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I would like to know if any one served with him and how to contact them. My father is John Alfred Covington, deceased, and I just found this website. I have not had a chance to search yet, but I have many pictures that I believe to be while my father was serving in Hawaii I will be happy to share.
I am looking for any information about my dad while serving. I have no idea what my dad's service was or even where he was from to when he went to Ft.
Anyone who can help me please feel free to email me or facebook under my same name. Thank you in advance for helping me on this journey. Jones, 77, cherished husband of Linda C. Tom served as an officer in the U. Army for seven years, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel from the Army Reserves.
He worked for various trucking companies before starting Link Transportation in l He was a family man, first, a dedicated veteran and loved volunteering, mainly to help others. He enjoyed golf, travel, reading, being with his friends and, mostly, spending time with his family.
Visitation will be Memorial service will be Interment will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Solon, Ohio at 3: I met Tom Jones once some years ago, and commoed with him many times after I joined the 35th Association. He was a great guy and the bedrock of the group of 14th vets in the 4th Division Association.
He will be missed by many and not forgotten. A good man, a friend and a total optimistic forward thinking guy. When he returned to civilian life he started his own trucking firm in Ohio I met him years ago thru the 25th IDA. Think and pray for his family during this Christmas season Sorry guys but I moved from Delaware back home to Massachusetts. My tel is Lets get on this guys.
Sorry to report Art Blade Co. I 35th Korea passed away in Helena Mt. Art was seriously wounded in the Punch Bowl Action. He was buried at Ft. He also served in Germany and Korea in the s. Any information is appreciated. Sgt Kermit Lejeune is finely coming home. He is coming to Church Point, La between 2: I will try to be there as do not live too far from Church point. We have a casual picture that may be him that was possibly taken in Hawaii prior to deployment.
If anyone recalls William, please contact me. Comtact me at email address above. Steve was one of my best friends growing up. We were together his last night home.
I was in college when he was KIA. Would like to know the details of that day. Wishing all Cacti a Happy Thanksgiving and advising people like me to go easy on the potatoes. Wanna wish everyone a happy thanksgiving. We all know how things feels like when being deploy. If anyone has a problem with the Home page of our website missing the top logo and top menu, try changing your bookmark.
Make sure that you are linking to www. We have 2 new war stories for those interested in our War Stories section! I understand that if you knew him, you may only know him by the nickname, "Stumpy". He served from the fall of to the fall on I'm working on a project with him right now. Please email me at adrianstumpf hotmail.
Thank you so much in advance. Ken is a MoH recipient, April of I have been communicating with Mr. Allen Welch of Rayne La. In reference to sgt Kermit Lejeune Return of his remains, nothing yet.
If any of you want to read Sgt. Lejeune obit down load The Crowley, La. News paper The Crowley Post Signal. Must be a heat wave. I know, I lived in MT Thought John Lorts should try some frozen corn beef hash, it becomes difficult to get it out of the can at F. As a Collector of 'Cacti' memorabilia I would be interested in acquiring the Hankie cited below. I have a hankie. Occupation Commemoration 25th Division 35th Infantry. Thanks to all who participated in our short Photos Section survey.
Looks like most of you who use the Photos and Reunions sections of this website are still using Internet Explorer and like using the thumbnails. A newer version of the slide shows is now in place, without the survey or the button for sending captions only one person used it. If you do have captions send them to me by email and I will add them. Also anyone who has photos of the reunion, please email them to me, even if you only have one or two, and I will add them to our Reunion Photos pages.
They are no longer with us, but 19 years ago we were blessed to find Kellie Ash, Bill's daughter who has been a part of us day in and day out. We have also found Carolyn Raines, Warren's bride forever. Today and every day, our prayers go out to all of our extended families.
Don attended several reunions and was always a joy to be around. As my assistant machine-gunner in many fights, he could always be counted on. A good man and a true American. American troops were able to hold the lines, and when the attacks subsided, a patrol went to determine possible enemy river-crossing points. Enemy forces engaged the patrol with mortars and small arms fire, forcing the patrol to withdraw. Hackenberg could not be accounted for at the end of the battle, and he was declared missing in action as of April 25, Following the war, several returning American prisoners of war reported that Hackenberg had been captured by the CPVF and died in the summer of while being held at a prisoner of war camp.
Based on this information, the U. Army declared him deceased as of Sept. In , United Nations and communist forces exchanged the remains of war dead in what came to be called "Operation Glory. After a thorough historical and scientific analysis, it was determined that X could likely be identified. Today, 7, Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that were previously returned by North Korean officials or recovered from North Korea by American recovery teams.
Hackenberg's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at an American Battle Monuments Commission site along with the others who are missing from the Korean War. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for. If you can attend, please let me know. Had good time at the reunion. There was a good turn out. Fellow veterans, My name is John Hussey. I am a senior officer in the US Army Reserves. His award was downgraded to the Distinguished Service Cross.
I am working with the Minogue family to ask a military board of corrections to reevaluate the original submission with the hope of upgrading the award to a Congressional Medal of Honor. As I read the battle it was horrific in nature to say the least. CPT Rykowski was able to call in for indirect fire, close air support, and medivac to evacuate the wounded.
Unfortunately, it cost him his own life in doing so. If you were present during the battle and can provide any additional information please contact me. I thank you all for your service to our nation. My number in my office is Still alive at I have added a two question survey to the Photos section of our website.
Please go to any group of photos and click on the button named "Two Question Survey" in the lower right hand corner. I would like to know what browsers you are using, and whether or not you use the thumbnails in the photo sets. You can only choose one browser, so if you use more than one, please take the survey once for each browser. Having a hard time trying to register.
I called the hotel also and I was informed that our unit was not on the book, did not find the unit register. He is currently looking to see if he can locate any of his colleagues that were in Korea with him. Joyce, the girls and I had a great time at the Missouri reunion, hope to get to Portland, Joyce's sister who lives in Portland will be If you took pictures or short videos at the reunion in Springfield, please send them to me at dnmuxo hotmail. You don't have to have a lot of pictures to submit them.
We will have a section for all of those who want to send just one or a few photos. If you can, include captions in the email. But if you can't identify the folks in the photos, send them anyway. Someone else may recognize them. There is a new feature in the Reunions and Photos section of our website. You can now suggest captions for existing photos. Just click on the "Add Caption" or "Edit Caption" buttons below the photo. That will send your suggestions to me by email. We had a terrific reunion.
Let's share the fun with our friends who couldn't make it this year! Hello, I have a photo of Kermit Lejeune. He was a member of the 35th. See them at the link below. Email me your photos and I will post them. Captions would be nice, too. Thanks to all the organizers and support. Especially thanks to Tom Gardner for linking up with my Sister Marty and greeting me at the airport. So good to see Chuck Coates and Cliff Westwood too. Bravo one zero out.
A schoolmate, a neighbor, a friend. You will never be forgotten. Ballwin is in the St Louis area. Bruno, "Zach" Zachery D. March 5, September 19, Zach was a Sgt.
He was deployed to Afghanistan while serving in Infantry Regiment during and in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Zach was a true Cacti, generous a generous soul, loved by many, a true infantry soldier and will forever remain in our hearts. Interment, Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Visitation Wednesday, September 27, , Friends may sign the family's on-line guestbook at Schrader. She explained that her brother a Vietnam vet was flying into Springfield and she wondered if some guys might like to meet his plane and welcome him.
In short it turned out he was flying in for the Cacti reunion and she thought this was his first reunion. Her brother is staying with his sister and not staying at the hotel. I told her I was a Cacti and would be happy to meet her at the airport and welcome him home. He is not aware she requested this. Thought someone might know him. If this is his first reunion, I thought some Bravo guys might like to also meet him and welcome him. He is flying in on Alegiant Airlines and lands at noon on Thursday 28th.
Call me at Hi fellas, I'm hoping you can help a daughter of a fallen Cacti. Yesterday we were attending a Welcome Home event for Vietnam Veterans. There was a very large map of VN laid out on the ground and you could sign you name, unit, etc around the area where you served. Last night I received a message on my phone from a daughter of a fallen Cacti who saw my information at the event. She was wondering if I had served with her father, Sgt.
I told her I didn't but would try to find someone who did. She said he always wanted to go to one of the reunions but he passed away this past May from complications from Agent Orange, Throat Cancer. Daniel Drummond was in country 5 months and was wounded November 13, in Que Son. If somebody remembers Sgt Drummond, his daughter would love to reach out to him.
I have a picture of him as well I can share if someone thinks they might know him. My email is mikeandjaci gmail. I have a question. Friday the 29th at 1pm we will be at our hotel! A first after all these years! Two choices to pre-order. All reservations have to be received before Sept 26th. Word was passed to me of the passing of long time Cacti supporter,family member, and Vietnam brother Jerry Matheis of Adams Mn.
We met at a Cacti Reunion a long time ago. He was accompanied by his wife, sister and brother-in-law. They came to learn about a part of Dick's life they knew nothing about. They joined the Association as family members.
Jerry and the rest of the Matheis family gathered in any Cacti brothers and sisters who came their way and welcomed them into their family. I know it will be appreciated. Jerry, may you have a joyful reunion with your parents and your little brother Dick. Lastly may you also Rest In Peace brother.
The War Stories page on our website has been updated to include listing the stories by newest posted, by author, or by title. Check it out, and send your War Stories to Wiley Dodd! I had a blood clot, was in the VA for a week. Don Johnson I need to call you so I can go to the reunion. A tip for searching the Guestbook posts. When searching by name, be less specific rather than more.
Instead enter Muxo by itself. For the Comment field, be more specific rather than less to limit the results. You can also search on both name and comment at once. You will get results for either or both. Lets pray for our members living in Florida and hope they will be safe. I have room for a couple. I walked point a lot and my nickname was "DURK" I was from Chicago, Ill and moved to Florida in For you Reunion attendees that do not know about the hotel name change.
Same everything, just a different name. The Reunions section of this website has been updated to include the same kind of slideshow that you have seen in the Photos section. Our Reunion in Springfield, MO is coming up soon. Please take plenty of photos and submit them for inclusion on this website.
Good scans with a separate sheet of captions would be perfect. The Cacti Timeline is a collection of dated entries recounting the day-by-day history of the 35th Infantry Regiment in Vietnam. Many of them were taken from the original battalion logs. Dave Fogg and Jim Anderson were instrumental in preserving much of this important history on our website.
If any of you would like to add your experiences to the timeline there is still time. Send them to my email address. I have included a link to the Cacti Time Line below. If you haven't visited the Photos section of this website lately, take a look!
There is now a slide show of your photos which you can turn on and off, and adjust the delay between photos. There are also thumbnails, which allow you to select individual photos to look at. If you want to add captions to your photos, or change them, send them to me at the email address below. The KIA slide show has also been enhanced. You can now click on any photo while the slide show is running, and go to the memorial page for that individual. Then, click the browser back button to return to the slide show.
Don Johnson, your email on the guestbook regarding the golf sign up comes back because of a wrong domain, whatever that means. Please sign me up with right handed golf club rental.
I am trying to get some information for his sister. If anyone who served with Aaron and may have some picture's would be wonderful. I am no longer in Mabelton, Ga. I have relocated to Wisconsin where I will be at my brother's place for awhile.
I will be at Springfield Missouri reunion. I will be looking forwarding to meeting some of my Cacti brothers. Right now on the road doing a lot of traveling, visiting family, visiting Vietnam friends from 2nd tour, Veterans of Vietnam and Cambodia 11th ACR, genealogy. Will be spending time with niece up in the Ft. If anyone should know Sgt. Silva from May 29, Tan Phong contact or were a member of his squad would love to talk to you. My number is If i should not answer leave a message and will get back with you.
Have a blessed day. With an 8am shotgun start. Please email me to let me know if you are going to play and if you need rental clubs or not.
All reservations have to be received before Sept 20th. Time is running out to order your t-shirts for the reunion. Mail or e-mail your order to me so I can have the shirts made in time. Going to DC next week. My wife and two boys get to see my dad's name on the Wall. When I asked my oldest what he wanted for his 10th birthday he said "To go to see Grandpa Dan's name on the wall. Went on a weeks vacation to Oregon l, was fortunate enough to miss most of the California heat wave.
Larry McPheeters and his lovely wife and son. Larry was wounded in Feb 68 and had nerve surgery later that year, went to flight school and returned to Nam as an AO. Working on him to update his membership, and attend our reunions. Great eat to see you again Larry.
Reunion Attendees, it's that time of year again. The Hotel is next door. Call the Hotel at or Holiday Identify yourself with the 35th Infantry Reunion. Or go online to the link on the website. I have been trying to learn more about his service as part of my ongoing effort to document my family's history, including its military service. My recent effort to recover his records from the National Personnel Records Center proved unsuccessful, as the NPRC said his records were lost in the fire.
Does the 35th Infantry Regiment Association have any members or contacts who might have served with him? He was in Company K, 3rd Battalion. I'm trying to find out more about what he did and, especially, how he died. Family tradition has it he was accidentally killed by another soldier who was unloading his rifle for the night. I am trying to determine whether any of this is true. Any assistance you can provide would be deeply appreciated.
Sincerely, Garrett Bergquist garrett. Does anyone know if there are any original company rosters for the months of Mar, April,May that i can get hold of or that are archived i can look at? I believe I put the call out for Jim Green once earlier.
If anyone from the Cacti can help, it would be appreciated. All I can offer at this time is the both Green and Beebe are listed as graduates of the Ft Sill Field Artillery school in the same years as the Vietnam war.
Please email me if you served with them. The 4th Division published "The Ivy Leaf" news letter or newspaper about once a month, got it out to the forward units and LZs. Relocation Camp probably near Kontum.
They had to be good in order to compete for the Center Section. Every officer interested in photography sent their stuff in every month for the one shot at being selected.
I was proud of my work. About 8 or 10 years ago I asked among the Cacti folks about the old newspapers, no luck.
I wrote to the Editor of the Ivy Leaf asking if he knew of the whereabouts of a 4th Inf. Nothing ever came of it. I brought my copy home for safe keeping then in the late 80s lost all my possessions in the Oakland Hills fire. Hoping that someone might know where I might ask about this. Is there a Cacti museum that may have or know where their old papers are stored? I would be delighted to have a photo of those photos if possible and pay any resulting costs. Please contact us if you can confirm this.
A friend of Lt Edward Meierotto is searching for information on his service in Vietnam. Hi Guys, Just a heads-up on the Photo section. Through the magnificent efforts of Dave Muxo, we have several new collections. And our latest, well over pics from T. His pics have great clarity and they all are narrated. I was stationed at the Punch Bowl in Korea for 5-months I'm still cold. While the line had been pretty well set by then, the Chinese and North Koreans wanted that real estate and we were kept very "busy".
We were then sent to Koji Do and then up north again to "Jackson Heights". I did not think so at first, but over the years when I saw the juxtaposition of the North and South, I came around to believing that maybe we did some good. This was by far the easiest duty that we had during my time there.
As a medic I was pretty well allowed to hang out anywhere I chose to during this time so naturally I chose to hang out with my buddy Guinn. On this particular day I was sitting on a fallen log and Guinn started one of his stories. Now when Guinn got started with a story he put everything he had into it. He talked with his hands and arms. He danced around on his feet. He swiveled his hips. He bobbed to the left and the right. And He started laughing before he got even close to a punch line. So Guinn started a story.
While going through all his other story mode gyrations he also started swatting at the bee to shoo him away. The bee left and Guinn forgot where he was in the story so started all over again but soon the bee was back. And I started laughing. Again Guinn re-started the story with all the requisite movements and again the bee returned and buzzed his head. I was laughing and Guinn was getting a bit miffed by the whole thing but he managed to chase the bee one more time.
This time it wasted no time. It immediately flew to me and stung me under my right eye. He fell down laughing. Within a few minutes the right side of my face blew up to twice its size and my eye closed.
When we got back to Camp an hour or two later Guinn insisted that we have a picture taken of the two of us. One of my most prized possessions is that picture of Guinn and I side by side with Guinn looking at my swollen eye and laughing.
About 3 weeks after this Guinn was killed by a sniper as he sat helping to secure a landing zone for resupply. I got there as quickly as I could but it was just too late. Rest in peace old Friend.
Doc 47 years ago today June 4. Heading to the Wall to leave a remembrance for Guinn today. Friday the 29th we will be at our hotel! Dave said he had a Cousin who also was with us in Basic. This Memorial Day I will be marching for all Cacti who made the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of this great nation.
Paying honor to the remembrance of my Uncle Wallace Edward Pilson who paid the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam with his life. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting you, I'm blessed by how highly my mother and other family members speak of you, your character, professionalism as a soldier, and how many of your comrades bestowed the well-deserved title of "hero" upon you for the valor and courage you showed the day you sacrificed your life.
Rest on Uncle Edward. Sadly, I inform you of the death of David P. He passed on 18, Feb, from prostate cancer caused by Agent Orange. Also killed were Roland Rush and Gary Killian. Hard to believe it's been this many years. Joey, we love you and miss you. The room for Viet Nam does not have much in it! I have sent a few things I have, but more is needed. If anyone has items they can donate to the museum please let me know. My husband was "Rick" Rykowski.
We attended many of your reunions over the years. I was always impressed by your dedication to the Cacti. Thank you, Rosemary Rykowski. The Cacti in Hawaii are now working on a video for this years' active duty ball which will be held June 14th.
Instead of just pictures, they are looking for some Vietnam Cacti who would be willing to do a short video clip that could be woven into a larger video. They want us to talk about three things: What did serving in combat as a Cacti mean to you? What is something you will never forget about your time in the Cacti 3.
What was your proudest moment in Cacti? From these questions we can take clips and weave them together into a video. If you have time, you could do a phone call at 3five3 29four3 so she could explain in more detail.
Andrea is on this message as well. But I returned back on 1st Ave North. Was in Tampa for business. My wife and I rode the trail from Seminole to Honeymoon Island and back.
We were very impressed with the trail. Thank you for this delightful opportunity to see this area. We will come back to ride the entire trail in the future. Rode from about 13 mi out into St Pete. Nice trail with varied scenery. Was aware of safety concerns from other reviews around Gulfport but didnt encounter any mid--afternoon.
Intersections not a big deal. Very bike friendly whether on the trails or streets. Recently rode approx 15 mi south from Tarpon Springs. Enjoyable, leisuely ride, intersections not an issue as the trail is not a racetrack.
Do wish there were rest facilities along the way so you didn't have to leave the trail and find a nearby business establishment. This trail is right next to my house and I've ridden on it for years. The Pinellas trail is the best way to get around on your bike without being hit by a car.
Florida has some pretty crazy drivers and a lot of bumpy sidewalks. This trail has increased my quality of life greatly. The good news is that there are bridges over many of the busiest roads, so you don't have to hassle with traffic to cross. The bad news is they require going up and over the bridge. There were 5 overpasses in this 10 mile stretch. Good for leg burns and cardio, but not good if you are looking for a leisure trip on a flat trail. Otherwise, trail is good, going through neighborhoods and some parks.
Looking forward to doing other northern sections. Snuck away from the family for a day to ride the trail from St. Petersburg up to Chesnut Park. The trail, like most, is pretty uneventful for many miles, but there are plenty of places along the way to stop, cool off, or get supplies if you need them. Saw a few places along the trail where you can refill your water bottles but keep in mind they are outdoor fountains so its warm and even get air for your tires.
Would definitely like to do it again, just not the 3rd week in July. I read all the reviews, but did not really study the map. I was looking for a trial for some interesting scenery and a chance to do some fitness riding. Well, this trail provides a great deal of opportunity for practicing your clipping in and out. The trail is constantly interrupted by cross streets where you have to stop for traffic. The drivers are very courteous, but you still have to stop for safety.
So, no clip in and ride. If you are looking for fitness and uninterrupted riding, give this trail a pass. Hands down, best trail I've discovered to date! I am so impressed with this beautiful trail! I just wanted to compliment all who work to maintain this outstanding recreational corridor between St. Petersburg and Tarpon Springs. The trail is well designed and maintained. The signage makes it easy for vacationeers like myself to access the trail and exit to visit surrounding neighborhoods.
The many bike friendly communities adjacent to the trail offer a wide variety of food, drink and fun activities. I appreciate the trail workers some of them volunteers who maintain the trail and offer directions and help when needed.
The thing that impressed me the most, is the courteous Florida drivers. What a pleasant experience. I look forward to my next trip to Largo, so I can spend more time on this wonderful trail! Stopped in local bike shop in Gulfport for repair.
We started our ride in Tarpon Springs on a Saturday in January. The trail itself is a nice trail, but it goes through some densely populated areas and there were many riders, walkers, runners, etc. There are areas on the trail where the trail divides and walkers can use the smaller trail to the side of the bike trail. The problem we encountered was the huge numbers of people.
This kind of trail brings lots of tourists to the trail that are unfamiliar with biking "rules of the trail. In the towns it is especially bad, in between towns the riding gets better as the crowds diminish.
Many, many cross streets in the towns to deal with. We rode two sections on the northern part of the trail. If it was crowded near Tarpon Springs and Dunedin, what would it be like closer to the large southern cities? I think its a great trail, well used, and in good condition. Its just not for everyone. Also when a trail is crowded, is it too much to say "on your left"?
In all our Florida trail experiences, so many riders passed us zooming by with no thought to warning those they were passing. Florida trail riders, please use trail etiquette. Every December I come to Tampa Florida and ride this trail. I have been doing this for the last few years. This is simple a great trial and should be enjoyed much as possible. This was a fun day. My only complaints is there are areas that are heavily congested. Also there are a lot of overpass so plan for those.
Exciting they are talking about making this a loop. Just exciting to see community's get this is a good thing. Hope they follow thru. I have wanted to try this trail for a number of years with my in-line skates - it was worth it! Started at an access point near Park and Pasadena and made it as far as Dunedin and back.
Most of the trail was in great condition fairly smooth pavement , taking you through several communities like Seminole, Largo, Belleair and Clearwater. Passed numerous cyclists, runners and walkers with strollers. Some water fountains, restroom opportunities along the way as well as food options convenience stores or quaint coffee shops.
Several bridges and uphill challenges along the way. Great trail option especially for an in-line skating adventure! Started at about East Tarpon Ave. Rode south about 5 miles did a turn around and went back and had brunch at Toula's Trailside Cafe. Will definetly eat there again. The trail was not overly crowded on the day we went. The weather was over cast, so it wasn't too hot. I look forward to doing more way points. We live in St. We road the trail today and our son rollerbladed with the stroller.
There were at least 10 people we passed coming from the other direction and several high school kids walking near the high school. We've ridden the trail in the past and stopped at the fish store on the path on the way back. We've taken the trail to have lunch in Gulfport. What a great way to spend the day. Stories about people being robbed and beat up and having their bikes stolen scared me for a while but not to use this trail would be sad.
It's a good ride, for good exercise. People need to use the trail--go in groups but go. A more populated trail would lead to a safer trail. I rode the section from Dunedin to Tarpon Springs a few times on a recent trip to Florida. While it was really nice to ride in warm weather the trail is not one I would plan a trip around.
This trail is crowded and there are lots of road crossings making it impossible to get into a good riding grove. The towns of Dunedin and Tarpon Springs are pretty cool though with lots to see and plenty of places to get a bite. On my last visit to relatives near Dunedin, I biked the Pinellas Trail several mornings. There was an immature, pileated woodpecker on a wire just above the trail.
Atop poles next to the driving range alongside alternate Hgwy 19, there were ospreys in their nest and a flock of wild parrots. A wood stork flew overhead further along the trail. On my return from Tarpon Springs with Greek pastries in my bike bag, a large raptor circled right above my head and lighted in a nearby pine tree.
This turned out to be a mature bald eagle staring at me from about 15 feet away. Pinellas Trail often has more delightful surprises than rural trails. I ride the northern third of this trail several times a week, and love it. The middle and southern sections are more urban, but are well maintained and pretty well marked. Came back to Dunedin for the second long weekend. Have also spent weekends at Tarpon Springs and Gulfport.
Always look forward to The ride and the towns. This is a great trail for folks who live in the area and would rather travel by bike than by car. But, if you are looking for a riding trail or something with a view, there are better trails in Florida.
This trail has many stops and intersections. And there are less than a couple of miles with any sort of view. Most of the trail is through the back of subdivisions; some of them somewhat sketchy. Dunedin was a great part of the trail with nice cafes on the trail. Wouldn't return here for a 'ride'. Since we drove from PA to Tampa for a family visit, I was able to bring my bike.
I wanted to do a decent length ride, and had come to Trail Links to find a suitable destination. The Pinellas trail did not disappoint. I arrived at Clearwater and rode towards St. Pete's city limits and then returned going past Clearwater getting in 40 easy miles. Having read other reviews and the issues mentioned with the number of crossroads, I went with the expectation that this would be a recreational ride.
I was not disappointed. Yes, cross roads were a pain at time especially going through Clearwater with a stop sign at each block but autos were always courteous a far cry from PA roads.
As I went extremely early because of the heat and it was a weekday, the trail was extremely easy to navigate. Plenty of places to fill water bottles, grab something to eat, rest rooms, and of course a few places to get off the trail and enjoy the water view.
Although not related to the trail itself, I was disappointed at how many times I said, "Good morning", and not even a nod of the head in response. Next time we come for a visit hopefully when the weather is cooler , I will definitely return for a ride. I will not belabor the concert or the beach since this is a trail review, but would note that the concert was fantastic and the ocean was like a bathtub.
On to the trail: The trail is reasonably wide and often has a separate pedestrian path paralleling the bike lanes, which is very nice. We had to cross two major intersections, but otherwise, most of the crossings were so lightly traveled by vehicles that we didn't need to stop. In fact, I must say that from Dunedin north, drivers are almost invariably courteous and considerate of cyclists something I wish we could import to our hometown.
This part of the ride took about an hour we were not out to break any land speed records , and we arrived in Tarpon Springs about 10 am. We spent a little time at the sponge docks and were a little surprised by how quiet and empty it was - not a whole lot going on. We left the Springs at about 11 and headed back south to Dunedin, destination Dunedin Brewery. If you haven't been, and you like good craft beer, this is a must.
They have outstanding wheat, red and brown ales year-round, and the staff is friendly and outgoing and very much into cycling. We then headed to Casa Tina for an outstanding lunch of chorizo and steak tacos and chile rellenos.
From there, it was back to Honeymoon Island where we racked and locked the bikes, grabbed our beach stuff out of the car, and hopped the ferry over to Caladesi for a few hours of sun and surf. Overall ride was about 30 miles for the day. Meant to get up earlier, but we finally got on our bikes at about 9 am. Headed off Clearwater Beach, over the Causeway to the Trail. When we got to the other side, we took a right on Palm Avenue, and then a left on Turner to get away from the traffic flying down Chestnut.
Turner links up with the trail about a block down. Our original plan was to ride south at least down to Long Bayou, as we had read that anything south and east of that into St. Pete might be a tad dangerous. We got as far as Belleair which really is not very far and turned around. The trail was simply not as nice down that way and we encountered a couple of places where the sides of the trail had caved in.
Moreover, we really wanted to go back up north to Dunedin and visit the Brewery again. Not wonderful, and the drivers here, unlike a little north, are not as considerate.
We decided to make for St. The staff in the golf shop there was friendly and helpful, and they even have spare golf clubs available for use if you happen to bike in without your gear. The beer there, sadly, is not craft, but I had forgotten that Yuengling is actually pretty good for a mass-produced brew. Having finished our golfing Pam, who had never hit a golf ball in her life, was convinced that she would be awesome at the driving range — NOT!! Why not eat at the Dunedin Brewery, considering how good their beer is?
And, so, we did. The Brewery serves up a tasty burger, accompanied by chips and salsa. Having finished lunch, we decided to pack it back to our lodging so that we could spend the last of our time in Florida on the beach.
All told, we rode 22 miles on Day 2. We really enjoyed riding this trail and would recommend it to others. There are bathroom facilities available along the way and plenty to see and do.
For the most part, the trail is shaded. BTW, my wife and I are in our late 50's, ride consistently about 50 to 70 miles a week, but are not speedy pro road bike kind of folk we ride hybrids with road bike tires, wear bike shorts but not bike jerseys, and don't clip in. Great scenery with only one busy crossing on Tarpon Ave. People on the trail were very friendly and trail had only one section that was quite "bumpy" due to buckles in the asphalt.
Second morning rode from Tarpon Springs through Dunedin. Again, it was a great ride with refreshing scenery and wide trail. I look forward to returning and working the sections from Dunedin to St. Pete in the future. Just knocked Pinellas Trail off my biking bucket list.
At over 40 miles of the widest trail I have ever ridden it was a joy to ride. It goes through some rough areas but I never felt unsafe. It is more like an alley that runs through many towns in central Florida. Most of the trail has houses or businesses on both sides, so not exactly a nature trail. Many cool over passes that go over water and roads.
If you go the whole length of the trail you will go through many different municipalities and it would be nice if they were a little better marked as to where you were as well some miles markers would be helpful.
There are bike shops all up and down the trail for bike rental, sales and repairs. Bicycle Outfitters had a great selection of trike recumbent bikes to rent that I will be sure to try when I come back.
Also a KOA campsite right off the trail that looked very nice, with reasonably priced cabins not far from the beach.