Australia. Now, one of the reasons that
    this spider is considered so dangerous, is because
    they can often times be found in residential areas. The Sydney Funnel Web
    specifically is often times found right in
    people’s backyards. That’s why they tell
    you if you’re out there working in the garden, make
    sure you have on gloves. You can be tilling up
    dirt, accidentally grab one of these things, it bites
    you on the tip of the finger, and you may be seeing symptoms
    in as few as 15 minutes. Now, the immediate bite, you’re
    definitely going to notice. The fangs are long
    enough to draw blood, but immediately you’ll feel
    throbbing in your finger, and shortly after,
    you’ll start to feel a tingling in your
    mouth and lips. Now, if you’re bitten
    by one of these spiders, you want to apply compression
    to the entire arm. So, let’s say you’re bitten
    on the top of your finger, put compression straps up
    the length of your arm. That will help slow the movement of the venom into your body. Wow, that is impressive. Now, there are around
    40 recognized species of Funnel Web Spider, with
    one of the most dangerous being the Sydney Funnel
    Web, and I can’t identify exactly if this is
    a Sydney or not, but what we do want to do
    is actually take this spider back with us into civilization. Where we want to go is the
    Australian Reptile Park. They are, oh, it’s moving. The Australian Reptile
    Park is the one place in Australia where they
    actually extract venom from these spiders
    and then in turn build an antivenom for
    people that are bitten. So, this spider that
    we found right here, might actually be used
    to save some lives. How cool is that?
    Awesome. I think the best thing to
    do now is put a cap on this, place it in my pack,
    and call it a night. I’m Coyote Peterson,
    be brave, stay wild. We’ll see you on
    the next adventure. Alright, we are
    taking this spider to the Australian Reptile Park. Wow, what a find! Australia’s home to a collection
    of dangerous arachnids, from the Red Back,
    to the Huntsmen, and ultimately the Funnel Web. This beautiful continent is
    crawling with venomous spiders. Catching a Funnel Web
    Spider is something I had always hoped to do, and
    now with one in my possession, it was time that the crew and I headed to the
    Australian Reptile Park. Famous for being the only
    sanctuary of it’s type in Australia, they’re
    renowned for their spider and snake venom milking program. Will our spider’s venom be
    used to save human lives? Stay tuned for the
    fascinating conclusion as I get dangerously close
    to this creepy arachnid. And don’t forget, subscribe so
    you can join me and the crew on this season of
    Breaking Trail. Things are about
    to get dangerous. (animal noises)

    Railroad removal begins to clear way for bike trail
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    Railroad removal begins to clear way for bike trail

    August 12, 2019


    The “Secret” Underground Railroad in Indiana
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    The “Secret” Underground Railroad in Indiana

    August 10, 2019

    bjbjVwVw m searching for a road that shouldn
    t exist. I m looking for a path that is unknown to others. I m looking for a cemetery that
    might be an illusion of what it truly is. I m searching for a man that is more than
    what he appears. I am looking for an Underground Railroad cemetery in Indiana. Since I was
    a kid, I have grown up and heard stories about an old cemetery that was full of run-a-way
    slaves. That was located a couple of miles North of Lexington, Indiana. Dr. Hutchings
    use to take care of the sick for the run-a-way slaves on the railroad and the ones that would
    die he would bury them right in his back yard off of his farm. We re here today in search
    of that cemetery and the old location of the old farmhouse. The only problem is how do
    you find something that shouldn t be there? Where do you begin? What do you look for?
    Hello, Pam, Travis. Hi, Travis I m Pam Peters. An historian, who has devoted her life seeking
    the truth of the Underground Railroad, might be able to help me with my own discovery.
    The Underground Railroad wasn t really, it was a movement. It wasn t an organize system
    where there were three houses all along the way. I mean sometimes maybe that happened
    as you got further north, but down here you really couldn t say there was a system of
    safe house because they had to get out of this area. Even though Indiana was a free
    state, bounty hunters made it difficult for the African Americans to use anything other
    than the Underground Railroad. The one that went up through Watson and Charlestown headed
    a little bit further Northeast towards Otisco and headed through towards Lexington, that
    was the Louisville branch, but at the time of the Civil War they had to stop building
    because they needed the men for the war. So the entire unfinished, unused train track
    ran through Kentucky, to Indianapolis and up to Michigan. I m here in Lexington, Indiana
    talking to local historian Joe Gibson about this find. Could this be the path that led
    many to freedom? Hey Joe, what do we have back here? Well, this is one of the stone
    arches built by the Irish starting in the 1850 s when they were building the railroad
    track through Lexington and it started in Jeffersonville and past through all of Scott
    County, Eastern part of it all the way up to Vernon, Indiana. What year did it start?
    1850s? They started in the early 1850s and they started and had some financial problems
    and stopped it for a while and they picked it back up and again stopped because of the
    Civil War that intervened with them and after the civil war they started it back up and
    finished the track. So the railroad ceased production during the Civil War time. Yeah,
    it was just an open bed just sitting there where they had been working. Now Joe is it
    possible during this time of the Civil War, I mean you got a line running from Jeffersonville
    which was basically just like Kentucky all the way up here. Is it possible, it s a straight
    shot that you had run-a-way slaves coming up this way? I would say they probably did
    use that. It was an open road, at the time no tracks on it, no trains, it would have
    been an ideal situation for them to use. Right and this same railroad system goes up straight
    north up to, close by to Dr. Hatchings house doesn t it? Yes, its right along the edge
    of Dr. Hutchings place. So if I want to find his place I m going to need to get on this
    and head north? That s right. All right. You had a clear shot from Jeffersonville which
    is close to Louisville, Kentucky straight due north. All they had to do is walk and
    this railroad supposedly goes right towards Dr. Hutchings place. Dr. William Hutchings
    moved to Madison, Indiana after the civil war to raise a family. Not much is know about
    his life in Lexington and his involvement in the Underground Railroad, which is still
    theoretical. The problem is we really don t know where this cemetery is, its somewhere
    a mile or two miles north of Lexington. All we have to go on is that supposedly there
    s a double Colbert bridge that there s a creek that runs east straight to the old Dr. s farmhouse.
    So we re here trying to find that bridge right now. We have some great evidence of a creek
    near by and that might possibly mean a bridge as well. Right over here across the field
    we have Sycamores that are lining the edge of the field. Sycamores always grow close
    to water, they take a lot of water to grow and as you can see they are lining that field
    possibly meaning that there is a creek right there and when there s a creek and we re walking
    on the railroad, to get across the creek someone has to build a bridge. So let s see if there
    is a bridge that we can find. Could this Colbert Bridge really be evidence that this story
    is true? It is almost exactly one mile north of Lexington, right where it should be according
    to the record. Could this bridge signify shelter and protection to those who sought their freedom?
    How can I truly walk in the footsteps of legends? Will I find what I m looking for? The problem
    with these local stories are that the directions are really vague, we have been walking for
    a good 15 minutes up, got to be a mile within up stream and still no sign of any cemetery
    or foundation of a house. We re just going to have to keep on looking, see if we can
    find it. As I press on, the fading of the day creates despair. Am I chasing a rainbow?
    Is there truly and end to my search? Only, I am left in the presence of nature and its
    inhabitants but yet, I find hope. Great thing about March is in Southern Indiana Easter
    Lilies come out early. The thing interesting about Easter Lilies is that there not wild,
    these things have been planted, buy say they planted them a hundred and something years
    ago, even if a location is gone, these things will still spread out in the area. That means
    there was a house of some sort around in this location. So lets follow the Easter Lilies
    and we ll see if we can find where they lead to. I believe, this is a theory of mine but
    I believe that this is an old road. These things probably just like a horse and, horse
    and wagon trail probably led them right up to his house and he had Easter Lilies planted
    on both sides of the road, as you can tell we are going up some sort of flat area, it
    s kind of overgrown now but these Easter Lilies are still here. Oh wow! Look at this. We have
    an entire bed of Easter Lilies that is amazing, out in the middle of nowhere. Let see where
    this goes to. That could be the front yard. We got, we got foundation. We got a big hill
    of rubble right in front of us. Let s check that out. If I can recall right his house
    was a brick house and that would explain why there is so much brick around in this area.
    We have a tin roof here, this is tin, they had tin roofs back then. What happen was this
    house probably fell down and someone came in here with a bulldozer and just kind of
    pushed it all together, but I believe this is it. Now if we can find the old, if we can
    find the old cemetery then we ll be right on the mark. Alright, we have the old rubble
    of the house up on that hill, we got a little clear field, this was probably his farmland
    because he did own a farm as well as being a doctor. Still looking for the cemetery.
    Is a pile of bricks and tin enough proof Dr. Hutchings lived there? The evidence is building
    but I still need to find the cemetery to make my theory a fact. Will I find it in the twilight
    of the evening? What do those look like to you? Do those look like, do those look like
    tombstones? Those do. I think we found this thing. Row after row of bedrock commands an
    isolated hill in an empty forest. You can almost feel the historical presence. Why so
    many unmarked graves? Why here? I heard there was around 20 unmarked graves up here. We
    ve already uncovered around 40 and those are the ones we can visually see on the surface,
    no telling how many more are underneath all the rubble. But, what are they doing here?
    Why in the middle of the woods you have 40 some unmarked graves. The sad truth is that
    these are the ones that didn t make it north. This is their final resting place. This is
    their story. Well we found the old Dr. Hutchings farm, we found the cemetery, this is a historic
    day in Indiana. Thanks for joining us with Indiana Outdoors, I m Travis James. Man, look
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