Boys & bikes on the Courtney Campbell

November 5, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Sunday afternoon the boys and I loaded the bikes into the back of my car (not an easy task, we really need a bike rack)…

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and headed out past the St. Pete/Clearwater airport…

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to the Courtney Campbell Causeway.

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A new pedestrian trail (actually mixed-use) running parallel to the Courtney Campbell opened on the Hillsborough side of Old Tampa Bay on August 30th and we had been waiting for the perfect day to check it out. We started out at the center and decided to head west over the hump first.

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We really couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day. It was in the mid-70s and not a cloud in the sky.

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The $14 million dollar project is supposed to be completed on the Pinellas County side next year and then it will be a 9 mile scenic path all the way across the bay.

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The hump across the boat underpass is no joke on a bike!

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From the apex you can see downtown Tampa, downtown St. Pete, and downtown Clearwater.

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Of course, the best part is riding down the overpass.

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There were lots of people out on the trail but it was not crowded at all. There was plenty of room for cyclists to safely pass pedestrians. It was great not having to worry about cars.

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The view the entire ride was stunning. We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful location.

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We stopped near the Tampa side for a water break.

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Of course the boys wanted to climb on the rocks but I warned them ten times to be careful. Those rocks looked very jagged!

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Finally we got back on our bikes to head back to the hump.

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We couldn’t resist taking in the views at the apex one more time.

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And then we got to zoom downhill again.

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We went a short ways in the eastward direction…

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before turning around to head back to the car.

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I didn’t take my GPS with me, but I’d say we probably biked 4 or 5 miles. It was a great way to spend what was possibly the most beautiful afternoon of the year. We’ll be back!

Cya.