A taste of your own medicine

  In response to the Sept. 18 cover story, "Going Big," just hop on your mountain bike and pedal on a well-known 4x4 outback road, where the four-wheelers exceed the speed limits, kick up dust, mud, rocks, and try to enjoy the same road with your bike.

This experience is the same for any hiker in a wilderness or pristine hiking area who encounters mountain bikes whirling past and not respecting your rights as a hiker. This happens constantly on trails throughout Oregon; it’s mechanical versus manual walking, human versus non-human methods of travel in our forests. Bikes and hikers have never mixed well. Keep bikes out of wilderness.

Greg Schifsky
Portland, Oregon