Saturday, September 5, 2009
Gopher Tortoises and Butterflies on the W-Trail
Bicycle Stories readers know that the Withlacoochee Trail is one of the nicest off-road paved trails for cyclists in Florida, so it was nice for Bridget and I to see and bike the trail again this afternoon.
I biked 53 miles from Seminole Heights to the Ridge Manor trailhead off State Road 50, where I met Bridget who arrived by car with her bike for some trail cycling. I biked up to Dade City and then took US 301 north to the W-Trail trailhead at Mile 0 in Trilby, then biked the six miles to Ridge Manor.
Bridget and I marvelled over the parade of butterflies that worked the wildflowers along the trail corridor and a pair of gopher tortoises. I recall seeing lots of gopher tortoises along the trail north of Inverness on previous rides.
Bridget enjoyed taking a look at the gopher tortoise was passed on the W-Trail.
He was out munching.
Back on the trail.
At 46 miles, the W-Trail is Florida's longest paved trail. But if Hillsborough County ever gets around to connecting the Upper Tampa Bay Trail with the Suncoast Trail, that would become the longest paved trail in Florida reaching an awesome 57 miles.