Friday, March 18, 2016

Conquistador's Raid On The St John's River To Sea Loop ~300 Mile loop in 3 Days By Bicycle

Conquistador's Raid On The Loop
 Conquistador's Raid On The St John's River To Sea Loop  ~300 Mile loop in 3 Days By Bicycle. Modified The St John's River To Sea Loop Route in East Central Florida. Arrived at the Start near Chuck Lennon Trail in De Leon Springs, Florida Late Thursday Night. Slept few hours in the Car before:
Day 1  -   Waking to pack up and roll out at sun up. Skipped Riding The Chuck Lennon Trail and went straight to McDonalds for Coffee and an Egg Mc Muffin. On Southward to Lake Baresford with a break by the lake before taking bike path to French road. Then to Starbucks for more coffee before cruising down Shell rd. to the  pristine Spring to Spring Bike Paths starting at Gemini Springs at Lake Monroe. Beautiful Partly cloudy Day in Florida Riding a Bicycle on The St John's River To Sea Loop  . Stopped an had lunch at Subway before swerving down more bike path past Osteen to Hickory Bluff Preserve for a rest by the St. Johns River. East down Maytown Road turning north after passing under the I-95 overpass to Cow Creek. Took the causeway over to end on the Beach in New Smyrna. 90+ mile day. Although I was Prepared to Hobo/Stealth Camp on The St John's River To Sea Loop  I Got a Room at the Ocean Air on HWY 1 in New Smyrna Beach. Ate a huge Grouper Sandwich at Pappa's Drive In Resturant. The St John's River To Sea Loop.

Day 2  - Coffee, Eggs n Gritz at Pappa's Drive In Restaurant then Cycling North toward St Augustine on HWY A1A. Crossed over to the Beach at port Orange then Cycling north on the beach. The tide was in so riding the soft sand was hard so I popped back up onto A1A North.  Cruised through Daytona to the Starbucks in Ormond Beach. Refilled my bottles and Had a Caramel Macchiato sitting in the park by the beach. Riding out north up A1A thee was a slight tailwind. Fish Tacos n Pepsi at the Golden Lion in Flagler Beach Florida. Still Cycling The St John's River To Sea Loop A1A north looking for the Mala Compra Trail. Did the Easy loop of the Mala Compra saving my legs for the long stretch of Cycling HWY A1A left to make Castillo De San Marcos by Dark . Crossed over in to St Augustine on the Bridge of Lions just as it was opening for some sail boats to navigate through the bridges gates. Ate Manacotti n salad at AL's Pizza Just outside the Forts gates. Ridng SouthWest out of St Augustine passing under the I-95 overpass. Got a Room at the Quality Inn near were the Rail Road Tracks turn into Bike Path Leading Toward Palatka, Florida. 80+ mile day. The St John's River To Sea Loop 

Day 3  -  Early, Dark, Misty St John's River To Sea Loop  morning by finding the beginning of the Bike Path leading to Palatka, Florida. Jus a mile from the hotel begins a long stretch of The St John's River To Sea Loop bike path that gives way to road riding. At the Putnam county line outside of Palatka the The St John's River To Sea Loop Bike Path resumes through beautiful Florida country side all the way to the bridge in to Palatka, Florida. Cycling South out of Palatka on the East side of the St Johns River its road riding all the way in to Welaka, Florida. Welaka Forest Trail down to the Mud Spring area for a snack break.  Popping out at the Fort Gates Ferry still following the St. John's River South I decided it was time to take the most direct route to the car. Pedaled over to Crescent City and picked up HWY 17 South. HWY 17 The St John's River To Sea Loop has bike lanes separated by rumble strips. Store Stop in Seville, Florida for some Pepsi and Peanuts and refill my Water Bottles. Made it back to the Car in De Leon Springs, Florida. 85 mile Day.The St John's River To Sea Loop 

Conquistador's Raid On The Loop ~300 Mile loop in 3 Days By Bicycle was a great ride. Temperatures were mild, tailwinds were prevalent, and no rain for this BikePacking Adventure around the "River To Sea Loop" in east Central Florida. There were many Restock Options along this route including Kangaroo Convenience stores and All had Clean Bathrooms. The Bike Paths of the River To Sea Loop are beautiful and Pristine. There were many miles of Road Riding streets with Bike Lanes and without too.

Conquistador's Raid On The Loop Photos on Flickr

Conquistador's Raid On The Loop BikePacking Florida

Conquistador's Snaps on The St John's River To Sea Loop 

3 Day BikePacking trip around the St John's River to Sea Loop in East Central Florida
Friday March 18th  -  Sunday March 20th 2016

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Cycling a Modified Route of the SingleTrack Samurai Productions "St John's River To Sea Loop" Created by the Legendary Karlos Rodriguez Bernart.
Be Self Sufficient. Maintain 13mph average. Be Prepared for inclement weather. Just Rain: Ride On. Lightning: Take Cover.

FRIDAY: 8am departure DeLeon Springs, Florida. Chuck Lennon Trail, Lake Beresford Bike Paths/Back roads to Lunch Near I-4 Gemini Springs. Bike Path to Hickory Bluff on the St Johns River for a Break/Swim. Maytown road to New Smyrna Beach, Possible Dinner Cruise at 5:30pm. HOBO/Stealth Camp at Marine Discovery Center on the Indian River or Hotel Option. Approximate 95 mile Day.

SATURDAY: 7:20am departure Breakfast Near Port Orange few miles on Beach riding, Scenic HWY A1A to Lunch at Golden Lion in Flagler Beach, Riding the Mala Campra Trail, Dinner in St Augustine HOBO/Stealth Camp or Hotel Option where rail track turns into Bike Path west of I-95 overpass near Vermont Heights. Approximate 80 mile Day.

SUNDAY: 7:20am departure, Store Stop East Palatka, Cross thru Dunns Creek Wildlife Area, Lunch at Shrimps R Us in Welaka. Spring Swim in the State Forest, ride thru Lake George Conservation Area to Seville then fastest route to car. Approximate 90 mile Day.

This Schedule is FLEXIBLE... This will be a Laid back No Stress Ride enjoying the Beauty, Flora & Fauna Florida Has To Offer. Any Dirt Riding will not be Technical. GPX file for loading into navigation device will be available. Plenty Of Restock Options along the route.
Also the option of just the First Day Ride to New Smyrna Overnight stay then Backtrack to car. Also the Option of joining in Anywhere on route. The St John's River To Sea Loop 

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