Last week we met up with some of our best friends from home for four days. They’re regular winter visitors in a campground on the Pinellas bicycle trail. We couldn’t get a site in their campground even though we tried months in advance, but we were lucky to be accepted by a Boondockers Welcome host nearby.
When she learned we were renting bikes, she suggested we cancel that arrangement; she had some we could borrow. A gesture we really appreciated and made good use of. We got together with our friends and rode daily.
On the first day, we rode to Tarpon Springs – a town with a real Greek flavor.
The following day we rode the other direction to Dunedin: the winter home of our own Toronto Blue Jays. We were too early for tickets but our friends plan to catch a game or two while they’re here.
Here are a couple of the more surprising views along the bike trail:
After four days, we moved on to visit two more Boondockers Welcome hosts. The first one, Airstream Gypsy, is someone who had been on my personal bucket list since before we planned this trip. We have exchanged a few emails over the years and I had a feeling we’d become best friends. I wasn’t wrong. We had a ball getting to know each other in person. She lives near The Villages, and took us on a tour. Wow! What a happening place!
The Villages is a planned community (in fact every detail is carefully planned and manicured) but it’s much more than that. I can see how it got the name, “Disney for Adults”. The Villages are definitely worth a detour if you’re anywhere in the area.
If you’re looking to live where there’s a vibrant nightlife, this is the place. Great restaurants, lively bars, and so much more. Each of the three town squares has a live band every night. We were at one of them on a Monday night and so amazed to see how many people were here, partying and dancing. It was an amazing band, too.
I had heard of The Villages and thought I had some idea of what they are, but unless our host had insisted needed to go there, we wouldn’t have. And we’d have missed out.
By complete contrast, we moved on to our next Boondockers Welcome host – a farm where we woke with longhorn cattle grazing in our “front yard”.
We were especially thankful for this peaceful location near Live Oak because, from here, we would head to our next big reason for this trip: The RVillage Spirit of the Road Rally 2020.
I’m behind on posting (as usual) so we just finished that five-day event; it was amazing! But I’m afraid you’ll have to wait for my next post for the details.
- Total days on the road this trip: 21
- Total camping costs to date: $0