Well not so much a ticket to ride, but I am now legal to ride in all of the OHV (Off Highway Vehicle) areas in Oregon.
A week or so ago Troubadour and PolarBear headed to Huckleberry Flats (a specially designed off highway vehicle area southeast of us). I could have gone since PolarBear has a few extra dirt bikes, but I would not have been riding legally.
In order to ride at the many open to the public ATV and dirt bike areas in Oregon, a person must take an online course and pass a multiple choice test through RideATVOregon to acquire an ATV Safety Education Card.
At the beginning you give them your name, date of birth, sex, and specify whether you will be riding an ATV, side-by-side, or motorcycle, or any combination thereof. I checked only the box for motorcycle. I waited while it "tailored" the course for me.
My online course was 11 chapters. Each chapter had anywhere between 2-9 pages and a short quiz at the end. This was followed by 50 multiple choice questions for my test.
I was disappointed with how much of the course had to do with ATVs and side-by-sides and how to handle them on the dunes and uphill, etc. I can understand the parts about not over riding your sight distance and not drinking and riding, those should be common sense. I was also disappointed that so much of it had to do with supervising children in these areas, something that just does not apply to me.
While reviewing part of the materials on riding dirt bikes uphill and downhill, one of my favorite Carbon Leaf songs kept echoing in my mind - A Girl and Her Horse. I rode horses way back in the day so leaning forward uphill and shifting your weight back when going downhill is not foreign.
I passed the test with 90%. Yes, I got a whopping 5 questions wrong. No worries, I needed only 80% to pass.
So, now I've printed a temporary card and my official laminated one will be mailed.
Time to get dirty!
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And on a side note I finally got my hair chopped off and highlighted blonde and red. A little edgier, but not drastic. It should be better under my helmet too. No more braids flapping in the wind. Whatever shall I do?
Good timing with Halloween tomorrow.
- Au Revoir
" Naturally curly hair is a curse and don't let anyone tell you different." - Mary Ann Shaffer in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society