Steve and I finally made it over to Tallahassee to ride at Tom Brown Park and at Munson Hills. I wanted to go help out last year when Trail Dynamics was doing a major reworking of the park but I got sick and missed out. They are back again but I have so much to do while the weather is nice. Anyway we hit the Magnolia loop and the Cadillac Trail. They did a great job of taking a confusing and choppy trail and making it fun and flowy. There were some sections missing but I thing the county has taken over some areas for new buildings. I didn’t miss them until after we were done riding. We ran into a local and he told us that there are many greenways around town with trails that can all be connected together for 60-80 miles of riding. Sweet. They might try to do an Ididaride type event in the near future.
Next we headed over to Munson Hills which is a trail in the Apalachicola National Forest. I had heard it was flat and sandy and not worth the drive but Trail Dynamics had been working on it and it’s pretty much the same type of terrain as Blackwater, pines and wire grass. The trailhead was easy to find but we were under the impression that you had to ride down the St. Marks rails-to-trails about a mile or so to get to the actual trail. Well I guess the new plan is to start at the parking area where we were and follow the orange trail through the woods. They have created a red clay causeway that rode like pavement and was constantly changing with banked turns and small rollers. Lots of fun.A lot of work went into making this trail nice. And a lot of red clay. We did part of the Munson loop, then hit the west connector that took us to the Twilight Trail. They haven’t done hardly any work on that section so it was just a trail through the woods. I was getting tired by that point so it wasn’t very epic but I think it would be a great after work aerobic workout. The Twilight Trail makes a big loop back to the west connector. We hooked back up with the Munson Trail and rode the sweetness back to the car. They still have a lot to do but what they had done was amazing. And it’s an all skill levels trail so you can creep along taking in the sights or go wide open and flow through the woods. We ran into Ed of Trail Dynamics and he got a picture of us and we tried chatting him up some but his riding buddy had diarrhea of the mouth and wouldn’t shut up so I’ll just email him any questions I have. It’s a great trail but not real diverse. I’ll check it out again next year and see what they’ve accomplished.