February 12, 2015
Review: Florida is flat....don't fool yourself. In most areas the severe terrain dictates the trail. In Florida the local MTB chapters seek out any challenging terrain. Once they find some, they bend the laws of time and physics to maximize the very meager gifts bestowed upon them. Alafia is a testament to how amazing "SWAMP" is. I am a native of the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. I "winter" in Florida, because going 3 months without riding is a fate worse than death for me. Most of the world's population of children dream of Florida to experience Disney World. This is the same passion i feel for Alafia. "Magic island" and "Twisted Sister" are worth the 23 hour car ride from my front door. "Roller coaster, North Creek,Moonscape" and the all too aptly named "Buzzard Bay" are literal works of art. If you manage to ride on a week day before 10 AM. Be sure to hug the guy in the Toyota Tundra with shovel in hand that frequents "Roller-coaster". He is an artist and has a practical vision that I wish could be applied to several other trails in Florida. The only real concern is the 2-way riding that blankets a good portion of the trails. Be wary, but most of the difficult trails are 1 way fortunately.
Balm Boyette, Amelia Earhart