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[ft-l] Status - The Big 360 Hike
Length of hike - 360 miles
Starting point - Clearwater Lake - Ocala National Forest
Direction - Southbound
Latest Segment hiked - Chuluota to Seminole Ranch
Length of Segment - 14.1 miles
Cumulative miles hiked - 62.5 miles
Miles to go - 297.5 miles
Comments: Sandy and I attended the opening of the Land Bridge over I-75 on
Saturday. Also saw her Eminence, the List Mistress there taking a rare
opportunity to mingle with us commoners. :) Found out that the length of
this hike will be shortened because the western corridor will no longer go
through Dunnellon. It's not yet possible to put an exact mileage on the
whole route, but a round 360 miles shouldn't be too far off, and it gives the
hike a new catchy title, the Big 360.
The segment described here was actually hiked on two separate days. Today's
hike was about 9 miles and included the Orlando Wetlands Park and some of the
Seminole Ranch. It was a good day for wildlife, including an awesome barred
owl, a red-tailed hawk, several armadillos and 8 deer -- not including the
dead one we came across being consumed by dozens of turkey vultures who did
not care for our interruption of their repast.
We've hiked about a sixth of the hike in the heat and are looking forward to
the cooler temps only a few weeks away. Soon we'll be hiking longer segments
and camping on the trail. Should anyone care to join us, just drop me an
email. Next segment -- heading south to Tosohatchee.
And a belated thanks to Joan from Oviedo who gave us a needed shuttle from
Chuluota to the Black Hammock parking lot when my car was in the shop. My
apologies for omitting that on my last report.
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