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Offline Sirbikesalot

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First time in ten years.
« on: October 03, 2010, 06:58:13 PM »
Had the opprtunity to take a ride with a new rider at flatwoods today.We did the loop through morris bridge and trout creek.I havnt been through morris bridge or trout creek for ten years and gotta say it was a blast.Better than I remember.Is heart break ridge really very difficult?? I couldnt convince my buddy to try it so I will have to do it another day.

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Re: First time in ten years.
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2010, 07:39:50 PM »
Yep I feel ya...I always say tc and fw are really good trails for alot of reasons. I like it too and I still love all the other parks... 8)
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Re: First time in ten years.
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2010, 10:10:56 PM »
Had the opprtunity to take a ride with a new rider at flatwoods today.We did the loop through morris bridge and trout creek.I havnt been through morris bridge or trout creek for ten years and gotta say it was a blast.Better than I remember.Is heart break ridge really very difficult?? I couldnt convince my buddy to try it so I will have to do it another day.

IS Heartbreak Ridge that difficult?  It depends upon your confidence level.  And your personal fear factor.  I rode for a few years before I worked up enough courage to try it.  I'd walk some parts (my glasses really are magnifying glasses for the roots, you know) and ride what I could.  I really worry about being speared by a stray cypress knee if I should fall wrong.  Finally decided I'd been wimp enough and just hammered through it and made myself do it.  Adrenaline, etc.  Heart racing, sucking wind, but I made it.

I've done it,  many times, and I realize I just don't enjoy it.  It's a hammerfest, to me.  It's a very, very bumpy ride, but only difficult in a few 10 second increments.  But those difficult parts are treacherous (again, to me) and require your full attention.

I've got friends who love it and friends who hate it.  When we ride together, we just meet at the end of Washboard by the power lines.

I'm a recreational rider, whose learning curve is a very long, gradual incline.

YMMV

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Re: First time in ten years.
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2010, 05:50:02 AM »
I will have to go ride it myself.I just had a hard time believing that in all that flat there could be a difficult trail.

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Re: First time in ten years.
« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2010, 08:08:15 AM »
That is part of the FlatWoods GNAR!!!   The Pitts at Flatwoods is crazy....

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Re: First time in ten years.
« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2010, 09:05:55 AM »
the "Very Difficult Trail" indicators at Wilderness Parks (Flatwoods, Trout Creek, Morris Bridge) are pretty much just telling you there are more roots to deal with than the other trails. Heart Break Ridge, Coconut Grove, and Panther are still easy trails compared to trails at Boyette and Alafia, just a bit more bumpy than the rest of the trail within Wilderness parks..

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Re: First time in ten years.
« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2010, 02:36:38 PM »
I have to agree with Slowjen. I ride HR pretty much every time I go out there, but I don't like it that much. It's not hard; it's just a pain in the ass. That said, I'm glad it's there. Once in a while it's good to do something we don't really like to do.

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Re: First time in ten years.
« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2010, 02:40:57 PM »
I love HBR...it's a great trail to have to pick your lines to run it clean...as always it's all about how you approach it...I personally love Morris Bridge for a great cardio workout and keeping you on your toes on a few of those trails...enjoy 'em!

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Re: First time in ten years.
« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2010, 01:50:40 AM »
Get your butt off the saddle, make the bike light, and go fast. Makes the roots disappear.

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Re: First time in ten years.
« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2010, 01:46:47 PM »
Panther is pretty darn root laden as well.

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Re: First time in ten years.
« Reply #10 on: October 05, 2010, 02:10:02 PM »
Yeah...I've never been a particularly brave soul.  Timid rider...yep, that's me.

I tried Panther when I was fairly new and took a fairly bad fall.  Really knocked my confidence for a loop.

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Re: First time in ten years.
« Reply #11 on: October 05, 2010, 09:11:55 PM »
All this talk about this area has me wanting to go back,Huh,go figure I will drive right past boyette and alafia to go to morris bridge.Life is funny like that.Cmon saturday! :-\

 

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