Second Rest Stop: Rutland, FL


On Day 2 of my trip I crossed out of Citrus County and into Sumter County. Rutland is just over the county line, about 23 miles from the start of my journey. The postcard shows a boat ramp in Rutland Park, on Lake Panasoffkee — though the lake is actually over nine miles to the southeast of town.

Rutland borders the Withlacoochie River to the southwest. I crossed that river to get here.

My Day 2 mileage is 13 miles in 60 minutes, for a two-day riding total of 25.5 miles.

Established by legislation on January 8, 1853, Sumter County used to be part of Marion County, which is to the north of my start point of Citrus County. Named after Revolutionary War hero Thomas Sumter, the county has been nicknamed “Hog County,” most likely because it is home to a large population of wild hogs.

(In fact I think one passed me on the road.)

Hog hunting is still a favorite pastime of locals in Sumter’s more rural areas.

From here I can practically see the overpass of I-75, which can take me south to Tampa or north to Ocala and points beyond. But I’m going to get onto my virtual I-75 for less than a mile, heading south. The nice thing about my virtual I-75 is that it allows bicycles!

And I’ll be able to scoot quickly to the left, because I’ll be taking a left-hand exit to get onto Florida’s Turnpike for the next leg of my trip. I’ll have to pedal hard to beat those 18-wheelers!

My progress after Day 2 — 72.5 more miles to get to Jane’s!

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    I’m loving these rest stop stories!
    But I do have a question, are we pooling our miles to get to our destination?
    If not, at my pace it’s going to take me 5 months to get to Jane! 😮

    Oh and once you get on that turn pike, try to catch a wind from the 18 wheelers and draft like the race car drivers do 😉

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      Hey, I can catch their bumpers with my grappling hook and just hang on! Whee! 😀
      I like the idea of pooling our miles (thanks!) — we can make more visits that way! My initial idea was that when any rider reaches one of the destinations it transports all of us there for a get-together and then we all set out for the next visit. Either way, pooling or transporting, we all get to visit at the same time! 😀

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    Woweee! I too am thrilled with this rest stop storied, Kathy! Nothing could make this more fun! I love the photos too! (Especially the “Hog on a Bike one!”) :)

    ejourneys – don’t get tired of doing these elaborate fun stories! You have a high price to pay for getting involved now! :)


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    I too am sooo glad we are doing this all together too, ejourneys! What fun to do something good for you AND fun together with friends! :)

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    BTW, ejourneys, Chris, and Denise? I didn’t tell you? I keep a BIG three ring notebook of all my blogs and all of the VRide info you all have sent and other articles etc. and my notes from the blogradiotalks and webinars etc. and I love going through it. (I’m already on my second 3″ notebook! :) ) Thanks for letting me come along!

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        Yes, ej,
        I copy the bookclub selections and put it in and the 1-8 pages of past book club selections so someday I can read them all. And the birthday club participants. Etc. etc. etc.

        I love it too! The VRide has a place of honor in my 3 ring notebooks too. With all my efforts I am putting into it on my Stationary Bike. Oh yes, ej? I think I might agree with Kathy? How in the world can anyone get to see my IHOP in Glenview, IL via Florida? We need some more stops! :) Let’s coral more members to participate! :)


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