Written by Keith Blackmar, Public Information Officer, WCSO Friday, 30 March 2012 12:49
Wakulla County motorists using U.S. Highway 98, Rehwinkel Road, Alexander Road, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Road or Spring Creek Highway Friday, March 30 got an eye full of bicyclists taking part in the weeklong 2012 Forgotten Coast Tour sponsored by Bike Florida.
More than 600 bicyclists took part in the more than 400 mile tour. The tour included multiple days in Wakulla County including a segment from Tallahassee to Wakulla Springs State Park and the finishing days through the heart of Wakulla County.
On Saturday, March 24, the tour began with several ride options including one that took place on the St. Marks Rail Trail.
On Sunday, March 25, off duty Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office deputies provided traffic control at Wakulla Springs State Park as the tour traveled from Tallahassee to Quincy by way of the state park and Highway 267.
On Monday, March 26 the tour went from Quincy to Wewahitchka before heading to Apalachicola in Franklin County for Tuesday, March 27 and Wednesday, March 28.
On Thursday, March 29, the riders came to Wakulla County and used U.S. Highway 319 to pass through Sopchoppy on the way to Medart. The Thursday night rider rest stop included outdoor camping and indoor lodging at Wildwood Country Club, Inn at Wildwood, Best Western and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church.
On Friday, March 30, the riders left Medart and returned to Tallahassee after an optional stop in St. Marks.
In total, the bicycles traveled more than 400 miles depending on what extra ride options they selected in Tallahassee and Apalachicola. The men and women who participated were of all ages and ethnic backgrounds and represented dozens of states across the nation. The bicycles that were used were as diverse as the group of riders who took the journey.
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