Want to introduce your family and friends to the fun and adventure of trail riding? Instead of shopping on Black Friday, November 23, meet us at DeBary Station for short and slow ride to Lake Monroe park.
Meet at DeBary Station at 12:20 PM (take the train that arrives at 12:18). We will depart promptly at 12:30 and plan to be back at DeBary Station in time to catch the 3:30 Southbound train. If we are having so much fun we miss that the 3:30, there is another train at 4:00.
The route follows back roads to cross 17/92 at the Benson Junction traffic light, then follows the scenic Pat Northey/Gemini Springs Trail to Lake Monroe Park.
What you need to participate:
Helmets required for all riders
Picnic lunch and drink
Smiles and spirit of adventure
Ability to ride 7.6 miles at about 3 miles an hour and willingness to stay with the group
You will need to sign a disclaimer to participate in the ride
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- Children under 8 years of age must be on a bicycle operated by an adult (with a safe child carrier or attached tag-along)
- You need a fully functional bike - sorry no bike repair facilities will be available.
Take the Train to the Trail
Experience the fun and adventure of taking your bike on the train! The SunRail will be running the normal schedule on Black Friday so this is the perfect opportunity to experience multi-modal mobility. Note that you must be able to lift your bike up 2 steps onto the train. See photo below.
If you choose to drive, there is plenty of parking at DeBary Station.
7.6 miles too far?
One option is to park at Gemini Springs Park and ride on your own down the trail to Lake Monroe Park (about 2.8 miles each way). If you don't want to ride the trail, you can try parking at Lake Monroe Park but you would have to get there early - it's a very popular park especially on holidays. If you do get a spot you can meet us at Pavilion 1 in the park around 1:30.
7.6 miles too short?
If you want to ride a longer distance, simply ride the St Johns River-to-Sea Loop Spring-to-Spring segment on your own (it is open all the way to Guise Road east of Osteen - 13 miles from Highway 17/92) and meet at the park around 1:30. You can park at the Osteen Trailhead for a round trip, or at Hickory Bluff Park for an even longer ride. Click the map image to the right for an interactive google map of the entire Loop.