We finally made it to Alafia for the first time today (Sunday). Thanks for the advice. It came in handy.
Most of Sandpine was closed, so we went from River Loop to Bridges to the short part of Sandpine that was open to North Creek and then two more runs through Bridges. I ran Rabbit Ears and Rollercoaster, which may now be my favorite trail in the Tampa Bay area. For me, it has the perfect combination of speed, cornering, technical drops and grindy climbs without being so difficult as to make it a masochistic endeavor. Speaking of which ...
Overall, we found the trails well marked, but somehow I blew through the Moonscape sign at the end of Rollercoaster. I was doing fine, until I couldn't figure out which way to go when the trail crossed itself a couple of times. After riding three loops of the same tough section, I finally figured out where I went wrong and made my way back to the bail out riding in the wrong direction. I apologize for that breach of trail etiquette, but without it I would still be there riding that same loop like the Griswalds passing by Big Ben and the Parliament buildings. Moonscape kicked my butt and then slapped me in the face just to show me that I am both worthless and weak.
For anyone who cares, here's a first timer's review of the six trails completed on Sunday in order of preference:
1. Rollercoaster (Flowy)
2. Bridges (Fun)
3. Rabbit Ears (A couple of heart thumping moves)
4. Moonscape (Ouch!)
5 North Creek (What lurks beneath the green scum?)
6. River Loop (Roots)
We look forward to going back. Thanks again.