A trail bicyclist used to have to ride in sometimes heavy traffic with no bike lanes to pedal this busy section, so the sidewalk is very welcome! This road is named Dirksen Avenue west of the Interstate and is called Debary Avenue on the east side. Building a trail along this missing link is awesome!
|Trailhead, just off 17/92|
Beware the mileage markers along the trail may be confusing. I never saw the 0 mile, and somehow gained half a mile between both trails. The miles count down from 4 out of Gemini Springs and then count up from Green Springs.
|Trail splits in Gemini Springs|
|Where the trail used to end, new trail continues ahead|
|Under the I-4 bridge where the railroad used to run|
|Where I used to begin the trail|
In total the trail ride was 19.72 miles long. The trail gained 482 feet (surprising) riding out and back. I didn't ride very fast and stopped every 10 minutes or so for a drink or to take a photo, so it took me over a couple hours to complete it on my mountain bike. I used an app called MapMyHike on my iPhone for the first time, and I liked how it worked.
To get here, take I-4 East from Orlando. Cross the St. John River and take the next exit, 108. At Debary Drive turn right (west) and drive just under 4 miles. Turn left into the trailhead just before you reach the stoplight at 17/92.
When the Osteen bridge is finished in August, I'll bicycle over that part of the trail (on a cloudy day).
|Osteen Bridge construction, maybe finished in August|