Delicate Arch conquered by motorcycle.
Reports have been confirmed that an unknown rider has made the first successful drive through of Delicate Arch, in Arches National Park, Utah. The motorcyclist made several attempts before finally getting up the courage to make the daring achievement. At one point he made several circles in the large basin just below the famous arch, defying gravity by riding up high on the edges of the natural amphitheater. In a final effort after picking up the necessary speed, he tore through the arch, reaching speeds of over 80 mph.
The rider is quoted to have said, “You know, I was like at one with nature out here. I was like a crow or something, flying through the arch, you know, free as a bird. Umm, it was like the purest riding I have ever done in my life.”
The arch, one of Utah’s most famous landmarks, garnered international attention when top alpinist Dean Potter illegally free soloed the arch this last year.
An unnamed photographer was present at the time of the amazing feat. He has agreed to release the following photo as proof, but requests to remain anonymous, as he fears legal action from the National Park Service. In a telephone interview he stated, “You know, that Dean Potter guy really screwed it up for all nature lovers. Now we can’t even ride our bikes wherever we want to anymore. We just want everyone to know that our sport can be enjoyed in harmony with all other user groups. You know, we come and go so fast when we’re out on the trail – you hardly know we are there. Whereas climbers, they hang around for so long, clanking their gear around, constantly yelling at each other, it’s really quite disturbing.”
The National Park Service could not be reached for comment.