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Team: South
Ron Monnig
Friday, September 6
Thoughts
This journal is not so much about what I am seeing or experienceing on this 60-day trip but how it is changing the way I feel about our public lands. What I am seeing and hearing most is what people feel is wrong with the way lands are treated by both Federal Agencies and various user groups.

Most of the history of public land dates back to when the government of this great country needed money and commerce. Land was used as an incentive to bring settlers and railroads. It was used to drive the economy by producing jobs in such areas as timber, mining and cattle ranching. People improved their lives and everyone thought it was a good thing. Today however we know that there was a cost to the original plan. Problems have occurred such as water pollution due to over timbering and mining. Erosion and habitat destruction due to cattle grazing. And now we are spending much time and money trying to decide what is the best way to manage land.

What you come to realize is that most people , even the so called experts, do not have a clue about what the place we call earth is all about. To say that we manage or own or control in any way I feel is wrong and will only lead to more government, more waste, and more discontent. This is why a journey of this type with the purpose of educating our children to the value of public lands is so important. Once you spend a month looking at sunsets, stars, and feeling the clean air of the southwest, your value system does change. No one ever talks about sports, politics or the economy for more than a few minutes. The value of the moment and what a great place we have to spend the day overwhelms just about everything.

If you are sitting around thinking about your job or money or your next purchase at the mall or even worse, that you do not have time to enjoy life, then plan a trip to our national forests, parks or BLM lands and just enjoy. Think about how beautiful a place we have to live and how you can do something to keep it that way.

Everyone always asks what I think is the best part of this trip so I guess a response is needed. One morning just after what is called a monsoon here--but just plain rain back east--I took one of Honda motorcycles out for a ride in the desert. The smell and feel of floating along the surface of a dirt road and looking down into a canyon with no signs of human interference was pretty good but most of all was the thought that I had done this for over 30 years with my friends and family. It made me feel just plain lucky.
for Friday, September 6
North South Both




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Team: South
Ron Monnig
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Thursday, September 12
Ron Monnig
Notes on Vehicles
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Wednesday, September 11
Ron Monnig
Glen Canyon Area
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Friday, September 6
Ron Monnig
Thoughts
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Friday, August 30
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Machinery
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Wednesday, July 31
Ron Monnig
First Day
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