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    New Additions To The Legacy Trail

    Sarasota County has added new shelters around the McIntosh Road trailhead in the last 6-8 months. These are a really nice addition. For more info and photos on Florida paved trails visit my website: http://www.trailviewmount.com
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    Im down from OH and rode this from laurel rd, n to plamer ranch, then to honore to university to 41 yesterday...trail was nice, shelters were a good touch. Just wish the trail was a bit longer. Its nice though, and the ~40 degree temp difference is a good touch

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    Quote Originally Posted by evan938 View Post
    Im down from OH and rode this from laurel rd, n to plamer ranch, then to honore to university to 41 yesterday...trail was nice, shelters were a good touch. Just wish the trail was a bit longer. Its nice though, and the ~40 degree temp difference is a good touch
    Don't forget that the trail connects with another 10.x mile trail, the Venetian Waterway.

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    Yes know1 excellent reminder. The waterway is a really nice relaxing ride. My favorite part of the trail is from Nokomis Community Center to Venice Train Depot. Yes It is unfortunate the trail isn't longer evan938. My favorite is the Upper Tampa Bay Trail. See photos and info on my website: http://www.trailviewmount.com/ Thanks for seeing and all the info guys.

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    i rode the trail as far south as i could go, along the waterway, but it definitely wasnt 10.x miles (unless i missed something, but i asked 3 or 4 groups of locals along the route). i started from the campgrounds/trailers on laurel rd between the trail and albee farms, and by the time i made it to the south end of the trail, it was 7.6mi (and that included about 1 mi getting to the trail), so about 6.6mi south...going back north, its 7.5 mi to palmer ranch (from laurel rd), so a total of about 14.

    heres the routes i rode, minus the 1st one didnt map my route...im still kinda pissed since it was my longest ride while down there

    58.84 mile ride - http://www.mapmyride.com/workout/96653710
    31.28 mile route - http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/70923838
    19.6 mile route - http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/71136438
    43.48 mile route - http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/71313298

    the 58.84 was the ride on the trail up to palmer ranch, to honore, to university, to 41, and down to the marina (there was a big statue of a 50's guy and girl...dont remember the name of the place), then back along the same route. the others i mainly stuck to the trail...the last day i was hoping to be able to ride over to myakka and get through somehow southbound, and come out towards venice ave...rode directly into that wind for ~10+ miles (and WOW was it strong on sunday), to find out there wasnt a way to go south from there...ended up riding clark back, to beneva, to 41, to laurel. the tailwind coming back on clark was a nice break.

    i'll be back down for sure. i was so disappointed when i got home to OH and stepped outside at the airport and it was low 30s. hopefully in another month or so we can get back out up here. FL is VERY VERY bicycle friendly compared to what we have here. i was highly surprised by all the bike lanes, yield to cyclist signs, etc etc.

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    The Venetian Waterway runs along both sides of the intracoastal waterway. The total distance of all paved trails on both sides is 10.x miles (at least according to my information map). It sounds like you came down from the Legacy trail and continued along that side of the waterway and back. To get to the other side and ride that half you'd have to cross the Venice bridge or the Circus bridge (and I'd highly recommend crossing at the circus bridge as it is much wider and safer for pedestrians). This other (island) side of the trail is the better half in my opinion, it ends by twisting through some wooded areas and ending around Caspersen beach. Also, on the side you rode there are some additional trails if you go off towards the nature center there are signs for at the end of the trail.

    I'm glad you enjoyed biking here. I know infrastructure and weather are much different in the midwest. I will however add that despite the great riding weather, trails, and views here everyone should be very careful when cycling here as this part of Florida is statistically among the worst in the nation for cyclists/pedestrians in terms of danger from drivers: http://t4america.org/resources/dangerousbydesign2011/

    Here is a map of the waterway trail: http://www.venicemagazineonline.com/.../02/img626.jpg

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    Mileage can definitely vary on some trails yes? This photo I took at the northen end of the Legacy Trail Febuary 2012. Lots of great extra info here you guys.
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    Also Shamrock Park on the east side of the Venetian Waterway is a great place to park and start your ride.

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