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Spoonbills & Sprockets 2015 Bike Ride

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Bike riders enjoy their Sunday morning. photo: 2015

The weather was perfect for the third annual Spoonbills and Sprockets Bike Ride down A1A. Held as a fundraiser for A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway, this years event had over 150 riders. Beginning the ride at Marineland the cyclists had a choice of either a 36, 72 or 100 mile option. Traveling down A1A north to St Augustine, the riders rounded the plaza and headed south back to Marineland. The 72 and 100 mile club traveled further south on A1A to Flagler Beach and beyond.

Rod Newman, a seasoned rider said this is one of the better rides. “This is a beautiful morning and an amazing route,” said Newman as he stopped for a drink along the way. “This is great group to ride with. Even the cars have been great!”

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Bob Samuels stands with volunteers and riders at Spoonbills and Sprockets ride. photo: 2015

This fundraiser will help A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byways group protect “old Florida.” A National Scenic Byway, A1A travels 72 miles from Ponte Vedra through St Johns County and Flagler County to the Volusia County Line. The two-lane roadway is one of the few in the state to navigate through Florida’s old oak hammock, beautiful untouched beaches and through historic towns and cities.

“Our mission is to promote, protect and preserve our 72 miles of historic A1A,” said Bob Samuels, a dedicated volunteer and team leader. “A1A offers our visitors a chance to see the authentic old Florida that you don’t see on the interstate highway.”

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Susan Haag and Carrie Wetzel stop for a drink at the pier. photo 2015

Susan Haag and Carrie Wetzel stopped at the SJC Pier Park water-station to re-hydrate. Both dripping with sweat, these ladies were the epitome of fit. Haag holds world records in the Iron-man and has competed around the world. “This is a glorious way to experience life,” shared Haag. “You are using what God gave you to explore.”

Wetzel competed in her first Ironman this year. “I started biking this year,” said Wetzel. “It is a natural extension of running. This morning is just delightful!”

As the bikes continued up A1A, you could see the smiles on the bike riders faces, as they enjoyed the beauty, the camaraderie and morning… giving it all they had. This was life at its best! No need to sleep in on a Sunday morning when you can ride your bike up glorious A1A.