I have a secret. I’ve lived in Hayward, Wisconsin for my whole life and I have never been out on the ATV trails. I don’t know how I missed that wonderful opportunity, but now at twenty years old, I finally went flying through the woods in a side by side with Donny Mrotek. And it was so awesome. The trails were winding and built for speed. Who could resist?
It was a great day out in the sun with some of the members of the Hayward Power Sports team. There were a variety of toys out in the field, from an ATV to a couple of side-by-sides. Harry from Hayward Power Sports and I spent most of our time in a four seat side-by-side, cruising down the dirt trail. The sun was warm, but the breeze kept us cool; it was a perfect afternoon to be driving around. I get a lot of people asking for ATV maps in the Information Center and I’ve been happy to give them out, but now I’ll do it with a much better understanding of the obsession. It’s thrilling to be out there, the trees whipping by and the radio playing Brad Paisley loudly. It felt like summer wrapped up in a 130 Horsepower engine.
The trails themselves are an excellent example of community. Donny drove me out to a spot where the single-track mountain bike trail and the American Birkebeiner trail coincide with the ATV trail. Donny explained that all though the three sports were so different in style, they were able to coalesce and share the trail. This demonstrates the true sportsmanship and camaraderie that the Hayward area is filled to the brim with. It may have been my first time out on the trails, but it certainly won’t be my last.