Palm Coast - Out On A Limb

Kicking off Joe's 2016 Florida Spring visit, Gary, Russ, Dave, and I enjoyed a special breakfast at the Blue Heron Breakfast Bistro in Flagler Beach this morning before driving to the Lehigh Trail trailhead on Colbert Lane.

We rode the trail to the west and made our way north to Pine Lake Parkway, then swept the north perimeter of Palm Coast (dodging some construction) and settled on lunch at Mezzaluna in the European Village. After lunch we darted through the "Rabbit Hole" for a brief A-1-A segment, came back across the Intracoastal Waterway and followed the Palm Coast Linear Parkway down to Waterfront Park for our last break before closing the loop downwind along Colbert Lane back to the trailhead.

Severely clear skies and a consistent breeze let us see lots of birds today. Several Wood Storks watched me close in on Bunnell and the lot of us were pedaling through a small confusion of Yellow-rumped Warblers as we started the Lehigh Trail. Gary pointed out a Loggerhead Shrike very close to our passing beneath I-95. As we continued north of Palm Coast Parkway, there were many Robins and several Meadowlarks flew near the fence row, behind which a pair of Sandhill Cranes stood. Further out yet, we could make out Turkeys with tail feathers spread.

A fine day to spread one's wings was indeed enjoyed by all.

Archer Braid Trail

All Aboard the Braid! Deanne and I drove down to Archer this morning and joined Jerry and Mark for our tried and true Braid Bistro Breakfast ride in to Haile Plantation, where we have yet to be disappointed with the food, service, or delightful cafe dining experience. Big fun after the ride as Deanne test rode Jerry's power assist trike and sported the predictably indelible grin! Thanks for having us down, Jerry!

Nature Coast State Trail

David Greenbaum and I enjoyed a splendid ride from Chiefland to Cross City and back after fueling up at The Gathering Table this morning. We reminisced ourselves right out of noticing the 49 miles going by. Thanks, David!