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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 built on an old rail bed, there are places where the ground rises up on either side. There, with mounds of kicked out dirt, gopher tortoises protect their homes while silently gazing down on the path. People pass them by on foot or wheel, often talking or laughing – yet the tortoises remain impassive.

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