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Mountain Biking North Port, FL Yes, that’s a thing.
He was already ugly and this was not going to help.
He jumped on his bike and took the immediate lead. The hard packed trails of North Port, along the jungle banks of the Mayakahatchee Creek, were packed and extra quick this day. That combined with the fresh legs made it all happen that much faster. He glanced back or down, just for a second. The branch was waiting when he came up. Across the bridge of his nose, it slugged him leaving a trail of ruin like an Oklahoma twister.
This is not to say that mountain biking is a dangerous sport, but we do wear helmets. The wounded professional in question limply drug his bike back to car, ready to visit another hospital before conceding that a day on the trails would be more fun than an emergency room. No technology was going to fix that nose anyway. For a proven sissy, that time he certainly earned his man card.
North Port bike trail is not a sponsored or even recognized bike trail, but rather an extension of the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park. For riders, the City of North Port’s mountain bike trail is one of Southwest Florida’s most intense and challenging. Cut by mountain bikers themselves, the trail offers winding twists and turns for the experienced rider and the trail is also ideal for a high impact hike.
The jungle canopy is filled with live oak trees and thick woods. The bike trail follows the length of the Myakkahatchee Creek and the busy city life is just out of view as the creek’s thick natural buffer cuts off all sense of modern city life. Find your way by the City of North Port’s Oak Park, whose pristine trails herald to an earlier time in Florida.
How Can There Be Mountain Biking In Florida?
- There Can’t Be: How could we possibly host a sport called mountain biking? Most Florida counties can claim their land fills as their highest point. We ride in gullies and ditches, along low areas that can get pretty soggy in the summer. This trail stays pretty dry, but a lack in concentration can end you in the creek. I was lucky I didn’t sever my spine on a tree trunk. It’s probably good for us that there are no mountains here. It’s only called a mountain bike, and the name Florida bike is probably already taken by adult tricycles
- Nightmare Obstacles: It’s never been clear who is building the occasional skill challenges at North Port. It’s likely some middle kids who have no real construction training and even less concern about being crippled. From the ten foot drop off the dead end bridge to the silly see saw looking thing that should, in no way be attempted. I’m sure any scars I get now will last me the rest of my days. There are many chances to test your skill and machismo on this trail and some days pride and the trail both win. Only the nose suffers.
- No Snow: Do people ride bikes in the snow? I know they don’t golf. Both sound pretty silly. Mountains are probably fun to ride down. I can see me blasting down some ridge in Utah, fifty miles an hour, wind in my hair. Sounds safe. I can’t put the bike on top of the adventure wagon without gashing my arm.
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