I’m not sure how Ryan and I have managed to live in Ocala for two years without making it out to Santos Trails.
They’re so close to where we live and yet we hadn’t heard about the trails until a month ago!
After talking with some triathletes at our gym, Santos came up in conversation and they enthusiastically encouraged us to check out the miles and miles of trails. They assured me that Ryan and I would be able to rent bikes without a problem and ride our bikes right from the bike shop to the trails.
I did a little research online this morning and found Santos Bike Shop.
Ryan and I ate breakfast (another oatmeal and egg white pancake plus a side of ham for me) and then hopped in his car to drive to the bike shop.
Right when we arrived, we were greeted by a very friendly man who helped us figure out the correct bikes to rent.
He also took out a trail map and offered his advice about which trails to try and great routes within the area. Once we had our bikes, helmets and a trail map, we were ready to go!
Ryan was really psyched to head out because he had such a phenomenal experience mountain biking in Winter Park, Colorado when we were there for Michaela and Kyle’s wedding. While the bridesmaids hung out with the bride, all of our husbands and boyfriends rented mountain bikes and took the bikes on a ski lift to the top of a mountain. They spent the day downhill mountain biking and an incredible time. Their experience was a lot more intense than what Ryan and I did today on our two-hour ride, but we still had a blast!
We stuck mainly to the yellow trails, as they were the easiest, but Ryan isn’t one to shy away from adventure and coerced me into taking on three blue trails. They were much curvier and peppered with a lot more rocks, but we did it and fortunately no wipe outs occurred.
It was a great way to spend a Saturday!
Now it’s shower time! We have plans to go out with friends tonight, so I’ll catch you guys later!
Question of the Afternoon
- Have you ever gone mountain biking? Would you want to?
I had a great time and would absolutely love to go again!