On July 7 we sold our Bicycle shop in Florida and hit the road for summer starting with the Escapee Escapade in Essex Junction Vt. We have been taking 2 or 3 months in the hot summers of Fl. and heading North or West to find cooler climes and search out rail trails and good places to ride. In winter we reside in Floral City, Fl. about 60 miles N of Tampa, 50 miles S of Ocala, about 20 some miles from the Gulf coast kind of West Central. We live right next to the #1 rated paved trail in Fl. the Withlacoochee State Trail which is 46 miles long from Hwy 301 north to Dunellon. We have 2 small dogs and a fenced in back yard. We have space for 1 or 2 RVs for a max of 3 nights. Only hook up is water. Easy 8 mile bike ride to shopping (Publix super mkt.)and restaurants. Shamrock grill and bar just 1 1/4 mile up the trail. Lots to do if you're active and like to be outside, like biking, kayaking, hiking, geo caching. Pets are welcome.
Bike mechanic, handy with tools, healthy cooking
2 small dogs
made it all the way to Washington State this summer hitting lots of National Parks. Hope to be Volunteer camp host in 2018. Camp hosted at a Missouri state park in 2018 for 3 months. Summer of 2019 we'll be workamping at The Cradle Of Forestery in the Pisgah National Forest in NC.
Floral City Fl. is a small town that has not been ruined by sprawl.
We travel in a Nissan Cargo van pulling a 28 ft Airstream Classic
To bad the weather did not cooperate. We were looking forward to bike riding the trail. This is a great location and wonderful hosts. We will be back sometime in the future and look forward to being able to spend some time around the fire pit. Thanks again for the great maiden voyage .
Nice host and Nice area with the cycle trail juste beside. Régis and Cindy where very kind people. Hope they will come visit us in Canada.
Thanks for everything.
Another great stay with great hosts! Again enjoyed a quiet spot near the bike trail for bicycling. Good conversations and relaxing atmosphere. Hope to stay again next year!
Our hosts were waiting for us and help us to install in their nice property.
Next to the bike trail we spend a marvelous two days of biking.
The hosts were very kind and gave us a lot of good references for the rest of our trip.
Thank you so much for your hospitality.
Linda and Guy
Thanks Laballadeplata hosts for a wonderful stay. A site so near the bike trail was great and having the option of electricity was a luxury for me! The best part was sharing some stories, seeing all the birds that love their property and getting my pet fix with their friendly dogs. The recommendations for activities and restaurants were spot on! Hope to visit again soon!!!
Regis and Cindy are fantastic hosts - friendly, interesting and helpful. We want to give you both a truly heart felt thank you.
Great fun being next to the long paved bike trail but the best part is meeting both Regis and Cindy great couple , sharing our stories and getting to know the area
Thanks guys hope we cross paths again and do come to the maritimes sometime.
Our hosts were such a great couple we ended up staying 3 nights when we had only booked one. That says it all! We spent happy hours together and with the other boondocking couple staying there. Lots of fun. And their location is mere inches from an incredible 49 mile paved bike trail. All in all - a wonderful way to make new friends!
Cindy and Regis have been so kind and welcoming! They live in a lovely area and are so close to a fun bike trail!! Thank you for having us at your property!
Very nice people. They explained us where the nicest roads were to do motorcycle. Very quiet place. Nice bicycle trail too (46 miles)!
Very nice and accommodating hosts who have a wonderful quiet place next to a bike trail and lots of birds to watch. Hosts know their region very well and they gave us valuable information. Excellent region for biking and kayaking. We had an awesome stay. For sure, we will go back with our kayaks.
Our stay at laballadeplata’s was a high point of our travels. Regis and Cindy were just the best! Besides being so easy going and laid back, they were interesting and informative. They gave us many tips on what to do and where to go in that area. We had so many fun and delightful conversations with them. They made it so easy that we definitely felt at home. It was a very peaceful, quiet setting, with a beautiful and fun yard. Yes, the trail is phenomenal, but Regis and Cindy made it one of our best stops ever! And PS- Regis, I will never again hear “The Greatest” without thinking of you! Thanks, guys!!
Our hosts were so accommodating and gracious, and we loved their pretty home and yard. We had a very nice visit with them and enjoyed the woods next to where we parked. We look forward to staying with them again sometime.
We were shocked to learn that Cindy and Regis have never boondocked, but host people all the time on their beautiful property. It’s located in a quiet, farm area. Really peaceful. You can bike up a paved trail to the tiny “town” to get groceries or go to the Shamrock, their awesome local drinking hole, for drinks and eats. The fire pit was really nice to use as well. Wish we had more time to chat with them because they are a super interesting couple!
We really enjoyed our time here!
Thanks for being such welcoming hosts!
Our hosts have a perfect location for any Boondockers who love to bike. The trail is long and lovely—much shade, Spanish moss hanging from the trees, destination towns, parks, and restaurants. We took advantage of our hosts recommendations and had a delightful 3 nights. We highly recommend this Floral City site!!
Betty & I loved our visit with laballadeplata. It's a nice quiet spot with a small town close by, so was able to go in and get my bike wheel fixed, as recommended by our host. We thoroughly enjoyed their warm hospitality (and their cute dogs!) and hope our paths can cross again some time.
Cindy and Regis were great hosts. Wonderful access to a great trail. Right beside their home. We would stay here again sometime. They have lots of travel experiences to share. Thanks to laballadeplata for welcoming us to your home. Tom and Joyce
We were visiting family in Floral City and are new to boondockering so wanted another experience at it. This location was near my sister’s place so we decided to try it. We spent 2 nights with Regis and Cindy at laballadeplata and it was a great spot! The grassy spot next to their RV was perfect for our Class B rig. Nice and shady with room to pull out our chairs and get comfy. Lots of birds to watch. The walking/biking trail is very nearby for quick access. Sadly we didn’t have much time to interact with our hosts as they were very busy volunteering with a biking organization and we had some family obligations. However, there was another couple boondocking on the property too and we had some time to bend their ear for a bit and ask questions. Thank you, Yvan and Sylvie for sharing your experitise and experiences...and Opti-Force 1. We plan to stop back when we’re in that area again.
Our first Boondockers Welcome stay and it was wonderful! Cindy are Regis seem to know every bike trail, campground, restaurant, and hidden gem in the country. We had a great time riding and just visiting, and Jax and Luna were fun, too. We felt like we were right at home with old friends. The site is perfect, right on the Withlacoochee State Trail. If you're lucky, Regis may even play you a tune or two! We are looking forward to seeing them again. Thank You So Much!
We spent two nights in the company of this fun couple and did not want to leave, but needed to stay on schedule. They introduced us to a new form of biking so we now have fond memories of our first adult trike ride with these precious people! Hope to host them in return someday!
We had a spectacular time at this location. Very nice, enthusiastic, and extremely accommodating hosts for sure.
One warning though, they introduced us to a new addiction, recumbent trikes. They are very accomplished and knowledgeable cyclists, that just happen to live beside a beautiful bike trail. They were kind enough to introduce us to recumbent trikes, something our health will be eternally grateful for. It’s a beautiful site, easy access, great people ( like all Boondockers) and they lit the spark to a new passion. We will be returning for sure.
This was our first time staying with a BW host and, boy, they set the bar pretty high. Upon arrival, Regis and Cindy came out to help guide us into their designated parking area. We were the biggest rig they have hosted so far (43') and they had no problem getting us in. We had a very nice time chatting with them, as they were both very friendly and informative. Their property is nice and quiet and is right next to a 46-mile long walking trail (Withlacoochee State Trail) In the morning, we were able to take our dog for a walk down the trail, before hitting the road.
Cindy and Regis welcomed us back and we hope we will have the opportunity to visit with them again. Just keep a good eye on the trees, as you are getting close to their house. There are some lower hanging branches, but you can avoid them.
Thanks, Cindy & Regis!
Tara, Chad & Daisy
sometimes you just don't want to leave... we had a blast with Laballadeplata. Exactly what boondockerswelcome is all about: meeting people on top of helping eachother. I highly recommend this host.
These folks were kind enough tolet us stay on New Year's eve. A very nice level location to park and great hospitality. If you ever want to know anything related to bicycles these folks are experts. Had a great afternoon of conversation and getting to know them. Have a great new year and happy anniversary!
We had stay 2 nights with Iaballadeplata in the little charming town of Floral city. The bike path is just near by their house and just amazing. They gaved us good suggestions for visiting area and be very generous and friendly hosts.
If you’re lucky enough to cross paths with these great people, you will make friends for life. They were our hosts for a few days, and have become friends for life. Fun loving, down to earth, and open, they are 2 sweethearts( the dogs are cute as a bonus). If they ask you to be guests, say yes, if you have the pleasure of being there guests you will learn what Boondockers Welcome is all about.