Pigs, ATV update and the bear facts
I've had a lot of queries about how the North Country's big ATV Trail Loop has been doing. This loop, soon to be two loops, offers riders a look at hundreds of miles of wild country few people have ever seen. There is nothing even approaching it this side of the Mississippi.
My take? (A) The ATV emergence is going through what snowmobiling went through a half-century ago. Organizations and self-policing are the key. (B) Once the trust with landowners is broken, you are done - there will be no place to ride. (C) In my experience, in what I've seen from front porch, lawn and barnyard, it is the teens and 20-somethings who are the problem, same as they were with snowmobiling. Who among us does not remember those wild early years, back then with cars, now with off-road vehicles?
On this last subject, I have a real problem with print and TV ads glorifying to-hell-with-the-land and to-hell-with-anyone-else-on-the-trail reckless, feckless and careless ATV misuse.
When I see pickups and SUVs towing ATVs north on Thursdays and Fridays, I think: "There comes some sorely needed money." When I see muddied ATVs heading south on Sunday down Route 3 through Pittsburg, Stewartstown and Colebrook, I think: "Whose dirt?"
John Harrigan's address is Box 39, Colebrook03576. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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