Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    Look! My Spine! RubenX's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Winter Springs, FL
    Posts
    539
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    I did the Van Fleet! (yet another...)

    Inspired by other posters who have done, I wanted to break my personal distance record of 38 miles by doing the Gen. Van Fleet trail. I started at the Mabel trailhead, all the way to Polk city and back. The odometer says 60.17 miles in 5:52h. To that you could add a 20 minute break at the Polk city trailhead and another 5 minutes at one of the middle stations (water comes in, it has to come out).

    And since my current road bike doesn't really fit me, I did it on a (drum roll here...) $59.95 cheapo MTB from Walmart that weights 51 pounds and has both wheels out of true.

    My only regret was not taking my camera with me. As expected, I found lots of squirrels and 2 snakes. But the bunny that tried to race me for 1/10 of a mile was a new one. The deer that jumped in front of me was very pretty and unexpected. And I really wanted to get a picture of my exhausted self, flipping the bird at the nasty looking vulture that was circling above me for the last 90 minutes (I'm not dead yet!).

    I feel great!

    PS: The bunny won...

  2. #2
    Senior Member DanitoLaboy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Dundee,FL
    My Bikes
    GARY FISHER WAHOO
    Posts
    86
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Congrats! I rode the Van fleet trail today as well but started at the polk city trail head.nice day to ride! see you out there.

  3. #3
    Senior Member DanitoLaboy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Dundee,FL
    My Bikes
    GARY FISHER WAHOO
    Posts
    86
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    tons of snakes out there today!!!!!!! a few rabbits,turtles,squirrels and wild turkey. The wind was blowing but not that bad.

  4. #4
    Look! My Spine! RubenX's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Winter Springs, FL
    Posts
    539
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I did it again! This time I took the camera with me. Again I started from Mabel city, went to Polk City and came back. Here are some pics:

    This is one of the wooden bridges, there are a few...


    The trail is so long and straight that it disappears in the horizon...


    The bunnies were to fast so I decided to race the turtles!


    This is at one of the trailheads...


    Some historic marker from the railroad era...


    Taking a break....


    The concrete bridges say they need repair...


    No kidding, they do need repair...


    And don't you dare go under the bridge M'kay

  5. #5
    Look! My Spine! RubenX's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Winter Springs, FL
    Posts
    539
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Bathrooms at the second trailhead....


    The whole thing is FLAT. So even a noob like me can fly!


    There are only a handfull of intersections, mostly private or rural roads with little or no traffic...


    Here's my favorite resting spot...


    Yeah, another break...


    and finally, Polk City! (remember I still have to go back)

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    My Bikes
    Ridley Cross
    Posts
    75
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    nice pics!!!

  7. #7
    Senior Member DanitoLaboy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Dundee,FL
    My Bikes
    GARY FISHER WAHOO
    Posts
    86
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I like the pics.

  8. #8
    Member Bianchi 30 Mile's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Orlando FL
    My Bikes
    1992 Bianchi Virata
    Posts
    28
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Nice going. I ride the Blanchard Park trail everyday. I do 21.5 from the Goldenrod entance and back....my house is just off the trail, so I'm pretty fortunate. I have to try the ride you did....round trip of course.

  9. #9
    Daily Commuter-Tampa, FL drew55's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Tampa
    My Bikes
    Orbea Ora, Cannondale R800, old Cannondale, murry mountain bike, EZ Rider recombent
    Posts
    387
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Ruben,
    You should give the Withlachoochee Trail a try. Essentially just as flat, but thre's a curve here and there over the 46 mile route. About the same as the Van Fleet, just a handfull of very low traffic crossings. Easy to add a few extra miles in either at the turn around or along the way to make it a nice century. Easy to pick up near Dade City - Trailhead is approximately a mile South of US 301/98 & CR 575 in Trilby, FL
    It's always windy - just get out and ride

    League of American Bicyclist LCI 3144
    ♥♥ SW-FL Tour2015♥ http://bit.ly/Drew-SWFL-2015 ♥♥
    Please support if you can
    .

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •