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Old December 3rd, 2008, 12:49 PM   #1
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Default Sarasota area?

I'll be staying this weekend near the Bee Ridge road exit of I-75 (Sarasota) and I'm looking for a good place to skate nearby. I'm not looking for a group-skate, just somewhere with smooth pavement, maybe nice scenery, for a 10-to-15 mile skater.

I've received suggestions of the Legacy Trail ("smooth, flat, and boring"), Flatwoods ("7-mile loop with scenery and wildlife"), and Pinellas Trail ("37-miles and smooth, with some overpasses that could count as hills")

Any more suggestions will be appreciated.

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Old December 6th, 2008, 12:02 AM   #2
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http://www.traillink.com/TrailSearch...=Sarasota&sp=N
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Old December 6th, 2008, 12:18 AM   #3
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If you're going to do the Pinellas trail, park at or near Tropicana field and jump on the trail from the parking lot. Go North of course.

Anything North of Seminole Blvd. is a bumpy ride at best.

Try this.

This way, you'll be able to get to your departure area fairly quick from Sarasota/275....



Though, I've heard that there are plenty of beautiful places just around where you'll be staying...... But sadly,, Sarasota is not my part of town........
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Old January 9th, 2009, 01:18 PM   #4
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The Legacy Trail is, as advertised, very straight and flat, since it runs along an old rail line. But it's not completely boring, since it passes a state park, a golf course, neighborhoods, and so forth. Access to the trail is very limited. I entered the trail from Potter park, about the only place where there's any public parking available for trail access. It's a 1.5 mile sidewalk/bike path skate along Central Sarasota Parkway just to get to the trail from Potter park. From there, I took the trail south 6 miles in beautiful weather to Laurel Road. According to the local information, the trail is incomplete, stopping at a bridge about 1/2 mile south of Laural Rd. I didn't bother to verify that. This was on a Sunday in early December, and it wasn't very crowded. The wind was from the north, naturally, so the skate back was much longer. Fauna of interest included a big turtle (about 12") in the ditch alongside the trail, and several birds of prey. I'm not enough of a naturalist to identify species. I also saw few walkers/joggers, several bike groups, and about half a dozen skaters on the trail. At one point, skating about 11mph, I was passed very slowly by a cyclist, who didn't mind (he said) when I started drafting him. But he lost me at about 15mph or so.
The trail extends north of Central Sarasota Pkwy, but I didn't skate on that portion due to the headwind--I was tired by then. Perhaps another time.
Thanks to everyone who offered suggestions.
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Old January 12th, 2009, 04:00 PM   #5
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Great you like the trail Bob!!

Next time come joins us for some skating up an the Tampa Bay area.

You (and everybody else) can always keep track of where we are by looking at this calendar http://www.activeintampa.com/events/events.php

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