Original plan was to meet up with some runners in Ocala for 20 to 30 miles starting out at the "land bridge" over I-75. But, decided to take it easier and head out from the house. For something different did a loop around Lake Tarpon. Crossed US19 at Nebraska, then down to Tampa Road, over to the Tarpon outflow canal. New trail ends just south of there but is supposed to connect to section just north of there.
So, saw some cyclist turning behind the plaza with Publix and Target. Parking lot connected to dirt path along the canal and let out into an apartment complex which then connected back to the trail. New trail will eventually have its own bridge over the canal.
Continued on up toward and past John Chestnut Park, and then up to the intersection at East Lake and Tarpon Ave. At the traffic light I went to eat my Reese's big cup but it had melted into a sticky mess.
Keystone/Tarpon over 19 but first turned onto some side streets to miss the main intersection. Temps had warmed up a little, so stopped in at Burger King for a soda (Dr. Pepper). Continued south to Anderson Park to throw out my trash, then a little farther south to cross 19 at Klosterman, then over to Belcher and back to Westlake.
Except for Burger King stop, pretty self sufficient (was wearing Camelack for water).