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    I saw a big dead cat :-(

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    Alligators, alligators, and more alligators.

    ...rode the Shark Valley Trail in Everglades National Park.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucky13
    Alligators, alligators, and more alligators.

    ...rode the Shark Valley Trail in Everglades National Park.

    How is that for roadies? We've been thinking about trying it out - how long is the loop? And, are there really alot of gators??? I guess that limits rest stops!

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    Some beautiful Sequoia Sempervirens, the Pacific Ocean, too many SUVs, some guy's butt , some girl's butt and about 55 miles of pavement.

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    Family of black bears.

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    Saw three deer grazing, and I was just on my way to the ride. Seems most of the wildlife round these perts are all roadkill, but I've seen racoons, a beaver, and a deer (being attended to by half a dozen turkey vultures). The one thing I've seen that made me giggle (if you want to call it that) was a house with a Union Jack flag waving high and proud...

    And lots of abandoned corner markets and gas stations. Something nostalgaic about those....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maelstrom
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    Did you forget you already posted that, or are you just trying to get someone to ask you what the story is? Or is there some I Saw A Family of Black Bears Cult that I should know about?

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    A rabbit, that I think he wanted to race. From where I met up with him on the trail, spent the next minute trying not to run it over. It finally got off the trail, only for me to come up on it when the trail pulled back around.

    Lots of coke/dp cans. I went back to my truck and grapped my Timbuk2 bag and a trash bag. Rode the trails again picking up the trash, and putting directional arrows back up. Luck for me I was the only person crazy enough to ride the trails in the heat of the day. My thermo read at 95 in the shade.

    Oh and one really lost disc golfer. He flagged me down. He was about 1 mile away from the "hole" he was looking for.

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    Lots of people fishing along the banks of the Fox River and at one spot below a dam, lots of people standing in the Fox River fishing.

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    Saw one of these on Saturday's ride. And yes, it was on the route.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 3cannondales
    How is that for roadies? We've been thinking about trying it out - how long is the loop? And, are there really alot of gators??? I guess that limits rest stops!
    Road bikes will do just fine as the Shark Valley trail is paved. It's a 15 mile loop with an observation tower at the halfway point. It's a nice ride and aside from the occasional tourist tram, is devoid of any motorized traffic. Cyclists are required to stop while a tram passes...it may not be the ideal spot to log serious training miles.

    The number of alligators present along the trail seems (??) to depend on the water level. When low, as it was over the weekend, then the gators will be concentrated close to the trail and in the adjacent canal and ponds... and at times, actually on the trail surface. With high water, usually in summer, they tend to spread out over a wider area. The creatures seem pretty docile, they must be well fed. It can be a bit unnerving at first. I passed within five or six feet of a gator that was pushing 10-11 feet in length. I've never heard of an actual attack on the route but if one were to fall in the canal, then all bets are off!

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    A kid...about 10 years old who ran along his yard yelling "C'mon Mister, I'll race ya!"....and although pooped, I feigned an effort and let him smoke me! <grin>
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    Umm I see super hot women with nice tans, and hmm that's about it, all my brain is focused on is looking at hot chicks

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    Two baby racoons playing in the ditch and a really beautiful doe......it almost ran into me!
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    Chickens on the trail. Redwing blackbirds. Lots of race teams training. Two volcanos, two mountain ranges, two rivers, and two lakes.

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    Two eyes reflected from my helmet lamp that turned out to be a fox. A mouse running in front of me. Three deers, one of which was standing in the middle of the road. Two cars in 40 kilometres. Night riding is fun.
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    alot of beautiful sights while on the ride (vacation ride) not to mention a short piece of angle iron I threw ofer the edge, oh and yeah two dead rattle snakes.

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    Bunch of road kill - skunk, squirrel, bird. Some others I could smell but not see. Almost ran over some unidentified carcass in the road. On the brighter side, saw the Pacific Ocean and lots of Redwood trees, a lot of other cyclists.
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