I initiated my new bike on a ride at the Withlacoochee Trail State Park riding the six mile stretch from Inverness to Floral City. John surprised me with a new bike since I’m so slow on my beloved Hollywood. Without the advantage of gears, pedaling even the slightest incline slows my progress. I guess John tired of waiting for me to catch up or perhaps thought he may lose his bicycling partner if I pooped out on one of our rides.
In any case, I can say the bicycling on a modern bike with a lighter frame and seven gears did make the trip much easier as we rode the twelve mile round trip from Inverness.
After checking out the art gallery and an “antique” shop in Floral City, we were back on our bikes for the return trip to Inverness.
Like many of our adventures this summer, we encountered rain. Fortunately it didn’t hit until we were within sight of the parking lot. Nevertheless, we managed to get completely soaked even as we waited for the rain to subside before loading the bikes.