2018 July - August Schedule

July 01 - Tour of Tampa - Seminole Heights to McKay Bay 
  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM, riders leave promptly at 7:45
  • Meeting Location: The Independent Beer Pub and Cafe, 5016 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa, 33603 - two blocks south of Hillsborough Ave. 
  • Distance: 23 miles 
  • Speed: 10-14 mph
  • Ride Leader: Earl, 727-415-8993
We'll take a leisurely ride along shady streets and city bike paths, starting off by following the Hillsborough River as it winds through Seminole Heights and Tampa's oldest shipyard. Then it's on to Ybor City, Palmetto Beach and the McKay Bay bike trail. From there we'll head back to downtown Tampa, via Channelside, Harbor Island and the pedestrian mall. We'll return to our start riding through Tampa Heights and the new Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park. There are restrooms midway and at the end of the ride. The Shell station, two blocks north on Florida Avenue, is available at the start of the ride for those needing "necessary" facilities before we begin.

July 08 - Upper Tampa Bay Trail to Upper Tampa Bay Park
  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM, leave promptly at 7:45 AM
  • Meeting Location: Waters Avenue Trailhead/Channel Park Pavilion, Upper Tampa Bay Trail, 9201 West Waters Ave, Tampa 33635. Note: You will need $2 to park. Rangers on duty, and they check parking. Handicap stickers are not exempt from parking fees in Hillsborough County Parks!
  • Distance: ~14-23 miles
  • Speed: 12 - 14 mph
  • Ride Leader: John (813) 613-6047 (call or text)
First opened in 1995, the Upper Tampa Bay is one of the area's most popular. We'll start at the main trailhead off of Waters Avenue. This allows us to ride both north and south on the trail where we'll experience going up and over Gunn Highway on the pedestrian/bike bridge as well as looping down and under Linebaugh Avenue before we cross the rustic wooden bridge over Rocky Creek. Part of the trail follows an old railbed (this section is nice and shady and has a beautiful tree canopy), another section circles a now closed landfill, and the southwestern-most section (no shade here, i.e., hot, hot, hot!) follows Channel A (originally built for mosquito controls) as it receives water from Rocky and Brushy Creeks and then flows into Upper Tampa Bay. Once back at the trailhead we'll have the option to ride on to Upper Tampa Bay Park, adding ~9 miles to the ride. There are restrooms and water at the start and midway along the route. This is a really pretty trail with lots of variety (sun, shade, twists, tight turns, "straight-aways," bridges, water views, etc.) and thus a very popular one. Please remember that "Wheels Yield to Heels!!!" We'll drive to breakfast after the ride.

July 15 - Tierra Verde/Ft. Desoto Nature Ride
  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Parking lot behind The Island Grille and Raw Bar (in front of the Tierra Verde Marina building, 210 Madonna Blvd., Tierra Verde, 33715
  • Directions from I-275 going South: Take exit 17 toward the Pinellas Bayway for 1.1 miles; merge onto 54th Ave. South/Pinellas Bayway/SR 682 - (you will need $1 or a SunPass for the toll bridge) and go 1.9 miles; turn left at Pinellas Bayway South/SR 679. Madonna Avenue is to the right, immediately after you cross the bridge.
  • Distance: 22 miles
  • Speed: 12-14 mph
  • Ride Leader: Earl (727) 415-8993 (call or text)
The beaches of Ft. Desoto Park are rated among our Nation's Top Ten. Come and see why as we ride the park's scenic roads and bike trails. We'll visit both the South and the North beaches as well as the historic fort and pier. The park's trail takes us along large areas of restored native plants and beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Once back at our cars we'll walk to breakfast at a local eatery.

July 22 - Hyde Park to Port Tampa and Picnic Island

  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Zudar's Deli Cafe, 201 W. Platt St., Tampa, FL 33606 - parking is on the west side of the restaurant - do NOT park at Publix - they will tow!!
  • Distance: 24 miles
  • Speed: 12 - 16 mph
  • Ride Leader: Earl, 727-415-8993

This ride will explore some of Tampa's oldest neighborhoods such as Old Hyde Park, New Suburb Beautiful, Golfview, Palma Ceia and the "real" South Tampa, including a stop at the Spanish American War Park. The halfway point is bustling Port Tampa and then the quiet serenity of Picnic Island Park, where, on a clear day you can spot Weedon Island, the St. Petersburg skyline and, often, the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. The ride then winds back through South Tampa, Bayshore Blvd and Hyde Park as we return to our starting location. Restrooms at the start, midway and end of the ride. Breakfast at Zudar's (known for their "famous" desserts) at the end of the ride.

July 29 - St. Petersburg to Weedon Island *** Note Change to Start ***
  • Distance 26 miles
  • Speed: 12-14 mph
  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM -(leave promptly, 7:45 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Parking lot next to/east of the North Shore Pool Dog Park and St Pete Softball field, junction of 7th Avenue NE and Bayshore Drive NE, St. Petersburg, FL, 33701 (Vinoy Park, 701 Bayshore Dr NE, 33701, is on the southeastern side of this parking lot, North Shore Pool is to the north)
  • Ride Leader: Earl of St. Pete (727-455-7854 (calls only, no texts)
The ride begins in St. Pete this time, starting from the parking lot just south of the Northshore Pool and behind the baseball field. We'll work our way north through St. Pete's laid-back neighborhoods and then up to Weedon Island County Preserve. Then we'll turnaround and return to downtown St. Pete where we'll enjoy breakfast. There are restrooms at the start and mid-way on the ride.

August 5 - Davis Islands Ride
  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (prompt departure at 7:45 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Sandra Freedman Tennis Complex Parking Lot, 59 Columbia Drive, Tampa 33606 (next to Tampa General Hospital)
  • Distance: 15 miles
  • Speed: 10-12 mph
  • Ride Leader: Les (813) 598-4944 (call or text)
We'll tour waterfront homes, the airport, dog park and seaplane basin as we ride a circuitous route around and then up the middle of Davis Islands. We'll end up at a coffee shop where we can enjoy food and conversation. This is a good ride for new riders because the pace is relaxed, the roads are quiet and traffic is minimal. For those who want to add 10 miles to the ride, there will be a group riding down from Seminole Heights to the start. Call or text Les (813) 598-4944 if you want to join them.

August 12 - South St. Petersburg Parks Tour
  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45)
  • Meeting Location: Medical Arts building parking lot, 2191 9th Ave. North St. Petersburg FL 33713
  • Distance: 25 miles
  • Speed: 12 -14 mph 
  • Ride Leader: Earl of St. Pete, 727-455-7854 (calls only, no texts)
This ride starts off south on 22nd Street with a tour of St. Petersburg's historic midtown neighborhoods. After a stop at Dell Holmes Park on the shores of sparkling Lake Maggiore we'll ride through Lakewood Estates and then on to the unique Pink Streets at the southern end of the city. We'll work our way back to downtown St. Pete by following the coastline of Tampa Bay, visiting several parks and historic areas on our way. Breakfast stop is at a local restaurant in downtown St. Pete, just two miles before returning to our cars. The last two miles of the ride, after breakfast, are filled with vibrant street art and huge murals, just another indication of why St. Petersburg has become a new "happening" place to live. The ride focuses on history, not speed. Restrooms available at the start and midway through the ride.

August 19 - Trout Creek to Flatwoods Park
  • Distance: 26 miles
  • Speed: 12-16 mph
  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (prompt departure at 7:45 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Trout Creek Wilderness Park parking lot, 12550 Morris Bridge Road, Thonotosassa 33592 (Fletcher Ave. becomes Morris Bridge Rd. just east of I-75, park is on the north side)  NOTE: Bring $2 for parking in the county park - Hillsborough County Parks do NOT honor Handicapped stickers (you still must pay!!)
  • Ride Leader: John (813) 613-6047 (call or text)
From Trout Creek Park we'll ride north on Morris Bridge Road, cross the Hillsborough River and then enter Flatwoods Park. We'll ride the 7-mile Flatwoods paved loop, an extra side loop over a boardwalk and then the 2-mile extension out to Bruce B. Downs. After a brief rest stop we'll retrace our route back to Trout Creek. Look for deer, turkey and other wildlife in the woods. There are long stretches of open pavement for those who like to speed away from the group. We'll breakfast at a local eatery after the ride. There are restrooms and water at the start and halfway into the ride.

August 26 - Safety Harbor to the Clearwater Ream Wilson/East-West Trail

  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM, riders leave promptly at 7:45 
  • Meeting Location: Shelter #5, Philippe Park, 2525 Philippe Park, Safety Harbor 33625
  • Distance 24 miles
  • Speed: 12-14 mph
  • Rider Leader: Les (813) 598-4944 (call or text)
We'll begin near the entrance to Philippe Park and ride along the waters of Upper Tampa Bay, the Safety Harbor Spa and downtown Safety Harbor until we connect with the Clearwater Ream Wilson/East-West Trail. On the Trail we'll enjoy the twists, turns and short "hills" of this scenic bike trail as it winds through several of the area's prettiest parks, across a boardwalk into a wildlife sanctuary, down the middle of a Frisbee golf course and a jaunt past the Phillies Spring Training facility. More mileage is available with an optional out and back down the Duke/Progress Energy spur trail. Following the ride we'll drive to breakfast at a local Safety Harbor restaurant.

October 7 - Annual Withlacoochee State Trail - Rails to Trails Ride 
***NOTE Change in Start Time for this ride only*** 
  • Meeting Time: 8:30 AM, leave promptly at 8:45 AM
  • Meeting Location: North Apopka Avenue Trail Crossing, 315 N Apopka Ave., Inverness, 34451, in front of the Red Caboose
  • Distance: Your choice of 14, 30, 48, 62 or 100 miles (or any other distance you prefer)
  • Speed: 12 - 14 mph
  • Ride Leader: John (813) 613-6047
This is an annual event that we support on the scenic, 46-mile Withlacoochee Trail. It's $40 to ride, but all proceeds go to the Rails to Trails fund. You can register online by October 03 to be entered for a door prize, or register as a walk-up on the day of the ride. The event features 5 sag stops, breakfast, lunch, SAG stops, prize drawings and medals for the century riders. More info and registration information at 

Call the ride leader if you plan to ride with us so we can coordinate meeting up and starting together. Right now the plan is to ride together as a group for about 30 miles, but you are free to determine your own distance.

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