The professional ATV circuit won’t be calling me anytime soon.
But for me, it was a hoot.
This past weekend, Darren had to do some work on some all-terrain vehicles. Considering I knew he had things to do with his wife that night and with him assuring me it wouldn’t take too long, I opted to head up to his area to help out in regard to riding the machines and doing some photos and all.
Of course his “not too long” was longer than he thought. Changing batteries, getting things to run and all took a while.
Still, I had the chance to ride the 4-wheelers a little to help him clean them out and such. And, after a little while, we each took one out for an extended run to clean them out and mess around with them a little.
It’s been quite a while since I was out on an ATV. Should I ever have a job that pays well enough and if I have a place to use it, an ATV is something I’ve always wanted to own. Days like this make me want one more.
I used this time to work on my photo of the day for my 366 challenge. The photo at the top of the page was my selection for this past Sunday. Though we didn’t have any massive jumps, there were a couple smaller ones where a little bit of air could be grabbed.
Now, for those who know me — you know I’m not always much of a thrill-seeker.
Alas, I figured I should do this. My first couple attempts at jumps were weak. Basically just going over the mound. See, the jump was basically a small rut. You had to go down to go up. So if I hit it too fast, I could have basically gone directly into the front mound. So I had to slow down going in and then gas it going up to get some air.
As I said, we weren’t setting world records for jump heights.
Once I got it figured out, I was doing OK. Nothing where I would start thinking about trying to go pro or anything, but enough for some laughs.
But this is usually Darren’s thing. He’s the thrill-seeking adrenaline-junkie. I’m the person who likes to take photos and video. But we switched spots. With control of my Canon 7D, Darren all of a sudden was becoming the Martin Scorsese of backyard ATV action. He was all over trying to get angles and different things.
It was kind of funny as Darren was trying to coach me to get more air and how to do it and I was coaching him on how to make videos better, how to shoot images by switching up the shutter and all. A switch of positions, for sure.
Now, I must say this — I didn’t realize riding an ATV could actually be a little workout when you go at it for so long with the turning, small jumps, and everything else. I was shocked. But it was fun, that’s for sure.
Here’s one of the videos he took as I came to one of the “jumps” in between some trees:
I had also given him an idea to try and get the whole circle (two jumps) and here’s one of the videos of what he got:
I know a lot of people in this area love snowmobiles (though this winter hasn’t been too kind to those who ride snowmobiles), but I would definitely take a 4-wheeler over a snowmobile any day of the week. And with the winter we’ve had, the chance to ride this past weekend was a blast (though a bit cold when riding into the wind)!
I also look forward to eventually finding a way to catch some real air… as long as I stay back. A few times I thought I was going over the handlebars because I leaned up too much! Live and learn!
The original plan of the day was also to get a few nearby letterboxes and a geocache, but as the day went on, the lightness faded soon enough. But in the end, it was worth skipping those other activities for a day of getting away, trying something different and getting some cool photos.
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