Walk Across Florida 28

2018 Walk Around Florida sponsored by the Suncoast Sandpipers, The Happy Wanderers, and hosted THIS YEAR by the Mid-Florida Milers is in Orlando, 2-4 November. Details are below. Click here for the brochure. Download the Registration Form. Take time to Visit Orlando website, ask a question. View the WAF 28 Video. For information email mlanpher@cfl.rr.com; pipers@tampabay.rr.com; or, johnmc82@cfl.rr.com.



General: Activities of Walk Around Florida 28, "Walk Like a Tourist". Visit the #1 Tourist Location in the World. November 2, 3, 4, 2018, ORLANDO, FLORIDA. Hotel Reservations by 1 Oct: Comfort Inn and Suites, Hotel Reservations: 407-351-7000. Ask for In House Reservations. Use code Walk Around Florida. 2 Queen Beds-$89; Suites-$99. Comfort Inn & Suites.

PREGISTRATION: postmarked by 17 Oct is required for TT Party, ICON (Eye) Orlando observation wheel, and meals. It is requested for the 5 events to speed sign in and be part of the fun. If preregistered, sign in 11/2 12-4 pm at the hotel or 11/3 8-9 a.m. at Dr. Phillips YMCA. If not preregistered, see individual events for registration times and locations.

Directions to Hotel, Comfort Inn & Suites, 7495 Canada Ave. Orlando:
  • From Tampa on I-4E: take Exit 75A, Universal/ International Dr. & go to right lane. Right on Universal Blvd. & cross Inter- national Dr. In .3 mi. right on Carrier Dr. Left on Canada Ave. to hotel on left.

  • From Daytona/Sanford on I-4W: use Exit 75 (travel in right lane of I-4W well before Exit 75), then use Exit 75B-A FL435/ Kirkman Rd/ International Dr. After Exit 75 B-A, stay in left lane, bearing left at Exit 75B and over I-4. Cross International Dr. In .3 mi. right on Carrier at stoplight. Right at stop sign. Cross Universal Blvd. and left on Canada Ave. to hotel on left.

  • From Florida's Turnpike: take Exit 259, I-4 Orlando/Tampa. Follow I-4W/Tampa sign as lanes narrow to one as I-4W on ramp approaches from left lane. Stay in I-4W right lane & follow directions above from Daytona/Sanford.

  • From East Orlando and Airport: use Exit 1B/FL528W/Inter- national Dr. (toll)). Take FL528W Exit 2, Universal Blvd/ Orangewood. Right on Universal. Drive 3.6 mi to Sand Lake Rd. Left on Sand Lake Rd. for 0.2 mi. First right on Canada Ave. to hotel on right. GPS: 28.4531637,-81.4679442.

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    WAF 28 Events

    2 November 2018 Swim
    Start Point: Comfort Inn and Suites. 7 minute drive.

    Start Times: Nov 2, 12-4 p.m.; Finish by 5:00.; or Nov 3, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

    DESCRIPTION: Swim at the YMCA huge Aquatic Center on International Drive. Check in and out with a WAF volunteer in the pool area the use the adult changing rooms near the dive pool. Swim 12 lengths.

    DIRECTIONS: See hotel directions.

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    2 November 2018 Disney Springs Walk
    Start Point: Comfort Inn and Suites. 8 mile drive.

    Start Times: 12-4 p.m.; finish is open - enjoy the Springs.

    DESCRIPTION: Enjoy a walk in the newly themed Disney Marketplace, with outstanding venues and surprises around every corner. There are numerous public rest rooms. Trail is suitable for strollers/wheelchairs. No pets. Lots to do after Friday's walk! Go to top of Coca Cola building for spectacular views or experience Star Wars - Secrets of the Empire. That's just a drop in the ocean (or Springs) of things to experience, with 57 dining opportunities for every culinary taste..

    DIRECTIONS: See hotel directions.

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    3 November 2018 Swim
    Start Point: Comfort Inn and Suites. 7 minute drive.

    Start Times: Nov 2, 12-4 p.m.; Finish by 5:00.; or Nov 3, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

    DESCRIPTION: Swim at the YMCA huge Aquatic Center on International Drive. Check in and out with a WAF volunteer in the pool area the use the adult changing rooms near the dive pool. Swim 12 lengths.

    DIRECTIONS: See hotel directions.

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    3 November 2018 Dr. Phillips YMCA Walk
    Start Point: Dr. Phillips YMCA.

    Start Times: 8-9 a.m.; finish by noon.

    DESCRIPTION: If not preregistered, register at YMCA 9-10a.m. Routes are in up scale residential areas near YMCA. 10K goes by Bay Hill golf club, home of the Arnold Palmer PGA Tournament. Restrooms are at Start/Finish (6K), Publix and Trader Joe's (10K). Walk is suitable for strollers/ wheelchairs. Leashed pets are allowed.

    DIRECTIONS: Parking lot at 7758 Wallace Rd. To event parking lot across from YMCA. (Do NOT park in YMCA lot).

  • From Tampa: take I-4E to exit 74A, Sand Lake Rd/International Dr. Left for .8 mi. See ALL.

  • From Daytona/Sanford: take I-4W to exit 74A, Sand Lake Rd/ International Dr. Right on Sand Lake Rd for .8 mi. See ALL.

  • From Florida's Turnpike: take Exit 259, I-4/Orlando/Tampa. Follow I-4W/Tampa sign & merge onto I-4W. Take exit 74A, Sand Lake Rd/International Dr. Right on Sand Lake Rd for .8 mi. See ALL.

    ALL: Right on Dr. Phillips Blvd. for .8 mi. Right before Wallace Rd. - look on right for white AVA event parking sign - & park in medical building lot. From parking walk to Registration across Dr. Phillips Bv. Start is on patio next to front parking lot. GPS: 28.4604767,81.4906859

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    3 November 2018 I-Drive Walk and ICON Orlando Ride (Sign up for ride on registration form).
    Start Point: Comfort Inn and Suites.

    Start Times: Noon-1 p.m. Finish by 4 p.m.

    DESCRIPTION: Walk from the hotel. Those who signed up to ride the ICON Orlando (formerly Orlando Eye) will get guidance on group departure times. Walk passes the ICON Orlando (Eye) where the 20-minute ride in a WAF private capsule awaits those preregistered. Route is along I-Drive, a "high speed" region of tourist delights, including Ripley's, Madam Tussaud's, Wonder Works, Titanic Experience & the new 420-foot tall spinning StarFlyer. Public restrooms are on route. Walk is suitable for strollers/ wheelchairs. No pets.

    DIRECTIONS: See hotel directions.

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    3 November 2018 Tacky Tourist Mixer
    Start Point: Comfort Inn and Suites Meeting Room.

    Start Times: 5:30-6:45.

    DESCRIPTION: Break out the flowered shirt & flipflops for a the Tacky Tourist mixer celebrating the Florida tourist! Enjoy wine from a box and food on a skewer during our bash. Bring a camera! After the party, walk or ride to a 2 1/2 hour-long Sleuth Mystery dinner show with a twist.

    DIRECTIONS: See hotel directions.

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    3 November 2018 Sleuth Mystery Show
    Start Point: Sleuth Mystery Show, 8267 International Dr., Orlando.

    Start Times: 7:00-7:30 Register; 7:30-10:00 Dinner and Show.

    DESCRIPTION: After the party, walk or ride to a 2 1/2 hour-long dinner show?with a twist. On entry to the restaurant, Sleuth's outrageous characters will greet you as if an invited guest. Nibble on Sleuth's signature cheese spread while watching for anything or anyone suspicious! A hilarious 45-minute mystery ensues, challenging you to solve the crime. Cost includes show, meal, beer, wine, soft drinks and tip. Meal options are selected from registration form and include: Cheese Lasagna, Cheese Lasagna and Meatballs, Cornish Game Hen, and Prime Rib.

    DIRECTIONS (if not walking): Turn right on Canada. Right on Carrier Dr. Right on Universal Bv. and cross Sand Lake Rd. Pass 1st Sleuth sign and Fairfield Hotel. Right at entrance to ICON 360 (& "Kings Bowl" sign). Right at end of building and park in the lot (if full, return to entrance road and right into free garage).

    4 November 2018 Universal City Walk
    Start Point: Miller's Ale House 5573 S. Kirkman Rd.

    Start Times: 9-10 a.m. Finish by 1 p.m. (STANDARD TIME STARTS TODAY).

    DESCRIPTION: Miller's Ale House 5573 S. Kirkman Rd.

  • From Tampa on I-4E take Exit 75B, FL435N/Kirkman Rd.; move to right lane as exit curves left over I-4. Merge onto Kirkman Rd. See ALL.

  • From Daytona/Sanford on I-4W take Exit75B-A for FL435N/Kirkman Rd. (travel in right lane of I-4W well before Exit 75). Exit right at Exit 75B, FL435N/Kirkman Rd. See ALL.

  • From Florida Turnpike take Exit 259, I-4 Orlando/Tampa. Follow I-4W/Tampa to I-4W. Stay in I-4W right lane & follow Daytona/Sanford above.

    ALL: Merge onto Kirkman Rd. into the 2nd from right lane, passing Major Blvd. In 0.3 mi, right into Miller's Ale House. Please park at rear of Miller's Ale House. GPS: 28.4814973,-81.4578845

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    4 November 2018 Miller's Ale House Lunch
    Start Point: Miller's Ale House 5573 S. Kirkman Rd.

    Start Times: 11:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    DESCRIPTION: Following the WAF 28 wrap up walk, enjoy a delicious bite at the start location. One of a Florida chain of 80, the restaurant and sports bar boasts of freshly-made food at an incredible value. The specially crafted WAF 28 menu has something for everyone. Meal options are selected from registration form and include a side and soft drink. Options are: Grilled Chicken Breast, Fried Shrimp, Chicken Fingers, Spaghetti & Meatballs, and Mini Burgers.

    Remember to walk the 10 fine permanent Year Round Events in the Orlando area, many shaded for a cooler walking experience: Altamonte Springs Mall, Celebration (2), Lake Buena Vista, Maitland, Orlando (3), Wekiwa Springs State Park, Winter Park.