Howdy all from the Kilted one. I got a chance to ride Markham Park today, down in Weston, FL. What a great time on two wheels. As I pulled into the park, the smell hit me like an old friend. I have not ridden Markham in almost two years. She is like an old lover... I remember her curves very well, but my mind had softened them a bit. I must say, she is much faster now, than I remember. Much more smooth, and still very technical. I was able to ride 99% of the park, clean as a whistle. However, there are a few climbs back on Gunrange that I just could not clean. Mostly due to timing, or washout. I was unable to clean Jet Ski, due to the amount of ruts from the rain, well... that and I am a mere mortal on a mountain bike.
The "Warm Up Loop" is one that I mostly skip. I usually roll right into "Rock Garden", but today I rode the Warm Up Loop, just to log it on my GPS. The trails are very well groomed, and hard packed. The trial maint. crew for Club Mudd has done a supurb job with this park. It still rides high on my list as one of my favorite parks to ride.
This park is explosive, and highly technical. Bail-outs are clearly marked, and very easy to navigate. The entrance into "The Outback" has changed, and flows much better now, out of Gunrange (Rattlesnake Ridge). Once you finish The Outback, and roll through the next trail, right before the Jet Ski Climb... there is a very technical climb with a right hand switch back, that I was unable to clean. I just got bounced out of my pedals.
The Bermuda Triangle (Area 51) is fast, and has some mand made obstacles in it, and was a bit unclear the first time through. It loops back onto itself before exiting into the Washing Machine, and on into Alligator Alley.
Alligator Alley is the most fun on two wheels at Markham Park. I love this loop!!! I rode it four times... just could not get enough. The technical climb that used to plague me, is a a cinch now, due to the nice wooden ramp and table top that they club has put in. You have to do a track stand at the top, and have your cranks timed right but I cleaned it no issues.
All in all, I had a blast. I had the park to myself, and it was nice to get acquainted with an old friend.
Here is my GPS data for the first loop I rode. I know the Garmin dropped signal in parts, so the mileage is not really accurate. It's close enough though. I am sure there are more trails that I missed, since I have not been here in a long while.
Good job Club Mudd... you guys rock!!!http://connect.garmin.com/activity/19510992