Ellen got permission from the FL National Cemetery to do a Wreath Ride...should be in the 30 mile range. Proposed route is: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1836647
8th annual for Bushnell....2nd annual for the Freewheeler....
On Dec. 14, Saturday, 2013, Wreaths Across America will be held at the Florida National Cemetery (FNC), Bushnell, Florida. This event is to remember our fallen, honor those who have served, and teach children the value of our freedom by placing Christmas Wreaths on the grave sites. Ellen attended this event last year and placed wreaths in honor of her father, uncle, cousin, and friends who are buried there.
The FNC does not normally allow bicycles into the cemetery. Ellen requested and received permission from the FNC to allow bicyclists to ride their bikes into the cemetery for this event. The FNC will have a designated bicycle parking area. Please follow their guidelines so we will be invited back. Highly recommend bringing both a lock and walking shoes because there will be a lot of walking during the wreath laying portion. There will not be a bike valet.
Plan on departing the Withlacoochee Ridge Manor Trail-Head (Highway 50 and I-75 area) at approximately 0830 hrs. The ride is approximately 14 miles north on the trail, then turn east on Lake Lindsay Rd. (County Road 476) for a few miles. You then take several turns through a neighborhood (Right on CR 631, Rt on 631B, left on 631A, then right on 476B). The entrance to the FNC is on 476B.
Ellen has advised the Hernando County Sheriff's Office of our ride. CR 476 and 476B will have traffic. There is a 2 foot shoulder on this road. Please refer to the Wreaths Across America - Bushnell, FL for more information on the FNC event.
On Saturday, wreaths will arrive at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell at approximately 10:00 am with a Police and Motorcycle Escort from Lakeland. Wreaths will be available for grave-site placement shortly there after. If you want to place a Wreath on a grave marker please be there at or around 9:45 am. Wreaths will go fast.
The flyer from the event is at:
Cyclists can depart the FNC at anytime for return ride to trailhead, but we'll try to group up first.