Welcome!!! 30 dollars towards a family Swamp Club membership really will pay off.
1. The Swamp club builds and maintains trails at Alafia River State Park, Balm Boyette Scrub, Wilderness trail System (Morris Bridge,Trout Creek, and Flatwoods), And Croom at the Withlacoochee state forrest. All and all about 120ish miles of off road trail ranging from very flat to very challenging.
2.They hold work days every Saturday rotating from one park to the next. The work day usually lasts about 3 hours and includes a lunch.
3.They hold regualr Sunday morning rides that are guided and split into different skill levels, that you can move back and forth at your will and as you improve. These rides also rotate from park to park, occasionally mixing in a trip to Santos trail system in Ocala. These rides often include a social BBQ
4. The club is very family friendly there ar Kids rides at every Trout Creek ride, Usually the first sunday of every month.
5.As you found out this past weekend, the club hold several events a year that include the Squiggy mountain bike race, The Croom 35/50, the anuall Alafia river Fat Tire Festeval, among some annual trips.
6. Most the local bike shops will honor a 10 percent discount for Swampers. Just a couple of purchases supporting your local bike shop, and you have paid for your memebership.
7.The People. The Club was started by some people who are a real class act, about 15 years ago. The club has grown substantially, to the point where there are around 150 to 200 very active members, with many more who you don't see very often. It is a great group of people, very diverse but all brought together by a common love of off road biking. Yeah there are closet roadies but we don't get on them too much for that.
8. I and at least one other member are from Buffalo, so we can talk about how you can't get a decent wing anywhere.
Anyway I have blathered on a bit. You can either mail the membership in or you can attend any of the scheduled rides find Marty, Wes, Tim or Julianne, and they will be happy to take your money.