It is what we lovingly call a "redneck zipline". The brakes are a series of tires that are slipped upright through the thick cable at the end of the line. The ziprider bumps into the tires and the tires buffer the rider to a stop. At the end of the line the rider is still a little high above ground. We did think of making a platform for the rider to exit, but the contraption/equipment still needed to be taken back to the top of the hill.
The solution was to throw a rope to the rider and pull them back to the top of the hill. (Some say the ride back is more fun than the ride down.) Anyway, at first, we used Terry's motorcycle for the "pull back machine". Then, I found a go-cart at our WALLS store. The go-cart worked wonderfully for a few years. It is in the go-cart hospital in ICU. We don't know if it will pull through or not.
Terry had hired a neighborhood boy to use his 4-wheeler for the purpose, but we needed a more permanent solution. I began scanning the Facebook trader pages. (Perryton traders) It is hard not to get consumed looking over the things people have for sale. (clothes, gadgets, vehicles, campers...) Anyway, I saw this purple dune buggy on there!!!
This dune buggy was exactly what I had in mind. (I also found a cheap golf cart, but Terry put a veto on that. lol) After he saw this, there was no going back! He called the owner who happened to live in Garden City, KS. It is a 96 Manix Matrix. The motor is VW and sounds...roars to life. It is a hoot.
Some folks may think we are a little old to get this thing, but we are still children at heart. Besides, its for a good cause. (zipline) That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.