Fun on the Pinellas Trail

6 02 2008

Well, many of you know that I live in Pinellas County, Florida. Several years back, the county made a deal with the railroad people to convert unused lines into a trail. So they took out the rails, and a paved trail was born. It cuts through many different areas of Pinellas County. It started with roughly 10 miles, and now stretches from Ft. DeSoto (southernmost tip of the county) to almost the Pasco County line, directly to the north. This past Sunday I took my new camera pack out for a spin on my mountain bike. Loads of pictures to take, as the landscaping is different every few miles. Sometimes the county keeps up part, sometimes local businesses and volunteer groups plant trees and xeriscape. Almost all of the flowers and other flora are natives to Florida, with a few exceptions, of course.

Ream Wilson Trail

It’s a great place to go to relax, ride bikes or rollerblades, listen to music, and get some exercise all at once. There’s so much to see, like this sign that was almost directly under the U.S. highway #19. Busy 6 lane highway that has been under construction for who knows how long (like the span of my entire life…), and yet, the county planners made this stretch of trail go UNDER the highway. Easy access to it, and it makes for an interesting ride.

So, if you ever get the chance to get to Pinellas County, this is definitely a must-see. Take some time out, rent a bike, or just go walking. You never know what you’ll see!

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