I’ve lived in or around Gainesville since 1983 and for 2 years in the 70s, as well as 2 years in Melbourne. But, like you, I’m not a native but then who is?!
My husband, Captain Argentina, is, not surprisingly, from Argentina, having immigrated in the late 60s. He spent most of his U. S. years in NJ. We met 15 years ago when he was visiting one of his daughters who was living in Gainesville at the time.
I don’t bike and haven’t done the trail. Having back problems keeps me mostly limited to even, solid ground.
Perhaps we can meet over coffee or dinner next time you come to Gainesville. I’ve yet to meet a Mediumite, although Clay Rivers and I are hoping to get together on one of the trips my husband (Ben) and I take to Mount Dora. Hopefully, we can make that happen soon.