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I checked out the status of the Volusia County Trail work on the Edgewater & Deltona connection to the Brevard county line. It's happening, folks! Great progress. Although I must stress that the trail is NOT open yet and there are chunks missing, I encountered two separate intrepid ladies who were out pushing the envelope. Tammy later wrote me that she was able to ride all the way from Edgewater to Titusville, pushing her bike through some sandy patches along the way. Some seriously hefty bridges! There is lots of work still to be done. And that pesky section from Guise Road to Gobblers Lodge will not be started until next year. Kudos to Volusia County for the great progress! Here's an overview of the anticipated dates.
On June 27 a workshop, organized by Volusia Parks, was held at DeBary Hall. Tim Baylie and his Parks and Recreation Team hosted the event. Other speakers included Heather Garcia from FDOT, Maggie Ardito and Herb Hiller from the SJR2C Loop Alliance, Tara McCue from ECFRPC, Kelly White Daytona City Commissioner. From Brevard Sarah Kraum, Edyie McCall and Michael Garau all presented.
We rode a very scenic and pleasant section of the Greenway from New Smyrna south down Riverside Drive to US1. If you really want to treat yourself to a luxury experience after a long ride, I recommend the Black Dolphin Inn, one of the few 4 Diamond Hotels in Florida and right ON the trail. You can't beat the convenience and during the week there is a last-minute 20% discount! There are a number of options for dining and accommodations along this section in all price ranges.
The Beresford/Blue Spring segment of the St. Johns River to Sea is now open for nearly 12 miles extending from north of Beresford Park to the south end of Blue Spring State Park. On Sunday lots of people of all ages on all types of conveyances were out enjoying the trail and celebrating the open of the new segment.