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gregveal 12-18-14 08:54 AM

South FLA August 2015
 
I am doing a solo charity ride in July & August from Peninsula, OH to Key West. I will be mostly on A1A down the FLA Atlantic coast but am looking for a decent route through Miami. A post from 2006 recommended Old Cutler Rd from Coconut Grove to Homestead but Google maps put me on the M-Path and Dade trail. Any reason to prefer Old Cutler? Thanks!

Balsawings 12-18-14 06:59 PM

I ride both paths several times each week. The Old Cutler path is a much more scenic path (several tourist spots also) although it does get a bit rough in spots. They are currently updating the M-path at the intersections and there are a lot of intersections. Mostly commercial (read strip malls) and follows South Dixie Hwy. Old Cutler is my preference but you can loose the path through Coral Gables if you're not careful and you have to cut over to the Dade trail at SW 216th St. as the path ends at just after 216th St. The trail signs are few and very far in-between. I can give detailed instructions for either trail. Just let me know which you would prefer.

Bob

gregveal 12-19-14 08:55 AM

Bob,
Thanks for the info. I really appreciate your local advice!
I have mapped both M-Path and old cutler routes on ridewithgps.com so I have turn-by-turn cue sheets. But 2 things:

1) I prefer the more scenic route, all other things being equal.
-- a. I'll be doing about 70 miles that day so will want to make pretty good time
-- b. You mentioned that old cutler had some rough spots. I'll be riding a road bike. I "upgraded" tires to 28mm gatorskins for touring (the widest my frame could take), but it's still a road bike - not well adapted to rough surfaces. Do you think that would be a problem?

2) Getting through Miami may be challenging on a Monday morning. Can you recommend a route from say, Lauderdale to connect up with old cutler rd? (or M-Path, if that is what I end up doing.)

Thanks!
greg

gregveal 01-03-15 02:36 PM

Bob,
Thanks for the info. I really appreciate your local advice!
I have mapped both M-Path and old cutler routes on ridewithgps.com so I have turn-by-turn cue sheets. But 2 things:

1) I prefer the more scenic route, all other things being equal.
-- a. I'll be doing about 70 miles that day so will want to make pretty good time
-- b. You mentioned that old cutler had some rough spots. I'll be riding a road bike. I "upgraded" tires to 28mm gatorskins for touring (the widest my frame could take), but it's still a road bike - not well adapted to rough surfaces. Do you think that would be a problem?

2) Getting through Miami may be challenging on a Monday morning. Can you recommend a route from say, Lauderdale to connect up with old cutler rd? (or M-Path, if that is what I end up doing.)

Thanks!
greg

Ghefty 01-04-15 08:14 PM

Greg,
living on the old cutler route I am biased towards my roadway. I regularly ride old cutler on 25mm Gatorskins without issue, having ridden chip seal in other areas I would say that our roadway is in great shape. That said, I do not ride the bike path (multi use path) because it has way too many bumps from the trees that line the path and road. There are several club rides each week that take the scenic road route to Homestead past Black Point Marina and the Homestead Motor Speedway.

I also ride the overseas highway to the upper keys several times a year and to key west at least once each year, most recently on the first weekend in December. There are two options between Homestead/Florida City and Key Largo: US-1 quicker & shorter with a wide shoulder and lots of traffic, or Card Sound Road which is longer with a narrow or no shoulder for 2/3 of the way, and has a nice new bike lane for the last 1/3 but much quieter. I ride both.

once you are in the keys, there three good areas to get off the highway for a few quiet miles, look for the Old Highway on Plantation Key and Upper Matecumbe Key, and the bike path on Grassey Key. These stretches without the noise of passing cars will be a welcome relief

let me know if I can answer any other questions.
Ride safe,
george
Bacchetta Giro700

gregveal 01-09-15 07:14 AM

George,

Thanks a ton for the reply. I will definitely take Old Cutler. And I had originally planned Card Sound Road but because it will be a fairly long day, may go with US1 to largo.
From reading on the web, I got the impression that more than 75 miles of the multi-use, paved Overseas Heritage Trail have been completed.

The 106.5-mile Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail (FKOHT) will stretch the length of the Florida Keys, from Key Largo to Key West, the southernmost point of the continental United States. The trail runs parallel to US Highway 1 and is quite exposed, so bring lots of sunscreen.

Currently, more than 75 miles of the multi-use, paved trail have been completed. For the rest, users will have to share the road with vehicles.
Is this misleading?

Also, getting through Miami may be challenging on a Monday morning (rush hour). Can you recommend a safe route from say, Lauderdale to connect up with old cutler rd?

Thanks!
Greg


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