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Old 07-03-2013, 09:05 AM   #1
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Looking for Central Florida trail ride July 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th

I am looking for a group to trail ride with sometime around the July 4th Holiday (or anytime, actually). I live in Orlando, but I would be willing to travel up to two hours away for a day of trail riding. The Orlando Jeep Club is going to Hardrock Ocala on the 4th, and it sounds fun. I was going to go, but I am afraid that it may be a little too advance for me since I just got a brand new 2013 JKU Rubicon, and I am totally new to Jeeping and 4x4ing in general. I am leaning more towards an easy trail ride just to get the feel of the new Jeep.

Anyone riding on July 4th, 5th, 6th, or 7th? How is the Withlocoochie/Brooksville trails area? Ocala? Anything in the Hollowpaw/St Cloud area? Let me know. Thanks. -Todd

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Old 07-03-2013, 09:28 AM   #2
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first, welcome to the WF!

you would be fine with your new JKUR at the Hard Rock, but if you're not comfortable going up there... then it's probably best to get your feet wet with something else. if you can't find anyone to wheel with, shoot me a PM, i'm pretty much wide open every day except the 4th and 5th.

i'll run up to the withlacootchie forest with you. pretty mild up there... not a bad place to cut your teeth with your new rig! probably could drum up a few folks to join us too!

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Old 07-03-2013, 09:49 AM   #3
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I appreciate the fast response.

What is hardrock like? Is it all boulders and climbs, or are there easy trails too? I did some searches to get a feel for it, and I only came up with some crazy videos of guys banging through some big rock gardens and some tube buggies climbing some boulder hills.

I may take you up on the Withlocootchie ride (I will PM you later). I used to ride Crooms with my dirtbike, so I am somewhat familiar with the general area, and it's not too far away for me. That sounds more what I was looking for until I get used to the Jeep. I don't mind climbing, dirt, mild mud, etc., but at the same time I am not trying to destroy the new Jeep on the first time out. There will be plenty of time for the rougher stuff later! -Todd
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there's a lot of everything at the Hard Rock... plenty of trails to run for stock jeeps all the way through rock crawlers.

let me know. saturday or sunday i could definitely do some wheeling up there... withlacootchie is pretty mild, just fire roads... some off camber stuff and there's one pit you can play around on to get the feel of some climbs, it's plenty fun.
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:41 AM   #5
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My first off-road experience with my 2011 sport (only wheels/tires) was hardrock in Ocala. The good thing about that place is if you don't feel comfortable with a hill, you can go around (on most of them).
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I know a place in Heathrow that would be a good first time offroad for you.
I'm off the 6th and the 7th. any interest in meeting up one of those mornings?
The area has a little bit of everything, usually good for about 2 hrs of fun.
I'm only 45 minutes away in Daytona. Let me know.
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Old 07-03-2013, 07:22 PM   #7
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Dnt be afraid of hard rock. It has everything from mild to wild! U will absolutely have zero issues there. A stock willys would rock it there. Seriously. GO! I wanted to go, but its my 15 year anniv tomorrow. Wife says I can go if there wont be a 16.
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