Gypsy Trail Dedication at the Roberd’s Dairy Farm

Sign at start of Gypsy trail

Just this past January 14th, I held a race at the Roberd’s Dairy Farm called the Rogue Resolution Fatass 50k and 25k.  It was a free race but we asked runners to consider donating to Rogue Dog Rescue.  The run attracted 40 runners and the donations by our runners topped $300 that were promptly handed over to Rogue Rescue along with dog kennels, blankets, chew toys, etc.  It was a pretty awesome response from our very generous running community.

Bren Tompkins during the Rogue Rescue Fatass 50k. He would go on and win this race

The race course started on a trail I have labored on for over year that I named Gypsy trail, in honor of my beloved late dog, Gypsy.  I had started making the trail with Gypsy by my side.  The trail is a mile long.  I’ve had to reroute the trail twice during the building process due to tropical storm, Hermine and, because of Hurricane Matthew.  Both storms, severely damaged the trail by downing numerous trees in the forested area of the Roberd’s Dairy Farm.  For Hermine, I was able to clear and reroute most of the trail with pruning shears, hand saw, machete and shovel.  Hurricane Matthew was a different story, though.  I had to purchase a large chainsaw to salvage Gypsy trail.

For those that were never fortunate enough to meet Gypsy I will simply say that he was the most pleasant, most laid back, forgiving and accepting dog that’s walked the face of this earth.  That dog, just by existing in my world saved my life.  He came into my life at a time of great loss for me.  I was a very broken hearted man when Gypsy came into my life and he taught me that it’s okay and good to open myself up again to loving something and believing that life is good and worthwhile.  Gypsy was a survivor by definition.  His younger life was sadly very harsh.  He was used for studding purposes and when his usefulness was spent he was left chained up in a small caged area to live out his life.  He was eventually rescued from a terrible hell that left him so weak and malnourished and infested with heartworms.  When he was rescued the weight of the chain that held him captive was too heavy for him to move as he was so malnourished.  Gypsy proved a survivor, though.

This is Gypsy at the Dairy Farm. He was such a wonderful dog

Gypsy was rescued and fostered by two wonderful people, Bill and Kathy Smith.  They had two Aussie’s of their own but felt compelled to bring Gypsy into their world.  Unfortunately, Gypsy didn’t quite fit in with the Smith’s two Aussies so, they felt he should have his own person.  After meeting the Smith’s and Gypsy, I was so connected with that dog and the Smith’s knew that Gypsy should be with me.  Gypsy came into my home as an eight year old rescue in 2010.  He had a weakened heart due to heartworms but that didn’t stop him from loving life and letting me into his world.  Gypsy lived with me six years before cancer finally overtook him.  He was one of those very special dogs, the kind that only come around once or twice a life time.  The mark he left on my heart and in my soul is so deep and ever present.  I have never loved an animal as I loved Gypsy.  My gosh, that dog was special.  He died five days after his 14th birthday, on February 1, 2016.  My heart still aches for that dog.

Here’s Gypsy on the trail with his name a month before he passed away.

Well, Gypsy loved the Dairy Farm and he was with me for days and hours on end as I cut a one mile trail through the woods there.  It seemed right and fitting that the trail I cut through the woods at the DF should be named after this most wonderful friend of mine, Gypsy.

that’s Gypsy’s trail.

So, I took the opportunity this past January 14th, to dedicate the trail to Gypsy.  The trail is single-track and follows heavy oak and pine forested areas, cuts through large black berry open areas.  It also cuts through swampy grounds and open marshes.  It’s a beautiful coastal Georgia trail that is excellent for hiking, and mtb riding.  There’s plenty of beautiful scenery to behold and take in.  Prayer flags overhang a section of trail.  It truly is one of the nicest and prettiest trails in the Savannah area and very much worth a venture.

Mrs. Lindsey Dowling working her way through the prayer flag section of Gypsy trail

The trail is there for you to hike or bike and, hopefully, take your dog along the hike with you.  The Rogue Resolution Fatass 50k and 25k will return next year on Saturday, January 13, 2018.  We have added a fee to next year’s race but it’s a more than reasonable fee, I believe.  The registration fee for next year’s Rogue Resolution Fatass is $5 per runner for either the 25k or 50k.  The $5 will cover costs for restroom availability, aid station food, race awards.  The remainder, if any, will go to Rogue Rescue.  And, donations will still be accepted which will also go to Rogue Rescue.

Hope you’ll visit Gypsy trail and, hope you will consider joining us for one of three running events we’re holding at the Roberd’s Dairy Farm!

Thanks for stopping by.

All the very best.






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1 comment for “Gypsy Trail Dedication at the Roberd’s Dairy Farm

  1. Kenneth
    2017/07/29 at 7:31 am

    Your story just moved me!!! We lost our Black Lab after 16 years. My youngest son took me on the trail yesterday. We had an Owl 25′ feet up just staring back at us. It was majestic!!! If you need help maintaining or blazing the trail, I’m down. Just wanted to know if I could camp on the trail. I’ll pull out a garbage bag or two of waste.

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