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Ride 'round Orlando to WinterFair in Clermont

  • Dec 15, 2012 · 9:00 AM

WinterFair is sponsored by the National Wildlife Foundation and will be held at the Florida Scrub Jay Trail, Clermont to benefit the Treatment Center for Injured Songbirds and Wildlife. Daytime activities will include hiking, kayaking, hay rides, vendors and food with additional concerts in the evening. Details on the event can be found at http://www.scrubjaytrail.org/news/2012_news/2012_12.15_WinterFair.html and http://www.facebook.com/events/304735942960751/.

I am proposing a ride that loops around Orlando in 3 segments that allows Brevard and Volusia riders to join the group and all riders end up following the same overall route. There are 2 meeting points - Denny's on US-192 at I-95, Melbourne with KSU at 9 AM. Next stop for the Volusia riders to join us will be Peggy’s Country Kitchen at 2104 S Ridgewood Ave, Edgewater with KSU up there at 10:15 AM. The remainder of the riding avoids city and interstates as much as possible, and I'll attach pictures of the route. This is a proposed route and things are subject to change based on suggestions and known favorite roads.

Total distance = 261 miles with total of 6 hours actual road time. When in Clermont, we'd be close to the Lakeridge Winery and the Lagniappe Brewing Company, both of which do tastings, and could plan a stop there as well.

The legs of the run break down as follows:
Melbourne to Edgewater – 67.8 mi – 1 hr
Edgewater to Clermont – 94.6 mi – 2:47 (slow roads)
Clermont to Melbourne – 97.9 mo – 2:07 (dips into the Green Swamp area)

Hope we get some participation on this last long run before the holidays.

Melbourne to Edgewater

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edgewater to Clermont

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clermont to Melbourne

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Fun!

    December 21, 2012

  • David C.

    I may be prejudiced as the organizer but I think we had a glorious ride yesterday - far better then I could have expected. It was foggy, wet and cold when we started out and my wife was reluctant to get out of bed, but.... The fog was gone by the time we'd passed Viera and we started removing clothing layers after the first stop in Edgewater. This ride circled Orlando at a 15-30 mile range. We passed through suburban sprawl, cypress swamps, forests, lettuce & strawberry fields, bear and wildlife preserves, flower growers and orchid houses, cattle, alpaca and horse ranches, country gentleman mansions and backwoods trailer settlements. We stopped at a winery, a micro-brewery, and a scrub jay preserve where we enjoyed BBQ and a hay ride. This was all connected by roads that passed over hills, around sharp and slow bends and esses and between lakes, reminding you what "driving" was really all about. And all that under sunny blue skies with light winds. What a day!

    December 16, 2012

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