On our recent trip to Orlando, Florida we took day to get away from the busy theme parks and head to Winter Garden to go on a ride. We found an awesome bicycle shop in Winter Garden called Wheelworks Bicycles.
The staff member at Wheelworks in our photo was great to work with. She took the time to explain where to go and which way on the West Orange Trail would be the most scenic for us. She took the time to make sure we had the right size bikes and helmets. I would definitely give the shop five stars for excellent customer service.
We were pleasantly surprised at how inexpensive it was to rent a bike. At $6.00 per hour, it was by far the cheapest activity we did all week for the most enjoyment. The staff was fair with us when we went over two hours and we were happy to pay the difference.
We were given hybrid bikes to ride. The bikes were well maintained and in excellent condition for riding. Interestingly, I am an avid road biker and my son and husband love to mountain bike, but none of us had ever been on hybrid bikes. They were amazingly comfortable and durable for sightseeing.
We rode along the West Orange Trail which is part of the Rails to Trails Conservancy. We took the South Lake Trail (a.k.a. Lake Minneola Trail) to Lake Minneola. The South Lake Trail has more hills and turns than the West Orange Trail which was great for giving us a good workout. It was also a nice destination to make it to the lake. It ended up being an almost 30 mile round trip for us which took a little over two hours.
|Our selfie at the lake.|
On the way back, we battled some strong winds so ended up stopping and resting. It was actually nice to get off our bikes and take a rest along the beautiful tree lined area where plenty of park benches awaited us. We also passed by Briley Farm where we saw what appeared to be gazelles. I didn’t know the farm was there so it was a pleasant surprise to see the exotic animal out. We stopped and took some pictures of the zebras.