No Lockout Here!

A labor dispute has the major league ball players locked out of spring training, but that didn’t stop us from riding some miles in Florida. We started with a visit to Palm Coast and three rides with Heidi and Al. February weather can be dicey this early in the season, but we lucked out with some warm temps. It’s all good as long as you accept the fact that it’ll be windy.

Off road riding (but not on the beach) with Heidi and Al
We enjoyed lovely (wide) trail riding
Our final ride with the Parkers was on the road and it was a lovely day.

After we said our farewells to our hosts we drove west to central Florida and the town of Inverness. We stayed in an adorable “mint” house less than a mile from the famous and desirable Withlacoochee Trail.

Our hosts were great with a theme…which we love. We also LOVE Andes Candies!

This house restored our faith in the air B&B market. Last spring we stayed in a remote location, which we wanted in a pre-vax world, but the house was not clean and was in bad shape.

With Inverness as our new starting point, we visited with Team Reynolds and enjoyed a beautiful ride in horse country.

On the road with Earle and Laura north of Ocala

Webster was the next ride start point as we visited with new Florida residents Linda and Eric. They took us on one of their favorite Sunday rides and then treated us to the annual ice cream social at their home base. We had excellent timing since this treat only happens once a year!

Ice Cream with the WoodGoods is almost as good as pizza with Linda!

The last two rides of the trip were from the Mint house and on the Withlacoochee Trail.

Accidentally intersecting with fellow tandem riders from the Atlanta area (Lora and Jim) as we were finishing a ride was a special treat. After we said goodbye I realized that we didn’t snap a photo so I can’t share a visual. Speaking of special treats, there is none better than the fresh strawberry shakes from Floral City.

Floral City is famous for its strawberries AND these amazing shakes!
The Front Porch in Dunnellon is our favorite lunch spot…and this coconut meringue pie is one of the reasons!

We hadn’t been on our bike since the first of January so the seven rides made us very happy. Next up is a trip to the West Coast as our spring training continues. We’ll be updating you from there next time.

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2 thoughts on “No Lockout Here!

  1. This is Clarence Bechter Coast Coast 2019 all of you look like you’re having so much fun we just left crescent. Beach after two months had a chance to ride with the 2018 Coasters Yes. Pa. Pow. And. John. S. Take care all

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