Sep 28 2010
Generally speaking I don’t like off-road-vehicles (ORVs), ATVs, “four-wheelers” and dirt bikes. That’s because I usually encounter them when they’re breaking the rules: driving in “No Motorized Vehicles” zones, blazing unauthorized trails, and driving on paved streets in my neighborhood. They’re not supposed to do any of these things but the vehicles are advertised as “We Break The Rules” so of course they’re often used that way.
I mused about this during my hike last Sunday when three dirt bikes drove by me at top speed. My first reaction was “Ugh!” but after they were gone I realized I was walking in a very beautiful area, an area that would have been inaccessible to me had the dirt bikes not blazed the trail. Without them I could not have found my way in and I certainly couldn’t have found my way back. Sometimes I benefit from their actions.
So there’s a contradiction in my mind. Do I like what they do … or not?
On my way back to the car I found a dead scarlet tanager on the ground, his body run over by a dirt bike.
It made me cry.
(photo of dirt bike trails and mudhole by Kate St. John)