We both drove our vehicles to the Gulf Junction Trail head of the Withlacoochee State Trail.
The Trail is a 46 mile, 12 foot wide, paved trail that runs north to south through 3 counties in Florida.
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Last year, Nancy and I rode the southern half of the trail from Ridge Manor to Floral City and back. This year, the four of us road the northern part from Gulf Junction to Wallace Brook Park in Inverness. We pedaled exactly 33.33 miles and I know we will all sleep well tonight.
There were some ups and downs at the beginning,
but not too far along, we came to a marker for the
Central Ridge District Park.
About 1/2 mile from the main trail,
we found this wonderful recreation complex.
After a little rest, we headed back to the main trail and continued on. Just a short distance before the Citrus Springs Trailhead, we found a nice picnic table and pulled over to enjoy our picnic lunch.
As we headed down the trail toward Citrus Springs, Dan apologized for the breeze in our face. He said it never fails whenever he bikes or kayaks the wind is always in his face—both ways!!
The ride to this point was pretty boring. Next time I would drive to the Citrus Springs Trailhead and start my ride here. There was more to see from here on.
Then we past the Bottle Trees!!
Of course we couldn’t miss the wildlife.
The huge Pink Elephant
and the notorious Bull Shark;o))
Then there were bridges…
One to go under and
one to go over!!
Once we crossed over the bridge,
we were in Inverness and this is a bike crazy little town.
Time for a little break.
This is our “Where’s Nancy” photo!
Actually this was suppose to be a group shot, but somehow Nancy could not set her camera on automatic and run back to the picture in time;o)) I have to tell you she tried more than once and we all were rolling with laughter along with her…she really was with us…really!!
After our little rest,
This is the biggest Turtle I have ever seen!!
It was a beautiful park with a nice lake surrounded
by trees and walking trails.
Along one of the walking trails was a beautiful memorial to commemorate those who lost their lives on Sept 11th.
After visiting the park,
we decided we needed to turn around and
head back from where we came.
We still had half the trip to pedal;o))
However, the miles were adding up and
Guess Dan wants to go south to see the Turtles again ;o))
After our little rest, the boys decided to spice things up a bit and took off to see how fast they could make their bikes go. Dan wanted to know what 20+mph felt like on a bike. Bill said they got the bikes to 25mph. Tricia and I said they just needed to act like ‘little boys’ again and see who could go faster ;o))
But not long after that, as we near the end of the ride,
we all needed a BUTT BREAK!!
Finally, 33.33 miles later, we were back.
A great trail ride with good friends on a wonderful day.
But the day wasn’t quite over yet. After packing up, we decided to head to the Rainbow Springs Headsprings to see it from land. We plan to paddle there tomorrow, but thought it would be nice to see where we will be going.
The Headsprings is part of the State Park but requires a separate entrance fee unless you are staying at the campground. To us that meant…No Charge!!
Spring has really started blooming and
Viewing the Headsprings
So glad we stopped to see the Headsprings from this perspective. Now we can’t wait to paddle up here again tomorrow and see it from the water!!