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Horse tours gone wild

By: caratoke
10/7/2019 12:44 PM

Is it me or are the horse tours up on Carova getting more numerous and more aggressive? I just came back from a week up that way and I have never seen so much bad behavior in decades of going there. Not only have they industrialized what used to be a little cottage industry, sending armies of heavy vehicles up and down the beach, but they aren't airing down sufficiently and creating bad washboard and deep ruts.

And worse, one company in particular has taken to hitting the ramps at high speed and laying on the horn as they go over instead of carefully navigating the ramp to avoid oncoming traffic or pedestrians. I watched this one company do it dozens of times at the ramp next to our rental, like it's standard practice now. It was obnoxious and dangerous. You'd settle into a trance listening to the waves and reading a book, then BLAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!! every 15 minutes.

Otherwise the trip was very nice. The weather was beautiful and the county has done a lot to repair the roads back in the dunes so they don't create standing pools.

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By: Tim-OBX
10/7/2019 12:52 PM

Blowing the horn is probably a result in the 70 year old lady that was hit and killed on a beach access on Hatteras not long ago.

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By: Gettysburg Lady
10/7/2019 12:59 PM

We have not been up that way in a couple of years but even then I thought there was way too many taking tours - and we go in the off season. Someone should record the behavior and give it to the company. I'm sure it would stop - liability insurance has a lot of pull. It's too much of a good thing. Reminds me of our problem in Gettysburg - too many ghost tours! Until there is regulation and outcry it will continue.

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By: jsncrso
10/7/2019 1:06 PM

They go fast over the ramps because they have to or else they will get stuck. Ruts in the ramps are very deep and bad due to the concentrated traffic at them. Also, you can't air down heavy duty truck tires like you can with passenger vehicles or the tire will come off (or become damaged with a bead locker). Like Tim said, its the same situation with the lady that got hit. Law enforcement now fines you if you get stuck at the ramp. Traffic on Corova beach in general is a nightmare considering what it used to be.

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By: caratoke
10/7/2019 1:37 PM

Oh, I get why they're doing it: for their own convenience. My point is they used to navigate the ramps like normal human beings and didn't consider laying on their horn the sole safety measure to avoid wrecks or pedestrian injury. My point is that the rules that apply to the rest of us don't seem to apply to them, and there are far more than in past years. And again, this was only one company behaving like this.

I did take great pleasure in staring at each one that stopped in front of our house, beer in hand, sunburned and shirtless, dripping wet from the pool, doing my best imitation of a King of the Hill character. It instantly made the driver uncomfortable and they moved on. My wife later put on her best David Attenborough accent, narrating the event as it if he were on the horsey tour to shoot a documentary: "Here we see the Greater North American Redneck. Note his somehow slim yet bloated physique as he engages in the mating ritual of hoisting a lite beer and yelling wooooooo! to attract females. Just a magnificent specimen, though they are to be approached with caution. Generally good-natured and curious, they can turn dangerous at the mention of politics or which NASCAR driver sucks."

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By: obxmini
10/7/2019 3:22 PM

Oh, I get why they're doing it: for their own convenience. My point is they used to navigate the ramps like normal human beings and didn't consider laying on their horn the sole safety measure to avoid wrecks or pedestrian injury. My point is that the rules that apply to the rest of us don't seem to apply to them, and there are far more than in past years. And again, this was only one company behaving like this.

I did take great pleasure in staring at each one that stopped in front of our house, beer in hand, sunburned and shirtless, dripping wet from the pool, doing my best imitation of a King of the Hill character. It instantly made the driver uncomfortable and they moved on. My wife later put on her best David Attenborough accent, narrating the event as it if he were on the horsey tour to shoot a documentary: "Here we see the Greater North American Redneck. Note his somehow slim yet bloated physique as he engages in the mating ritual of hoisting a lite beer and yelling wooooooo! to attract females. Just a magnificent specimen, though they are to be approached with caution. Generally good-natured and curious, they can turn dangerous at the mention of politics or which NASCAR driver sucks."

caratoke


Please, please tell me you made a video of that? Wink smiley

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By: ultrahog99
10/8/2019 4:08 AM

Oh, I get why they're doing it: for their own convenience. My point is they used to navigate the ramps like normal human beings and didn't consider laying on their horn the sole safety measure to avoid wrecks or pedestrian injury. My point is that the rules that apply to the rest of us don't seem to apply to them, and there are far more than in past years. And again, this was only one company behaving like this.

I did take great pleasure in staring at each one that stopped in front of our house, beer in hand, sunburned and shirtless, dripping wet from the pool, doing my best imitation of a King of the Hill character. It instantly made the driver uncomfortable and they moved on. My wife later put on her best David Attenborough accent, narrating the event as it if he were on the horsey tour to shoot a documentary: "Here we see the Greater North American Redneck. Note his somehow slim yet bloated physique as he engages in the mating ritual of hoisting a lite beer and yelling wooooooo! to attract females. Just a magnificent specimen, though they are to be approached with caution. Generally good-natured and curious, they can turn dangerous at the mention of politics or which NASCAR driver sucks."

caratoke


This is an elitist post. One thing to remember about NASCAR fans and "rednecks", I have never seen either take a knee during the playing of the National Anthem.

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By: xobx
10/8/2019 6:46 AM

At $45.00 a head and 15 to 16 heads per tour and counting at least 15 tours time four tours a day.... money talks, nobody walks. But overall, saw many improvements to the 4X4 and Corolla this go round. The new beach traffic rules seemed to work fine and it was a plus with more presence of law enforcement. The tour vehicles were very respectful where we stayed.

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By: caratoke
10/8/2019 12:16 PM

This is an elitist post. One thing to remember about NASCAR fans and "rednecks", I have never seen either take a knee during the playing of the National Anthem.

ultrahog99


You do realize I was making fun of myself, right?

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By: Bill
10/8/2019 2:03 PM

Thank you for your Service UltraHog

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By: obxmini
10/8/2019 3:14 PM

This is an elitist post. One thing to remember about NASCAR fans and "rednecks", I have never seen either take a knee during the playing of the National Anthem.

ultrahog99


You do realize I was making fun of myself, right?

caratoke
I did and that's why I thought it was quite funny.

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By: J4yDubs
10/8/2019 5:29 PM


This is an elitist post. One thing to remember about NASCAR fans and "rednecks", I have never seen either take a knee during the playing of the National Anthem.

ultrahog99

Laughing smiley You got all riled up about someone calling themselves rednecks. Laughing smiley I'll bet you just love Jeff Foxworthy...

It was a funny story. And what in the world does the National Anthem have to do with it? USA Flag

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By: ultrahog99
10/8/2019 5:58 PM

This is an elitist post. One thing to remember about NASCAR fans and "rednecks", I have never seen either take a knee during the playing of the National Anthem.

ultrahog99


You do realize I was making fun of myself, right?

caratoke

No. I failed to see the humor. If you are poking fun at yourself, then you understand my sentiments.

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By: ultrahog99
10/8/2019 6:03 PM

Thank you for your Service UltraHog

Bill

Thank you.

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By: caratoke
10/8/2019 7:28 PM


No. I failed to see the humor. If you are poking fun at yourself, then you understand my sentiments.

ultrahog99


My favorite part of this exchange is the fact that I made a joke about how my type of people are only angered by mentions of NASCAR and politics, then you turned around and *got mad about someone mentioning NASCAR and injected politics*. In the words of redneck philosopher Bill Engvall, here's your sign!

I am an elitist. And I'm also a redneck. Make all the fun you want. But no hard feelings. I'll buy you a beer next time I'm down in Avon.

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By: Crunch
10/8/2019 8:13 PM

Yes, J4, what does the Star Spangled Banner have to do with it? Knee or no knee, redneck or not, Harley owner or not, elitism or not, how about an oath to the Constitution and the values it represents?

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By: ish
10/8/2019 9:21 PM

They go fast over the ramps because they have to or else they will get stuck. Ruts in the ramps are very deep and bad due to the concentrated traffic at them. Also, you can't air down heavy duty truck tires like you can with passenger vehicles or the tire will come off (or become damaged with a bead locker). Like Tim said, its the same situation with the lady that got hit. Law enforcement now fines you if you get stuck at the ramp. Traffic on Corova beach in general is a nightmare considering what it used to be.

jsncrso


This is not true:
Air down and you can crawl over anything
You can in fact air down any truck, from pick up to hummers and even heavier trucks. in fact many have the ability to air up or down while moving
I have yet to hear of the police ticketing any of the people stuck at the end of the ramp

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By: xobx
10/9/2019 6:47 AM

Ish is correct. I've driven several two-wheel drive vehicles up there with no issues just by airing down. You do however need clearance under the vehicle or you'll literally get hung up going over the beach accesses to the streets behind the dunes.

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By: Surfpainter
10/10/2019 12:06 PM

Is it me or are the horse tours up on Carova getting more numerous and more aggressive? I just came back from a week up that way and I have never seen so much bad behavior in decades of going there. Not only have they industrialized what used to be a little cottage industry, sending armies of heavy vehicles up and down the beach, but they aren't airing down sufficiently and creating bad washboard and deep ruts.

And worse, one company in particular has taken to hitting the ramps at high speed and laying on the horn as they go over instead of carefully navigating the ramp to avoid oncoming traffic or pedestrians. I watched this one company do it dozens of times at the ramp next to our rental, like it's standard practice now. It was obnoxious and dangerous. You'd settle into a trance listening to the waves and reading a book, then BLAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!! every 15 minutes.

Otherwise the trip was very nice. The weather was beautiful and the county has done a lot to repair the roads back in the dunes so they don't create standing pools.

caratoke


I just saw this and thought I’d add my worthless 2cents. After and even during hurricane Dorian the wind blew super dry sand into light, thin layers and drifts into the ramps making them nearly impossible to get through with aired down tires on 4x4 vehicles. I’ve never seen it so bad. I was following a work truck late at night during the storm driving behind “Laughing Gull” the one that’s almost in the water at (low) tide. I watched him bury his truck in this stuff before I was able to stop and reverse to proceed through the water in front of Laughing Gull. In the days that followed the sand remained soft over many of the ramps thus causing vehicles to either move quickly over that ramp, like the guy you mentioned or risk getting stuck. Like Ish and xobx said, anything can be aired down especially the tour trucks. I know those trucks are NOT causing the washboard effect. They’d never make it past the first 40 yards of beach after exiting the hard road to the beach if the hadn’t aired down properly..

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