January 7 - Withlacoochee State Trail, Ridge Manor to Floral City and back***Note special time for this ride***
|Cafe in Floral City|
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
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
January 28 - South St. Petersburg Parks Tour
February 4 - Weedon Island to St. Petersburg
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
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
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
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***
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
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.