I've lived here in So. Fla for about 20 yrs now, and started road biking about 2 yrs ago. It's hardly a MTB mecca since it is as flat as a pancake. We have a pretty technical trail in nearby Markham Park, and some "hills" (barely pimples) in a small park on the south edge of town. I just started riding, and I've never really "mountain biked."
I've heard tell of some rides along the levees that surround portions of the northwest edge of the Everglades. I've been telling myself that I'm gonna do it, but I never seem to get a round twit.
Today my riding partner, a very strong riding tri-gal, was telling me that her and her hubby often train out there on the MTBs. The roads are all flat as a pancake, packed gravel, and there is no traffic. She told me about trails I never knew existed.
Now I'm all pumped about going out there with my son's mtb or me and the wife taking the tandem out with some 38s on it. In prep for that, I mapped out some routes with the help of the "hybrid" view on the RideWithGPS site.
The first is a 22 mi out and back, across the everglades. This route I never knew existed until today. I think this will be the first that me and the wife will do on the tandem.
Atlantic to Sawgrass Rec Park and Back
The second is a slightly longer ride, 26.5 mi, in a loop around part of the everglades conservation area. It starts at the same point, but heads south first, then west to US 27. There you hop on the bike path along US 27 for about 3 mi, and back into the levees at the Sawgrass Recreation Park. From there its straight back to the start on Atlantic Blvd.
26.5 mi around the Conservation Area
The third ride as a 75 mi loop around the Loxahachee wild life preserve. It heads north on the levee from Atlantic Blvd. to Lox Road, then northwest along the levee to Brown's Farm. There you head north on the levee and ride around Loxahachee. That will bring you back to Lox road, then it's about 8 miles south to Atlantic Blvd. This looks like a nice Saturday jaunt.
75 mi around Loxahachee
Hope to see some of you out there enjoying these rides.