Jun 10, 2015 5:50 PM GMT
theantijock said... Oh, and PS, While I do not ride sidewalks with helmet, with all the spills I've taken, endovers flying me 15 feet through the air, the only time I ever cracked a helmet was on the easy trail at Quiet Waters when I wasn't paying attention to a low branch. Dumb, I know, but those things work.That probably won't happen now, since Quiet Waters is mostly open space since the last major hurricane (Wilma, I think).
theantijock saidNo, not as fun, just an easy local ride. I liked Markham too though I did take a few good spills there. One I hit so hard that it felt like an electric shock ran through my bod on impact. And another must have looked completely comical because I somehow forgot to let go of the bike. We tumbled in tandem. But especially during mom's illness, I was often running between Palm Beach County and Lauderdale so I'd travel with bike locked in tow and ride when I could.The hill you're referring to at Oleta with the tall hill and doubletrack down is Robinson Ridge trail, just at the end of Stairway To Heaven trail.
I also liked Oleta. That had a fun hill built up, surprisingly tall. Double track on the way down but a real narrow ledge on the way up if I remember that right. Haven't ridden there in many years but I recall liking it. In fact that's where I first discovered mountain biking on one of their rickety rentals. From that first time which put such a smile on my face, I was hooked.
What was great about Quiet Waters that I'm sorry to hear it lost was all that shade, so good for summer riding. Because my favorite rides were out in the Everglades on the berms where I didn't have to concentrate so much on a trail but could enjoy the scenery and the critters, only that I couldn't do through most of summer because of zero trees. So Quiet Waters was good for that.