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Offline peterhsd1

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Alafia rideable?
« on: September 11, 2013, 11:37:58 PM »
With all the rain this late in the summer can anything in Alafia be ridden? Any of the other parks any better? Thanks.

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Re: Alafia rideable?
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2013, 06:02:36 AM »
There is no place better at draining rain off the trails for immediate riding.  Only the steep, high clay Moonscape and Gatorback trails require 24hrs after a heavy rain.  Enjoy our volunteer efforts to keep you riding and smiling.  Jeff White (trail boss)

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Re: Alafia rideable?
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2013, 09:37:08 AM »
Rode there yesterday afternoon from 5:30 till 7:30. And the trails were actually drier then normal. They can actually take a pretty hard rain, and most of them be ride able not to long after.  ;)
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Offline peterhsd1

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Re: Alafia rideable?
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2013, 09:27:55 PM »
Good to know and that is impressive considering all of this rain. Caloosahatchee Regional Park down here is under 2 feet of water, don't know when it will be rideable. Sounds like it is time for a road trip!


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Re: Alafia rideable?
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2013, 09:41:57 AM »
The elevation combined with good trail drainage design are to thank. That being said, there are a few trails at Alafia (River loop and Rock Garden) that are flatter and don't drain as well. In fact there is one section of River Loop that has had a "Closed for Monsoon Season" sign on it for a long time.

If you drive up for a weekend, you should also stop by Balm Boyette. It is only about 3 miles from Alafia (as the crow flies) and most of it drains really well too. My favorite at Balm, Ridgeline, does not and is closed most of every Summer. The 2 mile ride from the parking lot to the trail head can also get really muddy, but there is still about 16 miles of single track that drains really well there.

 

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