You remember Zach Bowman, right? Formerly-of-Autoblog Zach? Project Ugly Horse Zach? Now-at-Road-and-Track Zach? That's the guy. Mr. Bowman is still terrifying the peoples of Tennessee with his machinations, and sent us a link to this report about how he's handling the government shutdown. Even before we clicked we knew that a demonstration of civil disobedience might be involved, and a motorcycle. And we were right. Upon hearing this nation's park system had been shuttered and the national forests of Tennessee emptied of human detritis, Zach did what we love Zach for: he went where the people weren't.

All kidding aside, Zach's neither reckless nor looks for trouble, and once you read (and watch) what he did, we think you'll agree with the eloquently expressed parting thought from his accompanying video: "That was a thing."


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      FuelToTheFire
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh, boo hoo hoo. National Parks shouldn't even exist. The government has no right to own land. The land belongs to private individuals or corporations who can actually put the land to good use and provide jobs. There should be no Yellowstone National Park. And I'm being completely serious.
        jason harris
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        Yeah, cool. Let me know the opening date for the "Fuel to the Fire Ol' Faithful steam bath, waterslide and gift shop" (+motel, truck stop gas station) and I'll be there. Gotta be better than leaving it in a natural state for people to enjoy.
        Terry Actill
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        Idiotic Rush Limbaugh listener, ladies and gentlemen...
        Chris
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        I'm no liberal, but I could not possibly disagree with you more. As one who lives near a lot of public land, I am grateful for our national parks. If not for them, then how else would we get to truly experience nature? Sneak on to someone's private property, and hope we don't get shot at, or the cops called on us? The Pisgah, The Great Smokey Mountains, and Nantahala National Forests generate a lot of revenue in the area where I live. They're great places to get away and enjoy that would otherwise just be raped by greedy, out of town developers. They are part of our region's identity. We live in a beautiful country, and should be thankful that our national treasures aren't allowed to be raped and pillaged by private developers who would just put a gate around it, plop a golf course in somewhere in the middle, and let some homeowners association run it like the Gestapo.
          Chris
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Chris
          So, I'm a "RINO" for liking the outdoors, and believing that some things should be preserved? Whatever you say bud. It's people like you that are the reason many don't take conservatives seriously. Those public lands are used by man, for hiking, mountain biking, camping, rafting, kayaking, backpacking, camping, and they attract tourists from all over the place. You've obviously never spent much time outside your concrete jungle, and that's fine, but please stick to things you at least have a clue about.
          TsarBomba
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Chris
          Your not liberal. To be a conservative means saving things. Literally, that is what the word itself means. So saving nature for future generations, saving our sanity from idiots who think the land is 'theirs" to put a hotel/golf-course/spa/waterpark/truckstop/pizzahut+tacobell, saving resources for a future we can't predict. I'm glad people stand up to protect this great country from those who'd exploit it only for narrow short term gain. And corporations... really? really? ...ugh, trolls.. :(
          FuelToTheFire
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Chris
          "I'm no liberal" My bullshit alarm just went off. And if you actually a Republican............wel, that's the reason no one takes conservatives seriously anymore..........RINOS like you. " not for them, then how else would we get to truly experience nature? " Hmmmm......maybe you can actually save up some money and travel OUTSIDE THE COUNTRY. Did that ever occur to you? I don't know what's so great about "nature" in the first place. NOTHING in nature can't be duplicated and perfected by mankind. We are human beings. We have EVERY right to burn down "nature" and replace it with space which can be put to good use. If God didn't want us to cut down trees, he wouldn't have given us that ability in the first place. "They're great places to get away and enjoy that would otherwise just be raped by greedy, out of town developers. They are part of our region's identity. We live in a beautiful country, and should be thankful that our national treasures aren't allowed to be raped and pillaged by private developers who would just put a gate around it, plop a golf course in somewhere in the middle, and let some homeowners association run it like the Gestapo." Those "greedy developers" and "private developers" create JOBS!!!! What use is there to land if it can't be used by man? To the person below, why can't I open a "FueltotheFire" Old Faithful steam bath, waterslide, and hotel? What stops me from opening it? Just because some bleeding-heart tree-huggers want to see "nature" and can't understand that this is a free country?
      ELG
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well, the national parks CANT close, they belong to the american people (its in their charter) not the government. So I applaud Mr. Bowman's civil disobedience in defiance of the executive branch's political game-playing.
        Dmitriy Markelov
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ELG
        Yes, please place blame where it belongs (a small portion of the GOP).
        Dixon Ticonderoga
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ELG
        Aaaaaaand it took one comment before someone blamed Obama for the actions of a small number of Republicans (who even the other Republicans don't like). oy gevalt
          FuelToTheFire
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dixon Ticonderoga
          Oh for heaven's sake, shut up. You and your messiah are the reason why the government is in shambles. How do you feel that Obama added SEVEN TRILLION to the national debt? 7000000000000000. That's right, you have no comeback. Typical liberal, letting your totalitarian government spend its way into oblivion and living in your own dream world. You'd rather talk about something insignificant like Romney's tax returns (NO ONE has the right to tax him or anyone else) than focus on the REAL issues: the big government spenders in office right now.
          Dixon Ticonderoga
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dixon Ticonderoga
          I literally just read someone have an entire argument with themselves. I shouldn't even bother since, you told me what my opinions were, but... Government spending is out of control, has been for a long time. Two unfunded wars didn't help, many of Obama's programs have been similarly bad. Of course, I care more about government over reach into domestic spying and assassinations than making sure poor people can't get health coverage. also, the only one who said anything about Romney's tax return was you, so, yeah. I believe the correct response to you is "Trollolol."
          mbukukanyau
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dixon Ticonderoga
          A president who is never responsible for anything. What a joke.
        Terry Actill
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ELG
        Most people will obey the law and keep out until this nonsense is over. Anybody trespassing in a closed park needs their ass kicking especially if they destroy stuff/kill animals or drive their crappy trucks into restricted areas.
        delsolo1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ELG
        I don't understand why park rangers won't work for free.
      Army Casualty
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice. I just wanted to point out to the commenters who are going in the wrong direction with this post that here is what is happening in the gov right now: Time to update the budget. Republicans in House, where the legislation has been starting, vote to break down the budget items to debate in chunks, so as to save money by NOT funding what is not needed. Despite the spin by news outlets that say the "White House" passed the legislation (which of course they have to sign) the GOP authored the bill that ensured the DoD stays funded and working. They have sense passed 20 some odd other bills to fund this that and the other section of gov. But these are not signed into effect because when these bills go to the Senate for approval... The Democrats, led by Sen. Harry Reid, NOT Obama, who has sat this one out, are refusing to even open for business in the Senate and have passed ZERO bills. Their position is to fund everything or nothing. Hence they are holding the elements of government that GOP and DEMs AGREE need to be funded HOSTAGE for the sake of those that they debate. Consider this. Then think before you point fingers at who is stupid or doing what. The GOP is unified on this--the new media claims that there is this elite little Tea Party group running the show is 100 percent BS, and only meant to influence public opinion...if you consider the real context, it is far different. After Pelosi ramrodded the ACA thru on procedures and not full voting, the American people in 2010 turned the tables of the House and voted in MORE CONSERVATIVES who ran on the platform of cutting spending and repealing the ACA. That's how voting works. That's how our Republic works. We all need to understand that.-- the one section of our government where the people are represented by population was overturned OVERWHELMINGLY from liberal to conservatives. And hence the budget battle. Harry Reid is an unpatriotic self-centered dinosaur who needs to be put to pasture, and replaced by someone with sense. It is only fair and logical to pass the budget immediately on the parts of government both sides agree need to be funded without question, and then debate what is left over. Hurting families and the economy is incredibly selfish for sheer political motives. Playing with people's lives this way is insane. As insane as blind and reckless all or nothing spending. I'm with the GOP on this one.
        lasertekk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Army Casualty
        Medication. Take it. Please.
        Justin Campanale
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Army Casualty
        If you really think that this is a partisan issue, you're mistaken. You're voting for different sides of the same coin. Vote for someone who actually cares about the interests of average Americans, rather than those of power-hungry corporations, and you'll get what you want. Both major parties are inherently corrupt and filled with career politicians. I will have to agree with you on Harry Reid. I lean slightly to the left and I think that both he and Nancy Pelosi (and for that matter, Hillary) need to go away. They're all crooks and gasbags.
          BB79826
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Justin Campanale
          "If you really think that this is a partisan issue, you're mistaken." You just typed that and meant it. Wow.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Justin Campanale
          [blocked]
      brandon
      • 1 Year Ago
      If the government were smart, which we know they aren't, they would end this pronto before the rest of the sheep realize how useless they are. Nobody is even missing the non essential "workers".(I use that term very, very loosely.)
      mbukukanyau
      • 1 Year Ago
      The more they shut the better.
      jason harris
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just be careful out there, I've seen articles by hikers, equestrians and cyclists expressing the same joy at sneaking in "alone". Would be a shame to read about a tragic outcome.
      brandon
      • 1 Year Ago
      If the government were smart, which we know they aren't, they would end this pronto before the rest of the sheep realize how useless they are. Nobody is even missing the non essential retards.
        Dixon Ticonderoga
        • 1 Year Ago
        @brandon
        Unless you get meals on wheels (which means you're likely elderly). Or your spouse was one of five killed by an IED this weekend. Or you were getting audited (pro tip, most audits result in refunds) Or you're one of the millions of people who's businesses get paid by one of the 800k people who suddenly aren't drawing a check. Just because it doesn't directly affect you doesn't mean there's no effect.
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 1 Year Ago
      As someone who lives 30mins from Cades Cove, this story warms my heart. We are up there several times a year, and usually it's just a big traffic jam full of tourists. He got to experience it in a way most people never will, and I'm a little jealous about that.
      SloopJohnB
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just hope the rangers don't grep this video and mail you a ticket.
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