Taking a Short Break in Gainesville

Leaving O'Leno State Park
Leaving O’Leno State Park

Day 51 – Team GGJV left O’Leno State Park and had a short ride into Gainesville where the Gainesville Arts Festival was taking place. The team met the SAG Wagon driver at the beginning of the Waldo-Gainesville Greenway and we all cycled into Gainesville with a plan to meet for pizza at noon. Cycling into the center of town, we found a great Arts Festival. I checked out the displays and Bill sat and took photos.

Arts Festival Gainesville, casual shopper
Arts Festival Gainesville, casual shopper
Actors we think on the balcony of the theater - Gainesville Arts Festival
Actors we think on the balcony of the theater – Gainesville Arts Festival

Jeff and Kim met up with us at Big Louie’s Pizza where we enjoyed a great lunch and had plenty of leftovers for dinner and lunches. Kim ordered a stromboli to go that became the night’s dinner – scrumptious! We all had been craving pizza and we had plenty!

Jeff and Kim then took off out of Gainesville on the Gainesville-Hawthorne bike trail. Bill road back to the RV with me and we “rendezvoused” with Jeff and Kim at the end of that trail in Hawthorne. The team then cycled a few more miles to Putnam where I waited with the RV. After loading the bikes onto the RV, we traveled to Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park about 12 miles away.  “One of Florida’s first state parks, Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park was developed on a 2,000-acre site by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the 1930s. The extraordinary craftsmanship of the CCC is still evident today. Located on rolling sandhills in an area known as the central ridge of Florida, a deep ravine with springs issuing from its sides bisects the area and forms Gold Head Branch. Marshes, lakes and scrub provide a habitat for a wide variety of wildlife.”

Spring-fed stream in the ravine
Spring-fed stream in the ravine

Tomorrow – the excitement builds, hopefully St. Augustine