Once again we are pleased to share a Florida Panthers Post-Rally Report from our guest contributor Kathy Foster, the Panther’s publicity chair.Florida Tandem Rally 2011 By Kathryn W. Foster
Halloween in Florida is when the PANTHERS summon fellow tandem riders to gather for a weekend of pedaling and fun.
My husband, Bill, and I are fortunate to be a part of this great group of tandem riders, based in The Villages in Central Florida but including members who live and ride throughout the state.
The Second Annual Florida Tandem Rally drew 55 teams and was headquartered at the Waterfront Inn in The Villages, a sprawling, pedestrian-friendly retirement community 24 miles south of Ocala.
We had a fabulous weekend of riding, despite an early Saturday rain that dampened the roads.
Bob Thompson, president of the PANTHERS (Partners Aboard Neat Tandems Happily Enjoying Riding Simultaneously), and his wife, Jan, had meticulously mapped out rides taking those of us who rode the 62-mile option into the Ocala National Forest on Saturday. The next morning, the routes explored the rural areas east of The Villages, including the crossing of a just-completed bridge over Crescent Cove on Lake Griffin.
The rally wrapped up on a cool, crisp Sunday after tandem teams completed the rides of 29 or 41 miles. Soon it was time to bid newfound friends goodbye and make plans to return next October for the PANTHERS Third Annual Florida Tandem Rally.
Look for the complete story of the 2011 Florida Tandem Rally in the January issue of DoubleTalk, the magazine mailed to members of the Tandem Club of America.