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Old 12-27-05, 03:15 PM
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I'm thinking about a combination cycling/snorkeling spring to spring tour of north central florida. Any thoughts on the logistics. Could go self-contained camping, credit card or auto assisted. The plan is to cycle in the morning and snorkel in the afternoon. Auto-assisted would also open opportunites for mountain biking and canoeing.
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This site may help you with logistics:
https://gorp.away.com/gorp/location/f...g/spring_i.htm
And here is an account of a recent tour using this routing:
https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/journ...c_id=1252&v=l3

It is a 6 day tour roughly 60 miles per day staying mostly at state parks but also lists private campground locations along the route that would allow an 11 day roughly 30 miles per day trip which would allow more time to snorkel,etc.Your style of travel is really up to you and your preference but 30 miles per day self-contained would still allow plenty of time for other recreational opportunities.And I am sure most of the campgrounds along those rivers/springs will rent canoes/kayaks(and perhaps even mtn. bikes) particularly at the state parks.
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That would be a good tour (just in general; didn't check the gorp thing). If you're not already in the area, there is a HYOOOGE map that can be had at any of the local bike shops in Gainesville that covers this and a lot of the neighboring counties, especially NW of here.

If you go self-supported you'd just want the appropriate tires; a lot of the roads to campsites and smaller springs (i.e. the ones worth getting to) are dirt. Or if it's even an option, you could probably just tour on the mtb + trailer? 30-40 miles on a mtb wouln't be unreasonable.
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ps. You'd probably get more/better responses with FL in the title.

pps. Snorkeling is a sport?! = )
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Originally Posted by 1-track-mind
I'm thinking about a combination cycling/snorkeling spring to spring tour of north central florida. Any thoughts on the logistics. Could go self-contained camping, credit card or auto assisted. The plan is to cycle in the morning and snorkel in the afternoon. Auto-assisted would also open opportunites for mountain biking and canoeing.
I've canoed a lot in the florida clearsprings. Wonderful trips. Used the bike as a shuttle. Also had a car(to carry the canoe and wife and kids) I think camping and snorkeling would be easy as there are lots of springs and campgrounds near each other. The canoe is another story. They do have trailers for such loads but I think camping gear, canoeing gear and snorkeling gear would be over doing it. If you want to do it all take a car.
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Originally Posted by Matthew A Brown
If you go self-supported you'd just want the appropriate tires; a lot of the roads to campsites and smaller springs (i.e. the ones worth getting to) are dirt. Or if it's even an option, you could probably just tour on the mtb + trailer? 30-40 miles on a mtb wouln't be unreasonable.
I had not thought about the dirt roads, but touring with a MTB is definitely an option. Sounds like San Felasco has decent off road riding. Anything else ?
What are some of the smaller springs worth getting to ?
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Big Shoals up near White Springs reportedly has some of the best mtn. bike trails in that area of the state as well rare for fl. whitewater paddling. https://www.suwanneebike.org/trails/bigshoals.htm
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