Ride Schedule November - December, 2018

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

November 11 - No Ride This Week

  • No ride leaders available this week.
  •  Perhaps you'd like to volunteer your time to plan and lead a ride.
November 18 - Davis Islands Ride
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (prompt departure at 8:15 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Sandra Freedman Tennis Complex Parking Lot, 59 Columbia Drive, Tampa 33606 (next to Tampa General Hospital). **Note: Do NOT park in the signed lot immediately next to the Tennis Courts - that is reserved for tennis players only. Park in the larger lot next to it.**
  • Distance: 15 miles
  • Speed: 10-12 mph
  • Ride Leader: Les (813) 598-4944 (call or text)
We'll tour waterfront homes, the airport, dog park and seaplane basin as we ride a circuitous route around and then up the middle of Davis Islands. We'll end up at a coffee shop where we can enjoy food and conversation. This is a good ride for new riders because the pace is relaxed, the roads are quiet and traffic is minimal. For those who want to add 10 miles to the ride, there will be a group riding down from Seminole Heights to the start. Call or text Les (813) 598-4944 if you want to join them.

November 25 - RIDE CANCELLED
North Tampa Ride to Odessa (aka, the Llama Ride) - 
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
  • Meeting Location: West Village Commons Parking lot (5356-5368 Ehrlich Road, Tampa 33624) - park on the east side of the parking lot, next to W. Village Road 
  • Distance: 25-28 miles
  • Speed: 11-13 mph
  • Ride Leader: Don (813-964-9193 - no texts, this is a landline)
We will ride slowly through the suburban neighborhoods of Carrollwood Village and north Tampa and then meander around the rural lanes and lakes of Odessa. We'll return back along the same route. Bring some carrots, and, if you're lucky, you might get to meet Gus, the llama! We'll enjoy breakfast at a nearby restaurant following the ride. Restrooms before, during and after the ride.

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

December 9 - Pinellas Trail to Tarpon Springs and Fred Howard Beach
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
  • **New Meeting Location**: The Gazebo on the south side of the  Dunedin Historical Museum/Old Train Depot, 349 Main Street, Dunedin 34698 - parking lots are just beyond Douglas and Main Streets and the intersection with the Pinellas Trail. Note: parking is now FREE anywhere in Dunedin!
  • Distance: 29 miles 
  • Speed: 12-16 mph
  • Ride Leader: Wayne (801) 520-0350 (call or text)
From the Old Train Depot in Dunedin we'll ride north on the Pinellas Trail through Ozona, Palm Harbor and Crystal Beach to Tarpon Springs and then out to beautiful Fred Howard Park and Beach. The Pinellas Trail is considered by many to be Florida's premier trail, and this section its prettiest. The route is scenic and shady, with one pedestrian bridge (which may still be closed) over Alternate 19 to add a small challenge for your legs and bicycle navigation skills. We leave the trail in Tarpon Springs to ride past the sponge docks and Spring Bayou (where the traditional Epiphany cross is thrown). Then we're out across the Causeway to the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico. We'll return to Dunedin via the Trail and walk to breakfast at a bike-friendly cafĂ© after the ride. Restrooms at the train depot and at the beach.

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

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

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

    December 30 - General James A. Van Fleet Trail ** Note changed departure time**
    • Distance ~30 miles
    • Speed: 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 distinguished combat commander in both World Wars and the Korean War, the Van Fleet Trail is considered the most remote trail in Florida. It runs 29.2 miles north from Polk City to Mabel (off Highway 50), with an additional, new section, the TECO Trail, 10 miles south to Auburndale. Because it is a former Seaboard railroad line, the path is straight and flat (i.e., no hills), with just one gentle curve. In what has become a New Year's tradition, we will ride about 15 miles north in search of that one curve, and then turnaround and return to our start. The majority of the trail runs through the Green Swamp, headwaters for four major rivers: the Hillsborough, Peace, Withlachoochee and the Oklawaha. You won't see many people. You will see cattle ranches, lush forests and wetlands. Depending upon the season of the year you could see wildflowers, birds, butterflies, alligators, turkey, deer, bobcats, gopher tortoises, rabbits, the rare Sherman's squirrel, snakes of every variety, and even alpaca on a farm near Polk City. Restrooms and water a mile from the start, and along the trail. Breakfast on your own after the ride. (If it's warm we might have a picnic.)

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