Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Cape Coral, FL
Bikes: '79 Schwinn Varsity
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Went from Jacksonville to Ft Pierce, then across to Cape Coral in Oct.
On A1A in Jax Beach, you may be on the sidewalk for a bit...I had to because I was in rush hour traffic in the AM....(maybe 10 city blocks +/-)
On A1A, watch yourself just before Ponte Vedra as traffic going on and off Butler parkway is fast....not difficult, just be careful....
Stretch from Ponte Vedra to St Augustine is fine, with a wide shoulder. I had no problems there....no services, but there is a state park about halfway with rest rooms and water. Just before you get to St Augustine, watch to the right....there is a castle tower about half a block back from the road....at that point I was on a timetable to meet someone in St Augustine, so didn't explore that.
Riding thru St Augustine proper is a bit aggressive... As you come over the bridge from A1A into St Augustine lanes are tight, but traffic is not fast, and I did not have any problems Once you are thru downtown and have crossed back over the liftbridge back to the beach, the shoulders are fine for riding.....getting over the lift bridge requires you to be a bit agressive to make that left turn.
Daytona is not difficult, just lots of traffic....I went thru there just before "Bike Week".
When you get past Daytona and cross the bridge back to US 1, I found the shoulder was fine all the way to Melbourne.
Have a great ride!
Sidenote.....St Augustine micro-breweries are worth the stop!