Florida 2016

This tour was in three stages. Stage 1 was Fort Lauderdale to Key West. Stage 2 was the ferry from Key West to Fort Myers Beach, on the gulf coast, and the ride to St. Augustine with a stop over in Tampa to visit a friend. Stage 3 was St. Augustine back .

Start Date: 
Friday, February 19, 2016
Total Miles: 
1011
Number of Days: 
23

I had this plan  to go to New Zealand in late January. Then I had to have hernia surgery which kept me off the bike for long enough to loose a lot of fittness. Then I got word that my dad was not doing well so decided to go to Florida instead. So I shipped my bike via Bike Flights.com to my sister's house and flew out. Also aranged for a my daugters and 2 of my 3 granddaughters to be there also. So I had some nice family time and then set off for a bike tour. Certainly would be nice to ride in the sun for a change.

This tour was in three stages. Stage 1 was Fort Lauderdale to Key West. Stage 2 was the ferry from Key West to Fort Myers Beach, on the gulf coast, and the ride to St. Augustine with a stop over in Tampa to visit a friend. Stage 3 was St. Augustine back to Fort Lauderdale.

For the ride from Fort Lauderdale to Key West I had mostly tailwinds, which was nice, especially over Seven Mile Bridge. For the rest of the ride I had mosty headwinds, mild in the interior, but strong on the coast. The last six days from St. Augustine to Fort Lauderdale were especially difficult. I also discovered that Florida does indeed have some hills. Real hills! These were in Lake County which I very much enjoyed.

The highlight of this trip were the wonderful Warm Showers hosts I stayed with. On five occasions I was hosted and treated royally by some great people, some of which I hope to see again when they tour through Oregon. I also meet some great people on the road, at least two of which also promised to visit me at home this summer.

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Map of my Florida Tour
The approximate route of my Florida Tour

 

Below is my log for each day of the tour. Use the navigation controls to scroll through the days .