Police on the Gainesville Hawthorne trail.
Went for a ride on the trial yesterday got dropped off at the Hawthorne end and rode to Gainesville end to get picked back up. Was a great ride, great weather with lots of people out enjoying a Sunday afternoon ride. My sister the one dropping me off and picking me up decided to wait for me at what I call the middle of the trail where it crosses Country Road 234. Before I got there I heard my cell ring in my saddle bag, most times I dont answer it but this time it rang 3 times in a row. So I figured I better answer it, It was my sister calling me from the middle of the trail to say there was a Police officer there standing by the trail in full bike kit (jersey, bike shorts & helmet). Writing tickets to people on bikes who did NOT make a complete stop when crossing CR 234. The officer didn't even have a normal police car, he had one of those public safety cars. I must admit most times when I ride the trail I slow WAY down almost to a stop when crossing 234, but I don't come to a "complete" stop. Its a clear crossing where you can see everything. It is NOT a busy crossing by no means, I would say 1 out of 15 times I have to actually stop because of a car coming. I forgot to mention that the cars have to stop at a stop sign about 50 feet beyond where they cross the trail, so they are going pretty slow as they cross the trail too. Anyway just a heads up to anybody riding the trail.