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Awesome, very active vacation! Lots of biking adventure photos and videos.

Monday, November 9, 2009 by  
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I’m back from my week-long vacation. Lisa and I packed so much into the past week that the vacation felt more like 2 weeks! I had to do some amount of work while I was off, but I knew about that going in. Thankfully there were no unplanned interruptions or network emergencies that required my presence.

This vacation was definitely a fitness-oriented vacation. I did my usual weight training, but the highlights of the vacation were the biking adventures! Over the past week Lisa and I rode nearly 100 miles on our bikes. Some of the riding was just around the neighborhood, but we documented three of the longer rides with photographs and pictures.

Last Sunday we decided to go on a long ride with the two-part goal of doing at least 20 miles and fully exploring all the roads with bike lanes near our subdivision. We wound up going 20.4 miles and really enjoyed the ride. Here’s one photo from the trip. Many more photographs and a video of this ride can be found in this entry to my photo journal on the forums.

Bike lanes near our home

On Wednesday we decided to check out our very first first trail, the West Orange Trail. This wound up being a 28-mile trek, and we had an absolute blast! The trail winds through everything from rural countrysides to quaint towns. This is a photograph of me and Lisa right after we completed the 28 mile ride. I posted a bunch of other photographs, trail maps and a video of our West Orange Trail adventure in this entry to my photo journal on the forums.

Me and Lisa right after a 28 mile ride

Finally, in large part due to the beautiful weather, the trails were calling again this past Saturday morning. This time we decided to try the Seminole-Wekiva Trail. This turned out to be our longest adventure yet at 34.5 miles! The trail was absolutely stunning. We rode through just about every kind of setting you can imagine, from quiet pastures to busy freeways. At the 20-mile point we took our bikes off-road into the Wekiva National Forest on a ill-fated journey to find the Wekiva river. What we actually found was a swamp, bugs, ants, sugar sand (impossible to ride on) and overgrown trails with no signage. We got lost and had a little trouble finding our way back to the trailhead. Lisa was not a happy camper at this point in the journey. Thankfully once we got back on the paved trail the final 14 miles was a lot of fun!

Here’s a video I put together, which includes footage of us lost in the forest and Lisa yelling at me (thanks for letting me include that footage, Lisa!)

Here’s one of my favorite photographs from the Seminole-Wekiva Trail. I posted many more pictures and a couple of trail maps in this entry to my forum photo journal.

Lake on the Seminole-Wekiva Bike Trail

Obviously we’re really enjoying the bikes, and we are absolutely hooked. I can’t wait to get out and explore more trails, including some dirt trails. I’m very happy that I decided to go with a mountain bike. Mountain bikes are great on the paved trails, and it’s really nice to be able to go off-road whenever I want.

Well, I’d better get to work. I’ve got a tremendous amount to catch up on, and a tough leg workout this afternoon. It’s great to be back!

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