Once again we are pleased to share a Florida PANTHERS Post-Event Report from our guest contributor Kathy Foster.
Florida PANTHERS have returned to their various habitats around Florida full of enthusiasm after a June weekend of biking in Vero Beach. This year Hugh and Laura Aaron, Vero residents, planned the events. Since I was committed to a reunion that weekend, I got the scoop from Laura.
Now, she and Hugh are vacationing on their boat in the Florida Keys, so I kept the interview brief.
“We had 19 teams,” Laura said.
The first ride was Friday with 10 to 12 tandem teams. Laura and Hugh took them to some of their favorite places in Vero Beach — “a couple of our parks, a marina, two bridges. ” The route was designed to take in a lot of the scenic spots. They ate lunch at Casey’s Place on the beach. In the afternoon the Aarons invited everyone over to their house, which is on a beautiful canal and has a dock for their boat.
Saturday the ride left from the riders’ hotel on the inlet in Fort Pierce. Laura said the tandems split into three groups. “Some teams did the loop down to Jensen Beach and stopped at the farmers’ market in Fort Pierce on the way back.” Other riders went down to Stuart, adding 5 miles each way, then stopped at the farmers’ market, and a third group went straight down Highway A1A to Stuart and back because they preferred a bike lane.
“Dinner was at Manatee Island and people loved it,” Laura recalled. It was in Fort Pierce within walking distance of the hotel.
“We also had a Sunday ride,” Laura said. The route left Fort Pierce, crossed the bridge over the Intracoastal, went to Vero, crossed the 17th Street bridge and came back via A1A. It was about 32 miles.
Besides good routes, food and fellowship, they had good weather. And, Hugh added, “We got two new PANTHERS teams.
For more about the club, go to floridatandemclub.org.