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Posted by Dave in MI on December 26, 2003 at 13:46:14 from (18.104.22.168):
I'm 58 years old and own an ATV. I also have mixed feelings concerning the sales practice of this sometimes helpful and yet deadly recreational vehicle, depending on the maturity of the driver. With 200+ acres I find it helpful to check out my lands and transport firewood with an ATV, probably at a speed of 3 to 6mph. Yet I also feel that ATV's and snowmobiles really rob the rider of the true worth of the rural experience. Not only does the unnecessary noise of a constant stream of ATV's or snowmobiles disrupt the true forest pleasure of silence, but also robs the individual of true enjoyment in remote areas. It appears that a "pack mentality", further influenced by a powerful motor between ones legs seems more satisfying than the true reason for one's trip through an otherwise, undisturbed and remote setting. Then again, that is what sells ORV's, ATV's and snow machines. The picture of speed, tearing through creeks, mud, rocky terrain at high speed seems a priority. I sometimes feel more pitty for the rider than the environment. They really don't understand what they are missing. Ask any avid cross country skier or snow shoe enthusiest. They have learned the secret, but only with age tempered by maturity. Just my thoughts, through experience.
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