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Old January 11th, 2015, 09:59 AM
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Eastern NC Land Rover Farm

Everyone that lives around Raleigh knows how much of a pain in the ass it is to find legal offroading spots (other than URE of course), so I have come up with a solution:

I have a farm in Greene County, NC (near Greenville NC) that has some pretty cool terrain that has yet to be tapped -- there are a couple of trails that my brother and I have built, but there could be many more. The area that I have 'roped-off' is labeled "Riverine Swamp Forest" on the USGS map, and it has some serious mud.

Basically, I want to turn it into a '4x4 park' for responsible Land Rover owners. Anyone willing to wield a machete, bush ax, or chainsaw in order to help me cut new trails would have free and open access to the park (within reason).

I have been cutting trails by myself, armed only with a machete and bush ax (no chainsaw) and have made some progress. However it is slow going working solo against the bush.

I figured that we could camp out there one weekend closer to spring, ride the existing trails, and maybe work on some new ones. I don't have a weekend in mind -- but if yall want to come up with one, I am totally flexible.

Here is a link to Google Earth map (https://goo.gl/maps/f2SHz)

If you are interested, shoot me an PM or email (mdalbrit@gmail.com).

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PS. I attached a video taken from one of the trail rides I have done out there recently.
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Old January 11th, 2015, 10:05 AM
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Here are some more pictures of the farm.
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Old January 11th, 2015, 10:09 AM
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That's a great offer. Certainly lacking ORV areas in this part of the country. If you are considering doing it commerically, you definitely want to look into insurance coverage. ROAV leadership are probably a great resource for finding out what you need. Good luck!
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Old January 11th, 2015, 10:22 AM
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I would also suggest reaching out to CROC and the Old North State clubs as well both are great clubs who put on great events.
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Old January 11th, 2015, 10:23 AM
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Awesome. My parents have a house down there right up 17 from you.
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Old January 11th, 2015, 10:31 AM
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That's a great offer. Certainly lacking ORV areas in this part of the country. If you are considering doing it commerically, you definitely want to look into insurance coverage. ROAV leadership are probably a great resource for finding out what you need. Good luck!
Preciate the advice! I have considered the commercial route, but really and truly I just want to go wheeling with other Land Rover owners in a safe and legal place. I go out there alot by myself, but its just not as fun.

The way I look at it is, anyone who wants to off-road responsibly in a private and legal place can go out there with me as one of my friends -- that way there is less rigmarole and red tape.

Obviously I don't want to get sued. Common sense and courtesy is all I would ask of anyone wanting to wheel the trails.
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Old January 11th, 2015, 10:52 AM
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Friendships can be tested when you are dealing in damage or medical bills in the $10k+ range. At least get the facts.
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Yep.. It's. Sad fact that we live in a litigious society that wants to blame someone else for their own stupid action, there seems to be no personal responsibility anymore. At least have an indemnity paper drafted and signed by everyone who goes onto the property, but even that is only as good as the other parties lawyer isn't.. It's inversely proportionate..
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Matt:
If you contact the local clubs, they can organize work weekends and cut trails, supply insurance, and then you could hold some events to finance the various property improvements and cover the insurance payments.

This is the same model other clubs have used successfully for years.
I think you are on to something very very positive.
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...truly I just want to go wheeling with other Land Rover owners in a safe and legal place. I go out there alot by myself, but its just not as fun.

The way I look at it is, anyone who wants to off-road responsibly in a private and legal place can go out there with me as one of my friends -- that way there is less rigmarole and red tape.

Obviously I don't want to get sued. Common sense and courtesy is all I would ask of anyone wanting to wheel the trails.


I think it's a great idea, but as others have pointed out, it wouldn't hurt to protect yourself from litigation.
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Old January 11th, 2015, 12:24 PM
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I think it's a great idea, but as others have pointed out, it wouldn't hurt to protect yourself from litigation.
Thanks for the input guys, I guess I'll have to talk to my lawyer. Damnit.
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I Have been with the ROAV leadership off and on for a while and could talk you through it. Between Croc And ONS you should be able to get what you need. We pay about 2000 a year for insurance for 2 events.
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Matt, great offer, and thank you. I get down that way a fair amount and would be happy to pitch in.

Off subject, but are the hog or poultry barns yours, by chance? I work with production animal ag producers and rarely (ie never) run across Rover enthusiasts.
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