Today's ride was much shorter (only 20 miles) and one that also had its highs and lows. The highs were the ride back along the West Orange Trail under 429 and around the golf course, then the lovely tree shaded bike lanes in College Park and Winter Park and the wonderful Orlando Urban Trail (complete with bike repair station!). The lows were along Clarcona-Ocoee Road when the bike lake gave out at HIawassee (Google shows it continuing on to N. Pine Hills but there is no bike lane and only an untenable sidewalk east of Hiawassee) and the lane along the high-speed high-traffic John Young Parkway (441). But it was an easy ride and we made it to our charming AirBNB place just south of Winter Park before the rain. This turned out to be the perfect place to use and a base and our wonderful hosts provided everything we needed for a perfect stay.
After a quick shower we headed north to Winter Park to use our gift certificate at the Wine Room - but it was closed until 3:00 so we headed for the library to make the most of our wait time. While we were there the skies opened and dumped a deluge on the streets of Winter Park - stopping just in time for us to pedal through the puddles back for a later lunch and visit to the Wine Room. Very interesting place and a lot of fun... the $$ flow as easily as the wine so watch it's important to keep your balance! From there we had a nice ride back to our place and again the skies opened as soon as we closed the door - so the rain gods were looking out for us all day!
The third morning we pedaled up to the Florida Hospital SunRail stop and had a nice breakfast at the Panera near there. Riding the Sunrail back to Debary was amazingly easy! We are used to riding trains all over Europe but this was our first time in the US. It was a snap... the step was low and wide, and there was plenty of room for the bikes with good tie-downs, bikes travel free, the train runs frequent, fast and quiet, and only cost $2 for seniors! Just remember to scan your ticket on the way in and out. Before we knew it we were back at Debary Station ready for a leisurely ride home. So anyone can easily take the SunRail into just about any area in Orlando any weekday - we plan to do this a lot more often.