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1  General / Where to Ride? / Re: 2016 Centennial Trail - Ocala National Forest on: December 06, 2017, 09:39:20 PM
I called John at Big Scrub Campground tonight to see when Big Scrub is going to reopen and he seems to think that they are not going to even start the roads in there till the end of January. I asked if we could camp there at our own risk, but was told "no".
2  General / Where to Ride? / Re: 2016 Centennial Trail - Ocala National Forest on: December 04, 2017, 06:26:39 AM
All of the trails are open, just bumpy. Delancy Campground up at the north trails is open, but Big Scrub Campground on the Centennial Trail is closed.

Don't let me ruin it for you. I just like the trails a little smoother like they used to be.

Larry
3  General / Where to Ride? / Re: 2016 Centennial Trail - Ocala National Forest on: November 30, 2017, 09:01:54 AM
Just an update  !!!

June and I rode the north trails yesterday and they are in worst shape than the Centennial Trail. We probably only hit a quarter of the trails up there, but we went on the ones that used to be the smoothest, but now they are in very bad shape. We did pass a dragging crew and were the first ones to ride on the newly dragged trail, but it was still very rough. Later when heading back we hit the same trail again and they had dragged it again going the other way and it was much better, but still a little rough.

I know what you're saying, but these trails are really rough ! Most of the time we were only going 10 MPH and we had areas that 6 to 8 MPH were almost too fast. We were being bounced  all over the place and really didn't have any fun. Please remember, we have bought yearly passes for the last four years and have rode the crap out of these trails. If we didn't ride at least 100 miles each visit, then we didn't feel like we got our money's worth. I don't even need to take a map with me any more and that's saying a lot for the north trails ! I used to get lost up there even with a map. If you knew how nice the trails used to be, then you would know why we complain now.

The highlight of our day was when we were heading back in, we came up on three big bears that were playing on the trail. It was a mother with her two babies, but now they are really big ! Usually you only get a second or two to see them before they run into the woods, but this time we got to watch them for at least a minute. At first we were wondering if they were ever going to get off of the trail and I was getting ready to put it into reverse cause they didn't seem afraid of us at all, but they did finally go into the woods.

If they drag the trails, they could be as good as they used to be. When Big Scrub Campground opens up again, June and I will go there and camp and ride, but no more yearly passes for us until they bulldoze the trails a little wider and do a lot of dragging.

Larry
4  General / Where to Ride? / Re: 2016 Centennial Trail - Ocala National Forest on: November 19, 2017, 09:03:29 PM
June and I rode the Centennial Trail last Friday and nothing has changed. That last hurricane knocked down a lot of trees, but they all have been cut up out of the way. We got a new Polaris RZR 900 and even though it's only 50 inches wide, we were hitting shrubs on both sides going down the west side of the trail. If you have a larger side by side, I wouldn't go down the west side unless you don't mind a lot of scratches.

We used to ride the north trails up by Salt Springs, but started coming down to the Centennial when we found out that they were dragging the trails every week during the winter months, but those days are gone. If a 50 inch vehicle can't make it down the trail without rubbing shrubs, then maybe it's time to go back to the north trails. Another reason we like Centennial was because we could camp at Big Scrub Campground, but it's closed and nobody at this time can tell me when it will reopen.

This used to be our favorite trail, but now it sucks. Sorry for the bad review !

Larry
5  General / Where to Ride? / Re: 2016 Centennial Trail - Ocala National Forest on: November 15, 2017, 05:30:38 AM
You're most welcomed !
6  General / Where to Ride? / Re: 2016 Centennial Trail - Ocala National Forest on: November 13, 2017, 12:40:32 PM
Just got off the phone with John, and he said the trails at Centennial are open, but the Big Scrub Campground is still closed. I guess that so many people were getting stuck in there, that they are going to re do the roads with clay, etc. He did not know when they were to do this, but probably not till December at the earliest. Every Thanksgiving that place filled up, but I guess not this year. Larry
7  General / Open Discussion / Re: Anyone ride in Ocala National Forest since the Irma? on: October 18, 2017, 04:39:24 PM
Centennial Trail is open, but Big Scrub Campground is closed. Larry
8  General / Where to Ride? / Re: 2016 Centennial Trail - Ocala National Forest on: October 18, 2017, 04:36:24 PM
I called John last night and he said a lot of trees were down from the storm, but they have been cut out of the way for the most part. You may still have some branches to deal with.

They have not dragged the trails yet, so they are a little bumpy.

Kris was called up with the military and is on active duty till sometime in January.

Big Scrub Campground is closed. No camping there.

That's all I know for now.

Larry
9  General / Where to Ride? / Re: 2016 Centennial Trail - Ocala National Forest on: July 23, 2017, 05:55:38 PM
Well, its been another three months since I was up here and I'm sorry to say that nothing has been done. The trails are rough and bumpy, small trees down all over the place on the west side. A friend of ours went with us and he has a bad back and almost couldn't make it the whole way around cause of the rough trails. If you're going to charge us money to ride here, then some trail maintenance should be done in the summer as well as the winter.

Big Scrub Campground is closed until further notice. Wait a minute, I didn't get any notice that it was closed till I got there and the gate was locked. I would have been mad if I would have drove my RV down that very bumpy eight miles on FR13, only to be turned around with a locked gate.

I used to really like to ride here, but this year June and I will not be buying a yearly pass unless they start dragging the trails. Kris must have deserted us as he has not given us an update in many months. Yes, I am a little pissed off right now Kris. The rain is here so the fires should be less, so bring back the bulldozer and at least finish the few miles on the east side. I've said enough !

Larry
10  General / Where to Ride? / Re: 2016 Centennial Trail - Ocala National Forest on: April 06, 2017, 11:00:27 PM
June and I went back up last week and no more bulldozing has been done. The bad news is that they won't be doing any more until we get a whole lot of rain. They are using the machines for the fires that they have almost every week.
11  General / Where to Ride? / Re: Canaveral Groves on: April 06, 2017, 10:54:27 PM
Some guy on Facebook posted that the Feds are giving out tickets if you go on the reserve area out there. He said that the first time you get a $130.00 ticket and a warning, then the second time you go to Fed jail. It's just not worth it to me to take the chance any more. I guess I'll have to buy land somewhere like Holopaw. Larry
12  General / Where to Ride? / Re: 2016 Centennial Trail - Ocala National Forest on: March 03, 2017, 03:30:34 PM
I guess Kris is with the military this week. June and I went up yesterday and I'm happy to say that 7 1/2 miles on the east side of the trail has been bulldozed and made a little wider. That is one place where it really needed it. We rode down it in the morning and it was really rough and some branches sticking out on the trail, but John and the crew went out and trimmed and drug the 7 1/2 miles and when we rode it again in the afternoon, it was great! John said it will need to be dragged a couple more times, but it isn't too bad after just one drag each way.

The visibility is much better now and if people ride at a safe speed, there should be no problems in that section. There were two sharp turns that could have been worked on a little more, but if you don't meet a speed idiot there, then you should be OK.

Thanks Kris for getting the bulldozer out there. It is my understanding that they did all of that in two days and are coming back to finish the east side real soon. I also thank John and the crew for all of their hard work. We're starting to get excited about the Centennial Trail again. LOL

Larry & June
13  General / Where to Ride? / Re: 2016 Centennial Trail - Ocala National Forest on: February 27, 2017, 02:10:23 PM
Kris, how about an update. I understand that the bulldozer has been at work. Larry
14  General / Open Discussion / Re: Smp63 on: February 14, 2017, 07:20:27 AM
Sorry to hear that !  June and I rode with him back in 2012 when we first started riding.  I would like to see his Facebook page, what is his last name?  Larry
15  General / Where to Ride? / Re: Canaveral Groves on: January 22, 2017, 04:23:24 PM
Yesterday the Brevard County Deputies told us that we could no longer park in that little park that has that little lake on it. First they said that we could park on the other side of the canal at our own risk, but we went to Pine St instead. Later we came by on our ATVs and they had that side of the canal blocked off too.

They said the people living around there were complaining about the area getting all torn up. The other big complaint was people shooting out there. They said bullets were hitting over at the dog park next door.

I hope that this doesn't end up like 5A did. We better enjoy it while we can.

Larry

16  General / Where to Ride? / Re: 2016 Centennial Trail - Ocala National Forest on: December 27, 2016, 12:06:53 AM
That's great news Kris !!!  I can't wait for the dozer work to begin ! Once the blind turns are taken out, June and I will start to go up a lot more. Larry
17  General / Open Discussion / Re: No more side by sides..... on: December 07, 2016, 08:08:41 PM
I agree with asmart82. I drive an ATV and my tires would probably be considered aggressive. If I couldn't attend with these tires, then I wouldn't go.

What is the problem here?  Is the land owner complaining about the property getting dug up or what?
18  General / Open Discussion / Re: No more side by sides..... on: December 05, 2016, 04:50:04 PM
Banning side by sides would probably make me want to come more. I agree, it's the drivers that are the problem, but they will never change and if you run into one of them, it's almost like hitting a car. It's only a matter of time till somebody's going to get really hurt bad. Larry
19  General / Where to Ride? / Re: 2016 Centennial Trail - Ocala National Forest on: December 05, 2016, 04:41:44 PM
Thanks Kris !  June and I were thinking of coming up on Wednesday, but now we will go to the north trails. Larry
20  General / Open Discussion / Re: Nice job kdclere on the new Ocala National Forest ORV Maps on: November 18, 2016, 07:33:12 PM
You should be OK. Larry
21  General / Where to Ride? / The Compound -----Palm Bay on: November 18, 2016, 07:31:00 PM
Just saw on Channel 9 news tonight that they're trying to close the Compound down. They're putting up concrete barriers and the Palm Bay police are going to be out there for the next two weekends. I only ever rode the two times, but I did enjoy it. Larry
22  General / Open Discussion / Re: 5a closed on: November 09, 2016, 06:52:05 PM
It's really closed !!!   They fenced the 5A parking lot off and I guess you need to be a land owner to get a key to the gate. The parking lot has " no parking any time" signs posted on both sides. I'm not real sure what is going on at Maytown Road, but I heard there are signs posted there also. Larry
23  General / Where to Ride? / Re: Best trail in ocala to take my 11 year old on: October 30, 2016, 01:29:50 PM
I agree, that would probably be the best trail for an 11 year old. I've only rode it once so I don't know a lot about it. I was told that during hunting season that the hunters there are a meaner group. I don't know if that's true--just what I've heard. Larry
24  General / Where to Ride? / Re: Canaveral Groves on: October 30, 2016, 01:24:29 PM
I went riding at Canaveral Groves yesterday and it is still open. I don't know who starts these rumors. Larry
25  General / Where to Ride? / Re: 2016 Centennial Trail - Ocala National Forest on: October 17, 2016, 07:34:27 PM
No problem Kris ! I'm just so grateful for you and John cutting out all of the trees that you have so far. Now that it's starting to cool off a little, June and I will be riding there a lot more. Maybe next week some day. We pretty much took the summer off because of the heat.  Larry
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