Nature Coast Tigers

Here's the group that rode the Nature Coast State Trail Tuesday from
end to end to end!

Bruce, Tommy, Colleen, Charlie, and Russ

Nature Coast State Trail

Tommy Tinker and I ran "Color Guard" for the upscale CarbonTrikes and Wind Cheetah owners as our pod of five behaved in true marauder fashion, conquering the entire Nature Coast State Trail (100 km) in a fell swoop given purely perfect weather with which to contend. Colleen, Charlie, and Russ were detained only lightly by a brief lunch stop in Trenton and a minor blowout event on the return route. Another wonderful day in a state park! 

Four Freedoms Trail

Deanne and I took a drive up to peaceful, downtown Madison, Florida this morning to the Four Freedoms Park. We launched our recumbents there and rode the thirteen miles of Madison County Four Freedoms Trail up to the shores of the (other) Withlacoochee River and looked across at Georgia. There was a fairly strong northeasterly breeze in our face on the way up, but it paid us back on the return trip, giving us even more time to enjoy the surrounding landscape. This trail is one of the more beautiful in north Florida. I was pleased to see evidence of recent maintenance and had a chance to make use of the new restroom facilities in Pinetta. 

As we were loading up to leave, we had a nice visit with Matt, on his road bike just finishing up his next to the last day of riding from Newport Beach, CA to Neptune Beach, FL. Yet another fine day pedaling.

Jacksonville Baldwin State Trail

This is handily the shadiest trail in North Florida with a canopy of shade for well over 75% of its length. Never laid eyes on another recumbent, but there were lots of folks cycling in some beautiful weather, flowers blooming in the splashes of light, birds singing in the bushes, and a fine day was had by all.

Palatka Lake Butler State Trail

Such a pretty day, yet I had the trail to myself. Saw four bicycles on my way east and four pedestrians on my way back, they were all in Keystone Heights. Gray Catbirds are showing up again but very shy. 

Braid Bistro Breakfast

Jerry led the way this morning while Mark and I tried to keep up. His new Catrike Expedition came equipped with BionX power assist and a fairing and makes his trip a breeze, whether or not one is blowing. Breakfast was especially delightful today as we were able to enjoy it cafe style outdoors.

East Central Regional Rail Trail

Sheila and Larry shared with Deanne and me their maiden ride on the newly completed Cow Creek to Dale Street segment of the East Central Regional Rail Trail just west of Edgewater, FL. We rode the trail from the great new trail head just south of FL 442 over its new bridge and east to Dale Street. Fresh asphalt, new guard fences, carefully marked crossings, and lots of lovely natural scenery with a thick old Florida feel. This segment is four miles long and appears to be ready to accept a connection with the Springs to Springs Trail (about 25 miles west) which currently ends at Guise Road.