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Did you know 62 miles of singletrack through Withlacoochee State Forest is open to motorcycles?  It's true.   The Forest Service allows motos on this fantastic trail one day each year to run the Orange State Enduro.  The fact that it is open to motorcycles only one day per year means the course is not beat to death from constant abuse.  Most of the loamy track twists and turns under a shady canopy of mature oak and tall pine.  Only at brief prairie crossings does it rarely break into full sun.  The course packs a surprising amount of elevation change as it dives into numerous abandoned mining pits.  Beware, some of the climbs exiting the pits are very technical.  A few sections of energy sapping sand whoops are thrown in to remind everyone that were still stuck in Florida.

 

 

Photo of Jakbrand struggling courtesy of Mike Belle 

My goal was to finish in good spirits, so I rode conservative.  No crashes, injuries or mechanical failures in 4 hours of racing.  I passed only one person the entire race.  The poor guy was laying on the side of the trail in agony with a broken leg.  I placed dead last in my class nearly 2 hours behind the overall winner,  but avoided a dreaded DNF.

 

Jakbrand on the second loop photo courtesy of Mike Belle 

 

Ride on!



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But first DDS finisher ... right?

Cool ...

 

 

Mike

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Not even close. 

Lee Daley  was probably the first DDS rider. 

Heck, there was a DDS rider on my row that finished about an hour ahead of me.

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But first DDS finisher ... right?

Cool ...

 

 

Mike


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  Howdy Jack! Was that your first enduro? Several of our Apollo members were there, including that real slow guy, Lee.

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Hey Stubb!   

Lee started a few rows behind me, so it was only a matter of minutes before he zipped by.  He rides smooth and deceptively fast.

It was my first enduro since 1981.  You might say I was a little rusty after 30 years. 


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Whoooopie and way to go Jack!
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I'm in for next year, Looks super fun!

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