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The BiKeWriTer | Riding the old railroad in Pinellas County

February 16, 2022 – Pinellas Co., FL – Pinellas County has a beautiful bicycle trail running through the Gulf Coast of Florida.

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A former railroad line from St. Petersburg north to US Alt 19 has been transformed into a popular destination spot linking the artistic communities of Tarpon Springs, Palm Harbor, the fabulous Dunedin, and Clearwater.

Tarpon Springs is a Greek community set on the shores of the sponge docks in Pinellas County. Hellas Bakery is the main attraction.

There’s a line to get into the place and a line to try and wiggle your way out.

Beautiful glass cases show off trays of sugary Greek pastries.

I opted for the coconut macaroon drizzled in chocolate. It was heaven. A rich hearty coconut cookie that offered plenty of chewy goodness.


Dunedin, FL is by far the best community on earth. Art surrounded by bike trails, history, craft breweries and a wee bit of Scottish flair. Need I say more?

The Dunedin History Museum is in an old train depot that sits alongside the bike trail. Art work out front captures a conductor bellowing a final call as a mother and child race to catch the train.


Inside are well-documented displays of the growth, change, and challenges incorporated into the fabric of Dunedin.

From the prosperous orange harvests to the one-two punch of frigid temps that wrecked farmer’s futures, to the injection of investment dollars and art that brought a community back to life.

The museum also well documents the division of an era when the depot itself was divided by black and white.

Further down the bike path is Kafe Racer, a combination bike shop and coffee house.

Anything you need from a WiFi hookup to a beer or hot beverage… oh, and there are bikes. Lots of bikes… and handy mechanics and history.

Honeymoon Island State Park was an unexpected treat. Located over the Causeway and to the west of Dunedin, the barrier island offers white, sandy beach dunes and wildlife from osprey to great horned owls to diamondback rattlesnakes.


The Amazing Ride for Alzheimer’s along the Gulf Coast has been a genuine treat.

“Have I not commanded you? …  Be strong and courageous. … Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:9

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The 2022 Amazing Ride for Alzheimer’s is raising money this year for music programming for seniors at Cedar Community, a 501c3, so all donations are tax-deductible.

Donate via the secure website through Cedar Community.  Donations should be marked “Amazing Ride 2021.” Click HERE to make a secure online donation.

Checks may be made payable to “Cedar Community Foundation” with “Judy Bike Ride” in the memo line and mailed to 113 Cedar Ridge Dr., West Bend, WI 53095

Be sure to include the Federal Tax ID Number for the Foundation: 39-1249432

You may also find a downloadable donation form HERE.

Cedar Community is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, and donations are tax-deductible.

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