Halpatiokee to Hosford Park

I’ve been to Halpatiokee Regional Park many times and walked along the trails, even walking the mountain bike trail one time. I like the shady walking path along the river. Thursday, after parking the car at Halpatiokee, near the beginning of the mountain bike trail, I rode over to nearby Hosford Park to discover what is there. 

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Gopher tortoise at Halpatiokee

It’s a short pleasant ride, about a mile, over to Hosford Park. There are a couple of covered picnic tables. The main feature of this park, it seems to me, is the kayak launch which has grab bars alongside a floating dock. So awesome! I am also including a link to a Florida Rambler post that has useful information for starting a kayak adventure here and includes beautiful photographs.

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Riding in Thailand

When I rode past Windy’s on the way to Hosford the memory of Windy’s in Taiwan came back to me. During the ’80s, after six weeks of traveling through Asia eating lots of delicious spicy food, I was excited to see a Windy’s with buffet meals, where I piled up my baked potato with chili and ate a mountain of chocolate pudding. It’s too bad they don’t offer a sidebar any longer. Bicyclists, in particular, would be happy to see such fare while riding.

Later, I decided to stop for a breakfast sandwich at Windy’s but, unfortunately, the Lost River location does not serve breakfast as part of their menu. I wasn’t in the mood for Dunkin Donuts-Baskin Robbins and it was too early to consider La Forchetta. You will see these three restaurant choices next to one another on SW Lost River Road.

The YouTube movie includes video taken with an Akaso Brave 6 Action Camera I bought a couple of weeks ago and video from my Samsung Galaxy 9+ cell phone. The Akaso is attached to a GoPro Pro Handlebar Mount on my bike.

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Author: Gail

Retired Technology Integration Specialist. I enjoy riding my bike, baking, and reading.

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