Forgotten Florida tour comes through Port St. Joe

 Sumter Landing Bicycle Club

Members of the Sumter Landing Bicycle Club rode through Port St. Joe last week on its “Forgotten Florida Tour.”

Joe Mizereck
Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 09:46 AM.

Drivers in Port St. Joe last week noticed a long line of bicyclists along the picturesque strip.

These bikers were 18 members of the Sumter Landing Bicycle Club and most of them were enjoying their first visit to the Forgotten Coast.

The 340-member group is based out of The Villages, an active retirement community in Central Florida with over 85,000 residents.

“Port St. Joe was just gorgeous,” said Dave Taylor, the club’s president. “The people were very nice.”

Taylor said that the group rides together four times a week, usually bringing over 200 members wherever they go. A couple times a year the group organizes an “away ride” where they bike 60 miles a day, stopping at major tourist destinations along the way.

For this year’s ride, dubbed the “Forgotten Florida Tour,” the group started at a Best Western Hotel in Crawfordville and spent four days visiting sites in St. George Island, Apalachicola, Port St. Joe and Mexico Beach.

The bikers were followed by two vehicles carrying spouses, suitcases and emergency equipment and ended their first leg at the Wakulla State Park Lodge where they were joined by 20 more members of the club before continuing on to St. Marks and Tallahassee.

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