The first Commute Orlando & Bike/Walk Central Florida Geocaching Ride and Walk was a blast. We woke up to a gorgeous and crisp morning, perfect for the day’s activities. Six of us, plus one penguin, met at the Cady Way trailhead next to the Fashion Square mall to begin our adventure. In typical s-cargo fashion, our bikes sported various panniers and trailers carrying coolers filled with cold drinks and tasty snacks. Keri, our human GPS, led us on a beautiful scenic and shaded route around various lakes in Baldwin Park and quite neighborhoods streets in Winter Park.
Towards the end of the ride, we ran into Bill and his wife who joined us for the rest of the ride. After 9 leisurely miles, we arrived at Mead Garden around 10 am and had a little picnic to refuel. Everyone brought lunch and a few goodies to share, and we enjoyed great food and conversation in the shade.
Once our bellies were full, and Lisa had joined us, Jason stayed with the bikes and our gear while the rest of us went geocaching around the park. He had as much fun as we did climbing trees and having a photo shoot with our bikes. The geocaches led us to explore parts of Mead Garden that we never even knew existed, and everyone had a blast looking for the cleverly hidden and disguised containers.
Our last find was the most challenging, but the most rewarding. The sun was starting to beat down on us, so after Rodney finally spotted it we headed back to home base. We found 4 geocaches in all, and we’ll have to return soon to find the rest. It was now the middle of the day and the sun was zapping our energy, so we took a shorter route back as we plotted our next bike adventures 🙂
After a much needed nap, a few of us met up in the afternoon to check out the 2nd Food Truck Bazaar, which was a blast and a far better experience than the first one. We’ll definitely be doing this again, so I hope you can join us for the next one. Keep an eye out on this space for more social rides in the coming weeks to celebrate National Bike Month!