It was mighty hot out there early this morning but cyclists in three cities -- Tampa, St. Pete and Clearwater -- set out at 8 am for the Independence from Oil/Bicycle Safety rides.
Margaret Shepherd of the Seminole Heights Bicycle Club did a nice job leading a ride from Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa over the Gandy Bridge and back.
Here's Margaret's report:
"We had 25 people start - rode to Ballast Point Park and 6 or so folks headed back to Curtis Hixon Park with Karen Kress leading and Jim Shirk doing sweep duty. We had about 20 folks head out to cross the Gandy.
"All went well and as we crested the hump on the eastbound Gandy we had a fun surprise -- Jose and the St Pete group were waiting at the top to greet us!!! How Fun!
"I must confess, during a good part of the ride (from Gandy Bl, across & back and back up Bayshore, I pretty much 'led from behind' cuz most of the riders were, okay I'll say it: younger and stronger!) But everybody seemed to have a good time with no incidents of consequence.
Before I left Curtis Hixon Park at the end, I walked through the misting fountain - WOW! WHAT A TREAT after a hot ride!!! Ya gotta do that when you get a chance!!!
Thanks Jose for getting us all out there!
Thanks Karen for bringing out helmets and guiding folks back safely.
Thanks Jim for being sure everyone was in.
and Thanks to Wayne Somebody who did sweep for the long ride"