So far I have covered all of the Venetian Waterway Trail. I have ridden about six miles of the Legacy Trail, making it to the Oscar Scherer Park, but that is trip in itself just to get to that trail without having to cross major highways. I doubt that I will make it all the way to Sarasota on my bike unless I arrange some kind of pick up for theway back.
I had a bike in Vermont, but I was not particularly heartbroken when it was stolen years ago. Vermont is a whole lot hillier than Florida. Also, it is so much easier to breathe at sea level, I swear!
I am getting a lot of use out of my bicycle purchase.
I did make a mistake, though, by stopping along a creek where they say roseate spoonbills roost. I did not see any spoonbills, but I did notice that fire ants were marching up my left leg as I was locking up the bike. I got out of there as fast as I could, but let me tell you--those are nasty biters, those fire ants.
I looked 'fire ant bites' up on the internet. It is important to not scratch them and burst the blister like lesions. Oh, well, too late for that. I have been dabbing the sores with hydrogen peroxide in hopes of avoiding infection since I did scratch the heck out of the bites. I swear, I was scratching in my sleep.
Speaking of ants, we have had no white-footed ants this year. Apparently all the treatments we contracted moved the entire colony on to the next door neighbors. They are not too happy about it either. I hope their contracted treatments send then on down the street, not back our way.
Sometimes we think we are in Paradise, but no place is pefect on this earth.