Sunday, February 12, 2017

Biking Cady Way Trail

Cady Way Trail starts where the Cross Seminole Trail leaves off, and goes to the southwest for about six and a half miles where it ends at Fashion Square Mall.

Tree Tunnel
Tree Tunnel on Cady Way Trail

About two miles southwest from the Orlando Magic Recreation Center,is the bridge that crosses over Semoran Blvd.  Going up the bridge is the most challenging part of the ride, and coming down is the fastest. I was coasting down the bridge fast enough that pedaling didn’t add any more speed.  I have to give this part of the ride five stars just for fun.Neighborhood Pond

Along the way on the trail there are four shaded pavilions with water fountains (the one by the mall also has bicycle tools), and the trail also passes by several parks that also have restrooms.  

Vietnam Veteran MemorialOn the way back from the end of the trail, I took a side loop to ride around Lake Baldwin.  The lake has a really nice dog park on the northwestern shore, and on the northern shore is the Orlando Veteran’s Memorial Park with several memorials recognizing veterans from all branches and specific conflicts.

On the return trip from Lake Baldwin, I felt the burn going up the bridge again, but one the way down, go for full speed because there’s a half mile to go before crossing traffic.

This whole ride was only about 15.4 miles long, and with several parks along the way, it could easily be broken down into smaller pieces.  The Lake Baldwin loop is a big highlight of the trip – I could have easily spent more time at the dog park watching the pups play in the water, and the veteran’s memorial park is good spot to visit.

More photos are available in my Rails to Trails gallery

Lake Baldwin Dog Park-1
Lake Baldwin Dog Park
Lake grass
Water Grass at Lake Baldwin

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