Southeast - Question for Tractor Tom or anybody
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Are there any primitive camp areas in the Moore Haven area or can one camp anywhere along the Lake O dike?
I'm cycling over from Naples,fl to meet a friend in Moore Haven who's cycling over from Sebastian.
How's the Scenic trail in that area? We were then going to head to Weston and then back track home.
09-27-10, 06:46 AM
Hey Glen...........Hope all is well. I have stayed just north of there at Fisheating Creek in Palmdale They have both Rv and primitive camping options. I would imagine it is still pretty warm and buggy there yet. Is there actually a Scenic trail in the area and is it paved?.............http://www.fisheatingcreekoutpost.com/showpage.asp?page=campground
09-27-10, 11:56 AM
I've seen several primitive camp sites along the stretch of the LOST between Moore Haven and Okeechobee, but that section is entirely unpaved. I recall seeing a nice one with reasonably close access to the road near where the levee crosses 78. I think that's just a few miles south of Fisheating Creek.
Just to clarify, the segment of the LOST is unpaved between Moore Haven and Buckhead Ridge. I've ridden in on MTB and it's a nice run, but gets a bit boring after a few hours... There are other primitive sites along the levee, and I imagine you could make your own without a hassle.
Hopefully Tractor Tom can confirm if the section between John Stretch park and Pahokee is still under construction. The paved sections are really nice.
Thanx Mike and Chris.. Let my study your answers and I'm sure I'll have some more questions..
Good to hear from you Mike...
09-28-10, 05:32 PM
Next time just send me an email so I don't happen to stumble across your question....There is a "resort" camping area in Moore Haven, on the north end of the high rise bridge. You can see it from the bridge, it is on the lake side, over the dike from town. I have not stayed there, but I know it is available and have seen tents there. Farther south along the path, on the way towards Clewiston a ways is a small resort with a boat ramp (maybe five or six miles from the path trailhead in Moore Haven ) called Uncle Joes. They have camping there, and a small store too, as I recall. The LOST (Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail) is complete from Moore Haven to just South of Pahokee, with only one place you are forced off in the town of Clewiston, to go around a canal on the US27 bridge. Past Clewiston on the trail, you come to John Stretch Park, with facilites, and then a park in South Bay, with a nice campground as well.
Now, as for the path, from Moore Haven, towards Okeechobee, the path is a gravel two track, suitable for mountain bikes. The good news however is that Hwy 78 has a GREAT shoulder and rides along parallel to the dike for most of the ways. The highway is lightly traveled, and I ride it often. Heading from Moore Haven, take US27 north about two miles to the intersection with Hwy 78 and turn right. About 10 miles up the road you hit the resort town of Lakeport, where you can find stores, bars, and a restaurant or two. 20 miles beyond Lakeport is Buckhead ridge and the Kissimmee River bridge. Just across the bridge is the Okee-tantie county park. A nice park with lots of camping space, and as of last weekend nearly 100% available spaces. Adjacent to the Okee-tantie park is the LOST (Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail) a wide, paved path that runs along the top of the dike from the Kissimmee River to the bridge at Port Mayaca some 26 miles away. I ride this path nearly every weekend, and it is in great condition an lightly used. Be warned, however, that there is NO WATER or other facilities available on the LOST.
If you have specific questions, or are planning to visit Okeechobee drop me a line! I'd be happy to help...
Tractor Tom in Okeechobee
We will arrive in Moore Haven Sat//10-16 around 4 pm.. Re: www.crazyguyonabike.com Meet up..
10-24-10, 06:17 AM
I see you listed this event on crazyguyonabike.........Anybody else show up for this besides you and Tom?. Would of like to join you guys but still up in NC. Headed back to Florida around Thanksgiving.
No, it was just me and David from Sebastian. It was a great trip with great weather//re Tractor Tom:we stayed at the place you mentioned in Moore Haven/Okee.Waterway Resort. The meeting notice was posted too late for the Moore Haven. We are planning another one"meeting" @ Caloosahatchee Regional park 11-28-10.
10-24-10, 02:15 PM
Glad you and Tom had a great weather. I will join you guys @ Caloosahatchee park one way or the other. I bought the Nasbar touring frame a few months ago but would need to assemble it once I get back in Fla. Plan on stripping out one of my old road bikes to complete build. May not get back in time to finish the build but if nothing else it looks like a good location for mountain biking and would will bring my mountain bike down and at least meet you guys. Please keep me posted as to your plans..........
If you want I can put the Caloosahatchee overniter off till 12/5 to give you time to finish the build?? Let me know so I can post on BF & CGOAB..
10-25-10, 06:33 AM
If it doesn't mess up your prior plans that would be great. This is my first build out and did not want to rush it to much. Look forward to it.
Not a problem..12-5 will be fine. Will you be riding the new bike from your house to Caloosahatchee?
10-25-10, 03:03 PM
Yes, plan to ride the new bike. May not be fully outfitted the way I want but for a short tour will suffice. Still undecided on a touring wheelset so may end up using one of my road bike sets until I find what I'm looking for. .......Using google maps it shows 105 miles. Unfortunately I need to go north before heading south as SR 70 is not a bike friendly highway. Will split it into a two day ride and take my time and enjoy the surroundings.
There's a nice touring wheelset for 209.00 on ebay: "Tourist wheelset". I'm 56 mi from CRP.. Also Syncros make a nice granny gear chain ring you can add to a triple...
10-26-10, 10:16 AM
Thanks for the info..... I believe the Tourist wheelset does not have nipples. I'm looking for 36 spokes, double walled, double butted with brass nipples wheels. Bicycle Warehouse has them available for roughly $220 plus shipping. I figure with the holidays coming up they should have some discounts and will be able to pick them up a little cheaper. Also I bought the Shimano Deore mountain bike crankset (42-32-22). With the mountain climbing I experience at my summer home plus I plan on doing the 'Blue Ridge Parkway" in the spring, I needed the low gearing. By the way......My email address is email@example.com.
Sounds like you got it under control..Look forward to seeing the finished product...
11-13-10, 10:34 AM
Headed back to Fla next week. Plan on building out the new bike as soon as I get back. Is your planned meeting on 12/05 @ Caloosahatchee still on?.. Have not seen it posted yet so just wanted to make sure it is still on. Hope all is going well in south Fl. Getting a little to cold for much bike riding up here so will be glad to head south.....
Yep//12-5.. Been busy. Will post on Crazy Guy today or tomorrow. So far it's just you and me.
David from Sebasian can't make it and have not heard from Tractor Tom//I will email him.
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