John and I took our bikes down to Venice and hit the Legacy Trail today. While much of the 10-mile trail looks like this…
…the Southernmost section in Venice meanders past parks, through neighborhoods and over two bays – Dona and Robertson. The trail is under construction at U.S. 41 right now, but a new overpass is expected to be finished by this summer. We turned around at that point but could have taken a detour to continue on. Legacy trail picks back up on the other side of 41 and connects with the Venetian Waterway Park trail. The VWP is another fabulously uninterupted recreation trail; it runs along side the Intracoastal waterway for five miles. On a warmer day, we’re going to take it to Caspersen Beach.
There are seven trailheads for Legacy - Potter Park, Bay Street, Oscar Scherer, Laurel Park, Nokomis Park, Patriots Park, and the Venice Train Depot. We planned to park at Oscar Scherer State Park but used the trailhead at Laurel Park instead because we didn’t want to be subject to state park hours. The ranger told us that once the gates lock, you can’t get back to your car. With our luck, we’d be camping tonight. It was fun to see what was growing in the community garden at Laurel park anyway.
Cool air combined with a warm sun is the best kind of day. Accordingly, the trail was bustling. We passed joggers, bikers, fishermen, dogs, old ladies, little kids, pelicans, and squirrels. We were all out to play!