Micanopy: Sorry We’re Closed

Looking for a different bike ride, we drove north to Micanopy thinking this would be a great place to ride and spend a little time in a sleepy town. Little did we know just how sleepy Micanopy would be.

After running a couple of errands, we pulled in to the parking lot of the playground next to the fire station and began unloading our bikes at 9:45. Not interested in riding on busy highways, our plan was to cruise through the neighborhoods and then spend some time in “downtown”.

You can’t help but feel like you’ve gone back in time forty or fifty years as you ride on unpaved roads and pass houses with window air conditioners and vegetable gardens in the side yards. Where else would you find a sign for a Critter Crossing?

IMG_8943Unfortunately, sleepy Micanopy is closed until 11:00am so we didn’t hang around.

Instead we drove a few miles north to Payne’s Prairie State Park where we rode from the Visitor’s Center to the boat ramp, through the campground and on the entrance road then back to the Visitor’s Center for a picnic lunch and trek to the top of the lookout tower before returning to the car.

It would have been nice to spend some more time on the bike, but it just felt good to be out doing something fun on a Monday morning.