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Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Citrus County, Fl
Bikes: 1983 Puch Odyssey, 2004 Giant OCR3
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Jim, I live a mile from the trail and ride it pretty much every day. I haven't ridden the Rails to Trails Ride as an official participant, but I was out there a couple years back during the ride. Frankly, it was a bit too crazy for my tastes. There was a mixture of people riding slow on cruisers and then groups of gung ho guys in pace lines as if they were in a team time trial at the Tour. The gung ho guys were completely out of place and downright dangerous. I was nearly run off the trail a couple times in 20 miles, a friend was run off the trail by someone not paying enough attention. Luckily he has been riding for many years and was able to stay upright. I would have hated to see his immaculate old Paramount damaged!
Since that experience, I avoid the trail on that Saturday. I imagine some areas are more crowded than others, I ride the far northern end as I am only a couple miles from the northern end of the trail. Down around Inverness it is probably really crowded, I'd be surprised if it was very crowded south of Istachatta (sp?) as there isn't much down that way. If you are careful and used to riding with a large number of people around, it is probably a lot of fun. I am used to having the trail almost to myself (we saw maybe 10 people today in 13.5 miles) so I am a little spoiled. I really should sign up for the ride, even if I don't go, just to help support the trail.