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Bicycle Travel => Routes => Topic started by: RobertB on June 15, 2020, 01:27:18 am

 
Title: Heading out of South Florida (Broward County) north.
Post by: RobertB on June 15, 2020, 01:27:18 am
Hello. I’ve decided to get on a bike and see the country. I should be leaving within a couple of weeks. Looking to head north but not up the East coast. I’m looking at the map (Komoot) and it looks like it has me going up 441 to 98 and around Lake Okeechobee. I have been up on 441 to Royal Palm Beach but never went further.

I plan on camping but will stay at a hotel/motel if needed as I figure things out.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. (And I did try the search function here and on Crazyguyonabike nothing seemed to come up from what I saw). Thank you so much!
Title: Re: Heading out of South Florida (Broward County) north.
Post by: John Nettles on June 15, 2020, 08:20:46 am
Most cyclists in your area seem to take US-27 based on Strava's heatmap https://www.strava.com/heatmap#10.22/-80.73837/26.50326/hot/ride .  Good luck on your adventure!
Tailwinds, John
Title: Re: Heading out of South Florida (Broward County) north.
Post by: RobertB on June 15, 2020, 10:11:36 am
Thank you. I always heard of Strava’s heatmap but never used it but I will get the premium. Actually I recognized your name from all the searching I was doing. You have a lot of experience!

To be honest I would rather go up the coast (or any other way) instead of US-27. I don’t even like driving a car on that road (or a semi  about a 15 ago I decided to see the country that way  :) )

So basically then it’s:

Up the coast

Up around the East side of Lake Okeechobee via US 98/441 or

A bit South and over to Naples?

Thank you so much!
Title: Re: Heading out of South Florida (Broward County) north.
Post by: John Nettles on June 15, 2020, 10:38:40 am
The heatmap is not the premium or at least I don't pay for it.  I only use Strava for the Heatmap so maybe it comes with the premium but I don't know. 
Title: Re: Heading out of South Florida (Broward County) north.
Post by: John Nettles on June 15, 2020, 10:42:16 am
I would probably look at heading west then up but that is my preference.  Also look at Google's map bicycle maps (access via the 3 horizontal lines at the upper left of the screen).  FL has some really nice trails (solid dark lines) so check them out.
Title: Re: Heading out of South Florida (Broward County) north.
Post by: RobertB on June 15, 2020, 10:58:15 am
Thank you Sir. I always used Strava on my phone. They just changed their whole model and a lot of things that were free are now premium.

I have a Trek FX2 hybrid, so I can’t do too much on trails but I will check it all out. Thank you again.
Title: Re: Heading out of South Florida (Broward County) north.
Post by: aggie on June 15, 2020, 06:25:43 pm
I've ridden on several rail-trails in FL and they have all been paved.  As John said it would be worthwhile at least checking them out.  You can check out the trails on the Rail-toTrails Conservancy website.  (You may have to be a member to get detailed info.)  I also check google maps where a trail crosses a road and look at the road view.  In many cases you can see if it is paved or has some other surface.  Many trails that aren't paved have a pretty hard packed surface so unless you are running really skinny tires you should be just fine.  I like trails as there is virtually no traffic and no hills to speak of.  In many areas I don't even see many cyclists or walkers. 
Title: Re: Heading out of South Florida (Broward County) north.
Post by: RobertB on June 15, 2020, 07:09:15 pm
Thank you. I didn’t want to keep peppering him with questions but I wasn’t sure if he meant dirt trails or what they have in TrailLink (the app). I do use those where I live and they are awesome.

Honestly I fell last year and broke my 48 year long streak of never breaking a bone. Destroyed my collarbone. I learned to become way more careful.

Just need to see if I can piece all of this up and out of here. I tell you people make this look easy but I literally just took the wheel off the bike today for the first time and I didn’t put it back right. Ended up going to the bike shop with the bike in my back seat (I have a cheap old convertible). Started raining and my phone I thought broke (it overheated and shut down in this weather). Turns out T mobile went down all over the country.

Thanks again for the reply! :)

Title: Re: Heading out of South Florida (Broward County) north.
Post by: jcostanz on June 16, 2020, 07:59:50 pm
Going up the coast, the hills you will run into are the bridges over the Intercostal.  During the winter I ride a lot North of 706 along the coast up to Stewart.
Even during the higher winter traffic, if you stick to the coast using A1A or Beach Road on Jupiter island the traffic is minimal on these roads and most of the time when you are stuck on US 1 there is a wide sidewalk, almost a bike path along the road,  the one exception is on US1 bridge next to the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse.
Title: Re: Heading out of South Florida (Broward County) north.
Post by: RobertB on June 16, 2020, 09:17:16 pm
Thank you. I was looking at Jupiter to try that state park as my first stop to try it all out. But then try and make my way west. But I am still checking it out. I think I know that bridge. Last year we went to (not on bike), Jensen Beach. That seemed nice too.

Thank you!
Title: Re: Heading out of South Florida (Broward County) north.
Post by: jcostanz on June 17, 2020, 11:18:42 am
many years ago when I did a loop around Lake Okeechobee.  I came back using 76 to  710 to 706.  There was a wide shoulder on the roads until you hit the Welcome to Jupiter town line where the shoulder went from several feet to nothing at the sign.  Traffic was very light once you got west of the Turnpike and 95.  But my experience with this area has always been during the winter.
I remember that there is a path and sidewalks on the west side of US1 most if not all the way from Jupiter light house to Jonathan Dixon State park.
Title: Re: Heading out of South Florida (Broward County) north.
Post by: John Nettles on June 17, 2020, 06:40:34 pm
Midlife, you aren't bothering me.  Everyone has to start somewhere and I had many people help me along the way so I am just returning the favor.  Should you ever get stranded while touring due to a mechanical issue, check out YouTube.  Most likely, there is some video covering whatever the issue is and how to fix it.

Tailwinds, John
Title: Re: Heading out of South Florida (Broward County) north.
Post by: RobertB on June 21, 2020, 12:55:42 pm
Thank you guys. I’m starting to think it best not to just wing it. I am forgetting why I wanted to do this in the first. The daily things in life, I really don’t like having to think about. I wear the same style clothes and color and eat the same things for a reason.

Just want to cycle and see new things. It there is a guide where I don’t have to worry about going to sleep at night then I should take advance of that. Some people may like that part. Me not a fan :) .
Title: Re: Heading out of South Florida (Broward County) north.
Post by: John Nettles on June 21, 2020, 01:00:12 pm
I assume you have check out the ACA maps.  They are excellent.  They list the campgrounds, hotels, cyclist only lodging, grocery stores, bike shops, etc.  They are a bit pricey until you realize how much work goes into these bicycle specific maps.  The routes generally are lower traffic, scenic, and/or cultural in nature. Highly recommend, especially for a person new to touring.

You could always "wing it" if you wanted to ride parts of two different routes and you had to create (wing it) a connector.

Tailwinds, John
Title: Re: Heading out of South Florida (Broward County) north.
Post by: RobertB on June 21, 2020, 01:19:48 pm
Yes Sir but the amount of information is overwhelming. Plus I’m doing all of this on my phone. I just now was trying to use the East Coast Greenway map.

Basically I live just north of Ft Lauderdale but closer to Boca Raton.

The winging it, well I have a bad habit of trying to make life harder for myself then necessary. Like I said I really don’t like thinking of the day to day necessities.

You know just now we were getting in the car and I waived and said hello to a gentleman that is kind of stuck here in the United States (from Brazil). Older guy that doesn’t even speak English. I spoke to him for a second and I got in the car and my wife was shaking her head.

I asked what? She said “you can talk to anyone”. And that Sir is what I like to do.

Also I’m trying to find out the differences between this forum, Crazyguyonabike, and I found a Facebook group with a lot of experienced people.

So much to learn. Just want to pedal :)

Title: Re: Heading out of South Florida (Broward County) north.
Post by: John Nettles on June 21, 2020, 01:24:28 pm
If you are in Fort Lauderdale, just start out with the Atlantic Coast and/or the Florida Connector route.  Get a few weeks under your belt.  You can use ACA's phone app (you have to buy the app maps though).
Once you get north a little bit, your routes start to increase.  The routes are sold in segments so you do not have to buy the entire Southern Tier if you only want to go to say Mobile before heading north on the Underground Railroad route.

Best, John

P.S. Remember that if you ask 10 people for their opinion, you will probably get 10 different answers.
Title: Re: Heading out of South Florida (Broward County) north.
Post by: Pat Lamb on June 21, 2020, 04:19:01 pm
P.S. Remember that if you ask 10 people for their opinion, you will probably get 10 different answers.

No, I think that's 11 different answers.  8)

Re: the different sites.  Remember (as in, never forget) crazyguy is a private site.  If you disagree with the proprietor, don't do it on  that site.  Best advice I neglected was to use CGOAB for the trip journals, and don't participate in the forum there.  It's easier to post a cycling journal on CGOAB than anyplace else I know.

You might also want to check out the Touring section of bikeforums.net.  Many of the same people here participate at bf as well, but there's less emphasis on Adventure Cycling routes over there.
Title: Re: Heading out of South Florida (Broward County) north.
Post by: RobertB on June 21, 2020, 04:35:21 pm
Wow thank you John and Pat. Also Bikeforums.net!! Also I saw Reddit as well. I’ll drive myself crazy with all of that though.

I do need to figure out how to journal but can’t be too hard. Also I wasn’t planning on bringing a camera (I figure I’ll use my cell for now). I can get a camera along the way.

Thanks again!