Marina to Wilderness - Coast2Coast - CycleBlaze

November 14, 2021

Marina to Wilderness

Time to get this ride started!  Today's ride began on a bluebird day with temps in the mid-60's in downtown St. Pete and headed north to Starkey Wilderness Park.  The ride utilized 4 distinct trails...Pinellas, Tri-County, Starkey Gap and Starkey Blvd.  I began at Demens Landing Park.  I had hoped to dip my wheel in the Gulf to "christen" this adventure but as you can see access was a bit restricted.

Tampa Bay
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After leaving Demens Landing I headed out on a designated bike lane.  Glad  this ride began on  Sunday...virtually no traffic and only 1.5 miles from the start the trail went directly past Tropicana Field and transitioned to a 12 foot wide paved trails for 50+ miles.

Impressed with the designated bike lane to help get me out of town.
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Tropicana Field...great alternative trailhead with tons of parking!
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For the first 10-12 miles the trail was quite urban with many road crossings and, thankfully, bike friendly overpasses.  The scenery began to improve.

Beautiful day for a ride.
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As the Pinellas Trail continued north the trail passed through Clearwater, Largo, Dunedin, Seminole, Palm Harbor and Tarpon Springs each community welcomed trail users. 

Great signage.
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All of today's trails were in great shape and very well maintained.   The trails that paralleled roads, Tri-County and Starkey Blvd.,  were completely separated providing a surprisingly pleasant and safe experience.  A real highlight was the various murals...bridge supports and tunnels.

One of many many murals.
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As the ride gradually transitioned from urban to suburban it concluded at the Starkey Wilderness Park where tomorrow's adventure begins.

Today's ride: 53 miles (85 km)
Total: 53 miles (85 km)

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