Water, water, water! Beaches, sun, excellent food and fantastic bike trails! Join us for an intensive and oh, so beautiful tour of Pinellas County, Florida, where cycling is big! You’ll bike over bridges (although, not as many as the Florida Keys) to Tampa, along causeways to historic Fort DeSoto County Park, and over a spectacular arch to the dazzling white sand beaches of Clearwater. Better bring a new card for your camera!
Over the course of 6 days, and on all paved bike trails, you will basically ride much of the perimeter of the county. Mark and Colleen always love leading this trip. There's so much to see and the cycling is excellent. Don't miss!
Start and end: Tampa, Florida
Tour Leaders: Colleen and Mark Troy
- approximately 125 miles of cycling (more or less, depending on your needs)
- 6 nights lodging
- 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
- sag support
- admission to Honeymoon Island State Park
Meet at our Rocky Point, Tampa hotel, where we’ll gather for our introductory meeting followed by dinner. Dining and cycling options are within easy walking distance of the hotel.
26 miles – Bike from our hotel west across Old Tampa Bay on the Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail to the quaint town of Safety Harbor where we will have lunch. For the afternoon ride we will bike on several trails that take us across the peninsula and over the beautiful Clearwater Bay Bridge into Clearwater Beach. A beautiful ride!
Optional mileage. Spend a play day at Clearwater Beach. Put up the beach umbrella and read a book, take a nap, ride your bike… the day is yours to explore the area. Points of interest include the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Sand Key Park and much more.
27 miles – with options for more or less mileage. Bike roughly half of the award-winning Pinellas Trail today, from Clearwater Beach to downtown St Petersburg. Optional extra cycling mileage is available on bike paths and dedicated bike lanes.
Flex day in downtown St. Petersburg. Today is yours to take in the many points of interest to be found in this beautiful, vibrant city. Several art museums are within walking distance from our hotel, including the Dali Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts and the Chihuly Collection. Or, if you'd rather hop back on the bike, we can point you to several fine routes. Plenty of shopping and dining options surround our hotel. This will be a fun day!
25 miles – with options for more or less mileage. Bike back to the Pinellas Trail and ride it north to Dunedin. Our hotel is right on the bike trail. We will be toasting our week of adventure tonight at happy hour and included dinner!
21 miles – This morning we will bike north from Dunedin to Tarpon Springs and its famous Sponge Docks. Greek food is the specialty here and you'll be on your own for lunch. It's another 10 miles to the end of the Pinellas Trail at John Chesnut Sr Park, where we will load up the van and bring you back to our opening hotel in Tampa/Rocky Point. You’ll leave with fine memories, new friends, and a keen understanding of Pinellas County, Florida. It's been a great tour!
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
This tour’s trails are all paved. We are exclusively riding on paved bike paths for the tour. Riders should have good bike handling skills as we are on and off the bikes frequently in order to cross trail and road intersections.
Suggested bicycle: Touring bikes, road bikes, hybrids
Suggested tire size for this tour: 23mm – 37mm (pretty much any size you like!)
$2220 per person (based on double occupancy)
$590 – Single Supplement (extra price to have your own room)
$120 – Bike Rental (helmet and bike bag included)
Your Travel Plans
Sunday, January 30, 2022 we meet at our Rocky Point / Tampa FL hotel. Location to be announced.
The trip ends on Saturday, February 5. We plan to be back at the hotel by 3:00 PM but we cannot guarantee this time because traffic delays are always possible.
If you are driving, meet us at the hotel. You may leave your car there during the trip. Note: there may be a fee for leaving your car. Please notify hotel staff of your parking needs upon arrival.
If you are flying, use Tampa International Airport.
Your Lodging Plans
Your night’s lodging on Sunday, January 30 through Friday, February 4 is included. Your night’s lodging on the day the trip ends (Saturday, February 5) is not included. That night is at your expense and reservations for that night are your responsibility.