My beloved NY Mets and their repeat NL Cy Young award winner Jacob deGrom are in Port St. Lucie getting ready for the season and we are in central Florida doing the same thing! His curve ball is better than ours, but can he ride single track on a tandem?
We have escaped the miserable February weather in the ATL to visit with some friends and warm up.
On our 17-day trip there were 13 rides. We brought two bikes and what seemed like everything we own in our trusty minivan.
The adventure started with Heidi and Al and some of their favorite rides.
The new twist featured our Fandango off-road bikes on the beach.
Big smiles while heading south in a tailwind were wiped away when we had to make our way back in 10-15 mile an hour headwinds.
Tavares was our next stop.
The two rides from the seaplane city featured lakes and traffic. We found a fun and yummy restaurant called BTW – burgers, taco, waffles – and we had them all!
We also visited our first Twistee Treat of the trip.
The citrus trees were in bloom and they were also full of fruit. How do they do that?
The smell of citrus blocked out the smell of sweat on one of our warmer days.
On to Ocala and a visit with Laura and Earle. Riding in Florida’s bucolic horse country is always enjoyable but we worry that too many people are moving to central Florida and peaceful horse farms are turning into subdivisions which just turn into more and more traffic.
Our five-star accommodations in Ocala included a lot of homemade treats.
We were able to take advantage of Ocala’s greatest HITS. That’s “Horses In The Sun” for those of you without a program.
And yes, there is a Twistee Treat in Ocala as well!
After our long weekend as house guests we relocated in Ocala and did some (paved) trail riding.
Next up, we play in the dirt at a different sort of tandem rally.