Cooler Runnings

No matter which goldenrod you follow, it looks like we'll have much better riding weather, as first frost is due in six weeks.

Withlacoochee State Trail

Mark, Russ, and I met up with this CRABS gang in Inverness this morning for a real nice ride in the shade down to Lake Townsend and stopped off here at Floral Park for a break. Pictured are George, Tommy, Phil, Charlie, Dick, Mary, and Glenn.

Just Ride

It's not about being fast or slow, it's about being out there!

Palm Coast Pedalers

Wayne, Russ, Marty, and Bob met me on the Palm Coast Linear Park this morning just before nine o'clock. We nosed into a very light headwind and made our way down to the Lehigh Trail which used up our morning in relative shade as we rode to Bunnell and back.

We then crossed the Intracoastal Waterway to land our lunch at the Flagler Fish Company in lovely Flagler Beach. After a few minutes overlooking the boardwalk and pier, we were out on A1A northbound with a positively wonderful tailwind all the way up to Washington Oaks State Park (photo). On the way back, another left turn to the beach once more, then down we went... Into "The Rabbit Hole", a nearly surreal riding experience that scoots you along completely surrounded by palmettos while winding left and right on a fast, but lightly straw covered, concrete path.

Emerging from the hole, we climb again up and back over the waterway into Palm Coast and enjoy its many threads of trails along the waterway itself, down to "Waterfront Park" and then finally back to our trailhead of origin. A quite pleasant day of riding totaling 48 miles.

Madison County Four Freedoms Trail

Spring is definitely the time for this trail as the wildflowers adorn its edges and there is still the slightest hint of remaining cool in a shaded breeze. 

It is also ideal for enjoying the company of good friends riding through quiet, country scenery. 

Of course, a visit to the local buffet afterwards will only further enhance a perfect day.

Palatka-Lake Butler State Trail

A very nice cloudy morning with the tiniest of showers gracing Keystone Heights just before noon.

Yes, riding recumbent is definitely a plus!

Way UP upon the Suwannee River

The Suwannee River is running fairly full just now as it passes through Branford, FL. Almost up to the level of the parking lot at Ivey Memorial Park and covering Branford Spring.

I've been out doing a lot of riding since my last post and thought I should probably try to make an entry a little more often rather than waiting for some "event" on which to report. 
Last week, on my way home from riding the Withlacoochee Trail, I stopped in to check on the progress of the extension of the north end of it and was delighted to find the new trailhead open and full of visitors.