Here is my news. Stopped at Duffield in Louisville. If this place was literally in my backyard and I could ride to it, I wouldn't even ride there. So disappointed. Not maintained, and pretty much a pseudo downhill course, except all rutted out and covered in leaves. Not the best for a 13 year old girl with 1 inch of travel and my 18 pound hardtail with seat jacked to the moon. Rode 5 miles because we felt we had to after the long drive, but man what a let down. Never ever go there. Ever.
Rained out at Blankets Georgia which sucked, so we high tailed it to Florida to do some riding there. We hit Alafia River State Park, and that was awesome. Great trails, well maintained, and very challenging for the technical rider. Not much flowy long distance singletrack, so an epic 50 mile ride would have you doing multiple loops, plus some of the double black loops compared to the green loops did not lend themselves to using the same bike. Green were super easy, totally flat, and almost no technical sections. The two double black loops were very hilly, and very technical. Didn't feel too comfortable clipped in on the one I did by myself while Dani waited. It was fun, but the blue loops were the best. Good mix of hard stuff plus a little flow.
We did about 15 miles or so the first day there, then headed to Miami and Key West to do some diving. On the way back, we hit Alafia again, and had a great day. 18 miles, and Dani was killing it. She is super strong on the technical riding, and her strength is coming along even though her string bean legs are still tiny and she only weighs 80 pounds yet.
Our plan was to hit Blankets finally, and then Brown county for our final ride. Got to Blankets, and the trails were closed. Pretty bummed, especially considering the temp was 32 so there would be no trail damage. Oh well, always my luck. We knew we couldn't ride Brown either because we sent all our cold weather riding gear to CO for Nats, so we just drove home. Lucky we got home a day early or we would have been snowed in I'm sure.
All in all, a good trip, even with all the setbacks. I would highly recommend Alafia to anybody that digs mountain biking. Their trails were perfectly maintained compared to anything else I've ridden, and there bridges/walls were well made at a perfect camber. Here is a video I threw together so you get an idea of the quality of the trails. The end is the best part, and some of these trails were pretty high up with zero run off room. I was a little nervous about Dani, but she was awesome.