Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Near Palatka Florida
Bikes: 2011 Rocky Mountain Vertex 29'r, 2007 Trek 1500 -- 2003 Gary Fisher Tassajara -- 2006 Gary Fisher Tassajara Disc (converted to touring bike)
This past fall I had planned a shorter version of this tour. Well I had planned staying at a couple of the parks mentioned. Other things got in the way and I never did do the ride. The whole touring thing was/is new to me. Found out after a couple of practice over night loaded rides that I don't think I can do the mileage that I had planned. It is one thing to ride 50 or 60 miles a day with an un-loaded bike, quite another to ride it loaded with gear. But I had fun and I still plan on doing a 3 or 4 night tour, but I need to rework my routes a bit.
I have ridden some of the roads on the "tour de springs" route.. If I were to do it I would change it up a bit... Like on the first day when I reached Grandin at the cross roads of county road 315 & state road 100.. I would take the paved Palatka Lake Butler trail from there to Keystone heights. And then take state road 21 up to Golds Head State Park. There is a paved bike path that follows SR21 up to Golds head or you can ride the paved shoulder right on the road. There is a bit of traffic.... but the shoulder is nice and wide...
Good luck.... Sounds FUN!!