2017 Ride Schedule, January - October

January 1 - General James A. Van Fleet Trail ** Note changed departure time in honor of New Year's Day!**
  • Distance ~30 miles
  • Speed: 12-14 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 distinguised 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. We will ride about 15 miles north in search of that one curve, and then turn around 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. We'll eat after the ride, at a restaurant along I-4 on our ways home.

January 8 - 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
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 15 - Tour de Forest Hills
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15)
  • 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
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. The route will take us 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. Breakfast after the ride.

January 22 - ***New Ride***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, John and Susie
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 29 - 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.


February 5 - 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 cars are accepted.)
  • 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 pedestrian bridge over Alternate 19 to add a small challenge for your legs. 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 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 12 - 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: 14-16 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 Les (813) 598-4944 if you want to join them.

February 19 - 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 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 26 - 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
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 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 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.
    March 5 - Starkey Park, aka Freda's Ride to see the Alligator
    Freda's Gator
    • 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: 10-14 mph
    • Ride Leader: Freda, 847-714-6860 (call or text)
    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.

    March 12 - Seminole Heights to MacDill AFB 

    • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM, riders leave promptly at 8:15 (note: Daylight Savings Time begins this morning)
    • Meeting Location: The Independent Beer Pub and Cafe, 5016 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa, 33603 - two blocks south of Hillsborough, Note: Park across the street (Florida Ave.) in the warehouse lot (SHIP- Center for Women - you can use the fenced lot also). Do NOT park behind the Dollar Tree Store or you will be towed.
    • Distance: 26 miles
    • Speed: 12-16 mph
    • Ride Leader: Earl (727) 415-8993 (call or text)
      University of Tampa and the Riverwalk
    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 brunch, pastries and gourmet coffee back at the Independent Cafe's outdoor patio after the ride.

    March 19 - 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: 33-35 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.

    March 26 - 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
    • Ride Leader: Les (813) 598-4944 (call or text)
    Upper Tampa Bay
    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 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. Following the ride we'll have breakfast in downtown Safety Harbor.

    April 2 - Tour of Tampa via Palmetto Beach
    • 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 Ave. Note: Park across the street (Florida Ave.) in the warehouse lot (SHIP- Center for Women - you can use the fenced lot also). Do NOT park behind the Dollar Tree Store or you will be towed.
    • 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. Just south of Ybor City we'll take a loop 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.


    April 9 *** Two Rides to choose from - one long and one short***
    Long Ride - Weedon Island to St. Petersburg
    • Distance 26 miles
    • Speed: 12-14 mph
    • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15)
    • 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 our cars via a different route through St. Pete. Restrooms and water are available at the kayak launch near the starting location if the museum is closed.


    Short Ride: Little Sights of Seminole Heights/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 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.

    April 16 - Upper Tampa Bay Trail (mileage not yet finalized)
    • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM, leave promptly at 8:15 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.
    • Distance: 24-32 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. This time 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 ~8?? 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.

    April 23 - Davis Islands Ride
    Davis Islands Yacht Basin
    • 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: 14-16 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 Les (813) 598-4944 if you want to join them.

    April 30 - Courtney Campbell Trail from Safety Harbor
    • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
    • Meeting Location: The parking lot BEHIND Starbucks, 105 Main Street, (Harbor Pointe Building) Safety Harbor, 34695
    • Distance: 28 miles
    • Speed: 12 -16 mph
    • Ride Leader: Susie, 813-236-8119
    We'll start from the large parking lot behind Starbucks and the Harbor Point building, across the street 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.

    ***Note new, EARLIER meeting and start times for all summer rides beginning in May***
    May 7 - North Tampa Ride to Odessa 
    • 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: 28 miles
    • Speed: 12-14 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 14 - Pinellas Trail to Tarpon Springs and Fred Howard Beach
    • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (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 (Note: there is a small fee for parking - $1.50 for 3 hours. Credit cars are accepted. Or, you can park in the dirt lot across from the trail and depot for free!)
    • Distance: 29 miles 
    • Speed: 12-16 mph
    • Ride Leader: Wayne Green (801) 520-0350 (call or text)
    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 pedestrian bridge over Alternate 19 to add a small challenge for your legs. 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 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.

    May 21 - Oldsmar Discovery
    • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (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: 12-16 mph
    • 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. 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.

    May 28 - Weedon Island to St. Petersburg
    • Distance 26 miles
    • Speed: 12-14 mph
    • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45)
    • 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 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 our cars via a different route through St. Pete. Restrooms at the start and midway at our breakfast stop.


    June 4 - 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: 14-16 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.

    June 11 - 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
    • 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.

    June 18 - 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: Susie (813) 236-8119 (this is a landline - do NOT text)
    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.

    June 25 - Tierra Verde/Ft. Desoto Nature Ride - ***Note new starting location ***
    • 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, 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. 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 2 - Weedon Island to St. Petersburg
      • Distance 26 miles 
      • Speed: 12-14 mph
      • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45)
      • 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 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 our cars via a different route through St. Pete. Restrooms at the start and midway at our breakfast stop.

      July 9 - 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
      • Ride Leader: Les (813) 598-4944 (call or text)

      We 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. Following the ride we'll have breakfast in downtown Safety Harbor. 

      July 16 - Pinellas Trail to Tarpon Springs and Fred Howard Beach
      • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (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 (Note: there is a small fee for parking - $1.50 for 3 hours. Credit cars are accepted. Or, you can park in the dirt lot across from the trail and depot for free!)
      • Distance: 29 miles 
      • Speed: 12-16 mph
      • Ride Leader: Wayne Green (801) 520-0350 (call or text)
      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 pedestrian bridge over Alternate 19 to add a small challenge for your legs. 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 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.

      July 23 - Tour of Tampa - Cancelled due to rain
        • 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. 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: 19 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 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. 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 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.

        July 30 - 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)
        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. The route will take us 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. Breakfast after the ride.

        August 6 - Seminole Heights to MacDill AFB 
        • 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, 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 (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 Ulele Springs, Kiley Gardens, the University of Tampa's Plant Park and the stately mansions lining Bayshore Blvd. We'll stop to enjoy the waterfront views of Downtown Tampa at Ballast Point Park on the way back, then return through Hyde Park and along the winding streets along the Hillsborough River. Enjoy brunch, pastries and gourmet coffee back at the Independent Cafe's outdoor patio after the ride.

        August 13 - Tour of Tampa 
        • 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. Park in the vacant lot across the street or behind the Independent. Do NOT park behind the Dollar Tree Store or you will be towed.
        • Distance: 19 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 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. 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 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.

        August 20 - 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: 14-16 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 27 - Oldsmar Discovery
        • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (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: 12-16 mph
        • 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. 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.
        September 03 - Weedon Island to St. Petersburg
        • Distance 26 miles 
        • Speed: 12-14 mph
        • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45)
        • 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 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 our cars via a different route through St. Pete. Restrooms at the start and midway at our breakfast stop.

        September 10 - 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)
        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. Breakfast after the ride.

        September 17 - Seminole Heights to MacDill AFB 
        • 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, 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.

        September 24 - The Hills of Temple Terrace
        • Meeting Time: 7:30 (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 behind the Pub or across the street in the lot at Florida and Wilder)
        • Distance: 34 miles
        • Speed: 12-16 mph
        • Ride Leader: Susie (813) 236-8119 (landline don't text!)
        Come and enjoy this shady, but surprisingly rolling, route as we follow the meandering course of the Hillsborough River through 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.

        **Note Starting Time Change for this ride and all future rides**
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        October 01 - 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.

        ***October 08 - We have two rides for you to choose from this week - one Long and energetic, one Short and ambling***

        Long Ride - 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.

        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.

        **New Ride*New Leader*New Sights*New Restaurant** 

        October 15 - 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.

        October 22 - 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: 14-16 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 29 - Suncoast Parkway to Starkey Park

        • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
        • Meeting Location: 7020 Lutz Lake Fern Road, Odessa, FL 33556 (you will need $2 to park)
        • Distance: ~30, depending upon how far we ride into Starkey Park 
        • Speed 12-16 mph
        • Ride Leader: John (813) 613-6047 (call or text)
        We'll start at the recently completed new trailhead for the Upper Tampa Bay Trail on Lutz-Lake Fern road and ride east along the new trail on the south side of the road until we connect with the former trailhead for the Suncoast Bike Trail, just before the Parkway overpass. From there we'll ride north to Pasco County (7 miles) and the entrance into Starkey Park. We'll ride west into the park and enjoy this wilderness area which contains palmetto thickets, cool pine forests, deer, wild hogs and the headwaters of the Anclote and Pithlachascotee Rivers, and then reverse our route back to our cars. We ride in every direction on this route, so if there's a wind (and there always seems to be one 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 restrooms and water at the start, but little in-between.

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