Assertive Backcountry Driving

Another tale from the trail…of sorts!  Some thoughts on assertive backcountry driving.

Not the kind of driving where you are tackling some technical jeep track and need to learn how to rock crawl. No, these thoughts on assertive driving are what happens when a Northeast native encounters a particular type of tourist on a backcountry road. And, more specifically, on a backcountry road when the tourists are stopped in their van, taking up the whole road, not moving, and “GoPro-ing” cows.

No word of a lie.

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John Goering
John Goering
27 days ago

Is that any different than a lot of National Parks where people apparently completely forget about anything other than themselves.  But that rueful activity isn’t limited to any specific region of the country.  A couple of years back my wife and I got an early start for a day hike only to run into a cattle drive on a county road that ate up about an hour.  The “wranglers” were on both ATV’s and horseback.  While in every previous experience of this type you “sift” through the herd, not with these people.  We had two border collies in the Jeep… Read more »

Mike B
Mike B
21 days ago
Reply to  John Goering

I remember seeing some cowboys on horses moving cattle along a highway in eastern Oregon. It was a much more pleasant experience than what you describe.

Mike B
Mike B
21 days ago

I saw a post on the problems with parking at overcrowded Trinity Alps trailheads and cars blocking others in. Way back when I was in college, a VW Bug had parked illegally behind my truck. I was nice enough to go to the library to study instead of home before work. The Bug was still there when I came back 3 hours later to go to work. It was fairly easy for my truck to move it, and I really didn’t care what damage I might have done. Some people evidently need to be told the world doesn’t revolve around… Read more »