Bike Touring in Florida

Since 2010, Bicycle Routes 305 - Discovering La Florida, Bike Touring, Photography and History with Jefferson Aleman has been probably the only and most complete guide for bicycling in the Sunshine State. However, I think I chose the wrong language to write about it. Now, I have so much content that it seems really difficult translating everything to English. That is mainly because I never made a penny out of this and I don't feel like wasting more time. Even so, these are some snippets of all my routes.

Miles: 40 / Counties: Sarasota

This first route was originally published on August 28th, 2010. It starts at the northern end of CR 777 in Venice, next to an abandoned rest area on I-75 and just south of the Myakka River. Later, we'll go through the Legacy Trail, a bike path built over the old Seaboard Air Line Rail line. In this section we'll see towns like Nokomis, Laurel, Osprey or Vamo and the Oscar Scherer State Park. The last part its on the upscale Casey Key, down to Nokomis Beach and back to the beginning.

Miles: 82 / Counties: Hillsborough, Pinellas

This one was published on September 5th, 2010. It starts in the southern Pinellas peninsula and goes north through lots of towns and ghost towns like Pinellas, New Cadiz, Gulfport, Bonifacia, Boca Ciega, Bear Creek, Lealman, Pinellas Park, Bardmoor, Feather Sound, Highpoint, DeSoto, Safety Harbor, Greenbriar, East Lake, Bayview, Oldsmar and Lake Magdalene, already in Hillsborough County. This trip offers a wide view of the urban area and the gigantic Tampa Bay.

Miles: 37 / Counties: Dade

Route #3 was done on September 11th, 2010. It goes from Tamiami to the northern edge of the Everglades National Park on US 41. From there, a network of levees will take us along its eastern boundary to the 8.5 Square Mile Area and the agricultural area of west Dade county. Finally we'll end up in West Kendall. Many of those crop fields are disappearing and more housing developments are popping up to no avail.

Miles: 52 / Counties: Dade

Originally published on September 18th, 2010, this route goes around the Water Conservation Area 3B, a remote chunk of the Everglades between Dade and Broward counties. Along the way we can still see parts of old Florida, at places like Mack's Fish Camp. Also, we'll come across some Miccosukee Indian villages. Watch for the alligators though!

#5 Boyette - Lithia - Agricola - Brewster - Four Corners
Miles: 82 / Counties: Hardee, Hillsborough, Manatee, Polk

Done on September 23rd, 2010, this route covers a large area in the Bone Valley. This region of the Sunshine State is crisscrossed by phosphate mines and industrial railroads. Many of these towns are gone, buried under the huge quarries. Most of them operated in the late 1800s all the way to the first half of the twentieth century.

This is another route from September 27th, 2010. It goes through multiple ghost towns in the Florida Heartland along roads lined by orange groves and cattle farms. Except for the parts done on US 17, the rest is really quiet and bicycle friendly.

#7 Beverly Beach - Palm Coast - Hastings - San Mateo
Miles: 98 / Counties: Flagler, Putnam, St Johns

On September 29th, 2010, we went from the beaches of the Atlantic to the shores of the Saint Johns River.

#8 Celebration - Loughman - Davenport - Poinciana - Intersession City
Miles: 65 / Counties: Lake, Orange, Osceola, Polk

October 2nd, 2010. This route goes from the busy roads around Walt Disney World to the sleepy towns in a vast rural area dominated by the citrus industry.

#9 Everglades National Park - Flamingo
Miles: 78 / Counties: Monroe, Dade

October 12th, 2010. A road to nowhere, the authentic last frontier. This route crosses mostly every ecosystem in the everglades. It goes from the pinelands to the coastal marshes near Cape Sable, literally the end of the peninsula.

#10 Lily - Lake Manatee - Rye - Oak Knoll
Miles: 76 / Counties: Hardee, Manatee

#11 Lansing - Ona - Fort Green - Bowling Green
Miles: 65 / Counties: DeSoto, Hardee

#12 Verna - Oneco - Samoset
Miles: 42 / Counties: Manatee

#13 Miccosukee Indian Reservation - Big Cypress Loop
Miles: 43 / Counties: Collier, Dade, Monroe

#14 Ocala - Belleview - Wildwood - Coleman - Sumterville
Miles: 69 / Counties: Marion, Sumter

#15 Sunset Place - Coconut Creek - Miami Circle
Miles: 17 / Counties: Dade

#16 Key Biscayne
Miles: 17 / Counties: Dade

#17 Miami Beach
Miles: 18 / Counties: Dade

#18 Lake Helen - Cassadaga - Orange City - Pine Lakes - Sorrento
Miles: 78 / Counties: Lake, Volusia

#19 Saint Augustine - Lincolnville
Miles: 9 / Counties: St Johns

#20 Anastasia Island - Fort Matanzas - Marineland
Miles: 36 / Counties: St Johns, Flagler

#21 Florida City - North Key Largo
Miles: 45 / Counties: Dade, Monroe

#22 Miami - Little Haiti - Miami Shores
Miles: 14 / Counties: Dade

#23 Naples
Miles: 15 / Counties: Collier

#24 Palm Beach - West Palm Beach
Miles: 10 / Counties: Palm Beach

#25 Fort Myers - Punta Gorda - Port Charlotte
Miles: 65 / Counties: Lee, Charlotte

#26 Chekika State Park - Aerojet WMA - Crocodile Lake
Miles: 77 / Counties: Dade

#27 Lake Okeechobee
Miles: 115 / Counties: Palm Beach, Martin, Okeechobee, Hendry, Glades

#28 Sarasota - Myakka City - Arcadia
Miles: 95 / Counties: Sarasota - Manatee, DeSoto

#29 Matlacha - Cape Coral - LaBelle
Miles: 88 / Counties: Lee, Hendry

#30 Pittman - Astor - De Leon Springs
Miles: 83 / Counties: Lake, Volusia

#31 Chokoloskee - Everglades City - Immokalee
Miles: 92 / Counties: Collier

#32 Yelvington - Flagler Estates - Bimini - St Johns Park - Relay
Miles: 104 / Counties: Flagler, Putnam, St Johns

#33 Copeland - Fakahatchee - Picayune - Marco Island
Miles: 73 / Counties: Collier

#34 Lake George - Pierson - Crescent City - Satsuma - Georgetown
Miles: 73 / Counties: Putnam, Volusia

#35 South Dade Trail - Coral Castle
Miles: 42 / Counties: Dade

#36 Bonita Springs - Fort Myers Beach - Sanibel - Captiva
Miles: 80 / Counties: Lee, Collier

#37 Belle Glade - Brown's Farm - Loxahatchee NWR - Parkland
Miles: 97 / Counties: Palm Beach, Broward

#38 Virginia Gardens - Hialeah - Sawgrass Mills Mall
Miles: 50 / Counties: Dade, Broward

#39 Seminole Tribe of Florida Big Cypress Reservation
Miles: 44 / Counties: Broward, Hardee

#40 Coral Gables - Little Havana - Opa Locka
Miles: 34 / Counties: Dade