July/August 2012 Ride Schedule

July 01 - Tour of Tampa from Lowry Park

  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Lowry Park, 1101 W. Sligh Avene, Tampa 33604  (parking lot at the corner of North Blvd and Sligh Aves. - restrooms at boat ramp across the street)
  • Distance: 18 miles 
  • Speed: 10-14 mph
  • Ride Leader: Susie (813) 236-8119
We will ride leisurely along shady streets, and city bike paths as we tour Seminole Heights, Ybor City, Channelside, Harbor Island and downtown Tampa. Our return will follow the Hillsborough River through Riverside Heights, Tampa Heights and South Seminole Heights. Breakfast at a Seminole Heights cafe near the end of the ride. This is a great ride for novice riders or those new to Tampa.

July 08 - Oldsmar Discovery
  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Shelter #5, Phillippe Park, 2525 Phillippe Parkway, Safety Harbor, FL 34695 (first parking lot/pavillion to the right of the park entrance)
  • Distance: 25 miles
  • Speed: 12-16 mph
  • Ride Leader: Earl (727) 415-8993
Beginning with a loop through Phillippe Park we will ride around the northern-most shores of Tampa Bay to discover the hidden secrets of Oldsmar. Oldsmar was named for R.E. Olds, an early automotive pioneer and founder of the REO Motor Car Company, and R.E. Olds Park on the shores of upper Tampa Bay is one of the first areas we'll pass through. Our journey next takes us to Mobbley Beach Park, then to Mobbly Bayou along the new Oldsmar Trail, continuing with a loop through Hillsborough County's Upper Tampa Bay Park before we work our way back to our cars. Restrooms at the parking lot and at all of the parks along the route. Breakfast after the ride.

 July 15 - Forest Hills Ride
  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
  • Meeting Location: The parking area behind Gino's Restaurant, 10006 N. Armenia Ave, Tampa 33612. The restaurant is just north of the intersection of Armenia Ave and Linebaugh on the west side of Armenia.
  • Distance: 22-23 miles
  • Speed: 10 -14 mph
  • Ride Leader: John (813) 935-1497
The ride begins and ends at Gino's Restaurant, with restroom stops available at the start and along the route. We'll head north to explore the shady and bike-friendly, neighborhoods in and around Forest Hills and scenic, "old" Carrollwood. We'll cycle past lots of lakes, along tree-lined streets and even circle around parts of the Forest Hills Golf Course. Our breakfast will be at a unique Columbian restaurant after the ride.

July 22 - Davis Islands Ride

  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
  • Meeting Location: HCC Tennis Courts Parking Lot, 59 Columbia Drive, Tampa 33603 (next to Tampa General Hospital)
  • Distance: 14-18 miles
  • Speed: 12-14 mph
  • Ride Leader: Les (813) 598-4944
We'll tour waterfront homes (including Derek Jeter's mansion), the airport, dog park and boat basin as we ride a circuitous route around Davis Islands. We'll end up at a coffee shop on the Islands where we can enjoy coffee and pastries. This is a good ride for the novice rider because the pace is relaxed, the roads are quiet and traffic is minimal.

July 29 - North Tampa Ride to Odessa
  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Sweetbay Parking lot, 5320 Erhlich Road, Tampa 33625 (Erhlich and Turner Roads - between Dale Mabry and the Veteran's Expressway)
  • Distance: 25 - 30 miles
  • Speed: 12-14 mph
  • Ride Leader: Don (813) 964-9193
Ride from lovely Carrollwood Village neighborhoods to the rural lanes and lakes of Odessa, returning the same way we rode out. If you're lucky you might even see a llama! Enjoy bagels in Carrollwood following the ride.

August 5 - Pinellas Trail North - Dunedin to Tarpon Springs

  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Parking lot behind Dunedin Historical Museum/Old Train Depot, 349 Main Street, Dunedin 34698 - the lot is just beyond Douglas and Main Streets and the intersection with the Pinellas Trail
  • Distance: 25-30 miles depending on group 
  • Speed: 12-14 mph
  • Ride Leader: Susie (813) 236-8119
From the Old Train Depot in Dunedin we will ride north on the Pinellas Trail through Ozona, Palm Harbor and Crystal Beach to Tarpon Springs and then return. 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 biking bridge over the highway to add just a tiny challenge. Optional loops include riding through Anclote River Nature Park, Wall Springs Park and across the Intracoastal Waterway to Honeymoon Island and back. Restrooms at the train depot and at parks along the way. Breakfast in Dunedin after the ride.

 August 12 - Little Sights of Seminole Heights
  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Independent Beer Pub and Cafe, 5016 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa, 33603 - two blocks south of Hillsborough (Park on the North side of the Pub (Florida and Wilder) or in the lot behind the Pub)
  • Distance: 13 miles
  • Speed: 10 -14 mph
  • Ride Leader: Margaret (813) 254-8882
Come join us as we make a circuit around and through different sections of Seminole Heights, one of Tampa's largest neighborhoods. Discover historic houses, lovely yards and pocket parks sprinkled along the Hillsborough River, as we avoid busy streets by taking less traveled connector roads. The terrain varies from flat to a bit of up and down when we're near the River, and most of the route is shaded by the gorgeous tree canopies for which Seminole Heights is known. This is a great ride for novice riders or for those wanting to tour a lovely, old neighborhood at a leisurely pace. Breakfast at the Independent Cafe after the ride.

August 19 - Independent Pub to MacDill

  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Independent Beer Pub and Cafe, 5016 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa, 33603 - two blocks south of Hillsborough (Park on the North side of the Pub (Florida and Wilder) or in the lot behind the Pub)
  • Distance: 24 miles
  • Speed: 12-16 mph
  • Ride Leader: Earl (727) 415-8993
Ride from the Independent Beer Pub in Seminole Heights to MacDill AFB via the new downtown Riverwalk, Bayshore Blvd and the Gadsden Park Bike Trail. Stop at Ballast Point on the way back, returning through Hyde Park and along the winding streets that line the Hillsborough River. Enjoy Sunday brunch, pastries and gourmet coffee back at the Independent.

August 26 Philippe Park to the Clearwater East/West Trail
  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Shelter #5, Philippe Park, 2525 Phillippe Parkway, Safety Harbor 33625
  • Distance: 24 miles
  • Speed: 12-14 mph
  • Ride Leader: Les Berty, (813) 598-4944
We begin near the entrance to Philippe Park and ride along the waters of Upper Tampa Bay until we connect with the Clearwater East/West Trail. Enjoy the twists, turns and short "hills" of this scenic bike trail as it winds through several of the area's prettiest parks. Following the ride we'll have breakfast in downtown Safety Harbor.

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