BF Goodrich Mud Terrain Tires - The Ultimate PlaygroundPosted in Events on January 10, 2007
Some people have all the luck. Earlier this year, I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Flying M Ranch nestled in the shadows of the Sierra Nevada mountains for the introduction of BFGoodrich's Mud-Terrain T/A KM. The Flying M Ranch dwarfs the Pondarosa Ranch, and could be considered by some the size of a small state. At more than 500,000 acres, it is an off-roaders dream come true. Owned by Barron Hilton, the ranch is one of the biggest and largest working ones in the country.
Yours truly and six other off-road journalists spent three days at the ranch, testing BFGoodrich's new Mud-Terrain T/A KM. What makes this place so spectacular is the diverse terrain for off-roading, but most of all, it was off-roading on private land with no policies or laws being policed by local or federal government on where, how, or what to do. This is how off-roading should be.
We were able to test tires all day on a diverse amount of terrain that would blow your mind. Anything from rocky technical 'crawling sections to wide-open four-wheel drifts to slippery backcountry trails with easy to hard obstacles. On the way home was I thinking, if only I had this much land for off-road, what would I do? First, I would pinch myself to see if it was a dream, then I'd set up different areas of off-roading adventures for myself and friends to indulge in, day in, day out. This would include a stadium off-road track, a motocross track, a BMX track, a rockcrawling course, and a downhill mountain bike course on my mountain range that would peak at more than 11,000 feet. I'd call it the ultimate off-road playground - a full E-ticket ride.
As my flight began descending into Orange County, California, I realized it was only a dream and unless I played the lotto (which I don't) and won big, it would always just be a dream. But that's OK because I also realized the abundance of off-road areas I have to enjoy and the quality of friends I have to share them with. The reality is my ultimate playground is in my backyard, and though I don't own it, I do pay taxes to use it.
The moral to my tale is: Don't take for granted what we do have to off-road. A lot of off-road enthusiasts outside of the USA would give anything to live here. Granted, there are battles to keep what we think is ours, and there is always someone trying to take something away from us, but then again, aren't some things worth fighting for? My challenge to everyone who reads this is to be responsible and to try to introduce a new person to backcountry off-roading. It just might be the deciding number for a vote...