North Tampa Circuit + ADD NEW ROUTE
5 in Florida Florida82 Miles
By Gary Baughn
on October 1, 2008
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Note: The above map is only a close representation of this route. This particular route is very detailed and so it has been broken up into two separate maps below.
This route starts in Land O Lakes, FL at SR 54 & Collier Pkwy. It winds thru the county of north Tampa almost up to Brooksville, east to Trilby, south to Dade City & Zephyrhills and back west to Land O Lakes. Note: The directions for this route are extensive and Gary has created a Google map with labeled turning points. Just click on the Google map above and see each of the turning points and read their associated directions.
Detailed Map - Part 1 (starts at The Breakfast Nook in Lutz, FL)
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Detailed Map - Part 2 (starts at Lake Ioala Rd & St Joe Rd in Dade City, FL)
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On this route you will be taken out into the open country of north Tampa. After just a short distance, you will hardly realize that you are still in Florida. The scenery on this route includes many horse & cattle ranches as well as orange groves. If you take this route in the springtime (March) when the orange blossoms are blooming, you will definitely smell the sweet aroma of oranges wafting from the groves. Florida is not really known for being hilly, but there are a few places along this route that will surprise you with panoramic views of the countryside.
Most of the roads on this route are good, however there are a couple of roads in the middle that are narrow and are a little bumpy and may have sand or pebbles in the corners, so just slow down & enjoy the scenery.
There aren't too many amenities after you get into the ride simply because you're out in the middle of the county. but later in the ride you will be going thru Dade City & Zephyrhills where there are plenty of restaurants, shops & things to do if you wish.
This particular route is not a destination ride from point A to point B, but more of a combination ride with some twisties & sweepers in some places, as well as nice relaxing straight cruising roads towards the end. If you start off with a full tank, you can make the circuit without having to fill up, unless you ride hard thru the 1st half of the ride . . . then you might have to top off somewhere along the way before the end. The best time to take this route is in the early morning. You won't find much traffic out in the country, but when you get near the cities, it will slow you down some.
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