Cyclotourists who wish to remain anonymous have reported invasions of privacy and just plain rude behaviour at the Hiker-Biker accommodations at the Gualala Sonoma County Camp Ground. Here is their story:
We had just finished a long day riding from Cloverdale via Fish Rock and pulled into the hiker biker site in the camp ground and was immediately accosted by this chubby bald guy. It was totally freaky because he just started poking at our bikes and mumbling to himself about q-factors and lug shorelines even though our bikes are tig welded. He never looked at us and when the ranger showed up he wandered off and we moved to a regular campsite hoping to get away from him. Creepy.
Later, we were relaxing at our table sipping herbal tea and we saw this strange guy again but standing at our camp fire. Somehow he had gotten my copy of BQ out of our tent and was burning the pictures of Jan Heine from the magazine! He was having a grand old time jumping around and laughing and saying things like ‘Lookit Jan plane!’ and ‘Woo! This supple tire goes ‘pop’ in the fire!’. He said ‘Pop!’ a lot.
We were paralysed with shock and were not able to do anything for quite some time (although I did instagram him and strangely got a whole bunch of likes), and then he seemed to get tired dropped the magazine on the ground and left. We picked up our copy of BQ and ascertained that any of the decent photos of Jan that were in focus were gone. At least the pictures of the mini-velo were still intact and he hadn’t touched the photos of Madeleine Provot or Jobst Brandt. Come to think of it, he may have been saying ‘Provot’ or ‘Jobst’ instead of ‘Pop’ toward the end of his rampage. We reported the incident to the camp ground Ranger and she just sighed.
‘Oh, him again. We have not been able to catch him in six years. He seems mostly harmless, and is just lonely. He is local but got kicked out from loitering at the grocery and gas stations because he would pester the cyclotourists endlessly always telling the same story over and over. His favorite is one about UFO’s and the 4th of July. I think he has a couple of blogs.’