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Bike Overnighters

Sometimes the best plans just don't work out.

We had this Thanksgiving bike tour planned for a month now. The plan was to cycle for four days. We were going to make a loop around Central Florida that included the Ocala National Forest, involves a short ferry ride, and cycle along the Cross Florida Greenway before heading home.

Happy New Year! Our first Florida bike tour of 2016!

While some people would rather sit at home with family and friends, a glass of bubbly and watch the ball drop, we enjoy hitting the road and going into the woods. Although, we do like spending time with friends and family,  we also really miss bike touring. So, what better way to start the year!?
[caption id="attachment_3768" align="alignright" width="300"]bicycle touring Florida Townsend House Cemetery[/caption] What do you call a 206km (ended up getting in 130miles) ride through hilly areas, with a headwind of 14 mph, while looking for 5 cemeteries that hold clues to questions you have to answer to officially get checked off for this ride?
This past Saturday before the start of the 10th Annual Tour de Felasco, I took a moment to chat with Karlos about Single Track Samurai Productions--something he is very passionate
[caption id="attachment_3628" align="alignleft" width="300"] Conner Preserve Entrance[/caption] Friday evening our original weekend plans started unraveling and by saturday morning they completely fell apart. So instead of just sitting around we decided to pack our bikes and go bike camping.  The next question was, where to go. We wanted to try somewhere new and it needed to be fairly close (within a 50 mile radius) to
[caption id="attachment_3266" align="alignleft" width="300"]bike camping Florida Beautiful weather for camping[/caption] Since coming home from vacation everything is back to normal routine: we stay busy with work and doing things around the house, the commute to work is going well, but somehow we feel restless. The weather is perfect--sunny days and mild temperatures, which make staying inside to work seem like punishment at times. So why
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Our first night at Ft. Desoto Campground was pretty eventless, besides our little Raccoon friend chattering at us at times and some birds sounding off it was very quiet. Since we didn’t put the top on our tent we had a nice breeze finding its way through the tent-meshing that kept us comfortable.
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The day starts out at 05:55 Friday as we leave our house and head off to work. The ride to work is a short 25 miles and since we are leaving right after work, we have all of our gear with us or as my work colleagues call it "our homeless kit."
Seems like we are not the only ones enjoying these little weekend bike tours. Although bicycle touring in Florida is not such a big hit. It looks as if our little group keeps growing bigger with each little adventure we are taking on; and since we really like sharing some of the fun we absolutely enjoyed having everybody come with us this last weekend. In all there were seven of us riding and one lucky dog that came along for the ride in his very own rickshaw. [caption id="attachment_19401" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Florida weekend bicycle tour Lucky little dog![/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1429" align="aligncenter" width="660"]The Crew Our little adventure group[/caption] Although it is wonderful to discover far-away, exotic places. A lot of times it is just as nice and sometimes just as adventurous, to go on an overnighter bicycle tour right here in Florida. Since I was feeling a little jealous of Ron's little getaway last weekend I was really itching to go on a little bike-camp-trip myself. Of course it didn't take a lot of arm twisting to get Ron to go along, so we planned on a weekend bicycle tour starting right after work on Friday. I rode my bike with panniers packed to work, where Ron and our friend Sam met up with me after work to pedal through Starkey Park, up the Suncoast trail to a primitive campground near the trail on SR 52.