Recently relocated from the Atlanta area (Alpharetta) to the Tampa area (Brandon). Aside from having a couple of my bikes stolen right out of my garage, we love it down here.
One thing I've been struggling with is finding a good place close by to ride. When I was in Alpharetta, I bike commuted nearly every day to my office. I was in a pretty good location as my office was just off the Big Creek Greenway so I was able to ride on that for about half of my commute. I'm not finding a lot of biking close by though, and want to make sure I'm not missing anything.
I've been to Flatwoods park, which is about a 30 minute drive from my house. It's a nice 7 mile loop. My wife and I also checked out the Suncoast Trail last weekend, but that's almost an hour from our house. I know there are some other trails but they're even farther away. I'm just trying to figure out if there's something closer that I can get in some consistent mileage on during the week and maybe do longer miles on the weekend at one of these other trails. Ultimately, I think we're probably just gonna need to move closer to one of these other trails but I'm in a lease until March.
I'm more of a road biker than a mountain biker, although admittedly a pretty slow one. Are there any nearby hidden gems that I haven't discovered yet? I've asked around at most of the local bike shops and have heard about group rides that I'm too slow for, and mountain bike trails that may be what I end up doing; but I thought it wouldn't hurt to ask here.
I guess I should just get out on the road and start riding, but I confess I've mostly chickened out so far ... because it seems like everybody I've talked to down here seems to feel you'd have to be crazy to ride on the roads around here. I do see a lot of people on bikes, but most of 'em seem to be on the sidewalks...