Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Florida 2011. Wednesday February 9.

This was the perfect day for cycling! It started out a bit chilly, in the mid 50s so I wore a light jacket, but I took it off by the time we got to Dunedin, about 10 miles up the road.  I am sort of lost in the shade of the box car in the photo above, but if you look to the left you can see the Pinellas Trail. It is a beautiful paved rail trail that goes from Tarpon Springs to St. Petersburg, about 35 miles.  We rode it today from Dunedin to Clearwater. It is evident that it was a railroad track in earlier days--many small factories and businesses along the trail are still operating.
We rode through Clearwater down to the beach for lunch at Frenchie's, a grouper sandwich and iced tea, of course... We had to walk our bikes around to the back of the restaurant, where we sat outside overlooking the beach. There was a sign that said "do not climb over the railing" but I did anyway, since my bike was right there... but I got busted! The manager came rushing over to scold me after I climbed over. C'est la vie. (Dianne did the same thing but did not get caught).

We rode the causeway bridges before heading for home, and the view above is from the top of one of the bridges. The local cyclists (including Dianne) ride the bridges to train for hills and mountains. That's all they get around here--bridges and freeway overpasses--this is really a FLAT state.
On the way home we stopped at Strachan's ice cream in Dunedin. The homemade ice cream was super, and we bought hats just because it seemed like a fun thing to do. We rode 40 miles today, and enjoyed every minute of it! We even managed to get in 7 games of Scrabble afterward, before we both spelled out UNCLE.

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