5 Flat Paved Bike Paths in Florida with St Petersburg & Manatees Bicycle Tour 2022

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2022
 
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  • Join us for a beautiful bicycle vacation in Florida. We start our week in Spring Hill, Florida adjacent to Hernando Beach.
  • Each day we ride a different, unique and beautiful paved bike path including: the Van Fleet State & Auburndale TECO Trails; the Suncoast Trail; the Withlacoochee State Trail and the Pinellas Trail.
  • We ride each path only one way, no doubling back or repeating on the path, so we get to see the most that each path has to offer.
  • Stay at the same hotel for the entire bicycle tour. Just unpack one time!
  • Florida holds the title for the most days in a row of sunshine - 768 days!
  • The State of Florida puts in $25 million per year into the state's bike paths. You will love them! 
  • April is the perfect time to visit Florida with the "snowbirds" already having headed back north and schools still in session, the bike paths are great for riding.
  • Not only will we see the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, but also have a chance to see the beautiful farmland, wide open fields, palm trees and swamp lands all from your bicycle!
Day 1, Saturday - April 9, 2022
 
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In addition to wonderful bicycling do you want to see mermaids and manatees in beautiful Florida? This is the bike trip for you. We are staying near Hernando Beach. The area grew after a developer in Florida purchased most of the area in 1965 and has grown to become a landmark hot spot that continuously attract buyers and visitors. The city where we are staying serves as the largest winter refuge for manatees. Three sisters is one of the most famous manatee hotbeds. Manatees stay here year around. You might find up to 30 manatees at a time. You can even see them from the boardwalk or if you feel more adventurous, you can swim, kayak or canoe with the manatees. 
The springs are one of the state’s most visually stunning. Its spectacular blue waters adds to the unforgettable experience of watching the manatees below the water's surface. Weeki Wachee Springs is a natural tourist attraction located in Weeki Wachee, Florida, where underwater performances by "mermaids," women wearing fish tails as well as other fanciful outfits, can be viewed in an aquarium-like setting in the spring of the Weeki Wachee River. You will have time to relax, explore and begin taking in your fun bike vacation. Vacation Bicycling welcome dinner and get together is scheduled for 4:30pm.
 
Dinner:
 
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Brian's Place
Hernando Beach, Florida
 
Entrée Choices:
  • Balsamic Grilled Chicken and Fresh Mozzarella - Served over adobo roasted potatoes, sautéed green beans and olive oil garlic aioli
  • Grouper with Plantains 3 Ways - Their signature dish. Pan seared local grouper over white sweet potato mash with plantain salsa, plantain creams, and garnished with a plantain crisp
  • Seared Ahi Tuna - Served over Spanish style yellow rice, plantain salsa, and a roasted garlic mango sauce. Choice of Brian’s own Latin blackened seasoning, sesame crusted, or fresh herb  seared.
  • Black Pepper Fennel Frilled 14oz Ribeye - Served with white sweet potato mash, sautéed green beans and olive oil garlic aioli.
Lodging:
 
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Hampton Inn Spring Hill
- Recently completely renovated -
Spring Hill, Florida
(Stay at the same hotel for the entire bicycle tour. Just unpack one time!)
  • Internet
  • Fitness Center
  • Business Center
  • Refrigerator
  • Hair Dryer
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
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Day 2, Sunday - April 10, 2022
 
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Van Fleet State Trail & Auburndale TECO Trails
 
We start our bicycling adventure on one of the straightest trails in Florida, so no need to look at directions, just get on your bicycle and start riding. The Van Fleet State and Auburndale TECO Trails connect Lake Myrtle in Auburndale with Polk City and travels through part of central Florida's 322,000 acre Green Swamp area and forests all around you. Last year, we even saw an alligator directly beneath the sign that said, "Beware of alligators!" ... at least the sign was placed in the perfect spot. On the southern end of the trail there is an observation area where you may be lucky and catch sight of a beautiful bald eagle. Of course the other great part about bicycling on these trails beside the great views of natures is that the total ascent of the trail is ...5 feet, so it will be a perfect day with no climbing!
 
Breakfast provided by the hotel each morning.
 
Bicycling Route: 0 miles, staying at the hotel; or 30 miles, riding the complete Van Fleet State Trail; or 36 miles, riding on the both the Van fleet State and Auburndale TECO Trails, taking the SAG vehicle to and from the bike paths. [The route is on one continuous paved bike path.]
 
Lodging:
 
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Hampton Inn Spring Hill
- Recently completely renovated -
Spring Hill, Florida
(Stay at the same hotel for the entire bicycle tour. Just unpack one time!)
  • Internet
  • Fitness Center
  • Business Center
  • Refrigerator
  • Hair Dryer
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
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Dinner:
 
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Villa Verde Cafe
Spring Hill, Florida
 
Entrée Choices:
  • Chicken Parmigiana - lightly breaded chicken breast topped with our Italian Style Mariana sauce and mozzarella cheese. 
  • Capellini d’Angelo alla Fra Diavolo - Chef Rosario’s Fresh Homemade Angel Hair Pasta with sautéed Florida Shrimp in a spicy Fresh Cherry Tomato Sauce. 
  • Salmone Positano - Fresh Filet of Salmon with Shrimps and Asparagus in a lightly Brandy Cream Sauce with a side of fresh broccoli. 
  • Ravioli al Funghi - Chef Rosarios Fresh homemade Portobello Mushrooms and Asiago Cheese Ravioli in a light Aurora sauce. 
Day 3, Monday - April 11, 2022
 
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Withlacoochee State Trail
 
Monday we take the Withlacoochee State Trail. It is a wonderful experience from your bicycle. On the paved bicycle trail you can see the equestrian trail...be sure you are saying, "On your right" to a person and not a horse on the adjacent trail. You will pass through many beautiful Florida cities and food and drinks are never too far. This trail parallels the Withlacoochee River, which is a state-designated paddling trail. Keep an eye out for deer on the path. They (the deer) are sharing the same views. Take a stop in Floral City to get a bite to eat or visit the little shops in the area. This area has a state of the art overpass that leads safely across the popular Ridge Manor trailhead. You may want to have a drink of Zephyrhills water at the start of the day. Yes, this is where Zephyrhills water from the grocery store is bottled. Zephyrhills 100% spring water comes from five springs right in Florida. The path designers and builders have thought of everything, so you can take in the beauty from your bicycle. There are not many road crossings or driveways. Just relax and enjoy the scenery from behind your handlebars.
 
Breakfast provided by the hotel each morning
 
Bicycling Route: 0 miles, staying at the hotel; or 32 miles, taking the van to the SAG drop off in Inverness and riding to the trail end near Zephyrhills, taking the SAG vehicle to and from the bike paths.[The route is on a paved bike path.]
 
Lodging:
 
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Hampton Inn Spring Hill
- Recently completely renovated -
Spring Hill, Florida
(Stay at the same hotel for the entire bicycle tour. Just unpack one time!)
  • Internet
  • Fitness Center
  • Business Center
  • Refrigerator
  • Hair Dryer
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
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Dinner:
On your own.
 
Day 4, Tuesday - April 12, 2021
 
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Suncoast & Upper Tampa Bay Trail
 
On Tuesday, we join The Suncoast Trail that is part of Florida's Greenway and Trails System. The trail passes through a gathering of suburban, agricultural and natural areas where you will see the trail's historic significance. You will want to check out the Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Preserve on your ride through this area. There are waterways and amazing views of natural areas that will be beautiful from your bicycle. The riding ends on the Upper Tampa Bay Trail and parallels the Suncoast Parkway. At the end of the trail, a Dunkin Donuts awaits in case you want to reward yourself after a great day of riding.
 
Breakfast provided by the hotel each morning
 
Bicycling Route: 0 miles, staying at the hotel; 46 miles, taking the SAG vehicle to the trailhead and riding the complete Suncoast Trail taking the SAG vehicle to and from the bike paths. [The route is on the paved Upper Tampa Bay and Suncoast Trails.]
 
Lodging:
 
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Hampton Inn Spring Hill
- Recently completely renovated -
Spring Hill, Florida
(Stay at the same hotel for the entire bicycle tour. Just unpack one time!)
  • Internet
  • Fitness Center
  • Business Center
  • Refrigerator
  • Hair Dryer
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
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Dinner:
On your own
 
Day 5, Wednesday - April 13, 2021
 
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Free Day or West Orange Trail
 
On Wednesday enjoy time off the bike to explore St. Petersburg on your own or wake-up and take the SAG van to one of the most popular trails in Florida, the West Orange Trail. The trail passes through the small towns of Killarney, Oakland and Apopka. See glimpses of Lake Apopka or view the lake up close. Stop and see the Historic railroad exhibit before venturing across the restored railroad bridge. Make a stop at the Oakland Nature Preserve, "a hidden gem," a 128-acre preserve offering environmental education and ecotourism activities, including a visitor's center featuring live fish and turtle exhibits before ending your day's ride at the shaded pavilion.
 
If you decide to explore St. Petersburg instead of biking. The city has emerged as one of the top destinations for the arts, including the unique Dali Museum and the amazing Chihuly Collection glass exhibition at the Morean Arts Center, as well as five other museums. Of course, the downtown is situated overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay with city parks situated all along the water's edge with unobstructed ocean views.
 
Breakfast provided by the hotel each morning.
 
Bicycling Route: 0 miles, staying at the hotel; 21 miles, riding on the complete route of the West Orange Trail; taking the SAG vehicle to and from the bike paths. [The route is on a paved bike path.]
 
Lodging:
 
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Hampton Inn Spring Hill
- Recently completely renovated -
Spring Hill, Florida
(Stay at the same hotel for the entire bicycle tour. Just unpack one time!)
  • Internet
  • Fitness Center
  • Business Center
  • Refrigerator
  • Hair Dryer
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
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Dinner:
On your own
 
Day 6, Thursday - April 14, 2021
 
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Pinellas Trail - Tarpon Springs to St. Petersburg
 
The last bike trail on your bike adventure in Florida is taking in the Pinellas Trail from Tarpon Springs to St. Petersburg. The trail uses the rail corridor. St. Petersburg glimmers between the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay. It is beautiful! St. Petersburg is known for its warm weather and for holding the title of the "most consecutive days with sunshine" - 768 days! The road crossings that we are using allows the Pinellas Trail riders (us) the right of way, which we can all agree is a nice plus for bikers. The Pinellas Trail also allows riders to trigger lights and signals to motor vehicles anytime we are in the company of motorists along the trail. Most importantly, we will be riding into and from the tourist epicenters of St. Petersburg and Tarpon Springs. 
 
Breakfast provided by the hotel each morning
 
Bicycling Route: 0 miles, staying at the hotel; or 38 miles, taking the van to Tarpon Springs, overlooking the harbor and bicycling to the Hampton Inn in St. Petersburg. [The route is on paved bike trails.]
 
​Lodging:
 
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Hampton Inn Spring Hill
- Recently completely renovated -
Spring Hill, Florida
(Stay at the same hotel for the entire bicycle tour. Just unpack one time!)
  • Internet
  • Fitness Center
  • Business Center
  • Refrigerator
  • Hair Dryer
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
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Dinner:
 
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Cody's Original Roadhouse
St. Petersburg, Florida
 
Entrée Choices:
  • Filet Mignon - 9oz. lean tender and tasty
  • Porterhouse Pork Chop-T-bone of pork, tender and chargrilled with or without our award winning BBQ sauce. Served with applesauce.
  • Fajitas-veggie, chicken, shrimp,or steak. Your choice served over grilled onions and peppers on a sizzling skillet. Served with sour cream, picot de Gallo, lettuce and cheese. Roll them up on warm flour tortillas.
  • Cody’s 1lb Steak Burger- with American cheese, bacon, famous hand-breaded jumbo onion rings.
  • Veggie Burger - A plant based burger patty topped with provolone cheese and fresh guacamole.
Day 7, Friday - April 15, 2021
 
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Enjoy beautiful and warm Florida one last time before starting your journey home.
 
Breakfast provide by hotel each morning
 

Please note all trip information is based on previous trips and/or contracted lodging and restaurants and is subject to change based on availability or specific trip needs.
 
Riding difficulty:
  • Riders who are comfortable riding at least 10 miles per hour should have an enjoyable trip. The routes are primarily on bike paths with a little riding on bicycle designated or low traffic roads. Please see the daily routes descriptions for additional information. Of course, if a rider is tired or does not feel like riding, the SAG vehicle will transport the rider to the hotel. All riders may ride at their own pace, slow or fast or anything in-between.
Arriving by Automobile:
  • Drive to the Hampton Inn Spring Hill, 1344 Commercil Way, Spring Hill, Florida 34606. Your car can be parked at the hotel for the duration of the trip for free.
Arriving by Plane:
  • Fly directly into Tampa International Airport (TPA), 45 miles from the starting hotel.
Deposit:
  • $200 to reserve your spot and the remainder due 45 days before the trip start.
What is Included:
  • Hotel lodging
  • Ride packets, including maps & cue sheets (directions)
  • Fully sagged, including ride leaders, luggage transport, SAG vehicle transportation and rider assistance
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Dinner with the group three nights (see above)
  • Great riding, scenery, fun and enjoyment!
Bicycles:
  • Most participants bring their own bicycles
  • To ship your bike, we would suggest using shipbikes.com or bikeflight.com for shipping. To ship your bike to the hotel: Hampton Inn Spring Hill, 1344 Commercil Way, Spring Hill, Florida 34606
  • If you fly, most major airlines including Delta, American, United and Alaska Air now waive the oversize fee for bicycles (sporting equipment) and just the standard luggage fee applies. Please contact your airline for all the details.
Weather in April in St. Petersburg, Florida:
  • Average Low 65° and average High 81°

 

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