2015 Ride Schedule

January 4 - Tour of Tampa via Palmetto Beach
  • 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 Ave. (Park on the North side of the Pub (Florida and Wilder behind Family Dollar) or in the lot behind the Pub)
  • Distance: 19 miles 
  • Speed: 10-14 mph
  • Ride Leader: Susie (813) 236-8119
We'll take a leisurely ride along shady streets and city bike paths, including the newest sections of Tampa's Riverwalk and Greenways connector trails, as we tour Seminole Heights, Ybor City, Channelside, Harbor Island, the Convention Center, Cotanchobee Park and downtown Tampa sights. On arriving in Ybor City we'll take a loop south to explore Palmetto Beach and the McKay Bay bike trails, then turn towards downtown Tampa. We'll return through Tampa Heights and Robles Park.  Restrooms midway and at the end of the ride. Starbucks, four blocks south on Central Avenue, will be open at the start of the ride.

January 11 - Phantom Suburbs of Wesley Chapel
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Publix parking lot at The Shoppes of New Tampa, 1920 County Road 581, Wesley Chapel, FL 33544 (corner of Highway 56 and Bruce B. Downs) 
  • Distance: ~25 miles
  • Speed: 12-14 mph
  • Ride Leaders: Will and Sandra (859-948-4684)
We'll start from the NW end of the Publix parking lot at The Shoppes of New Tampa and tour an area of southern Pasco and northern Hillsborough counties near County Line Road. The route is flat and contains wide roads with good bike lanes and/or a parallel bike trail. If you haven't kept up with the pace of development on these former ranch lands you'll be amazed by the changes. We'll pass open pastures and abandoned (aka "phantom") subdivisions and maybe see hot air balloons, egrets, sand hill cranes or possibly an alligator or black snake out for the morning sun, in addition to loads of new houses. Restrooms and water at the start and midway through the ride and breakfast at the end. If you enjoy long straight pavements on which to stretch your riding legs, then this is the ride for you.

January 18 - Oldsmar Discovery

  • Meeting Time: 8:00AM (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
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. Expect 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. Our journey next takes us 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.

January 25 - Pinellas Trail to Tarpon Springs and Fred Howard Beach

  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders 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
  • Distance: 29 miles 
  • Speed: 12-16 mph
  • Ride Leader: Wayne Green (801) 520-0350 
From the Old Train Depot in Dunedin we will 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 biking bridge over the highway to add a small challenge. We leave the trail in Tarpon Springs to ride past the sponge docks and Spring Bayou (where the traditional Epiphany cross is thrown). Then it's out over the causeway to the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico at Fred Howard Beach. 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 1 - Out to Lake Park ** Revamped Ride**
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15)
  • Meeting Location: Keke's Breakfast Cafe: 13121 North Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa 33618
  • Distance: 30-32 miles
  • Speed: 12 -14 mph
  • Ride Leader: John (813) 613-6047
This is a combination of John's former Forest Hills and North Carrollwood rides. It will begin and end at Keke's in north Carrollwood. We'll head out through the winding roads of North Tampa to Northdale and its short, but scenic Northdale Trail. Next we'll enter Lake Park, circling its shaded lakefronts and stopping for a break. After touring the park we'll return through Forest Hills and "old" Carrollwood. Breakfast at Keke's after the ride.

February 8 - Two Rides for you to choose between:

The Hills of Temple Terrace (one of our longer and more challenging rides) OR


Little Sights of Seminole Heights/Sunday Morning Market (short, scenic and relaxing)

Both rides leave from the same location so that you can enjoy the Market at the ride's end.

For The Hills of Temple Terrace:

  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
  • 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: 31 miles
  • Speed: 12-16 mph
  • Ride Leader: Susie (813) 236-8119
Come and enjoy this shady, but surprisingly rolling, route as we follow the meandering course of the Hillsborough River from Seminole Heights to Temple Terrace and back. Discover the quiet, hidden neighborhoods that line the river, while challenging yourself to some short, invigorating climbs. There are lots of twists and turns on this ride before we open up to some longer rolling stretches in Temple Terrace. We'll cycle to breakfast after the ride, at either the Independent Café or enjoying the food trucks of the Sunday Market. 

For the Seminole Heights/Sunday Morning Market Ride:
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
  • 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 largest 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.

February 15 - Weedon Island to St. Petersburg
  • Distance 20-25 miles
  • Speed: 12-14 mph
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly 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
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 roads that feature the mansions of Snell Isle, Old Northeast and Coffee Pot Bayou. After cycling along the waterfront via the North Bay Trail 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 circle the Pier and then return to Weedon Island. Restrooms and water are available at the kayak launch near the starting location if the museum is closed.

February 22 - Safety Harbor to the Clearwater Ream Wilson East/West Trail
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Shelter #5, Philippe Park, 2525 Philippe Park, Safety Harbor 33625
  • Distance: 24 miles
  • Speed: 12-14 mph
  • Ride Leader: Les (813) 598-4944
We begin near the entrance to Philippe Park and ride next to 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 bicycle pathway 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. Following the ride we'll have breakfast in downtown Safety Harbor.

March 1 - *** New Ride *** 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
Be forewarned: this is a long ride, but the views make it worth it! From just south of the Vinoy Hotel we'll ride to 1st Avenue S and pick up the Downtown Connector Trail. This will become the Pinellas Trail as we round 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 especially scenic Clam Bayou section, until we approach the southern end of Pinellas County at the BayWay. We 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 SkyWay bridge featuring 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.

March 8 - Phantom Suburbs of Wesley Chapel - Don't forget to turn your clocks back 1 hour - Daylight Savings Time begins today!!!
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM, EDT)
  • Meeting Location: Publix parking lot at The Shoppes of New Tampa, 1920 County Road 581, Wesley Chapel, FL 33544 (corner of Highway 56 and Bruce B. Downs) 
  • Distance: ~25 miles
  • Speed: 12-14 mph
  • Ride Leaders: Will and Sandra (859-948-4684)
We'll start from the NW end of the Publix parking lot at The Shoppes of New Tampa and tour an area of southern Pasco and northern Hillsborough counties near County Line Road. The route is flat and contains wide roads with good bike lanes and/or a parallel bike trail. If you haven't kept up with the pace of development on these former ranch lands you'll be amazed by the changes. We'll pass open pastures and abandoned (aka "phantom") subdivisions and maybe see hot air balloons, egrets, sand hill cranes or possibly an alligator or black snake out for the morning sun, in addition to loads of new houses. Restrooms and water at the start and midway through the ride and breakfast at the end. If you enjoy long straight pavements on which to stretch your riding legs, then this is the ride for you.

March 15 - 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 (Park on the North side of the Pub (Florida and Wilder behind Family Dollar) or in the lot behind the Pub)
  • Distance: 26 miles
  • Speed: 12-14 mph
  • Ride Leader: Earl (727) 415-8993
Ride from The Independent Beer Pub in Seminole Heights to MacDill AFB and back via the new downtown Riverwalk, Bayshore Blvd and the Gadsden Park Bike Trail. We'll pass by Ulele Springs, Kiley Gardens, the University of Tampa's Plant Park and the stately mansions that line Bayshore Blvd. We'll stop to take in the waterfront views of Downtown Tampa at Ballast Point Park on the way back, then return through Hyde Park and along the winding streets that line the Hillsborough River. Enjoy Sunday brunch, pastries and gourmet coffee back at the Independent Cafe's outdoor patio after the ride.

March 22 - Ride the Courtney

  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Cypress Point Park, 5620 W. Cypress Avenue, Tampa 33607 (from N Westshore Blvd. turn west on Cypress, go until you reach the dead-end, turn left and enter the park)
  • Distance: 24 miles
  • Speed: 12-14 mph
  • Ride Leaders: Joe (813) 884-5574 and Margaret (813) 254-8882, Morning of ride only (813)753-0770)
We'll ride from Tampa's undiscovered Cypress Point Park and Beach along the Cypress Point Bike Trail, visiting the Cypress Point Office Park area and skirting the border of Tampa International Airport. Then we'll pass through Skyway Park and circle Rocky Point Golf Course before heading to the Courtney Campbell Causeway and its new pedestrian trail. We'll ride the trail to its current western end (construction to take the trail into Pinellas County is currently in progress and almost completed), and then start our return to Cypress Point. Breakfast will be at scenic Hogan's Beach shortly before the end of the ride. If you like cycling with lots of water views, this ride is for you. Not much shade, though, so bring sunscreen.

March 29 - Davis Islands Ride
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
  • Meeting Location: HCC Tennis Courts Parking Lot, 59 Columbia Drive, Tampa 33606 (next to Tampa General Hospital)
  • Distance: 14-18 miles
  • Speed: 10-12 mph
  • Ride Leader: Les (813) 598-4944
We'll tour waterfront homes (including Derek Jeter's mansion), the airport, dog park and boat basin as we ride a circuitous route around Davis Islands. We'll end up at a coffee shop on the Islands where we can enjoy coffee and pastries. This is a good ride for the novice rider 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 starting location. Call Les (813) 598-4944 if you want to join up with them.
Note: Restrooms along the route, but NONE at the start.
 
April 5 - Pinellas Trail to Tarpon Springs and Fred Howard Beach
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders 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
  • Distance: 29 miles 
  • Speed: 12-16 mph
  • Ride Leader: Wayne Green (801) 520-0350
From the Old Train Depot in Dunedin we will 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 biking bridge over the highway to add a small challenge. We leave the trail in Tarpon Springs to ride past the sponge docks and Spring Bayou (where the traditional Epiphany cross is thrown). Then it's out over the causeway to the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico at Fred Howard Beach. 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.
 
April 12 - Them Thar Hills around San Antonio
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
  • Meeting Location: San Antonio Railroad Depot Museum, 32627 Railroad Ave, San Antonio, FL 33576.
  • Distance: 22 miles with the addition of a very hilly 5-mile loop at the end of the ride, depending upon group's wishes
  • Speed: 12-14 mph
  • Ride Leader: John (813) 613-6047
Note: We will start at the San Antonio Railroad Depot Museum and head south beyond San Antonio for our first climb up Prospect Road. Most of our riding will take us north to northeast of San Antonio and then back. About one quarter to one third of the ride is actually flat to gently rolling, although there are some hills with good 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 at a new restaurant in San Antonio. 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 the street from our meeting location, but none on the ride route.

(Note: Basic directions from Tampa: take I-75 north to Exit 285 onto FL- 52 E towards San Antonio/Dade City. Turn left onto Curley Rd/Co Rd 577 for .08 miles and turn left onto Railroad Ave. The railroad depot museum will be on the left. Look for railroad cars and a depot.)

April 19 - Weedon Island to St. Petersburg
  • Distance 26 miles
  • Speed: 12-14 mph
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly 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
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 roads that feature the mansions of Snell Isle, Old Northeast and Coffee Pot Bayou. After cycling along the waterfront via the North Bay Trail 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 circle the Pier and then return to Weedon Island. Restrooms and water are available at the kayak launch near the starting location if the museum is closed.

 April 26 - Tour of Tampa via Palmetto Beach
  • 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 Ave. (Park on the North side of the Pub (Florida and Wilder behind Family Dollar) or in the lot behind the Pub)
  • Distance: 19 miles 
  • Speed: 10-14 mph
  • Ride Leader: Susie (813) 236-8119


    We'll take a leisurely ride along shady streets and city bike paths, including sections of Tampa's Riverwalk and Greenways connector trails, as we tour Seminole Heights, Ybor City, Channelside, Harbor Island, the Convention Center, Cotanchobee Park and downtown Tampa's sights. On arriving in Ybor City we'll take a loop south to explore Palmetto Beach and the McKay Bay bike trail, then turn towards downtown Tampa. We'll return through Tampa Heights and Robles Park. Restrooms midway and at the end of the ride. The Shell station, two blocks north on Florida Avenue, will be open at the start of the ride for those needing restroom facilities before we begin.
    May 3 - Thonotosassa Circuit
    • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM) - The park does not officially open until 8
    • Meeting Location: John B. Sergeant's Park, 12702 US Highway 301, Thonotosassa, FL 33592 (bring $2 parking fee)
    • Distance: 33 miles
    • Speed: 12-16 mph
    • Ride Leader: Susie (813) 236-8119
    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 several rolling hills near the start of the ride and then some more after the half-way point.
    Strawberry Fields Forever
    WARNING: NO water (i.e., no stores) on this route, so make sure you start with two bottles of liquid. Also, this is one of our longer and more rural rides. There are no easy short-cuts back to the start once we've left the lake. Therefore, you MUST be able to keep up with the group in order to do this ride. There are restrooms at the park, but none on the ride. Unless we chance by the odd porta-potty, any necessary stops will be true "natural breaks."  We'll drive to breakfast after the ride.

    May 10 - Tierra Verde/Ft. Desoto Nature Ride
    • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
    • Meeting Location: Downtown Tierra Verde Center, 1120 Pinellas Bayway, St. Petersburg, Florida 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 - bring 75 cents for toll and go 1.9 miles; turn left at Pinellas Bayway South/SR 679 and follow for 2.7 miles. The Center will be on your right.
    • Distance: 20 miles
    • Speed: 12-14 mph
    • Ride Leader: Earl (727) 415-8993
    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 starting location we'll walk over to a local cafe for breakfast. NOTE: Restrooms are normally NOT available at the start. Please plan accordingly.
    Ft. Desoto Beach and Pier 


    May 17 - Upper Tampa Bay Trail
    • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
    • Meeting Location:  Parking lot behind the Shell Gas Station, 5368 Ehrlich Rd., Tampa 33624 (corner of Erhlich and Lynn Turner Roads - between Dale Mabry and the Veteran's Expressway)
    • Distance: ~25 miles
    • Speed: 12-14 mph
    • Ride Leader: Don (813) 964-9193
    Ride from the lovely neighborhoods of Carrollwood Village to connect to the Upper Tampa Bay Trail. Once on the trail we'll ride from the northern terminus to the southern end, and then ride back again. On the way we'll explore some of the quiet subdivisions located near the trail. This 7.25 mile trail is considered by many to be Tampa's premier cycling trail, and it is usually very busy on the weekends. Part of it is straight, part twisty and "turny", as it follows Rocky Creek and then Channel A (which flows out to the Bay). There's a bridge to climb over Gunn Highway to challenge your legs, a bridge to cross over Rocky Creek as you go under Linebaugh Avenue, and a great example of how municipalities can use "undesirable" property as you swing around a now closed county landfill facility. We'll have breakfast back in Carrollwood, after the ride. Restrooms at the start and midway through the ride.


    May 24 - Tour de Forest Hills and Lake Park
    • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45)
    • Meeting Location: Keke's Breakfast Cafe: 13121 North Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa 33618
    • Distance: 20 miles
    • Speed: 12 -14 mph
    • Ride Leader: John (813) 613-6047
    This is a combination of John's former Forest Hills and North Carrollwood rides. It will begin and end at Keke's in north Carrollwood. We'll head out through the winding roads of North Tampa to Northdale and its short, but scenic Northdale Trail. Next we'll enter Lake Park, circling its shaded lakefronts and stopping for a break. After touring the park we'll return through Forest Hills and "old" Carrollwood. Breakfast at Keke's after the ride.

    May 31 - North Tampa Ride to Odessa

    • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
    • Meeting Location:  West Village Commons Parking lot (5356-5368 Ehrlich Road, Tampa 33624) - park behind the Shell Gas Station, SW corner of Erhlich and Turner Roads - between N. Dale Mabry and the Veteran's Expressway)
    • Distance: 20-25 miles
    • Speed: 12-14 mph
    • Ride Leader: Will and Sandra (859-948-4684)
    We will ride from lovely Carrollwood Village neighborhoods and north Tampa subdivisions to the rural lanes and lakes of Odessa, and then return back along the same route. If you're lucky you might even see a llama! Enjoy breakfast at a nearby restaurant following the ride.

    June 7 - The Hills of Temple Terrace:

    • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
    • Meeting Location: The Independent Beer Pub and Cafe, 5016 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa, 33603 - two blocks south of Hillsborough (Park on the North side of the Pub (Florida and Wilder behind Family Dollar) or in the lot behind the Pub)
    • Distance: 34 miles
    • Speed: 12-16 mph
    • Ride Leader: Susie (813) 236-8119
    Come and enjoy this shady, but surprisingly rolling, route as we follow the meandering course of the Hillsborough River from Seminole Heights to Temple Terrace and back. Discover the quiet, hidden neighborhoods that line the river, while challenging yourself to some short, invigorating climbs. There are lots of twists and turns on this ride before we open up to some longer rolling stretches in Temple Terrace. We'll enjoy breakfast after the ride at the Independent Café.
    June 14 - Davis Islands Ride
    • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
    • Meeting Location: HCC Tennis Courts Parking Lot, 59 Columbia Drive, Tampa 33606 (next to Tampa General Hospital)
    • Distance: 14-18 miles
    • Speed: 10-12 mph
    • Ride Leader: Les (813) 598-4944
    We'll tour waterfront homes (including Derek Jeter's mansion), the airport, dog park and boat basin as we ride a circuitous route around and in the middle of Davis Islands. We'll end up at a coffee shop on the Islands where we can enjoy coffee and pastries. This is a good ride for the novice rider 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 starting location. Call Les (813) 598-4944 if you want to join up with them.
    Note: Restrooms along the route, but NONE at the start.
     
    June 21- Pinellas Trail to Tarpon Springs and Fred Howard Beach
    • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 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
    • Distance: 29 miles 
    • Speed: 12-16 mph
    • Ride Leader: Wayne Green (801) 520-0350
    • Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks
    From the Old Train Depot in Dunedin we will 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 biking bridge over the highway to add a small challenge. We leave the trail in Tarpon Springs to ride past the sponge docks and Spring Bayou (where the traditional Epiphany cross is thrown). Then it's out over the causeway to the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico at Fred Howard Beach. 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 28 - Oldsmar Discovery
    • Meeting Time: 7:30AM (riders 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
    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. Expect 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. Our journey next takes us 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.
    Upper Tampa Bay from the 580 bridge
     
    July 5 - Weedon Island to St. Petersburg
    • Distance 26 miles
    • Speed: 12-14 mph
    • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 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
       
    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 roads that feature the mansions of Snell Isle, Old Northeast and Coffee Pot Bayou. After cycling along the waterfront via the North Bay Trail 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 circle the Pier and then return to Weedon Island. Restrooms and water are available at the kayak launch near the starting location if the museum is closed.

    July 12 - Safety Harbor to the Clearwater Ream Wilson East/West Trail
    • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
    • Meeting Location: Shelter #5, Philippe Park, 2525 Philippe Park, Safety Harbor 33625
    • Distance: 24 miles
    • Speed: 12-14 mph
    • Ride Leader: Les (813) 598-4944
    We begin near the entrance to Philippe Park and ride next to 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 bicycle pathway 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. Following the ride we'll have breakfast in downtown Safety Harbor.

    July 19 - Trout Creek to Flatwoods Park
    • Distance: 26 miles
    • Speed: 12-16 mph
    • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly 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
    • Ride Leader: John (813) 613-6047
    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, and the 2 mile extension out to Bruce B. Downs. Then we will retrace our route back to Trout Creek. Look for deer and other wildlife in the woods. Lots of long, open pavement for those riders who like to breakaway from the group. Breakfast at a local eatery after the ride. Restrooms and water at the start and halfway points of the ride.

    July 26 - North Tampa Ride to Odessa
    • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
    • Meeting Location:  West Village Commons Parking lot (5356-5368 Ehrlich Road, Tampa 33624) - park behind the Shell Gas Station, SW corner of Erhlich and Turner Roads - between N. Dale Mabry and the Veteran's Expressway)
    • Distance: 20-25 miles
    • Speed: 12-14 mph
    • Ride Leader: Will and Sandra (859-948-4684)
    We will ride from lovely Carrollwood Village neighborhoods and north Tampa subdivisions to the rural lanes and lakes of Odessa, and then return back along the same route. If you're lucky you might even get to meet Gus, the llama! Enjoy breakfast at a nearby restaurant following the ride.

    August 2 - Davis Islands Ride
    • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
    • Meeting Location: HCC Tennis Courts Parking Lot, 59 Columbia Drive, Tampa 33606 (next to Tampa General Hospital)
    • Distance: 14-18 miles
    • Speed: 10-12 mph
    • Ride Leader: Les (813) 598-4944
    We'll tour waterfront homes, the airport, dog park and seaplane basin as we ride a circuitous route around and up the middle of Davis Islands. We'll end up at a coffee shop on the Islands where we can enjoy food and conversation. This is a good ride for the novice rider 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 starting location. Call Les (813) 598-4944 if you want to join up with them.
    Note: Restrooms along the route, but NONE at the start.

    August 9 - Pinellas Trail South
    • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM,  (riders leave promptly at 7:45 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
    • Distance: 
    • ~30 miles 
    • Speed: 12-16 mph
    • Ride Leader: Will and Sandra (859-948-4684)
    Starting at the Dunedin Trailhead we'll ride south on the Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail for about 15 miles, then turn around and return. We'll ride through the industrial outskirts of Clearwater on a newly recycled "bicycle boulevard", and then hit the quiet and shady residential areas of Bellaire, Largo and Seminole. Just before our turnaround point at Tyrone Square in northern St. Pete we'll cycle the Cross Bayou bridge over peaceful Boca Ciega Bay, one of the last sections of the trail to be completed. This is a unique and popular urban trail. There are many road crossings, some with bridges over the most heavily travelled highways. The entire ride will be on the trail. If you don't want to do the entire distance, feel free to start with us and then turn around whenever you wish. You can ride back on your own, or wait and we'll pick you up on our return ride back. After the ride we'll walk to breakfast at a local Dunedin restaurant.

    August 16 - Seminole Heights to MacDill AFB
    • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
    • Meeting Location: The Independent Beer Pub and Cafe, 5016 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa, 33603 - two blocks south of Hillsborough (Park on the North side of the Pub (Florida and Wilder behind Family Dollar) or in the lot behind the Pub)
    • Distance: 26 miles
    • Speed: 12-14 mph
    • Ride Leader: Earl (727) 415-8993
    Ride from The Independent Beer Pub in Seminole Heights to MacDill AFB and back via portions of the downtown Riverwalk, Bayshore Blvd and the Gadsden Park Bike Trail. We'll pass through Ulele Springs, Kiley Gardens, the University of Tampa's Plant Park and the stately mansions that line Bayshore Blvd. We'll stop to take in the waterfront views of Downtown Tampa at Ballast Point Park on the way back, then return through Hyde Park and along the winding streets that line the Hillsborough River. Enjoy Sunday brunch, pastries and gourmet coffee back at the Independent Cafe's outdoor patio after the ride.

    August 23 - Hyde Park to Picnic Island
    • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
    • Meeting Location: Zudar's Deli Cafe, 201 W. Platt St., Tampa, FL 33606 (parking lot 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: Susie (813) 236-8119
    A return of an old favorite, 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. The halfway point is bustling Port Tampa and then the quiet serenity of Picnic Island Park, where, on a clear day you can spot the St. Petersburg skyline and, often, the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. The ride then winds back through South Tampa, Bayshore Blvd and then through 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.

    August 30 - Suncoast Parkway and Starkey Park Loop - New Starting Location!!!!
    • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
    • Meeting Location: Martinez Middle School, 5601 W. Lutz-Lake Fern Road, Lutz 33558).
    • Distance: 28 miles (this may change depending upon length of new section and part of Starkey Park being flooded)
    • Speed 12-16 mph
    • Ride Leader: John (813) 613-6047
    From the newest section of this linear bike trail we'll ride north to Pasco County to the entrance into Starkey Park. We'll ride west into the park and enjoy a 14+ mile loop trail through this wilderness area which contains palmetto thickets, cool pine forests, deer, wild hogs and the headwaters of the Anclote and Pithlachascotee Rivers. After a "natural" break near the park's entrance we'll wend our way eastward out of the park and then turn south back to the Suncoast Trail and our starting location. As you can see, we ride in every direction, so if there's a wind (and there always seems to be on this trail), we'll catch it! However, there are many long straight sections for those of you who want to sprint ahead. We'll drive to breakfast after the ride. Note: there are VERY limited facilities (aka, a "well used" porta potty) at the trailhead. Bring your own water.
     
    September 6 - Weedon Island to St. Petersburg
    • Distance 26 miles
    • Speed: 12-14 mph
    • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 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
    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 roads that feature the mansions of Snell Isle, Old Northeast and Coffee Pot Bayou. After cycling along the waterfront via the North Bay Trail 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 ride by the Pier and then return to Weedon Island. Restrooms and water are available at the kayak launch near the starting location if the museum is closed.

    September 13 - North Tampa Ride to Odessa
    • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
    • Meeting Location: West Village Commons Parking lot (5356-5368 Ehrlich Road, Tampa 33624) - park behind the Shell Gas Station, SW corner of Erhlich and Turner Roads - between N. Dale Mabry and the Veteran's Expressway)
    • Distance: 20-25 miles
    • Speed: 12-14 mph
    • Ride Leader: Will and Sandra (859-948-4684)
    We will ride from lovely Carrollwood Village neighborhoods and north Tampa subdivisions to the rural lanes and lakes of Odessa, and then return back along the same route. If you're lucky you might even get to meet Gus, the llama! Enjoy breakfast at a nearby restaurant following the ride.

    September 20 - Tour of Tampa via Palmetto Beach
    • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM,  (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
    • Meeting Location: The Independent Beer Pub and Cafe, 5016 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa, 33603 - two blocks south of Hillsborough Ave. (Park on the North side of the Pub (Florida and Wilder behind Family Dollar) or in the lot behind the Pub)
    • Distance: 19 miles 
    • Speed: 10-14 mph
    • Ride Leader: Susie (813) 236-8119
    We'll take a leisurely ride along shady streets and city bike paths, including sections of Tampa's Riverwalk and Greenways connector trails, as we tour Seminole Heights, Ybor City, Channelside, Harbor Island, the Convention Center, Cotanchobee Park, the Amalie Arena and downtown Tampa sights. On arriving in Ybor City we'll take a loop south to explore Palmetto Beach and the McKay Bay bike trail, then turn towards downtown Tampa. We'll return through Tampa Heights and Robles Park. Restrooms midway and at the end of the ride. The Shell station, two blocks north on Florida Avenue, will be open at the start of the ride for those needing "necessary" facilities before we begin.

    September 27 - Tierra Verde/Ft. Desoto Nature Ride

    • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
    • Meeting Location: Downtown Tierra Verde Center, 1120 Pinellas Bayway, St.Petersburg, Florida 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 - bring 75 cents for toll and go 1.9 miles; turn left at Pinellas Bayway South/SR 679 and follow for 2.7 miles. The Center will be on your right.
    • Distance: 20 miles
    • Speed: 12-14 mph
    • Ride Leader: Earl (727) 415-8993
    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.

    October 4 - Withlacoochee State Trail - ***NOTE Change in Start Time*** 
    • 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 at http://www.railstotrailsonline.com/  (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.

    ***Note NEW START TIME FOR ALL FUTURE RIDES****
    October 11 - Pinellas Trail to Tarpon Springs and Fred Howard Beach
    • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders 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
    • Distance: 29 miles 
    • Speed: 12-16 mph
    • Ride Leader: Wayne Green (801) 520-0350
    From the Old Train Depot in Dunedin we will 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 biking bridge over Alternate 19 to add a small challenge. We leave the trail in Tarpon Springs to ride past the sponge docks and Spring Bayou (where the traditional Epiphany cross is thrown). Then it's out over the causeway to the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico at Fred Howard Beach. 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.

    October 18 - Davis Islands Ride

    • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
    • Meeting Location: HCC Tennis Courts Parking Lot, 59 Columbia Drive, Tampa 33606 (next to Tampa General Hospital)
    • Distance: 14-18 miles
    • Speed: 10-12 mph
    • Ride Leader: Les (813) 598-4944
    We'll tour waterfront homes, the airport, dog park and seaplane basin as we ride a circuitous route around and up the middle of Davis Islands. We'll end up at a coffee shop on the Islands where we can enjoy food and conversation. This is a good ride for the novice rider 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 starting location. Call Les (813) 598-4944 if you want to join up with them.
    Note: Restrooms along the route, but NONE at the start.

    ***New Ride***New Starting Location***
    October 25 - Ride the New Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail
    • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
    • Meeting Location: Skyway Park parking lot, near the restroom building, 3901 George Rd., Tampa 33634
    • Distance: 21 miles
    • Speed: 12 -14 mph
    • Ride Leader: Margaret (813) 254-8882
    We’ll ride from Skyway Park in the Town and Country area of Tampa out to the newly completed Courtney Campbell Trail, continuing to its western end in Pinellas County and then ride back. This trail is truly spectacular - and it's great fun to ride. If you like cycling with lots of water views, this ride is for you. Not much shade, though, so bring sunscreen. Restrooms are located at the park and midway on the Trail. We'll drive to breakfast after the ride.

    For those of you unfamiliar with the Town and Country area, here are driving directions to the start:
    • From Hillsborough Ave. go south on George Road, cross Independence Blvd., then turn left into Skyway Park.
    • From south of Tampa International Airport or when coming from Pinellas County take Eisenhower Blvd. northbound (there is no need to get on the Veterans Expressway, but follow signs to Exit 3), turn left onto Memorial Highway, left onto George Road, cross Independence Blvd, then turn left into Skyway Park.
    • November 1 - Weedon Island to St. Petersburg
      • Distance 26 miles
      • Speed: 12-14 mph
      • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly 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
      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 roads that feature the mansions of Snell Isle, Old Northeast and Coffee Pot Bayou. After cycling along the waterfront via the North Bay Trail 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. Restrooms and water are available at the kayak launch near the starting location if the museum is closed.

      November 8 - Oldsmar Discovery 
      • Meeting Time: 8:00AM (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
      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. Expect 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. Our journey next takes us 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.

      November 15 - Thonotosassa Circuit
      • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
      • Meeting Location: John B. Sergeant's Park, 12702 US Highway 301, Thonotosassa, FL 33592 (bring $2 parking fee)
      • Distance: 33 miles
      • Speed: 12-16 mph
      • Ride Leader: Susie (813) 236-8119
      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 several rolling hills near the start of the ride and then some more after the half-way point.

      November 22 - Pinellas Trail South
      • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM, (riders 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
      • Distance: 
      • ~30 miles 
      • Speed: 12-16 mph
      • Ride Leader: Will and Sandra (859-948-4684)
      Starting at the Dunedin Trailhead we'll ride south on the Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail for about 15 miles, then turn around and return. We'll ride through the industrial outskirts of Clearwater and then hit the quiet and shady residential areas of Bellaire, Largo and Seminole. Just before our turnaround point at Tyrone Square in north St. Pete we'll cycle the Cross Bayou bridge over peaceful Boca Ciega Bay, one of the last sections of the trail to be completed. This is a unique and popular urban trail. There are many road crossings, some with bridges over the most heavily travelled highways. The entire ride will be on the trail. If you don't want to do the entire distance, feel free to start with us and then turn around whenever you wish. You can ride back on your own, or wait and we'll pick you up on our return ride back. After the ride we'll walk to breakfast at a local Dunedin restaurant.

      November 29 - 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/south of the North Shore Pool and behind the 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
      Be forewarned: this can be a long ride if it's windy, but the views make it worth it! From just south of the Vinoy Hotel we'll ride across 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 especially scenic Clam Bayou section, until we approach the southern end of Pinellas County at the BayWay. We 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 SkyWay bridge featuring 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.

      December 6 - Safety Harbor to the Clearwater Ream Wilson East/West Trail
      • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
      • Meeting Location: Shelter #5, Philippe Park, 2525 Philippe Park, Safety Harbor 33625
      • Distance: 24 miles
      • Speed: 12-14 mph
      • Ride Leader: Les (813) 598-4944
      We begin near the entrance to Philippe Park and ride next to 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 bicycle pathway 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. Following the ride we'll have breakfast in downtown Safety Harbor.

      December 13 - The Suburbs of Wesley Chapel
      • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
      • Meeting Location: Publix parking lot at The Shoppes of New Tampa, 1920 County Road 581, Wesley Chapel, FL 33544 (corner of Highway 56 and Bruce B. Downs) 
      • Distance: ~25 miles
      • Speed: 12-14 mph
      • Ride Leaders: Will and Sandra (859-948-4684)
      We'll start from the NW end of the Publix parking lot at The Shoppes of New Tampa and tour an area of southern Pasco and northern Hillsborough counties near County Line Road. The route is flat and contains wide roads with good bike lanes and/or a parallel bike trail. If you haven't kept up with the pace of development on these former ranch lands you'll be amazed by the changes. We'll pass open pastures and new subdivisions and maybe see hot air balloons, egrets, sand hill cranes or possibly an alligator or black snake out for the morning sun. Restrooms and water at the start and midway through the ride and breakfast at the end. If you enjoy long straight pavements on which to stretch your riding legs, then this is the ride for you. 

      December 20 - Them Thar Hills around San Antonio
      • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
      • Meeting Location: San Antonio Railroad Depot Museum, 32627 Railroad Ave, San Antonio, FL 33576.
      • Distance: 22 miles with the addition of a very hilly 5-mile loop at the end of the ride, depending upon group's wishes
      • Speed: 12-14 mph
      • Ride Leader: John (813) 613-6047
      Note: We will start at the San Antonio Railroad Depot Museum and head south beyond San Antonio for our first climb up Prospect Road. Most of our riding will take us north to northeast of San Antonio and then back. About one quarter to one third of the ride is actually flat to gently rolling, although there are some hills with good 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 at a new restaurant in San Antonio. 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 the street from our meeting location, but none on the ride route.

      Basic directions from Tampa: take I-75 north to Exit 285 onto FL- 52 E towards San Antonio/Dade City. Turn left onto Curley Rd/Co Rd 577 for .08 miles and turn left onto Railroad Ave. The railroad depot museum will be on the left. Look for railroad cars and a depot.

      December 27 - Davis Islands Ride
      • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
      • Meeting Location: HCC Tennis Courts Parking Lot, 59 Columbia Drive, Tampa 33606 (next to Tampa General Hospital)
      • Distance: 14-18 miles
      • Speed: 10-12 mph
      • Ride Leader: Les (813) 598-4944
      We'll tour waterfront homes, the airport, dog park and seaplane basin as we ride a circuitous route around and up the middle of Davis Islands. We'll end up at a coffee shop on the Islands where we can enjoy food and conversation. This is a good ride for the novice rider 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 starting location. Call Les (813) 598-4944 if you want to join up with them.
      Note: Restrooms along the route, but NONE at the start.

       
    

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