Uneasy lies the truce between footfalls and wheels in the forest. Multitudes of narrow circles of rubber coated steel press harsh upon wet ground, forming grooves the rain cannot escape and making waterways of once sound walking paths. Slowly, those small streams erode the ground until the soil under walkers’ boots slips away to flood flatter tracks with wide, deep, muddy pools.
Only rarely speeding machinists signal their approach, startling meditative wanderers on foot, sometimes causing painful clashes. These wheelers travel often in bunches, loud their shouts to one another, startling wildlife and chasing away the spiritual aspect of the natural woodland.
But we tolerate their speed and their enthusiasm for the adrenalin rush of steep descents and twisting gyres over ground once reserved for four footed beasts. All we ask in return for our lack of blame and condemnation is a little fellow-feeling, a modicum of consideration, a friendly signal of their approach, so we may all share the joys of being in the trees.
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