May - June, 2017 Ride Schedule

***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.

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