They do things differently down in the Pinelands. They even do some things not done elsewhere, like treecycling.

Growing up among trees its not unexpected that kids would develop tricks not easily imitated. In many urban places, the skateboard rules and has challenged, bruised, scraped more than one rider. Down in the Pines they take it to another lever. While passing through one summer day, we met some intrepid cyclers who indicated they could ride straight up a tree.

We were sceptical and suggested they show us. It turns out that they only cycle up white cedars that they’ve groomed and we weren’t in that area. To put our skepticism to rest one of the cyclist easily demonstrated his straight up style.

I was convinced. I could readily envision him heading straight up the trunk all the way to the crown. What I forgot to ask is what happens when he got there?

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