Jennifer Tackles a Boulder Field on the ATV
By Midwest Traction on August 7, 2017
Recently, my family took a trip to Taylor Park, Colorado. I've been a dirt bike rider for nearly thirty years, but last year Jennifer and I purchased our first four-wheeler for her to ride. Her progress has really begun to show.
My wife grew up riding dirt bikes with her father. A couple of years after we married, I caught the dirt bike bug. When I purchased my Honda motorcycle, she wanted her own, so we purchased an older 175. Unfortunately, after developing some back problems, Jennifer could no longer ride comfortably on the motorcycles.
Not long ago, we rented a quad for her, and she took to it quickly. In the spring, I spotted a Kawasaki Prairie 400 ATV for sale. She spent much of the off-road season getting used to the nuances of the quad.
The Current Riding Season
We've managed to get our four-wheeler tires onto the trails a few times this summer. I've seen a huge difference: she handles the terrain with confidence. A few weeks ago at Pole Hill near Estes Park, Colorado, Jennifer tackled an uphill boulder field without hesitancy. I felt so proud.
Recently at Taylor Park, Jennifer took on the Tellurium Creek trail. With five miles of extremely rocky uphill terrain, it posed a problem for her back before. She rode the throttle for 5 miles of ascension, finally deciding to head back down. It is a difficult trail, but the views at the top are worth it.
During her descent, she kept the automatic transmission in low gear so that she would be able to conserve her brakes.
By the time I caught up, Jennifer was at the trail base waiting for me. I thought I'd catch her before that point. She'd been waiting a while, but the elation was palpable. This ride made her week!
We should have purchased a quad a long time ago. Jennifer can now travel trails with her Carlisle ATV tires that she couldn't attempt on the motorcycle. We've put more miles on the ATV in the past two season than we did on the motorcycle in ten. This four-wheeler has made our vacations so much more enjoyable for both of us. It was well worth the investment. I highly recommend ATVs as alternate off-road adventure vehicles.