I got back to where I'd started and wanted to continue onward back to the shore/coastline while continuing to stay as off-road as possible. I had seen during my satellite recon that there was a canal that had a path on it and some service roads. Unfortunately, the end of that path was near the toll road entrance ramp, so I had to hop a fence to start the trail. The trail was nice, but kind of more of a jogging/walking trail since it was cement instead of asphalt. Eventually, it ended and turned into service roads once again. I had an interesting encounter during which I almost hit a 4-ft iguana that then ran in front of me and jumped into the canal. I also had a funny little dog jump a 4-foot fence to run after me, but it knew to stop at its house's property line. Eventually, I ended up biking on grass on state lands near the canal near people's homes, and it was slow going. At one point I ended up having to go back to Atlantic Blvd., which is a major road. I went on the road, but it was pretty interesting since people were trying to enter and exit I-95 at some points. I was able to take more side streets after that and got back to the beach. As I got closer to the beach (about 4 miles out) I began to feel the temperature drop, so I knew I was getting close.
- Florida, no matter how you cut it, is pretty flat biking.
- In the future, if I could have a car, I'd prefer to park and ride just the Everglades for more mileage without riding on the roads.
- From the research I had done, it sounds like there are some park trails that would be good for biking. With the non-technical nature of them, a cross bike with bigger tires should be fine.
- Considering it was 80 degrees and 90% humidity, I can't even imagine riding in Florida during the summer. It would be very uncomfortable.