Robbed of his sense of hearing when he was just three years old, Gordon Dash Jr. has learned to live life without the familiar sounds of birds chirping, waves lapping against the shore or the roar of a four-stroke engine. But that hasn’t held him back one bit from joining the thousands of people across Canada who get out on their ATVs regularly to enjoy the beautiful country we live in.
Dash, who is from Winnipeg, Manitoba, was introduced to the sport when he first started working for the Manitoba Department of Highways. As an aggregate technician, Dash inspected gravel pits, sand pits and rock quarries, a task that often required the use of ATVs.
Two years ago, Dash retired, and with this came the loss of an ATV. He wasn’t without one for long though.
Before retirement, Gordon Dash Jr. used ATVs extensively for work as an aggregate technician. — photo courtesy Gordon Dash Jr.
“After retirement, I really missed (riding) ATVs so I decided to purchase my own Polaris Sportsman 570 EFI,” wrote Dash.
Since then, he has spent most of his ride time exploring the trails in eastern Manitoba. His favourite trails are near Gull Lake (a resort community located an hour northeast of Winnipeg).
For the most part, Dash rides alone, but according to him, there are a few individuals in his area that have formed a deaf ATV group. He has accompanied them on a few rides this year and looks forward to more as the season ripens.
So you see, ATVers come from all walks of life, and although we may sometimes be separated by silence, we are united in our passion for the sport.