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Spending the afternoon ‘rippin it’

  • A group of 15-16 year-olds took advantage of the warm weather and an early out from school in Charles City on Friday to spend the afternoon trying out motorized dirt bikes, four-wheelers and other “toys” for the first time this year. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • D.J. Deboest, left, rides his dirtbike as a group of 15-16 year-olds took advantage of the warm weather and an early out from school in Charles City on Friday to spend the afternoon trying out mopeds, four-wheelers and other “toys” for the first time this year. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • Kaden Berry scoots down the track on his moped on Friday. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • A group of 15-16 year-olds took advantage of the warm weather and an early out from school in Charles City on Friday to spend the afternoon trying out motorized dirt bikes, four-wheelers and other “toys” for the first time this year. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • Ian Collins gives the thumbs-up as he rumbles around on his 4-wheeler on Friday. (Press photo James Grob.)

By James Grob, jgrob@charlescitypress.com

A group of Charles City High School kids took advantage of the warm weather and an early out from school on Friday to spend some time “just rippin’ it.”

The young men spent the afternoon on an open lot by the railroad tracks on 13th Avenue trying out some “toys” for the first time this year, including motorized dirt bikes, mopeds, four-wheelers and even a golf cart. They said they were “loving the weather” and “enjoying the unofficial start to the summer.”

They said the property was once owned by the railroad, now owned by the parents of one of the young men, and that as long as they weren’t hurting anyone, they weren’t hassled by anyone — except for maybe by an occasional curious photographer from the Charles City Press.

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