Heartland Bike Tour

I finally got a free morning during this spring break to hop on my bike and put my route planning to the test. I had mapped a backroad route from Sebring to Lake Placid making sure to catch all the rolling hills of the Lake Wales Ridge, as well as a long looping path around Lake Istokpoga. Since this was more a tour type ride vs a training ride, I made sure to include as many attractions/points of interests/scenic views as possible, including the Henscratch Winery, a rustic farm/vineyard that grows southern muscadine and scuppernong grape varieties, strawberries and blueberries, as well as having over 200 American breed laying hens that range freely among the vineyard, downtown Lake Placid with all its charming buildings adorned with historic murals, the nearly endless caladium fields, and of course, all the numerous lakes, Lake Istokpoga in particular.

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Traffic free roads vanished into the horizon.

The ride was nearly idyllic. The weather was hot and sunny, and the air was filled with the aroma of orange blossoms. Unfortunately, that perfumed air was extremely stubborn, as it was blowing at over 20 MPH from the SE, which meant little to no favorable winds for the 60 mile route…but what’s a little wind when your out on your own on traffic free backroads enjoying the sights, sounds an smells of central Florida. For a little taste of the Florida Highlands, just click on the video below.

Wednesday, April 3
Route: Tour of the Heartland
Ride Time: 3:20:01
Stopped Time: 34:05
Distance: 58.92 miles
Average: 17.67 mph
Fastest Speed: 27.71 mph
Calories: 3013
Cycle This Month: 58.92 miles
Cycle This Year: 1765.53 miles

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