the summer is no time to pop your Cherry at Croom. Don't give up on it .. come out again in the fall....
Yes, in the fall...AFTER the rainy season has ended. LOL. It gets pretty dry up there when there are no daily thunderstorms.
Seriously, ride it when it's been raining almost every day (summer). If you can stand the heat. Bring lot's o' liquids!
Did the club ride there yesterday and it was pretty frickin nice. Hot? Hell yeah! Sandy? Not so much. Was actually wet in a lot of places. If it's any indication, we all rode right up heartbreak hill with no problems. Dave White rode his single-speed all morning, and he's one of the older Swampers. Also, they are in the process of adding new trails to bypass some of the perpetually sandy areas, so it should be sweet when that is all done.
Anyway, the moral is: Don't let one bad ride there sour it for you forever.