Day 2. Saturday, April 22 – Port Richey to Tampa, Florida

Saturday 22 April 2017

What a brilliantly gorgeous morning, cool temperatures (68°) with lightly painted wisps of clouds filling the sky. We had just a short ride down our busy highway from yesterday, before we turned onto the road that would take us closer to the coast.  Instantly the cars became few and the scenery improved dramatically, past marinas, parks and through the darling townof Tarpon Springs. After about an hour, we picked up the well used and quiet,scenicand colorful Pinellas Trail, that effortlessly dropped us into downtown Clearwater.  But we could not come this far without seeing Clearwater beach, so back out on the road.  The causeway had a wide shoulder (and very high bridge) that led us to the barrier island and tourist filled beach, complete with all the trappings.  But the “sugar sand” is something you only find on Clearwater Beach, truly gorgeous.   During our short ice cream and drink stop on the beach, the clouds had built and offered welcome cloud cover for our bike back over the bridge and the six mile slow trip through and out of Clearwater.  To cross Old Tampa Bay, we once again had our own pathway.  But we had missed grabbing lunch first, so the ten miles across was especially long and slow.

The first food stop on the other side, Whiskey Joe’s was colorful and delicious.Once refreshed, we made our way through downtown Tampa, past the Shriner International Headquarters and to our motel, directly across from The University of Tampa.

After a large and late lunch, we opted for a salad for dinner; reality is, we saw this on the menu and opted to save room.  Thankfully, they were out of the desert, so we opted for an after dinner drink.

Seriously…… did not really think that we drank a pitcher of Ketel One, did you!  Although, after 53 miles, we deserved it……but we didn’t!

8 Responses to “Day 2. Saturday, April 22 – Port Richey to Tampa, Florida”

  1. Don Says:

    Clearwater Beach is a treat! That sand is amazing. Glad things are good with you–your SPOT only had a big Check for today.

  2. Morgan Says:

    If it was a pitcher of Tanqueray things may have been different ; – ) Reduced wind, lower temperatures, great views and a bike lane!!!! What a great day, enjoy the ride and stay safe!

  3. Justin Says:

    Made it to the coast and the beginning of social. A “tunament” pose at pier 60, a pirate and a pitcher of Ketel One!

  4. Courtney Says:

    Awesome pics. Mark and I always enjoy Whiskey Joe’s… go there often when we are there. You all will probably not be there long enough to hit some of the other local spots. We love the architecture at the University of Tampa… makes for great pics. It was the first park Mark took me too. He lived there for 30 years so knows all of the spots. Enjoy !!

  5. Bob Says:

    So glad to find you folks on a journey again. Looks like the weather in FL is find for biking. Hope all the health stays bright for both of you.

  6. Jerry & Lori Says:


  7. Bob and Cheryl Says:

    Following you this am…pics are great…see you soon in the keys!!!!!

  8. Bob and Cheryl Says:

    In charleston

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