Pedaling along the Trail

On Sunday, I decided to join in on a bike ride on the Seminole-Wekiva Trail. I had never ridden or been to the trail, so it sounded like a nice little “adventure.” This ride was organized through a local group called Let’s Roll, Bike Rides. I have been a member of the online group for a couple of months or so now, but never made it out to a ride.

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After packing up my bike on my car’s bike rack and getting ready, I was off to the trail. After having a bit of an issue finding the trailhead, I finally parked and unloaded my bike. Thankfully, I didn’t miss the group due to arriving a bit late and met them near the beginning of the trail. There were four others besides myself, two of which were the organizers of the group.

One thing I noticed right away was that the trail was pretty shaded through a good portion of it which was definitely nice with the Florida heat. We even got a bit of a breeze a couple of times which was nice. I felt pretty good at the start, but after 4-5 miles I could definitely feel a bit of exhaustion. I haven’t been biking for distance much lately and it became pretty obvious at that point. But, I’m not one to give up, so after a minute or two of a water stop break, we were off again.

The Seminole-Wekiva Trail is definitely a nice one. I really did enjoy it, especially the tunnel we passed through and most of all, the trail fence art. Talk about inspiring and awesome, it’s definitely a sight to see. You can really see the love that the artists put into the panels that they do for the fencing. I loved looking at them and wished I had more time to really check them out. This of course means that I’ll be going back soon.

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After reaching the Lake Mary area, we turned around and headed back. On the ride back, I spotted a large turtle on the side of the trail. I later regretted not going back for a picture (the photographer and blogger in me wanted to get a photo). One of the girls also spotted a small snake. I’m sure there’s all sorts of reptiles and such around the trail since it’s surrounded by a lot of wooded areas. I can do without the snakes though. 🙂

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The ride was 15 miles in total. Probably my longest ride in quite a long time. Usually, my longest rides are with the First Friday rides. I really do need to get my cycling stamina up. Maybe some more road-friendly tires would help too.


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