2018 Ride Schedule, January - December

January 7 - Withlacoochee State Trail, Ridge Manor to Floral City and back***Note special time for this ride***
Cafe in Floral City
  • Meeting Time: 8:30 AM, leave promptly at 8:45 AM
  • Meeting Location: Ridge Manor Trailhead, Withlacoochee State Trail, Brooksville, FL 34602. Directions: From Interstate 75 heading north, take Exit 61 (new exit 301) to US 98/50. Head east on US 98/50, approximately one mile to Croom Rital Road. Take a left and proceed to the trailhead on the right (note, if you pass under the trail bridge on US 98/50 you've missed the turn at Croom Rital Road)
  • Distance: 34-36 miles
  • Speed: 12-14 mph
  • Ride Leader: John (813) 613-6047 (call or text)
Starting from the Ridge Manor trailhead we'll ride the trail north for about 15 miles and then return to our start. We'll eat breakfast in Floral City midway through the ride. This trail is basically flat and straight for those of you who like to power ahead. For those who prefer to chat and enjoy the scenery, the trail winds through a typical and beautiful central Florida hardwood forest.

January 14 - Seminole Heights to MacDill AFB 
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM, riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM
  • Meeting Location: The Independent Beer Pub and Cafe, 5016 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa, 33603 - two blocks south of Hillsborough, Note: Park in the vacant lot across the street - you can also use the fenced lot there. Do NOT park behind the Dollar Tree Store or you will be towed.
  • Distance: 26 miles
  • Speed: 12-16 mph
  • Ride Leader: Earl (Tampa) 727-415-8993 (call or text)

Ride from The Independent Beer Pub in Seminole Heights to MacDill AFB and back via sections of the downtown Riverwalk, Bayshore Blvd and the Gadsden Park Bike Trail. We'll pass through the Water Works Park, Kiley Gardens, the University of Tampa's Plant Park and the stately mansions lining Bayshore Blvd. We'll stop to enjoy waterfront views of Downtown Tampa at Ballast Point Park, then return through Hyde Park and the winding streets along the Hillsborough River. Enjoy brunch, pastries and gourmet coffee back on the Independent Cafe's outdoor patio after the ride.

January 21 - Starkey Park, aka Freda's Ride to see the Alligator
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15)
  • Meeting Location: Havana Dreamers, 3104 Town Ave. Trinity Florida 34655 (corner of Starkey Blvd and Town Ave - park on the street or in the dirt lot across from the restaurant)
  • Distance: 25 miles
  • Speed: 12-14 mph
  • Ride Leaders: Freda, 847-714-6860 (call or text), Paul and Dana
Beginning in one of Pasco County's sprawling subdivision-towns we'll take the Starkey Blvd. bike path, across the street from Havana Dreamers, and ride 4 miles north to the entrance of Starkey Park. We'll ride the park's 10-mile Wilderness Trail until we reach the Suncoast Bike Trail. There we turn north and go 1/2 mile to see a pond with a resident alligator. We return the same way we rode out, adding a one-mile loop in Starkey Park for a water and restroom stop. While in the park we may see white-tailed deer, fox squirrels, sandhill cranes, and numerous varieties of other birds. Restrooms are also available before the ride at Havana Dreamers where we'll enjoy coffee, pastries, breakfast and/or lunch after the ride.

January 28 - South St. Petersburg Parks Tour
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15)
  • 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.

February 4 - 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 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.

February 11 - Pinellas Trail to Tarpon Springs and Fred Howard Beach
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Parking lot behind Dunedin Historical Museum/Old Train Depot, 349 Main Street, Dunedin 34698 - the lot is just beyond Douglas and Main Streets and the intersection with the Pinellas Trail (Note: there is a small fee for parking - $1.50 for 3 hours. Credit cards are accepted. Or, you can park in the free dirt lot across from the trail depot)
  • 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 café after the ride. Restrooms at the train depot and at the beach.

February 18 - Downtown St. Pete to the SkyWay Bridge
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 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)
  • Distance: 29 miles
  • Speed: 12-14 mph
  • Ride Leader: Susie (813) 236-8119 or Earl's cell (727) 415-8993 morning of ride
From just south of the Vinoy Hotel we'll ride through downtown St. Pete to pick up the beginning of the Pinellas Trail at Tropicana Field. Shortly after passing Gibbs High School we'll turn south onto the SkyWay Trail which winds south through multiple small parks, including the particularly scenic Clam Bayou section, to end near the southern end of Pinellas County at the BayWay. We'll pass under I-275 and then take to the streets until we reach Maximo Park and the bike trail heading out to the SkyWay bridge. This trail parallels I-275 and offers dramatic views of Tampa Bay and the SkyWay bridge, as well as having two short (one a bit steep) bridges to climb. Our turnaround point is the I-275 rest area just before the main SkyWay bridge span. It features restrooms and the memorial to the U.S.S. Blackthorn. We'll return to our start via Pinellas Point and its famous pink streets, then head north following the South Bay Bike route on 4th, 3rd and 1st Avenues S. We'll pass by USF's beautiful Bayboro Campus, then swing over for breakfast at a local downtown restaurant before returning to our cars.

February 25 - Safety Harbor to the Clearwater Ream Wilson/East-West Trail
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM, riders leave promptly at 8:15
  • 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.

March 4 - 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
Postponed from October, due to storm damage, this is an annual event for us on the scenic, 46-mile Withlacoochee Trail. Its $35 to ride, but all proceeds go to the Rails to Trails fund. You can register online by March 02 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, snacks and prize drawings. More info and registration information at 
https://www.rttwst.org/annual-bike-ride-rails-to-trails.php

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.


March 11 - Long Ride - Seminole Heights to MacDill AFB 
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM, riders leave promptly at 8:15 
  • Meeting Location: The Independent Beer Pub and Cafe, 5016 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa, 33603 - two blocks south of Hillsborough, Note: Park in the vacant lot across the street - you can also use the fenced lot there. Do NOT park behind the Dollar Tree Store or you will be towed.
  • Distance: 26 miles
  • Speed: 12-16 mph
  • Ride Leader: Earl of Tampa 727 415-8993 (call or text)
Ride from The Independent Beer Pub in Seminole Heights to MacDill AFB and back via sections of the downtown Riverwalk, Bayshore Blvd and the Gadsden Park Bike Trail. We'll pass through the Water Works Park, Kiley Gardens, the University of Tampa's Plant Park and the stately mansions lining Bayshore Blvd. We'll stop to enjoy waterfront views of Downtown Tampa at Ballast Point Park, then return through Hyde Park and the winding streets along the Hillsborough River. Enjoy brunch, pastries and gourmet coffee back at the Independent Cafe's outdoor patio after the ride.

March 11 - Short Ride: Navigating Seminole Heights by Bike/Sunday Morning Market
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15)
  • Meeting Location: Memorial Middle School, 4702 N. Central Avenue, Tampa 33603 (corner of Central and Osborne - park on the OSBORNE side of the school, across from the Hillsborough High School track). Note: restrooms will be open at the Hillsborough High School gym at the far end of the track
  • Distance: 13 miles
  • Speed: 10 -12 mph 
  • Ride Leader: Margaret (813) 254-8882

Come join us as we make a circuit around and through different sections of Seminole Heights, one of Tampa's friendliest neighborhoods. Discover historic houses, lovely yards and pocket parks sprinkled along the Hillsborough River, as we avoid busy streets by taking less traveled connector roads. We'll return in time to enjoy the food, fun and other offerings at the Sunday Morning Market, located on the front lawn of Hillsborough High School, across the street from our starting spot. Secure, complimentary bicycle parking is provided at the Market by volunteers from the Seminole Heights Bicycle Club. This is a great ride for novice riders or for those wanting to tour a lovely, old neighborhood at a slow and leisurely pace.

March 18 - Courtney Campbell Trail from Safety Harbor
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Safety Harbor Marina, 110 Veteran's Memorial Lane, Safety Harbor, 34695
  • Distance: 28 miles
  • Speed: 12 -16 mph
  • Ride Leaders: Susie and Earl, 727-415-8993 (call or text)
We'll start from the Safety Harbor Marina and ride the trail extension south along Bayshore Dr. until it intersects with the Courtney Campbell Trail. From there we'll ride the Courtney Campbell Trail to its eastern end, just in front of the the Grand Hyatt hotel where we'll connect with a trail that runs along Tampa International Airport. We'll take this trail south to beautiful Cypress Point Park and Beach, and then retrace our route back to Safety Harbor. We'll breakfast after the ride in Safety Harbor. The Courtney Campbell trail is truly spectacular - and it's great fun to ride, including the tall bridge over the boat channel in Upper Tampa Bay. If you like cycling with lots of water views, this ride is for you. Not much shade, though, so bring sunscreen and lots of water. Restrooms located at the start and midway during the ride.

March 25 - 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.

April 1 - Starkey Park, aka Freda's Last Ride (until next year!)
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15)
  • Meeting Location: Havana Dreamers, 3104 Town Ave. Trinity Florida 34655 (corner of Starkey Blvd and Town Ave - park on the street or in the dirt lot across from the restaurant)
  • Distance: 25 miles
  • Speed: 10-16 mph
  • Ride Leaders: Freda, 847-714-6860 (call or text), and other Helpers
Beginning in one of Pasco County's sprawling subdivision-towns we'll take the Starkey Blvd. bike path, across the street from Havana Dreamers, and ride 4 miles north to the entrance of Starkey Park. We'll ride the park's 10-mile Wilderness Trail until we reach the Suncoast Bike Trail. There we turn north and go 1/2 mile to see a pond with a resident alligator. We return the same way we rode out, adding a one-mile loop in Starkey Park for a water and restroom stop. While in the park we may see white-tailed deer, fox squirrels, sandhill cranes, and numerous varieties of other birds. Restrooms are also available before the ride at Havana Dreamers where we'll enjoy coffee, pastries, breakfast and/or lunch after the ride.

April 8 - 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 ballfield across from our meeting location, but limited facilities on the route.

April 15 - Tour of Tampa from the Heights Public Market 
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM, riders leave promptly at 8:15
  • Meeting Location: Tampa's new Heights Public Market, 1910 N. Ola Street, Tampa 33602
  • Distance: 18 miles 
  • Speed: 10-14 mph
  • Ride Leader: Susie (813) 236-8119 (this is a landline - do not text!)
We'll take a leisurely ride along shady streets and urban bike paths, including sections of Tampa's Riverwalk and Greenways connector trails, as we tour Ybor City, Channelside, Harbor Island, the Convention Center, Cotanchobee Park, the Amalie Arena and downtown Tampa. Just outside of Ybor City we'll ride south to explore Palmetto Beach and the McKay Bay bike trail, then head back to downtown Tampa. We'll return through the uniquely renovated Perry Harvey Park area (where musical greats Ray Charles and Cannonball Adderley started their careers) before ending our ride at Tampa Heights' new Public Market for breakfast and river views. Restrooms at the start, midway and end of the ride. 

April 22 - South St. Petersburg Parks Tour
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15)
  • 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, end and midway through the ride.


April 29 - North Tampa Ride to Odessa 
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (leave promptly at 8:15 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 lovely 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.

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 café 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. 


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.


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 café after the ride. Restrooms at the train depot and at the beach.

September 9 - Tame the Pinellas Trail's Seven Bridges
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  • 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.


November 4 - Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail to the Clearwater Ream Wilson Trail and the Long Center
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM). **Don't forget that Daylight Savings Time ends today. Set your clocks back 1 hour!!**
  • Meeting Location: Skyway Park parking lot, near the restroom building, 3901 George Rd., Tampa 33634
  • Distance: ~31 miles
  • Speed: 12 -16 mph
  • Ride Leader: Joe C. (813) 300-5584
We’ll ride from Skyway Park in the Town and Country area of Tampa to the Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail. We'll go down the north side of the Trail to the bridge, then cut over to the south side and continue to its western end in Pinellas County. From there we head north into Safety Harbor on the Bayshore Trail until we reach the Ream-Wilson Clearwater East/West Trail. We'll take the Ream-Wilson Trail west to the Long Center, stop for a break (bring a snack) and then return to our start. We'll ride back to Skyway Park along the south side of the Courtney Campbell trail; thus, the majority of the ride is on bike trails. Breakfast will be on your own after the ride.


November 11 - No Ride This Week


  • No ride leaders available this week.
  •  Perhaps you'd like to volunteer your time to plan and lead a ride.

November 18 - 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). **Note: Do NOT park in the signed lot immediately next to the Tennis Courts - that is reserved for tennis players only. Park in the larger lot next to it.**
  • 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.

November 25 - RIDE CANCELLED

North Tampa Ride to Odessa (aka, the Llama Ride) - 
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (leave promptly at 8:15 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 - no texts, 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.

December 2 - Seminole Heights to MacDill AFB 
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM, riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM
  • Meeting Location: The Independent Beer Pub and Cafe, 5016 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa, 33603 - two blocks south of Hillsborough, Note: Park in the vacant lot across the street - you can also use the fenced lot there. Do NOT park behind the Dollar Tree Store or you will be towed.
  • Distance: 26 miles
  • Speed: 12-14 mph
  • Ride Leader: Earl of Tampa, 727-415-8993 (call or text)
Ride from The Independent Beer Pub in Seminole Heights to MacDill AFB and back via sections of the downtown Riverwalk, Bayshore Blvd and the Gadsden Park Bike Trail. We'll pass through the Water Works Park, Kiley Gardens, the University of Tampa's Plant Park and the stately mansions lining Bayshore Blvd. We'll stop to enjoy waterfront views of Downtown Tampa at Ballast Point Park, then return through Hyde Park and the winding streets along the Hillsborough River. Enjoy brunch, pastries and gourmet coffee back on the Independent Cafe's outdoor patio after the ride.

December 9 - Pinellas Trail to Tarpon Springs and Fred Howard Beach
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (leave promptly at 8:15 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 café after the ride. Restrooms at the train depot and at the beach.

December 16 - **New Ride**Good Neighbor Trail to the Withlacoochee Trail
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (depart promptly at 8:15 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Good Neighbor Trail Trailhead/ Railroad Depot Museum, 70 Russell Street, Brooksville, Florida 34601 (Everyone should meet up at the pavilion behind the Railroad Depot and right off the trail.)
  • Distance: 28-29 miles
  • Speed: 12-14 mph
  • Ride Leader: John (813) 613-6047 (call or text)
We will start at the Brooksville Railroad Depot Museum, the trailhead for the newly opened Good Neighbor Trail. Eighteen years in the making, the Good Neighbor Trail rolls through fields and forests for 10.3 miles, on its way to meet up with the Withlacoochee Trail. Eventually it will also become part of Florida's 220 mile Coast to Coast Trail, currently under development. Once we reach the Withlacoochee Trail we'll head south to Ridge Manor, then turnaround and return to our start. The entire ride is on bike trails. Restrooms are located at the ride's start and at the midpoint of the ride. We'll breakfast in Brooksville after the ride.

**New Ride** December 23 - North St. Petersburg Loop
  • Meeting Time: 7:30 - 8:00 AM, Bike Clinic, "How to Change a Flat Tire", actual ride meets at 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15)
  • Meeting Location: St. Pete Bike Co-Op, 559 Mirror Lake Drive North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 (west end of the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club). Please park as close to the Bike Co-Op as possible. Important: Don’t park in the Mirror Lake Condo spaces (signs).  They will tow!!
  • Distance: 22 miles
  • Speed: 12 -14 mph 
  • Ride Leader: Earl of St. Pete, 727-455-7854 (calls only, no texts)
    At 7:30 am there will be an optional bike clinic at the Bike Co-Op lead by Earl of St. Pete on "How to Change a Flat Tire." Need some good tire-changing tips? Then plan to come to the ride 30 minutes early for this free instruction.

    The actual ride will meet at 8:00 AM. It is designed to be a "tour" to enjoy some of the unique areas of St. Petersburg. From the start we'll ride north, passing through many different neighborhoods featuring a variety of architectural styles and green spaces. These neighborhoods include: Uptown, Crescent Lake Park, Euclid-St. Paul, Woodlawn, Allendale, Snell Isle Estates, Coffee Pot, Riviera and Old Northeast. Restrooms are available before and mid-way through the ride. We'll cycle to breakfast near the end of the ride, then ride 1/2 mile back to the ride's start. 

    December 30 - General James A. Van Fleet Trail ** Note changed departure time**
    • Distance ~30 miles
    • Speed: 10-14 mph
    • Meeting Time: 8:45 AM (prompt departure at 9:00 AM)
    • Meeting Location: Polk City Trailhead, 7683 Berkley Road, Polk City, FL 33968 – GPS Coordinates N28⁰ 10.867 W081⁰ 49.662 (Going east on Interstate 4 (towards Orlando), take Exit 38/Polk City and follow Route 33 North to Polk City. The trailhead is at the intersection of Route 33 and Route 655/Berkley Road)
    • Ride Leader: Susie (813) 236-8119 - morning of the ride call or text Earl, (727) 415-8993
    Named after General James A. Van Fleet, a distinguished combat commander in both World Wars and the Korean War, the Van Fleet Trail is considered the most remote trail in Florida. It runs 29.2 miles north from Polk City to Mabel (off Highway 50), with an additional, new section, the TECO Trail, 10 miles south to Auburndale. Because it is a former Seaboard railroad line, the path is straight and flat (i.e., no hills), with just one gentle curve. In what has become a New Year's tradition, we will ride about 15 miles north in search of that one curve, and then turnaround and return to our start. The majority of the trail runs through the Green Swamp, headwaters for four major rivers: the Hillsborough, Peace, Withlachoochee and the Oklawaha. You won't see many people. You will see cattle ranches, lush forests and wetlands. Depending upon the season of the year you could see wildflowers, birds, butterflies, alligators, turkey, deer, bobcats, gopher tortoises, rabbits, the rare Sherman's squirrel, snakes of every variety, and even alpaca on a farm near Polk City. Restrooms and water a mile from the start, and along the trail. Breakfast on your own after the ride. (If it's warm we might have a picnic.)





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