Appeal-Democrat Archive Writing

Summer Kids: On A Roll

July 4, 2007

Underneath the rush hour traffic on the 10th Street bridge, smaller engines send two wheels flying through the air off dirt ramps and sliding through steep curves.

Riverfront Park hosts dirt bikers of all ages every Tuesday and Thursday night from 5 to 9:30 p.m. The main track is set aside for the more experienced riders, and there is even a pee-wee track for kids as young as 3 years old to roam around on their bikes.

Even with the engines of around 20 bikes roaring around the track, there isn’t a large cloud of dust thanks to the sprinklers around the track that keep the ground moist.

“This is one of the best ones in the area,” said Josh Thompson, 13, while he was picking at a mark on his arm from his ride. “The jumps are really great.”

The Auburn native has been riding dirt bikes for the last nine years, but this was only the second time he took his red Honda XR50 on the Riverfront Park track. His face was almost as red as his bike after his previous run on a summer afternoon. The combination of his dark colored padding and his helmet made for a hot time.

It wasn’t too hot for him to take another run through. A few minutes and a bottle of Gatorade later, Thompson revved to the track for one more ride.