Sunday, June 13, 2010
Visiting The 4 Bridges Of Tampa Bay
As Bicycle Stories readers know, I enjoy a 50-mile ride I created called the 4-Bridge Ride -- a trek that starts and ends in Seminole Heights that includes biking across the Courtney Campbell Causeway to Clearwater, the Bayside Bridge, the Gandy Bridge from St. Pete to Tampa and the Platt Street Bridge in downtown Tampa near the convention center.
Not too many people ever bike the CCC or the Bayside, but I love the frontage road of the causeway to Clearwater and I have blogged several posts over the years showing how you bike just a mere feet from the bay waters when pedaling that frontage road.
This morning I biked the 4-Bridge Ride with my SHBC pals Doug Jesseph and Nick Griffiths. Doug and Nick were compatible bike partners as we cruised at 17-20 mph most of the way.
The 4-Bridge Ride is a study in contrasts -- the asphalt commercial strips of Hillsborough Ave., 49th Street North, a piece of US 19 and Gandy Blvd. contrasted with the gorgeous watery vistas from the bridges. We took the Gandy all the way from US 19 in St. Pete to Bayshore Blvd for nice Bay views in Tampa and biked along Bayshore's bumpy bike lane that disappears into a ka-thump, ka-thump, ka-thump of the concrete sections that make up the right lane leading to the Platt Street Bridge and downtown Tampa.
It was Sunday morning, so Doug wore a very appropriate jersey for our ride. I happen to be a believer in this church.
Biking on the Bayside Bridge.