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2021 May In the Loop - News Flash 

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1. May 20 - Gobblers Lodge Ribbon Cutting, Ride and Picnic
2. May 22 - DeLeon Springs Ribbon Cutting, Ride and Picnic
3. Big News from DeBary and SunRail 
4. Roadside Trail Chat Link
 

 

 

1. Gobblers Lodge Ribbon Cutting, Ride and Picnic at Hickory Bluff Preserve Thursday May 20, 2021

Please join us for this important event!  This is an important new section of trail and there will be a lot of excitement and important people at the Ribbon Cutting, plus a rare opportunity to experience an event at the beautiful Hickory Bluff Reserve. 

The long awaited trail segment between Gobblers Lodge Trailhead and Guise Road east of Osteen is finally complete! On Thursday May 20 we celebrate the completion of the Gobblers Gap section.  The infamous Gobblers Gap is a thing of the past!  The section between Gobblers Lodge and Guise Rd that has prevented safe cycling between DeBary, Edgewater and Titusville is now a beautiful completed section that connects 57 miles of continuous multiuse trail.  

The date change was all for the best of reasons! We have an amazing slate of speakers including the Florida Secretary of Transportation and the Florida Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protect which include Parks and Office of Greenways and Trails (OGT).  These are the visionary organizations behind our state SUNTrail System and we are very pleased to have them at our Ribbon Cutting.  In addition, the visionary behind the Spring to Spring Trail and one of the great trail advocates in our county, Volusia Trail Queen Pat Northey will be speaking!  You won't want to miss hearing how our world-class regional trails were born.    

Our ride will begin with check-in at Hickory Bluff Preserve at 8:00 AM.  We will ride the new trail section and we will arrive at Gobblers Lodge Trailhead at 9:45.  Following the ceremony we will ride back to the beautiful, heavily wooded Hickory Bluff Preserve. Ticketed riders will have a very rare opportunity to enjoy an event at the most beautiful part of the Preserve on the banks of the St Johns River. The gate is usually locked allowing only foot and bike traffic to reach the river, but in celebration of this important trail event and in recognition of our organization and our commitment and perseverance to our mission for trails, the Volusia Parks, Recreation and Culture department has agreed to open the gate for our event. Thank you Volusia County! The 135-acre Hickory Bluff Preserve overlooks the St. Johns River and contains many natural communities including mesic and scrubby flatwoods, oak hammock, cypress domes, floodplain swamp, and wet prairie.
Thanks also to Farmton Tree Farm for sponsoring the event.


After the Ribbon Cutting ceremony we will have a leisurely 5-mile ride on the new trail segment back to Guise Road and then south on Guise Road all the way to the end. You will then follow a road through deep forest to the beautiful secluded picnic site on the St Johns River.  The route is paved, but the last hundred yards are a sandy road so unless you have wide tires you may need to dismount and walk through some sections to reach the beautiful river bluff where we will have a picnic lunch.  After lunch you can enjoy the shady trails in the preserve or if you want more distance you have 57 miles of paved trails to choose from so you can enjoy a long ride either east in the direction of Edgewater or west toward DeBary.  The trail branches at Matyown but the Titusville branch is currently closed for maintenance.   . 
 
We ask a $30 donation to our organization for the Ride and Picnic ($15 for children).  Tickets are available at River2SeaLoop.org.  Because of the late notification we haven't had much time to spread the news and with the 11th hour date change we had a number of  cancelations, so we still have plenty of spots available.  Please join us and support our organization in our mission to advance and support trails. We are also seeking volunteers. 

If you don't wish to purchase a ticket for our event, the Ribbon Cutting and of course the trail is open to the public. Everyone is invited join us at Gobblers Lodge for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Friday May 20 at  10:00 AM. 





Tickets include the ride, reserve entry and picnic. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for kids.  Remember if you become a Trail Alliance Friend or Partner you will recieve a 25% discount on tickets.  Contact us for coupon code before registering.  Also if you purchase a T-shirt in advance you can pick it up at the event without paying the shipping fee. See details at River2SeaLoop.Org.


 



 

#bikegobblerslodge
 



1. Deleon Springs Ribbon Cutting, Ride and Picnic in DeLeon Springs State Park - May 22, 2021

Only a few tickets left!! 

On Saturday May 22 we celebrate the completion of the DeLeon Springs Section of the Loop and the connector to DeLeon Springs State Park.  Join us for a ride on the beautiful, shady Spring to Spring section from Fichter Trailhead to DeLeon Springs for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony,  to be followed by free entry to DeLeon Springs State Park and picnic lunch with optional swimming in the spring.   Special thanks to the Deleon Springs State Park for allowing entry into this beautiful park and Community Association (DSCA) for their assitance and support.  




Click this link for information and tickets 

Register early - only 30 people allowed into the park

Details:  Meet at Nadine and George Fichter Trailhead at 8:30 for a leisurely ride to the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 10:30 AM at Ponce DeLeon Blvd in DeLeon Springs.  From there continue to explore the short but scenic new section to Highway 17 and then ride back to Ponce Blvd to continue to DeLeon Springs Park for picnic and optional swim. The park will already be at capacity at that time so cars must wait in the line. The Park has generously allowed 30 riders into the park. We will assemble at the gate at 11:45 and only registered and prepaid ticket holders with wrist bands will be allowed entry. Others will need to wait in the gate line. Look for our blue canopy with Hi-Viz bandana flags immediately after entering the park.  


We ask a $30 donation to our orgniaztion for the Ride and Picnic ($15 for children).  Tickets are available at River2SeaLoop.org.  Because of the late notification of the date we still have a few spots available so please join us and support our organization in our mission to advance and support trails. If you don't wish to purchase a ticket for our event, the Ribbon Cutting and of course the trail is open to the public. Everyone is invited join us at DeLeon Springs for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Friday May 22 at  10:30 AM. 
Your ticket donation includes the ride, park entry and picnic.  We are also seeking volunteers. 

Remember if you become a Trail Alliance Friend or Partner you will recieve a 25% discount on tickets. Trail Alliance Family Membership entitles you to the discount for your entire party.  Contact us for coupon code before registering.  Also if you purchase a T-shirt in advance you can pick it up at the event without paying the shipping fee. 

#bikedeleonsprings




 


 

3.  DeBary Station - Double Big News

Two big events for DeBary this week!  Bicycle Friendly Community of the Year Award and the 3-Panel sign at SunRail Station!
The Director of Florida Bicycle Association traveled to DeBary to present the city with the Bicycle Friendly Community of the Year award on May 5.  




The 3- Panel sign including the trail map was erected and dedicated at DeBary Sation on April 30.  The Mayor, County Council, and SunRail were among the people to speak at the dedication.    Lots of photos and text here.



In more Sun Rail News  watch Ella Ran of Outsiders USA take her bike on the Sun Rail to Orando.  YES - you CAN take your bike on the train from Orlando to our world-class trails.  or any point along the Sun Rail route... Here's Ella showing Orlando people how to come up and ride the River2SeaLoop!  



Or from here to Winter Park




 

4. “Roadside Trails Chat”  Video


FDOT, the agency that brings you the beloved SUN Trail program for multiuse paved trails and the Florida Scenic Highway Program, is sponsoring monthly Roadside Chats. This time it’s all about regional trails  - the St Johns River-to-Sea Loop, connecting trails and scenic byways. Click here to view the video.
 

Trail Alliance Partner Program


Special thanks to our Trail Alliance Partners. Your support makes all the difference. Without you we could not continue our mission to advance, advocate, support promote and protect trails and increase active, equitable mobillty.  

Outsiders USA
Silvestri Investments
City of Deltona
DeLeon Springs Community Association
Sailforth Productions
Special thanks to Farmton Tree Farm for sponsoring the Hickory Bluff Picnic


 
In an effort to increase involvement, develop trail advocates and champions, and raise funds to allow us to continue our mission, the St Johns River-to-Sea Loop Alliance has launched our Trail Alliance Partner Program.  The goal of this program is to encourage more businesses and decision-makers to take advantage of the many benefits of trails, bike-friendly infrastucture and equitable mobility to our area. 
 

We are especially interested in establishing partnerships with municipalities in our region. 
To jumpstart this program we are offering a 2021 Founding Municipality Partner rate of $100.  We already have one Founding Municipality - the City of Deltona which has joined at the Trail Contributor level.  Board Member Jerry Mayes invites city representatives to contact him at jmayes@deltonafl.gov  to arrange a meeting to explain the reasons and benefits for becoming a Founding Municipality Partner.

We also seek to establish partnerships with nonprofits.  To jumpstart this program we are offering a 2021 Founding Nonprofit Partner rate of $100.  We already have one Founding Nonprofit - the DeLeon Springs Community Association.  Board Members Pat Northey and Maggie Ardito invite noprofits to contact them at info@river2sealoop.org to arrange a meeting to explain the reasons and benefits of becoming a Founding Nonprofit Partner.

Trail Alliance Friends Program

For individauls and families who want to support regional trails, bike/walk/people-friendly infrastructure and equitable mobility, we are launching our 2021 Trail Alliance Friends Program. 





 

We want to keep you In the Loop
There's been a lot happening.   In case you missed our previous editions you can read them here:

May 2021 In the Loop
April 2021
 Update  

2021 Spring In the Loop

Thank you for reading.

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