Routes for 2019 Palatka Bicycle Weekender

On Saturday, April 13 we will offer the fully supported routes below, each followed by hometown barbecue on the Palatka riverfront:

Buckman Lock Ride - 22.5 miles - Follow this popular, easy-paced route out to Buckman Lock for a rest stop and tour of the facility.  Then return via a similar route to Palatka for your well-deserved lunch among friends on Downtown Palatka's beautiful Riverfront.

Bike Florida "Share The Road" Metric Century - 63 miles - This 100km route heads south into the heart of Putnam County over slow country roads and rolling hills.  Expect lake views, lightly trafficked back roads, pine forests, and loads of beautiful countryside.  The route includes five rest stops - one nearly every ten miles - to fill your pockets with snacks and top up your water bottles along the way.

Bike Florida "Share The Road" Century - 100 miles - Our signature ride is back and better than ever!  You'll enjoy roller-coaster hills, slow country roads, forests, fields, and views of nearly every lake, river and creek in the southern half of our county!  This lightly-trafficked route provides a unique glimpse into Old Florida guaranteed to refresh and delight those of you accustomed to riding in the city and along the busy beaches.  Eight rest stops await you with cold drinks and snacks-a-plenty to keep you fueled and hydrated along the way.  Don't forget to save a little bit of energy for the end as you'll have to climb the bridge back into Palatka!  If the route does get the best of you we now offer a 3 mile "bail-out" leg from the 72 mile rest stop, and full SAG support if something goes wrong.

On Sunday, April 14 we will offer the fully supported routes below, each followed by lunch to be catered by a local restaurant:

Francis Ride - 19  miles - Our shortest Sunday route takes you past Mud & Pine Lakes to break at the Francis Sports Complex before returning to Palatka via country lanes and back roads.

Half Metric - 31.1 miles - Our Half Metric heads out past Mud & Pine Lakes to Francis where we pick up the newly-paved section of the Palatka - Lake Butler Trail.  You'll follow this scenic "new addition" to the trail head at Roberts Lane, then turn back and return through Francis and around Silver Lake to Palatka.  Enjoy a fully stocked rest stop at the Robert's Lane turn-around to top your bottles and fill your pockets with yummy snacks.

Metric Century - 60.1 miles - Like the half-metric our Metric Century heads to Francis where we pick up the newly-paved section of the Palatka - Lake Butler Trail.  However this route follows the scenic trail past Roberts Lane, through Florahome and on to Twin Lakes Park.  The route doubles back to Francis then proceeds around Silver Lake and back to Palatka.  With a rest stop at the Twin Lakes turn-around and two passes by the Roberts Lane rest stop you'll have plenty of opportunities to fuel up and hydrate along the way.

Every route ends at the River Center located across the street from the clock tower at the foot of the Memorial Bridge, just two blocks from event parking and the start of the ride across Reid Street.  Lunch is included on both days with your registration.  Additional lunches are available for unregistered guests for a small fee.  While we expect some participants to return directly to their car, we do ask that you drop by the finish even if you don't plan to join us for lunch so that we'll know you completed your adventure successfully.  

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