The Atlantic Coast route that we (Adventure Cycling) has,
has been around for quite some time....and I'm not even sure
why it ends in Fort Myers. We have had discussions with one
of our researchers in the area and we've been looking at
changing the route.
We hear a lot of good things about the route that goes
straight down the Atlantic Coast of the state....using the route
from the book "Bicycling the Atlantic Coast". (http://www.adventurecycling.org/store/moreinfo.cfm?Product_ID=
The route in the book takes you down to the Miami area.
From there, I would get in touch with the bike coordinator for
the state of Florida (Dennis Scott at email@example.com
) and find out what information
they have to get you down to the Keys. (I do know that there
are bike paths being built in the Miami area). Also CR 997 (to
the east of US 1) is the way to go....down to CR 995....and
then following US 1 out to Key West (I've heard that there is a
shouler/path for most of the way).
From there, there is a ferry available to get back to the Fort
Myers area. I'm sure that they bike coordinator for the state of
Florida knows the schedule of the ferry.
Hope that this helps.
routes and mapping