Ok, I was GONNA ride Markham park again today, but the Broward Country parks were closed on Thanksgiving, and the day after (Black Friday). My really good mate flew in from San Diego, and I schleped his bike down since I have been holding it captive in Tampa. We met up at Oltea around 10ish this morning. I just did a whole bit of maint. on his bike... trying to get him to get a new one. He rides an OLD Canondale Super V Raven (carbon frame) with the old Fatty Head shock, and SLX drive train (8 speed). Weighs a ton, but man is he fast on it.
We got ready to ride, and he led out. I don't know the names to ANY of the trails, so bare with me. As we entered the trail head, I was leading and got disoriented because I missed one of the logs that mark the lane. We got hooked back up, at the trail that follows, and stayed on each other's wheels the rest of the ride. We flowed as well as we could with the park, with neither of us experts on how the park is laid out.
I can tell you this... it's just as rooty and rocky as my arse remembers it. Very technical due to the roots and rocks, but if your suspension is dialed in correctly, and you watch your line, it's quite fun. I would say, the same as shooting... "Slow is smooth and smooth is FAST" applies to Oleta. It's not (at least in MY skill set) about outright hammering.
Oleta rewards smooth lines, and consistency. Nothing impossible, or even very difficult.
Gilligan's Island is the most fun on two wheels at Oleta. My Garmin quit on me at just past the 10.10 mile mark. I also know it dropped some GPS data that was not logged, due to the trees...
All in all, we got maybe 15 or so miles in today. Was a great ride. However, if I had to pick... I would do Markham over Oleta, hands down. It's just more my type of trail riding.
Give me Alafia any day though.
Here's my Garmin Data...