Day 1: New Smyrna Beach to DeBary via Spring to Spring Trail
Rest: Gemini Springs
Highlights: A smooth ride through scenic trails and paved roads with just a touch of chill in the air. Gemini Springs provided a peaceful camping spot away from the crowds.
Areas for Improvement: Starting earlier would allow for more time at the first rest stop and broaden dining options.
Memorable Moment: Receiving cheers from onlookers as we set off on our journey.
Day 2: DeBary to Groveland via Clarcona Ocoee Road and West Orange Trail
Dine: Pepe’s Cantina
Rest: Van Fleet / Richloam
Highlights: Enjoyed diverse scenery from downtown Winter Garden to the challenging hills of Clermont. Dining experience was exceptional.
Areas for Improvement: Planning the timing to traverse Richloam Forest during daylight for a better camping experience.
Memorable Moment: Riding through dimly lit, rural roads with curious cows adding a unique twist to the journey.
Day 3: Groveland to Starkey Wilderness via Withlacoochee State Forest
Dine: PDQ & Burger King
Rest: Starkey and Suncoast Trail Connector
Highlights: Riding through picturesque forests and observing local hunting season activities. Passing through charming towns like Brooksville and the Good Neighbor Trail.
Areas for Improvement: Planning ahead for a hot shower at Starkey Wilderness for a more comfortable camping experience.
Memorable Moment: Discovering the quaint Richloam Market, a gem of a local general store.
Day 4: Starkey Wilderness to Clearwater/Tampa via Tri County and Pinellas Trail
Dine: Tony’s Pizza
Rest: Amtrak train ride from Tampa to Winter Park
Highlights: Enjoyed a scenic and smooth ride through Tarpon Springs and Dunedin with plenty of scenic spots and eateries.
Areas for Improvement: Time management crucial on Day 4 for capturing photos at Clearwater Beach and catching the train.
Memorable Moment: Relishing the smooth train ride back to civilization.