The Off-Road Not Taken


My friend in Pascoag got an ATV for his wife. He says it was a good trade.

It is an indisputable sign of Summer to see the rich, abundant and majestic wildlife of Northern Rhode Island — deer, squirrel, rabbit chipmunk, wild turkey, raccoon, skunk, geese, fisher, opossum, fox and coyote —  being chased through the wilderness by hooligans on ATV’s. No story there. But faced with a slow news cycle, the intrepid investigative reporters from the big city have ventured forth and uncovered the startling realization that citizens here in the outback actually ride around on these ATV’s for fun, and, on occasion, get in trouble with them.

As reported n the Woonsocket Call and the Providence Journal, police in Harrisville recently arrested five men and an eleven year-old boy for riding ATV’s and dirt bikes through the streets, eluding police and creating a general nuisance. And then in Foster, WJAR-TV Channel 10 reported that a teen was badly injured riding his ATV through the woods when it slammed into a tree. Who knew tress could be so dangerous?!

My God… the uninformed might start to think that’s all we do out here.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–
I took the one less traveled by,
On a Kawasaki Sport KFX 450R.



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2 responses to “The Off-Road Not Taken

  1. mom

    it’s nice to see you writing again ……good job….Mom

  2. It is all you yahoos do out there. That and play red rocket-red rocket with the neighborhood Fido.

    Mom? Mom left you a reply. Why, that’s just lovely.

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