no rain in 2 months=fast n' loose trails at Croom,FL!
Posted October 26, 2010 - 08:43 AM
Loose can equal fast on these sandy trails if ya just let the bike move about. Nice steady throttle is the key to keeping the bike from pitching sideways into a tree. Lots of pine needles and the loose sand keep ya on your toes!! woo-hoo! JUst kinda "free-wheelin it" with no real place i was trying to go. The 2nd vid i was did need to get back and beat the setting sun, was close to dusk. Plenty of places to hit 4th, even 5th gear out here if you know where to ride. (if ya choose HD, give it a few to download).
Getting dark, gotta get back!
Posted October 26, 2010 - 01:47 PM
Posted October 26, 2010 - 04:59 PM
The only way I've been able to find myself around there is a GPS....but even with that, I ended up in the pit and couldn't get out without doing some wicked hill climbs. After about 20 minutes of searching, I found a halfway decent route to get out....
Fun place....it's been a couple years since I've been there.
Posted October 26, 2010 - 05:52 PM
That said, after about 5+ years of 2-3 times a WEEK of riding, (yea, i really should work more) I know almost every square inch of the place having put about 900+ hrs on my 04crf450 and occasionally my 98cr250 there. I really do know the place pretty good, even the marked single track trails. Lots of riders like to follow me as i can take em to the fun trails. Even met Sir Travis Pastrana and a friend of his out there, and took them on some good ones for about an hour (that was SO cool!). Just "FreeWheelin it" out there is kind of fun, but more difficult to get into a rhythm vs. some of the marked trails, especially if you KNOW the marked trails ..
I don't know how to edit, or add captions, or music. Like you guys, i just wanna hear the motor on bike vids too so i can get a bit more in "tune" with what the rider is doing. Bummer about not knowing how to edit is that i have to turn the camera on and off within 8 minutes or so or YouTube won't accept the vid.
Posted October 26, 2010 - 07:13 PM
Two words...CROOM SPIDERS!
LOL .. yea, but only a few months of the year. Right now they are pretty much gone. But for sure, a couple months ago they were pretty friggin big. Early in the year you don't see any either. Seems about spring you will ride through a web and they are small, then by mid-late summer they are getting real big. I have only had one like ON my goggles 1 time.. Pretty freaky. Normally if your moving along good, the BIG ones just ball up and fall to the ground. The smaller ones however will cling a bit more..
Lesser of two evils.. ? Ride first and stay outa the dust, but have to do the occasional "spider-sweep" with your left hand/arm when ya go through the webs.. LOL
Posted October 26, 2010 - 07:25 PM
Posted October 26, 2010 - 08:14 PM
Cool video. I went there a few years ago and never made it out of the pit. The trails look like fun and a nice change from track/backyard riding so I'll have to check it out soon. Thanks
on the weekends the "pit" can be dangerous. Riders goin every which direction, lots of kids riding too. (be extra careful of them). Just gotta "venture out" there. It just isn't that big a place. Ocala national forest? that place scares me it is soooo big.
Posted October 27, 2010 - 05:25 AM
I wish somebody would have warned me of the spiders! I didnt see any and it was summertime.
Posted October 27, 2010 - 07:09 AM
As i understand it, Croom used to be a phosphate mine way back in the day and that is why you have the large holes that you can ride down into. When talking with some that rode Croom a couple decades ago, some of the hills were very high. Years of rain has eroded them down some but there are still some interesting areas an inexpericenced rider could have some difficulty getting out of..but those are few.
Posted December 01, 2010 - 07:36 PM