Forgotten Florida tour comes through Port St. Joe

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

The trip was organized by ride leader Sandy Larson, who also mapped the course and made accommodations for the journey.

A fan of long rides, she once made the trek from San Diego to St. Augustine on two wheels along with biking trips from Maine to Florida and across New Zealand.

“Most residents of The Villages come from other places and they’re not familiar with the Florida coast,” said Larson, who has lived in the Sunshine State for 13 years. “It was a great experience and we had a fun time riding through.”

Larson and her husband had driven their RV through the area several times over the years and she was eager to share the Forgotten Coast with her bicycle buddies.

Five-year member of the club Larry Peart said that Port St. Joe was a “delight to visit” and praised local motorists for being considerate as they made their journey.

Why do they do it?

 “Bicycling is good for you, physically,” said Taylor. “It’s fun to do and gives you a true feeling of independence.”



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