Thursday, April 30, 2015

Day 3: Gainsville to Ichetucknee Family Cabin and Canoe

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
We had a new rider with us for the next couple of days, Bill Erwin from Orlando. Bill knows Roger, May, Ace, and Jo from previous bike trips. It was a pleasure to meet him. He drove down to Gainsville the night before and will be with us for two days.

Gainsville is easier to exit than enter. We had a brief ride along busy 8th Avenue, before we found quieter roads. The scenery was lovely and the day nice though a bit warm.
Florida Backroads
We stopped in High Springs to look for a bike shop. A local couple recommended a shop downtown and gave us directions for some quieter roads to get there. We arrived to find the shop closed. A local businessman told us the owner lived down the street and to check his house. We did so, but found no one home. The businessman, a local realtor, also suggested a good restaurant for lunch, which was just down the street. Such is life in small town America.
Great Outdoors Restaurant in High Springs
Lunch was in High Springs at Great Outdoors Restaurant. I'm not sure but I may have had my first fried green tomato. I had a BLT sandwich and there was no red tomato, but something deep fried and vegetable-like. Whatever it was, it wasn't bad. Altogether a nice lunch stop. One more check on the bike store, still closed. Oh well, off we go.

Once again we were on the road to our next destination. More nice roads with an abundance of wildflowers. The nights stay was at Ichetucknee Family Camp and Cabin, a cute little family run campgound with charming cabins. Once we were checked in, a few of us drove down the road a short ways to the Ichetucknee State Park to visit the spring. There was a short walk along an elevated board walk, and trail to the springs. It was a pretty setting and you could see the current of water coming up from the spring.
May at Ichetucknee Springs

Ichetucknee Springs
Back at camp, we had a cabin that would sleep all of us, but Jo and Ace elected to sleep in their tent, which they sat up beside the cabin. We had a little rain pass through in the evening, but they stayed dry and cozy. That evening we met several other riders finishing up their cross-country tour along the southern tier. Mark and Julie Lovegrove, and Evan Derickson. We had no wifi and barely any cell service, so out of contact for the evening.
Our cabin at the campground
42 miles


  1. The first picture is header-worthy, especially for this leg of the trip ;-)
    How do you like the performance of your bike so far?
    Oh, and don't forget to take some pics of yourself...