The Sunday Bladers




Long Center

Another Beautiful Day in Paradise. We had cool temperatures in the 80s, cloudy skies and a nice little NW breeze. Bladers/Bicyclers (on the left) Dorey Anne, Barbara M, Bruce M, Rick P, Ginnie S, Jeff B, Rob H, Joe W, Carol J, Roy H and Nick S came. Welcome all. As the weather looked a little like rain we didn't have any roller bladers. This left our choice of a route a little more flexible. We decided to do the Long Center Trail East to Bayshore Drive. Then instead of heading North we would head South along Bayshore Drive to Hwy 60 and the Courtney Campbell Causeway. This was a little risky as we had not done the sidewalk going South before. The sidewalk was fairly narrow and did have a few bumps in it but it was only 0.9 miles to Hwy 60 and the Courtney Campbell Causeway. We headed East on the new Courtney Campbell Causeway to the new little bridge and the back to Bayshore Drive. A round trip of 3.4 miles. You could cruse about 15 mph on the new and smooth trail with the wind at your back going East on Courtney Campbell Causeway but coming back against the wind only about 9 mph with the same effort. A new and exciting adventure at the very least. Our only complaint would be that you would have to pay $3/Hr to park in the sand on the West end and there were no bathrooms. We ended up doing 12 miles round trip with 11 bicyclers.

We Brunched at the Sunset Grill as planned. We got right in as Joe W went ahead and made reservations for us. Thanks Joe. Service was okay and the coffee flowed pretty good. As we waited for our food to come, an ugly torrent of rain started outside. Fortunately the rain stopped before we were finished eating. We had ratings from 9.6 to 9.8. We'll give the Sunset Grill a rating of 9.7



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