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    Withlacoochee Trail Ride MeetUp of BF members in February

    RonH and I rode together yesterday and lamented that we didn't know any of the Florida BF members and we thought that we might try a meetup at the Withlacoochee Trail so we can meet some of you guys and gals.

    We would like to invite all BF members to a ride on the Withlacoochee Trail on a Saturday or Sunday in February. It would be great fun to meet and ride with you. We're open to which day/weekend is convenient for everyone.

    What do you think?

    If you're interested, Post your preference on day/date and we'll get this scheduled.

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    I'd be interested, what style of ride/distance?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lookinUp View Post
    RonH and I rode together yesterday and lamented that we didn't know any of the Florida BF members and we thought that we might try a meetup at the Withlacoochee Trail so we can meet some of you guys and gals.

    We would like to invite all BF members to a ride on the Withlacoochee Trail on a Saturday or Sunday in February. It would be great fun to meet and ride with you. We're open to which day/weekend is convenient for everyone.


    What do you think?

    If you're interested, Post your preference on day/date and we'll get this scheduled.

    Sue
    I'd definitely be up for it, Sue. Depends on the date though.

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    Sorry, it sounds great to me but Pensacola is at the polar opposite end of Florida. Hope it goes over big and that the riding is great.

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    We'll have out of town company Feb 4 thru Feb 9 or 10 and we'll be doing the touristy thing with them.
    Also can't do Feb 28.
    Any other date will work for me.
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    I'm probably in. At the moment, I don't have any other commitments, but things can change. On a weekend, I might have to bring extra people - the DH and the young'uns.

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    Extra people? That's ok. The more the merrier.
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    It's not that far from me, so it's a possibility.

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    Ride distance - whatever you are comfortable with.

    Bring the family! The trail is a good ride for everyone. Those that like long, faster distances can head south out of Inverness and once they get past Floral City (7 miles) will probably see few riders. Those of us who are a little more 'pokey' or want shorter distances can head either north or south.

    I believe there is a pie shop in Floral City for those that ride for pie!

    We'll set a date soon - would like to hear suggested dates from a few more people and we'll try to accomodate the majority of folks.

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    The Central Motel in Inverness is right on the trail. I've stayed there several times and it is reasonable and clean.

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    I was looking at the cycling calendar and the 9th is out for me. The Race for Humanity is that weekend and I have plans to ride my bike with DH and Thing 1 to find a spot to cheer and ring my cowbells from. Now, to find the cowbells.

    Also, I will probably ride from North from the Southern part as I live about 4 miles away from both the southern trailhead and the Ridge Manor trailhead. If the boys are all coming though, I might drive to Lake Townsend and start from there.

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    Have we figured out a date yet people? How about 2/16 or 2/17 as nobody has specified a date yet. That would actually work quite nicely as my little ones don't have school on the following Monday - President's Day .

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    Quote Originally Posted by lookinUp View Post
    I believe there is a pie shop in Floral City for those that ride for pie!
    Sandy Riley, the owner of the pastry shop has had some health problems lately. We found out while at the Floral City Art Gallery. Sandy also operated a small cafe there. The gallery folks said the cafe was closed until they could find someone else to run it.
    I haven't been over to the Withlacoochee Trail in a while. Does anyone know if the pastry shop is still open?


    My social calendar is filling up quickly so if someone could pick a date that would hold that day open for riding.
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    How about Sunday, February 17th. We could meet at the Red Caboose at the Inverness Trail Head and ride south, hopefully meeting up with Liamskymom and others living toward the south end of the trail. We could plan a stop in Floral City if the pie shop is still open.

    What TIME? What would work for folks?

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    I might be down to see some properties that weekend. If so, I will be happy to come ride with some folks, even though I am not a FL BF person (yet).
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    Sunday the 17th sounds good to me, weather permitting of course. And, punkncat, you should come of course.

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    The 17th works for me.
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    Put one more Clyde down in the probably catagory.
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    If you folks don't start too darn early, I might be able to come over and ride with you too. It's about a three hour trip to the trail from where I live in Okeechobee and a Sunday works for me. I'll keep watching this thread and see what happens...

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    Why is everything on the 16th & 17th? I was already trying to choose between the Sebring 24 Hour event and a half marathon in Daytona!
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    I can come, but I have to ride my bike 10 miles to get there. So go easy on me. Any day is fine.

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    I'm hoping that my hubby and I can make it. However, I am no speed demon. Since all the surgeries I've had in the last 3 years I've also put on some weight I haven't taken off. Haven't been able to ride much lately either as I work in a tax/accounting firm and not had much time off. I did manage to ride almost 18 miles last weekend on the Gainesville/Hawthorne trail but certainly not as fast as most of you. I'll keep watching the board for updates.
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    How does 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 17 sound to everyone. We can meet at the Red Caboose at the trailhead in Inverness. Ride distances and speed are up to you - the purpose is to get to know other BF members, not to race each other.

    TTom - that should give you enough time to come up from Sebring.

    If you'd rather a later time, please post.

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    sounds great to me! If the weather is cold, it should probably be warmer by that time. Hope to see everyone there. Will be nice to put a face to a name.
    Linda in Ocala/FL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lindaosm View Post
    I'm hoping that my hubby and I can make it. However, I am no speed demon. Since all the surgeries I've had in the last 3 years I've also put on some weight I haven't taken off. Haven't been able to ride much lately either as I work in a tax/accounting firm and not had much time off. I did manage to ride almost 18 miles last weekend on the Gainesville/Hawthorne trail but certainly not as fast as most of you. I'll keep watching the board for updates.
    Don't worry, I am slow. I'll ride with you.

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