Then Laura Gilbert and I headed off to Envision for liability insurance. This would allow me to ride logging roads. Everyone apparently gets liability insurance. As it was my first ATV and I had to consider that I might actually drive it, I got all the insurance. . Alien abduction is covered as it the rapture. If my ATV goes before me I can collect on the insurance.
We then drove on to Canyon Alpine RV Park where Brent had been watching over my Rockport Mini Lite Motor home. I thought it a good idea for the Polaris Sportsman 500 to get a good night sleep before I actually considered drivig it out of the back of the truck. Laura wasn't sure I should actually ever take it out of the back of the truck. Gilbert was just delighted to be in the outdoors sniffing everything a dog could sniff.
In the morning I positioned the truck in front of a two foot ledge, laid out my ramp. After extensive prayers and burnt offerings, I backed the new Polaris Sportsman 500 H.O.ATV down the ramp and sang Hallelujah. It really wasn't at all difficult.
Gilbert was very excited. The Sportsman was as much for him as me. The last couple of years I've hunted with a Honda 230 enduro motorcycle. Gilbert has ridden in a carrier on the back but his excitement when I get off the bike nearly tipped it. Then with the recent increased truck size from the Ford Ranger to Ford F350 I found it difficult alone to get the motorcycle onto the back. Gilbert will continue to ride on Harley Electra Glide in city and cruising but now offroad he will learn to ride on the ATV with a quick release harness. I liked there was lots of storage at the front and in the seat of the ATV. Further I liked that everything could be locked down.
This first time out I drove off alone. It was a bit like one of those black and white cowboy movies with the lone fellow riding off to his potential end. I headed up into the Alpine with a rifle only too ready to shoot a black bear if one actually tried to maul me. I was really ever so careful at first with the ATV. However, remembering what Ryan had done I got the courage to increase the speed over 5 mph. It wasn't long then before I was up to 25 mph and still feeling safe. The Polaris Sportsman 500 is simply unbelievable as a hunting machine. I drove all over the side roads going through culverts, down and up ravines. The roads I took were decomissioned. The ATV had no problems. Compared to a motorcycle I could actually look around on the ATV really scanning the hills and forest. I was on gravel, mud and grass going through ditches and motoring up and down without any difficulty. The Low gear was perfect for coming down the mountainside. It rained alot while I was riding but the sun poked it's head out from time to time just to admire my new Sportsman and my increasingly competent driving. With luck I will keep ahead of Kingston for a few months though I doubt I'll ever catch up to Paris given her head start. Ryan was planning on a Ranger 850 with turbo charge and Harrier fighter plane hovering capability.
I love the Polaris Sportsman 500 H.O. ATV. Thank you Ryan. Thank you Kingston for breaking it in and thank you 5 Star Motorsport.