2018 May - June Schedule

May 6 - Oldsmar Discovery
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 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.

May 13 - Weedon Island to St. Petersburg
  • Distance 26 miles
  • Speed: 12-14 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 and our breakfast stop, midway through the ride. After breakfast we'll return to Weedon Island via 1st Street N. Restrooms and water are available at the kayak launch near the starting location if the museum is closed.

May 20 - ***New Ride ***Tame the Pinellas Trail's 7 Bridges***
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  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15)
  • 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!

May 27 - Davis Islands Ride
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (prompt departure at 8:15 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.

***Note new, EARLIER meeting and start times for all summer rides beginning in June***

June 3 - Pinellas Trail to Tarpon Springs and Fred Howard Beach
  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
  • Meeting Location: 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 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.

June 10 - Thonotosassa Circuit
  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (prompt departure at 7:45 AM)
  • Meeting Location: John B. Sergeant's Park, 12702 US Highway 301, Thonotosassa, FL 33592 (bring $2 parking fee)
  • Distance: 33 miles or 20 mile, slower option
  • Speed: 12-16 mph
  • Ride Leader: Susie (813) 236-8119 (this is a landline, do not text)
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 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. For those who want a shorter and slower ride, there are options!

We'll have a picnic in the park after the ride. Bring something to share with the group. If you need ideas, call the ride leader. Here's what people are bringing so far: watermelon, potato salad, schachatta, homemade banana pudding, a "killer" dip for chips.

June 17 - Tour de Forest Hills
  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45)
  • Meeting Location: Gino's Italian Restaurant, 10006 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa, 33612 (park behind the restaurant)
  • Distance: 20-24 miles
  • Speed: 12 -14 mph
  • Ride Leader: John (813) 613-6047 (call or text)
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Come explore the winding streets and picturesque lakes of north Tampa and Forest Hills. The ride begins and ends at Gino's Italian Restaurant, with restroom stops available at the start and along the route. Our route will circle through neighborhoods that surround the Babe Zaharis Golf Course, turn north and continue beyond the Tampa city limits, and then return through Forest Hills and "old" Carrollwood. We'll breakfast after the ride.

June 24 - ***NEW RIDE, NEW TRAIL***
Cross Florida Greenway paved trail, Dunellon to Ocala

  • Meeting Time: **9:00 AM (prompt departure at 9:15 AM)** Note time change due to the distance **
  • Meeting Location: Ross Prairie Trailhead, 10660 SW Highway 200, Dunellon, 34431
  • Distance: 31-33 miles
  • Speed: 12-16 mph
  • Ride Leader: Susie (813) 236-8119 (this is a landline, do not text)
Crossing Central Florida from the Gulf of Mexico to the St. John's River is the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway which occupies much of the land formerly known as the Cross Florida Ship and, later, Barge Canal, project. A series of historic events transformed this corridor from one of the nation's largest uncompleted public works projects to a world class greenway. It contains hiking trails, equestrian trails, nationally famous mountain biking trails, and, as of last fall, a beautifully designed  paved trail which stretches between Ross Prairie, near Dunellon, to the Santos Trailhead, near Ocala. This trail is extremely wide and very shady. Most of it traverses through hardwood forest and it's often criss-crossed by the hiking and mountain biking trails.  It's also constantly winding and rolling. 

We'll ride from the Ross Prairie trailhead to the Santos trailhead and then return. Highlight of the ride is riding UP the Land Bridge that crosses I-75 where all of the various trails converge. There are water and restrooms (and camping!) at the start, midway and the end of the ride. We'll eat at a nearby local restaurant after the ride. 

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