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Offline hygieneboy

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How long have our trails been around?
« on: May 03, 2010, 04:02:07 PM »
I've only been consistant with off road riding the past couple years because I wasn't aware we even had trails to ride locally. I raced BMX as a kid and have always had a bike to ride. How long have these trails been here?

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Re: How long have our trails been around?
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2010, 06:05:19 PM »
I was riding morris bridge and croom in 1994

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Re: How long have our trails been around?
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2010, 06:16:37 PM »
I think Croom trails have been around since early 90's maybe late 80"s, Wilderness Parks trails were expanded in 97' but had some trails out there before that. Alafia and Boyette are much newer like early 2000's I think... Wes, Art, Garry, and others would know for sure...

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Re: How long have our trails been around?
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2010, 06:47:44 PM »
Hindsight is 20/20 as they say. I would have been hitting the trails decades ago if I only knew sooner. I've always lived in Pinellas County so maybe it's not talked about as much here? :o

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Re: How long have our trails been around?
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2010, 07:32:25 PM »
I'll have to talk to Jimmy when he gets back from out west, but I believe his trails have been there since the early '90's. I also think some of the trails out at Carter were around about that time as well.
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Re: How long have our trails been around?
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2010, 08:29:12 PM »
Yeah, Pinellas Boys like us never hear about the trails. 2001 is when I finally got into this sport. I didn't even know there was MTBing in FL for that fact. That's why once we started to make vids our main goal was to spread the word to all counties that would listen within FL thru our website.

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Re: How long have our trails been around?
« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2010, 08:30:50 PM »
They didn't look like they do now, but I used to ride Hole and Morris Bridge back in the late 80's.  It was either sandy or muddy, and I almost always got lost.  Back then my Schwinn High Sierra was my only transportation.  I was also able to ride from campus to the trails, get lost for a few hours and then ride back.....wearing just board shorts, no chamois!  I am such a puss now  :'(
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Re: How long have our trails been around?
« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2010, 08:36:26 PM »
I built Trout Creek park in 1987 while I was working for the US Army.  I heard that the trails were started  soon after that.

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Re: How long have our trails been around?
« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2010, 08:58:51 PM »
I built Trout Creek park in 1987 while I was working for the US Army.  I heard that the trails were started  soon after that.


Sounds about right.  I started riding there in Fall '88 (soph. USF).
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Re: How long have our trails been around?
« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2010, 10:42:57 PM »
Croom is more than likely the oldest, we rode Croom in 1985, the trail was marked by paper plates, and the Morris bridge area around the same time. Quite a few of the early trails do not exist anymore, as environmental concerns and land managment came about.

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Re: How long have our trails been around?
« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2010, 11:14:33 PM »
Was doing Morris Bridge area befor there was a park, that had to be 1985/85 but only on the Morris Bridge side.
 
Was doing Croom in 1977 ( but that was on Moto) unofficial MTB rides there in 87/88.
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Re: How long have our trails been around?
« Reply #11 on: May 04, 2010, 10:34:32 AM »
Was doing Croom in 1977 ( but that was on Moto) unofficial MTB rides there in 87/88.
1977... hmmm, I think I had just learned how to walk :-)   
 
I think is great that we still have some of the original Tampa MTB renegades around.  I have heard stories about bushwacking through Morris Bridge and Croom before there were trails.  Some of you guys of that group are still riding pretty gud.

 

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