Wednesday, December 28, 2011

End of year adjustements

The sign up deadline has been extended to February 5Th .We are also working on having a Piggy present at the finish line .Probably smoky and well done.He or she is still running out there .Final recon is up next. The direction for the loops might be available in digital (GPS)or paper format.Trails are great ,pretty dry and fast.This is not a technical ride,it's going to be on gravel ,jeep trails and minimal asphalt.No elevation change ,some fence jumping, some sugar sand and naturally pig ruts .Lots of wild critters and great old Florida wilderness .

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

New distance options 20,45and 65+

After some feedback ,I decided to add two shorter options to the ride a 20 and 45 mile loop.These will for those wanting to ride a shorter distance .The trials are in great shape.Things are drying up nicely.We mapped the 20 mile loop last week-end.The trails are pretty fast right now ,the amount of pig damage is the only unknown.More recon is in my future.Eric

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

December update

Update on the event.
I have done several rides on the trails and things are looking good. The final loop will be a big figure eight with a crossover at around 45 miles where you will have access to your car and the final loop will be about 15 miles in length. We will have a cut off time you will have to beat in order to continue with the ride. It is one thing to get lost but getting lost in the dark is another challenge. The first loop will pass right by the concession stand at the Myakka River State Park. It has hot food, beer, a convenience store and bathrooms. This is a good place to put a foot down, get your head back on straight and refuel.
If you are interested please e-mail me so I can continue planning the event .Final recon is next .

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Hey trail-heads,

Last week, a friend and I did a loop in one of the nature preserves to see the condition of the trails. About half of the trails were dry enough to ride but a lot of them were still underwater. On the other hand, we got to see a whole bunch of critters! Among those spotted were an otter, a couple of alligator snouts and at least a dozen deer (one being a four pointer). We also got within 10 feet of one guy who was either the smartest or the dumbest deer ever, he never moved! Also spotted were a bunch of wild turkeys, they can run at 14 mph. because they ran the trail ahead of us for quite a distance and naturally a whole bunch of pigs. The final mapping of the big loop will have to wait a little longer until it dries out a bit.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

the ride

Get ready for a challenging loop of sand, gravel, grass, single track and a little asphalt. You will see a lot of wild pigs, gators, armadillos, maybe some snakes, turkey and deer too.
The ride is unsupported so you are on your own. A water/concession stop will be available near the halfway mark. You are responsible for yourself.
The loop will connect three wilderness areas starting at Deer Prairie Creek, going through the Carlton Reserve and the Myakka River State Park. The start and finish will be in North Port, FL. More details to follow.