I have ridden Santos a few times, but I have not been up there in a few years. I remember it was fairly easy to get lost up there, without someone that knew the flow of the trails. I'm sure it's much better now...
I am Active Duty Army, and I just recently returned from overseas. I was here (MacDill) for about a year before deploying again, so I mostly stuck to Alafia. I have ridden Boyette only once. I typically ride every other Monday, and most weekends. I can get out during the week, given enough planning in advance.
I live in St. Pete, just off of Gandy... so, I am about 45 minutes away.
I would not classify myself as "fast" by any stretch of the imagination... but, I am pretty technically clean, and I just LOVE to ride. To me, it is my passion. When I am on my bike, jamming to my music, and hammering to the best of my abilities... to me, there's nothing better. I forget all of my worries, and just become one with my bike.
I have a very good friend that is slightly faster than me, just as technically proficient, but he's a Federal Agent, and just got moved to San Diego. I would love to make a riding buddy, that was a bit faster than me, that I could chase, and develop my speed. It's not about competition with me, it's all about having fun. My wife is a newbie, and is learning... but, she has no desire to ride the way I do... so, it's MY sport. I found this site by accident, and have been noticing SWAMP out on the trails (all of the signs)... so I decided to look it up.
I'm all about road trips too!
I was stationed at SOUTHCOM (Miami) for a few years, so I rode Markham Park and Oleta religiously. I also used to ride Razorback in Ocala, before they closed it.