I'm back in the bicycle business.
I am joining Las Vegas-based Escape Adventures and we are launching a new Florida bicycle tour operation that will feature -- at first -- seven beautiful day bike rides that are located in gorgeous settings from the Atlantic Ocean to the forests and hills of central Florida to the Gulf of Mexico.
Here's a nice video taste of our featured rides.
It's an honor to work with Jared and Heather Fisher -- two great bicycle people and community leaders from Las Vegas who own Escape Adventures and the Las Vegas Cyclery out of Vegas and the Moab Cyclery bike shop in Utah. Jared is the most original, unique, hard-working and hard-driving bicycle man in the business, and I found a kindred spirit who also believes in living a Bicycle Life.
Jared and Heather started Escape Adventures 25 years ago and they have grown the bike touring operation into the premier bike tour business of the western United States. Here's a nice summary of this dynamic couple. It's an honor to work with Jared and Heather as they expand Escape Adventures into Florida.
We expect to launch our seven bike tours in early December. We have focused on beautiful Florida natural settings where bicyclists can enjoy pedaling amid gorgeous scenery. The seven rides are:
-- Vero Beach A1A Ocean Ride from Vero Beach to either the Sebastian Inlet or the Fort Pierce Inlet. This is a gorgeous ride along the Atlantic with not too much car traffic and access to the ocean.
-- The famed Pinellas Trail, a beautiful trail ride that runs from St. Petersburg's waterfront through several Pinellas County downtowns to Tarpon Springs, the Greek City.
-- The beautiful Withlacoochee Trail, known for its lovely tree canopy and rural setting about an hour north of Tampa.
-- The rolling hills of Clermont and Lake County, nicknamed the "Alps of Florida," about an hour northwest of Orlando.
-- The Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail, featuring inspiring views from cycling the berm that surrounds the "Big Lake."
-- The Ormond Loop, a spectacular bike ride that features the tree canopy of Tomoka State Park, and the watery vistas of the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal.
Stay tuned for more announcements as we prepare for our December launch.