Thursday, October 12, 2006

"Outdoorsey" Folks' Impact on the Environment

As my wife and I drove to Bar Harbor, ME for a family wedding over the weekend, I found my thoughts wandering toward the environmental impact of sports that would be considered "outdoorsey"; cycling, mountain biking, hiking, bike racing, rock climbing, kayaking, horseback riding, skiing, etc. You get the picture. The fact that I had two bikes strapped to the roof of my now not so fuel efficient Toyota Camry, acting as additional drag to help me burn more dead dinosaur and million year old rotten plant matter, made the thinking all that more pertinent.

Earlier the same morning, I got my butt kicked at the USGP of Cyclocross in Gloucester, MA, one of the best 'cross races in the country. I intended to use the same bike for some much looked-forward-to riding on the carriage trails in Acadia National Park.

How many millions of gallons of gas and diesel are burned transporting us to the activities we enjoy? How many barrels of oil are used in the manufacture of the synthetic fabrics and high tech gear all of us recreational folks "need"? Are the activities enjoy in danger due to the very activity we enjoy? Talk about a conundrum?

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