Posted on: December 30, 2016

Top Selfie Spots in Inverness

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Invernessians love selfies

Inverness Top Selfie Spots

Inverness Florida is a small town with many places to capture picture perfect selfies! 

Send us your favorite selfies and address to events@inverness-fl.gov

The Elvis Selfie

Snap a selfie with Elvis in Inverness, Florida. T...

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Posted on: December 30, 2016

Top Five Date Night Spots in Inverness

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Inverness Date Night Top Five

Inverness Date Night Top Five

By Brian Mullany

Guest Contributor

5. Downtown Inverness Dining

The downtown restaurants are one of the best things Inverness has to offer. There is something that fits everyone’s budget from the McLeod House Bistro, to...

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Posted on: December 30, 2016

Top Five Free Kids Activities in Inverness

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It can be even harder when you are new to an area or just don’t know what is around for the kids to do.

Top Five Free Kids Activities in Inverness

By Brian Mullany

Guest Contributor

There is no job tougher than being a parent. It can be even harder when you are new to an area or just don’t know what is around for the kids to do. Here is a list of the...

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Posted on: December 1, 2017

Snowbirds

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Now I’m on the flip side and I am excited as the first snowbirds appear. It is just like school days when we were young – “What did you do this summer?” And with our current age ranges – “How’s your health?”

The seasons are changing fast north of us, even if we Floridians enjoy warm weather almost year-round.  In the summer runners, skaters and walkers I’ve never seen before were out and about on the Trail.  Some were students off ...

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Mary on a Roll
Posted on: November 24, 2017

Cooter Festival

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This year, again, the event was held alongside the Withlacoochee State Trail. Despite stiff winds and chilly temperatures, I joined a small group of cyclists headed east on Norvell Bryant to the Trail and down to the Festival on the last day.

The City of Inverness’ Cooter Festival is quite an event – music, food, crafts, fair rides and contests, cooter races, costume competitions and lots more!  This year, again, the event was held alongside the Withlacoochee State...

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Mary on a Roll
Posted on: November 17, 2017

Broken Bolt

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Before I reached Chicken King in Hernando, however, there was sudden shift in my bike seat.

I know, I know, months ago I promised I’d learn how to maintain and service my bicycles.  I can install and take off the bike racks from my car, and I can put air in the tires.  I tried to change a tire recently, and I couldn&a...

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Mary on a Roll
Posted on: November 7, 2017

Lola, A Balancing Act

Al and Lola

Lola the Chihuahua came into his life a few years ago and they’ve become quite the pair.

One of the cutest sights I have seen on the Trail has to be Al and Lola!

Al has been a bicyclist for years and moved to Florida from Tennessee.  Lola the Chihuahua came into his life a few years ago and they’ve become quite the pair.  He ...

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Mary on a Roll
Posted on: September 29, 2017

Trail Staff

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We are so fortunate to have the Withlacoochee State Trail available for our use

We are so fortunate to have the Withlacoochee State Trail available for our use.  The Trail falls under the responsibility of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Recreation and Parks.

The woman with hands-on responsibil...

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Mary on a Roll
Posted on: September 22, 2017

Inverness' Gain

Cattledog Inverness

A favorite place for caffeine and good food is Cattle Dog Coffee Roasters.

Are you a caffeine addict? I have bicycling friends who don’t seem to be able to leave their homes or enjoy a meal without a cup of coffee, glass of iced tea or cola – with refills, of course! I crave an iced tea by mid-morning, too, b...

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Mary on a Roll
Posted on: September 15, 2017

Wildflowers

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Often times they ask me if I know the name of a specific bloom as we are walking or bicycling by a pretty site. I never have a clue.

There are such lovely wildflowers along the Trail – spring, summer and fall there are whites, reds, yellows, pinks, blues – every color you can imagine!

Visiting friends and family are always taken to my favorite spot in Citrus County – downtown Inverness ...

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Mary on a Roll
Posted on: September 8, 2017

Disabled Veterans Cycling on Withlacoochee Trail

Mary on a Roll

Have you ever been fortunate enough to have a disabled veteran blow past you on the Trail, pedaling with hands or feet at RPMs faster than anything you can do?

Have you ever been fortunate enough to have a disabled veteran blow past you on the Trail, pedaling with hands or feet at RPMs faster than anything you can do?  Periodically we are fortunate enough to have disabled veterans practicing for upcomin...

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Mary on a Roll
Posted on: September 1, 2017

Living with Dementia

Hen House Inverness

Some of them bicycle; I know several. It’s so wonderful to see someone who has immense challenges still enjoying a physical activity she or he has performed for years!

With well over one-third of fulltime Citrus county residents over the age of 65, there are a lot of people here with some form of dementia, including Alzheimer’s. National statistics indicate about 10% of these seniors have some sort of memory challenges ...

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Mary on a Roll
Posted on: August 25, 2017

Annual Rides on the Withlacoochee State Trail

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Rails to Trails of the Withlacoochee also has a trail guide for sale in area bike shops and online. The guide is a personal favorite of mine as it provides a historical perspective in addition to useful riding information.

There is a lot of available information on the Withlacoochee State Trail.  You can begin right where you are now, on the City of Inverness visitor website.  The best source, in my opinion, is the Rails to Trails of the Withlacoochee, Inc...

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Mary on a Roll
Posted on: August 18, 2017

Finding the right bike for you

Upright Bike

When I first started riding on the Withlacoochee State Trail, I used a folding travel bike – a Bike Friday. It worked well as short-term visits, but soon my husband and I became full-blown snowbirds

When I first started riding on the Withlacoochee State Trail, I used a folding travel bike – a Bike Friday. It worked well as short-term visits, but soon my husband and I became full-blown snowbirds and had a place to keep our bicycles year-roun...

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Mary on a Roll
Posted on: August 11, 2017

Love at First Bike

Love at First Bike

You may have seen their wedding on TV. She works at a Publix store and since that's where they met, they married there – just before Valentine’s Day.

So a dear friend of mine seemed destined to not meet the man of her dreams. Cynthia lived close to the Trail, biked regularly and has a ton of cycling friends. Then one day . . . Mike walked into her life. Of course she insisted their first date be a cycl...

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Mary on a Roll
Posted on: August 4, 2017

Making Friends on the Withlacoochee State Trail

Making Friends

Of course you already know to call out, “On your left!” when passing someone on the Trail. A follow-up “Good morning” or aother logical remark is always pleasant. In my case, if the other person is walking a dog, I might say, “Nice dog!”

If you are already a fan of the Withlacoochee State Trail, have you met anyone new?

Of course you already know to call out, “On your left!” when passing someone on the Trail. A follow-up “Good morning” or aother logi...

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Mary on a Roll
Posted on: July 28, 2017

World-Renowned Withlacoochee Trail

World Renowned Withlacoochee Trail

From everywhere people come to bike on the Withlacoochee State Trail.

From everywhere people come to bike on the Withlacoochee State Trail.

My cousins arrived en masse last year for my late husband’s memorial service. They had a chance to explore Citrus County from King’s Bay to Inverness, stopping in Dav...

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Mary on a Roll
Posted on: July 21, 2017

Trash and Treasures on the Withlacoochee Trail

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They have found cell phones, wallets and a car key – and located the owners of these items. One high season they recycled cans and bottles not only tossed along the Trail but thrown into the Trail trash containers

Friends of mine have been cleaning up the Withlacoochee State Trail for years. They easily find a plastic grocery bag or two blowing down the trail or flopping in shrubs – and every time they find a bag, they fill it with trash. They both are scientists, ...

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Mary on a Roll
Posted on: July 14, 2017

Why helmets are a must

Mary on a Roll

Just take a close look at this photo – the helmet is cracked in about 5-6 places. Fortunately the helmet took the brunt of a fall and not my friend’s head!

I have written about the importance of helmets before. Just take a close look at this photo – the helmet is cracked in about 5-6 places. Fortunately the helmet took the brunt of a fall and not my friend’s head!

David was biking alone al...

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Mary on a Roll
Posted on: June 18, 2017

The cyclist's holy grail tools

Inverness Trailhead Caboose

Just as with any other wheeled vehicle, it is the owner’s responsibility to maintain her or his bicycle.

Just as with any other wheeled vehicle, it is the owner’s responsibility to maintain her or his bicycle. Tires need to be filled to the appropriate levels. Chains should be cleaned and lubed periodically. Lights and reflectors enhance safety. Area bike sh...

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Mary on a Roll
Posted on: June 11, 2017

Mutts of all shapes and sizes are delightful

Mary on a Roll

My last few posts have been about the Trail. I want to get back to what is on the Withlacoochee State Trail. Specifically, dogs!

My last few posts have been about the Trail. I want to get back to what is on the Withlacoochee State Trail. Specifically, dogs!

Some people like to coo at babies, some folks like to people watch – I have always been on alert for dogs. What nice ...

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Mary on a Roll
Posted on: June 4, 2017

Why I always wear a helmet

Mary on a Roll

have had spills while cycling on the Trail that are unquestionably my fault, but also when I and a vehicle driver have miscommunicated.

I consider myself a cycling “enthusiast.” I track my miles and watch my average speed. There are day trippers who only ride the Withlacoochee State Trail intermittently, usually for fun. There are the serious riders who blow past me, s...

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Mary on a Roll
Posted on: May 28, 2017

How do you start cycling the Withlacoochee State Trail?

Mary on a Roll

"So how do you get started? Well, just start."

Sometimes one of my friends wistfully will say that she or he would love to bike on the Withlacoochee State Trail. Or someone will see me preparing to cycle away from a downtown Inverness eatery and ask about my recumbent bicycle or recumbent trike.

So how...

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Mary on a Roll
Posted on: May 22, 2017

Do you have a favorite creature on the Withlacoochee Trail?

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I love gopher tortoises

Do you have a favorite creature on the Withlacoochee Trail?

I love gopher tortoises. I love the itty-bitty baby ones for which you have to look out carefully when cycling down the Trail. I love the big, old dirt-covered seniors who walk slowly with dignity...

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Mary on a Roll
Posted on: January 13, 2017

The Withlacoochee State Trail is known as "the friendliest trail"

Mary on a Roll

After some time, I returned to the Withlacoochee Trail to begin cycling again with friends.

Last year I lost my husband; anyone who has experienced such a painful loss knows that it can be a struggle to find the way back to a new normal.  After some time, I returned to the Withlacoochee Trail to begin cycling again with friends. One day...

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Mary on a Roll
Posted on: January 13, 2017

Do you have a favorite creature on the Withlacoochee Trail?

I love gopher tortoises. I love the itty-bitty baby ones for which you have to look out carefully when cycling down the Trail.

I love gopher tortoises. I love the itty-bitty baby ones for which you have to look out carefully when cycling down the Trail. I love the big, old dirt-covered seniors who walk slowly with dignity in the grasses alongside the pavement.

Since the Trail is b...

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Mary on a Roll

Posted on: December 5, 2017

Light Up Inverness

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Light Up Inverness

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Posted on: November 16, 2017

2018 City Events & Festivals

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2018 City Events & Festivals

All events are rain and shine.

All events subject to change.

Citrus Got Talent Finals

January 27, 2018

7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Valerie Theater, Inverness

Citrus County Talent Show

www.CooterFestival.com

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