Re: [Suncoast-Florida-Trail-Hiking] New hiker questions for Corridor 1 2

From: gordyhawkins
Sent on: Saturday, February 9, 2013 4:18 PM
Hello Jeffrey,
Confirming you are talking about Hike #13 scheduled for Wednesday Feb 13.
It is tricky how it works.
Everyone meets at the Ending Point which is 13347 Ranch Rd Dade City, FL 33525.
We then leave as many cars as possible at the ending point and carpool to the Starting Point which is where the Florida Trail crosses Lacoochee Clay Sink Road.
At the end of the hike, all those drivers that have cars that were used to get to the starting point need a ride to get their cars.
For example, if there were 4 cars at the start (and all those drivers came alone), at the end it would take but one car to drive those four folks to get their cars. So all the rest of the cars that were at the finish will just head home.
We will be sure you get a ride.
Take care

---------- Original Message ----------
From: Besemann Jeffrey <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Subject: [Suncoast-Florida-Trail-Hiking] New hiker questions for Corridor 12
Date: Sat, 9 Feb[masked]:59:22 -0500

I want to go on this hike.  How does it work, I'm going to be dropped off at the starting point.  When we reach the end, will somebody be able to me back to the start where my ride can pick me up there?  Are there any other requirements other than just showing up on time to start?  Somebody please let me know

From: gordyhawkins <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Friday, February 8,[masked]:40 PM
Subject: [Suncoast-Florida-Trail-Hiking] Report on Western Corridor Hike #12

Report on The Western Corridor Hiking Series. Hike #12. SR 50 to Lacoochee Rd with River Loop - 2/6/13
We picked up  the Western Corridor trail in the Richloam Forest.  Carpooling from the Circle K on Hwy 301 & SR 50 to the Florida Trail crossing on Lacoochee Road, we had as any cars as possible remain there at our finishing point and then drove to the start.  The trail we were on is well described by Marilyn G: "It's been interesting to see the different areas along the Western Corridor. This part of the trail seemed more wild to me..."
Separated from SR 50 by pine trees, we followed the orange blazes, ducking some branches and catching glimpses of  ponds to the south, or maybe it was just standing water being patient as it sifts through the soil to the aquifer beneath.

After a road section along SR 50 we cut south onto a forest-lined dirt road to hit the newest addition to the blue trail.  It was created for our hike (thanks to Mitch and crew). And we saw why - a long stretch of standing water covering the original trail.

We then entered a new environment: our skinny trail bordered by tall prairie grass, taller than the tallest of us.  I commented, "You know, it is kinda neat hiking on this path being surrounded by tall grass. Anything could be lurking out there."  Immediately, from three hikers farther up line comes,"Yeah, and waiting for the weakest link."

We had lunch along the Withlacooochee River on the loop trail and took a 30 second side trip just to view the signs connecting the Richloam trail to the Green Swamp West trail.  On the mile back to our cars we passed the primitive campground and areas where fallen blossoms of Yellow Carolina Jasmine speckled the trail.

Good day, finishing up, when - OOPS! Were there enough remaining cars to get us all back to our cars up at the start?  Whew!  The back of Bob's truck saved the day.

Western Corridor Hike #13 will take us into Green Swamp West, environmentally and generally a kissing cousin of the Richloam but with its own physical aura.   The route will be from Lacoochee Rd to Ranch Rd.

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