Quick update -- great day out at Palos today. Lots of log practice.
I didn't end up doing the cemetery loop; I opted to head across the street and along the Crucible toward Swallow Cliffs. I was having fun ... until right after the underpass.
I knew from Out & Back and One-Day Trail that the ATVs had been in the area. I had heard about the police presence and had seen some of their tracks on my previous couple of rides. But nothing -- NOTHING -- prepared me for what I saw over on the other side of 104th Ave.
Words cannot describe it. I wish I had a camera -- the entire area is destroyed. Not a little -- completely wiped out. If there was singletrack there before, it is gone -- probably forever. The closest thing I can liken it to is images from the Battle of the Bulge in World War II, when German Panzers and American main battle tanks squared off in the middle of the Ardennes -- the forests were decimated.
I almost started to cry. I think those trails might have been illegal, but that doesn't forgive the destruction I saw out there. If we don't respect the world around us, what do we respect?
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