UPDATE 3/9/2019: Unfortunately the world is not quite ready for this idea so it has been scrubbed and the website linked below has been locked down. While the idea behind the Network may have proven to be a useful resource for those in the Florida Adventure Community that don't have the time, flexibility and/or money to join either organized rides/rallies or adhoc rides of those with more Florida trail experience, similar cases that I have subsequently uncovered appear to indicate that such a Network would likely also become a resource to the ever growing crooked element of our society to take advantage of for monetary or other nefarious cause. ______________________________________ Original post: My name is Bill from Plant City, Florida and I've been riding for going on five decades now. I'm retired and I try to ride dual sport and our area trail systems as often as possible. I've probably met many of you at some of the more notable rallies in Florida including Devil's Creek, Polar Bear, Wild Bear. My rally plan this year includes Perry Mountain (Alabama), the Hooch (North Georgia), Tennessee Discovery (Nashville Area) and I really haven't thought about the second half of the year yet. I preface this post with this information for no other reason than to perhaps emphasis that I'm serious about dual sporting and the idea I'm currently working on. What I find myself working on is a Florida-based dual sport/adventure resource project that some of you might find interesting and like to help me work on and/or, ultimately, use. The idea behind The Florida Trails and Tracks Network resource is to provide dual sport and adventure enthusiasts (Florida-Based or Visitors) with a resource to publicly accessible trail locations, on a region-by-region basis, that provides comprehensive details about each trail system and it’s amenities (right down to camping and fueling locations), maps and a dot.gpx track or two of recommended navigation options. To be clear, this is NOT a project for computer jockeys. This IS a project for riders. This is NOT about sitting at your computer and writing posts about trail locations based on publicly available maps and information. This is NOT about exploiting the information from organized rally tracks that you might have attended or might otherwise have in your possession. This is NOT about re-living and documenting a trail you may have ridden in the past. Rather, this IS about researching a trail system in your area in today's state, actually visiting the trail system (preferably with your buds), taking some pictures, recording a contemporaneous track (in dot.gpx), or two, and compiling all the information in a format both useful and accessible to dual sport and adventure enthusiasts. If you’re a rider, you don’t have a problem with this. You’ll get your pals and your bikes together and go work out a great way to present a trail system to other dual sport and adventure enthusiasts. Structurally, the current working platforms that I’m using for this idea are Google’s Blogger Service and Google’s Drive Service. Blogger is a free blog-development and hosting service. It is about as turnkey (i.e. easy) as it gets and seems to provide almost all of the tools necessary for the successful display of the individual trail systems. Drive is simply a file storage where I am currently filing and from where I’m sharing the dot.gpx tracks. Essentially, the Network will ultimately consist of a association of interlinked, regional blogs using a convention called Link-Building. So, maybe sounds like something someone else has done, so what does this one look like, you ask? I have proceeded with the project by hosting of the first Blog in the Florida Trails and Tracks Network. I’m calling the region West Central, for now, but that’s subject to change. Following the guidelines that I’ve drafted for the Network (accessible in the blog via link), I’ve developed and reported posts for two Florida Trail Systems for your review. One is Croom WMA in Brooksville, Florida and the other is Dinner Island Ranch WMA in Clewiston, Florida. These are two smaller publicly accessible forest road systems that I figured would be best for experimenting with the content and display. Following is a link to the Blog. https://floridatrailsandtracks.blogspot.com/ The current plan is to attract regional (to be defined) representatives to build and host their regional blogs and write the related trail posts using Draft Guidelines that can be found linked to the initial blog (again, accessible via a link in the blog). This is not a for-profit project. It’s not about making money. It actually doesn't make any money. It’s about helping our busier dual sport and adventure brothers and sisters make decisions on places to ride using comprehensive, real and contemporaneous information. Let me know if you or anyone you know might be interested in helping build the Network.