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January 5, 2003

Albany- These people are all-terrain vehicle, or 4-wheeler enthusiasts. They come here every Sunday to race, jump, and just relieve stress.

"It's just a thrill; great fun. I've tried skydiving, scuba diving, but four-wheeling is awesome. You really can't beat it," exclaims Alan Owens, of Tifton.

"I get one day off a week really, and the rest of the time I'm working. That's why it's so important to come out here," adds Michael Owens, of Tifton.

"You can't get a speeding ticket out here," laughs Kevin Holden.

Riders come from all over to play in what some call some of the best sand dunes. "You've got people that come from Florida, Adel. You name it, there's just about somebody that comes out here. On a good Sunday, there's probably between 100 to 200 riders out here," says Jamie Fowler.

With the plans for a new Albany State stadium and more businesses along U.S. 82 these dunes may be gone in a matter on months.

"If I had the money I'd buy acres out here you could charge people five dollars for a whole day. 200 people come out at five dollars a piece, you've got a pretty good bit of money right there," adds Fowler.

For now the riders come out every weekend to enjoy the sand dunes before they are gone for good.

The ATV riders race at the U.S. 19 Dragway, but they say riding along the dunes something they've done for years and its a hobby they don't want to give up.

Posted at 5:45 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com