Ride Schedule - January - February, 2019

January 6 - 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.

January 13 - Seminole Heights to MacDill AFB, Revised
  • 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
  • Distance: 27 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, the new Julian B. Lane Waterfront Park and its Boathouse, and the winding streets along the Hillsborough River. Enjoy brunch, pastries and gourmet coffee back on the Independent Cafe's outdoor patio after the ride.

January 20 - Tame the Pinellas Trail's Seven Bridges

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  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15)
  • Meeting Location: Apple Photographics parking lot, 3032 49th St. North, St. Petersburg FL 33710
  • Distance: 26 miles
  • Speed: 12 -16 mph 
  • Ride Leader: Earl of St. Pete, 727-455-7854 (calls only, no texts)
The ride starts at Earl's photo studio, Apple Photographics. From there we make our way to 52nd Street and go south to Gulfport to meet up with the Pinellas Trail. We ride north on the Trail to Seminole City Park, take a short side loop to Boca Ceiga Millennial Park, then reverse our route and return to the start. We'll drive to breakfast after the ride.

There are 19 miles on the Trail and 7 on roads getting to the Trail and back.  Restrooms at the start, middle and end of the ride. If you love climbing bridges, this ride is for you!

January 27 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 an Islands 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.

February 3 - 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 (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 the waterfront homes of Shore Acres, the mansions of Snell Isle, and the bungalows of Old Northeast and Coffee Pot Bayou. After cycling along the city's waterfront we'll circle the Dali Museum and the Mahaffey Theater complex as we ride into downtown St. Pete and our breakfast stop, midway through the ride. After breakfast we'll return to Weedon Island via 1st Street N. Restrooms and water are available at the kayak launch near the starting location if the museum is closed.

February 10 - Tour of Tampa from the Independent Cafe
  • 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
  • Distance: 18-20 miles 
  • Speed: 10-12 mph
  • Ride Leader: Susie (813) 236-8119 (this is a landline - do not text!)
We'll take a leisurely ride along Tampa's shady streets and urban bike paths. Depending upon the activities going on in Tampa's downtown area this ride may include sections of Tampa's Riverwalk and Greenways connector trails, as we tour parts of 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 the uniquely renovated Perry Harvey Park area (where musical greats Ray Charles and Cannonball Adderley started their careers) before ending our ride back at the Independent for breakfast. Restrooms at the start, midway and end of the ride.

February 17Trout Creek to Flatwoods Park
  • Distance: 26 miles
  • Speed: 12-16 mph
  • Meeting Time: 8:AM (prompt departure at 8:155 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 - Hillsborough County Parks do NOT honor Handicapped stickers (you still must pay!!)
  • 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. We'll breakfast at a local eatery after the ride. There are restrooms and water at the start and halfway into the ride.

February 24 - **New Ride** Freda's Wild Ride, North Anclote River Nature Park to Brooker Creek Park, Wildest Place in Pinellas County
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15)
  • Meeting Location: North Anclote River Nature Park, 467 Dixie Highway, Tarpon Springs, 34689
  • Distance: 18-25 miles
  • Speed: 11-13 mph
  • Ride Leaders: Freda, 847-714-6860 (call or text), and other Helpers

This ride begins at the North Anclote River Nature Preserve, merges onto the Pinellas Trail and goes 9 miles to Brooker Creek Park and then returns. Once at Brooker Creek there are options to extend the ride an additional 7+ miles. The entire ride is on bike trails. Both parks are fascinating to visit and ride through. 

Beginning next to the restroom facilities at the North Anclote River Park you will ride a hard-packed/shell trail for 1/2 mile to connect with a spur trail running through the wetlands of the Anclote River. This connects with the Pinellas Trail where you go under Alternate Highway 19, weave through a few neighborhoods and come out onto Tarpon Avenue. Here you take the trail heading west where you will encounter the rolling hills (one or two surprisingly steep) of the Keystone Ridge. At a major and very busy intersection of East Lake Road and Keystone Avenue (cross here only with the walk lights) we'll cross the road, now called Keystone Avenue, and continue on to Brooker Creek Park, advertised as the "Wildest Place" in Pinellas County!! Brooker Creek and its wetlands make up the main body of water that flows into Lake Tarpon, the largest lake in Pinellas County. Unless you opt for additional miles along the Keystone Bike Trail, we'll turn around here and reverse our ride route back to the start. We'll drive a short distance to a cafe for breakfast after the ride. Restrooms and water at the start, middle and end of the ride.

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