FENWICK – It’s not just a ride in the park.
“You have to be strong,” said Dwayne Cleveland. “…You’re working your whole body.”
The ATV season is about to begin. The president of the Cumberland County Riders ATV Club said his members are just waiting for the trails to dry. They hope to stage a run the first Saturday in May.
“We ride out of our park in Fenwick,” said Cleveland.
So it is a ride in the park – except this park has 1,600 acres leased from the Department of Natural Resources, and lets on to trails that can take you from Springhill to Advocate.
“…It’s 70 miles…three hours down, three hours back,” he said of the latter destination.
It’s an expensive hobby, said the president. Four-wheelers can run six or seven thousand dollars or more, and side-by-side two-person machines can run into the high teens. Add to that a trailer and a truck to pull it, and perhaps it’s not surprising the club’s youngest member is in his 30s.
Most of the club’s members – 67 last year – are homeowners, many with grown kids. And their professional backgrounds vary. Some might work in the industrial park, while others work in policing.
“We have bankers, we have teachers…,” he said.
You can’t tell if someone’s hands are callused or not when they’re wearing riding gloves, he said.
“They want to get out and get some air,” he said.
If the youngest members are in their 30s, the oldest is closing on 80.
“They’re staying in shape,” said Cleveland, …they’re not rocking chairs.”
Licenses are required to ride ATVs. The club plans to run a course some time soon, possibly in May. And the club is hosting a fun run May 29.