2018 Ride Schedule - September-October

September 2 - Pinellas Trail to Tarpon Springs and Fred Howard Beach
  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
  • **New Meeting Location**: The Gazebo on the south side of the  Dunedin Historical Museum/Old Train Depot, 349 Main Street, Dunedin 34698 - parking lots are just beyond Douglas and Main Streets and the intersection with the Pinellas Trail. Note: parking is now FREE anywhere in Dunedin!
  • Distance: 29 miles 
  • Speed: 12-16 mph
  • Ride Leader: Wayne (801) 520-0350 (call or text)

From the Old Train Depot in Dunedin we'll ride north on the Pinellas Trail through Ozona, Palm Harbor and Crystal Beach to Tarpon Springs and then out to beautiful Fred Howard Park and Beach. The Pinellas Trail is considered by many to be Florida's premier trail, and this section its prettiest. The route is scenic and shady, with one pedestrian bridge (which may still be closed) over Alternate 19 to add a small challenge for your legs and bicycle navigation skills. We leave the trail in Tarpon Springs to ride past the sponge docks and Spring Bayou (where the traditional Epiphany cross is thrown). Then we're out across the Causeway to the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico. We'll return to Dunedin via the Trail and walk to breakfast at a bike-friendly cafĂ© after the ride. Restrooms at the train depot and at the beach.

September 9 - Tame the Pinellas Trail's Seven Bridges
Image result for Pinellas trail photos
  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45)
  • Meeting Location: Apple Photographics parking lot, 3032 49th St. North, St. Petersburg FL 33710
  • Distance: 26 miles
  • Speed: 12 -16 mph 
  • Ride Leader: Earl of St. Pete, 727-455-7854 (calls only, no texts)
The ride starts at Earl's photo studio, Apple Photographics. From there we make our way to 52nd Street and go south to Gulfport to meet up with the Pinellas Trail. We ride north on the Trail to Seminole City Park, take a short side loop to Boca Ceiga Millennial Park, then reverse our route and return to the start. We'll drive to breakfast after the ride.

There are 19 miles on the Trail and 7 on roads getting to the Trail and back.  Restrooms at the start, middle and end of the ride. If you love climbing bridges, this ride is for you!

September 16 - North Tampa Ride to Odessa (aka, the Llama Ride)
  •  Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
  • Meeting Location: West Village Commons Parking lot (5356-5368 Ehrlich Road, Tampa 33624) - park on the east side of the parking lot, next to W. Village Road 
  • Distance: 25-28 miles
  • Speed: 11-13 mph
  • Ride Leader: Don (813-964-9193 - this is a landline)
We will ride slowly through the suburban neighborhoods of Carrollwood Village and north Tampa and then meander around the rural lanes and lakes of Odessa. We'll return back along the same route. Bring some carrots, and, if you're lucky, you might get to meet Gus, the llama! We'll enjoy breakfast at a nearby restaurant following the ride. Restrooms before, during and after the ride.


September 23 - Oldsmar Discovery
  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Shelter #5, Philippe Park, 2525 Philippe Parkway, Safety Harbor, FL 34695 (first parking lot/pavilion to the right of the park entrance)
  • Distance: 25 miles
  • Speed: Minimum 12, Maximum 16
  • Ride Leader: Earl (727) 415-8993 (call or text)

Beginning with an uphill, "warm-up" loop through Philippe Park we will ride around the northern-most shores of Tampa Bay to discover the hidden parks and trails of Oldsmar. There will be one bridge to climb, along with some spectacular waterfront views of Upper Tampa Bay. Oldsmar was named for R.E. Olds, an early automotive pioneer and founder of the REO Motor Car Company, and R.E. Olds Park on the shores of upper Tampa Bay is one of the first areas we'll pass through. Next we ride to Mobbly Beach Park, then to Mobbly Bayou along the Oldsmar Trail, continuing with a loop through Hillsborough County's Upper Tampa Bay Park before we work our way back to our cars. Restrooms at the start and at Upper Tampa Bay Park, our midway point. We'll drive to breakfast after the ride.


September 30 - 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.

October 7 - 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
Ride with us for this annual event on the scenic 46-mile Withlacoochee Trail. All proceeds go to the Rails to Trails fund. You must register by September 11th to be guaranteed a tee shirt. The event features 5 sag stops, breakfast, lunch snacks and prize drawings. More info and registration information at 
www.rttwst.org/annual-ride-registration-form.php
(you can register in advance or as a walk-up). 


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.

***NOTE Change in Start Time for all ongoing rides (you get to sleep a bit later!!!)*** 

October 14 - Thonotosassa Circuit
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (prompt departure at 8:15 AM)
  • Meeting Location: John B. Sergeant's Park, 12702 US Highway 301, Thonotosassa, FL 33592 (bring $2 parking fee, even if you have a Handicapped plate)
  • Distance: 33 miles or a shorter (under 20 miles) and slower option
  • Speed: 14-16 mph (slower option is 11-13 mph)
  • Ride Leader: Earl (727-415-8993)
This is a scenic ride along the rolling hills and rural farmlands surrounding Lake Thonotosassa. We'll cycle south from the park, around the lake and then up, down and around the peaceful roads and country lanes of eastern Hillsborough County. We'll end up on the short Ft. King bike trail (or Highway 301 if the bike trail is still closed) as we return to the park. Keep an eye out for hawks, vultures, sandhill cranes and strawberries in the fields. There are rolling hills near the start of the ride, and a couple more after the half-way point. Restrooms and water at the start; none on the ride.

Short option (led by Don) splits from the main group after the first 4-6 miles and takes a loop route to Knights-Griffin Road and then back to the park.

October 21 - Them Thar Hills around San Antonio
    Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (depart promptly at 8:15 AM)
    Meeting Location: San Antonio Railroad Depot Museum, 32627 Railroad Ave, San Antonio, FL 33576
    Distance: 22 miles with an optional, very hilly 5-mile loop at the ride's end
    Speed: 12-14 mph
    Ride Leader: John (813) 613-6047 (call or text)
We will start at the San Antonio Railroad Depot Museum and head south beyond San Antonio for our first climb up Prospect Hill. Most of our ride will take us north to northeast of San Antonio and then back. About 1/4th to 1/3rd of the ride is flat to gently rolling, although there are some hills with "steepish" grades including Happy Hill Road and "The Three Sisters". If you have a standard compact double front crank you can do the ride. You just spin your way up. There is no shame in walking part-way (or all the way) up, either! We'll enjoy breakfast after the ride in the San Antonio area. Note: We will be in the "country" for this ride, so be sure you come prepared with TWO bottle of water. There are restrooms at the ballfields across from our meeting location, but limited facilities on the route.


October 28 - Weedon Island to St. Petersburg

  • Distance 26 miles
  • Speed: 11-13 mph
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (prompt departure at 8:15 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Weedon Island Cultural and Natural History Center parking lot, 1800 Weedon Dr. NE, St. Petersburg 33702 (Gandy Blvd west, turn at San Martin and follow the signs)
  • Ride Leader: Don (813) 964-9193 (this is a landline, do not text)
The ride begins at the Weedon Island Cultural and Natural History Center at the end of Pinellas County's Weedon Island Park. We'll wend our way to downtown St. Petersburg via the waterfront homes of Shore Acres, the mansions of Snell Isle, and the bungalows of Old Northeast and Coffee Pot Bayou. After cycling along the city's waterfront we'll circle the Dali Museum and the Mahaffey Theater complex as we ride into downtown St. Pete. We'll return to Weedon Island via 1st Street N. Breakfast is TBD, probably after the ride. Restrooms and water are available at the kayak launch near the starting location if the museum is closed.



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