A few months ago I ran across a listing for the Homestead Speedway Century, a ride sponsored by the Everglades Bicycle Club. Part of the ride was actually on the Speedway. Definitely a winner. "Want to ride your bike around a NASCAR race course?" I asked Al. He said he did.
We drove down to South Florida on Saturday. We diverted to a bike shop in Miami (Bike Tech) for early packet pickup, then headed to Homestead, checked into our motel, and set out to see the area. The old section of town is small. There are some interesting Mexican restaurants. But most of the area is typical cookie cutter suburban development. The back roads, however, have some charm. We headed off to Publix for fruit, Greek yogurt, and, my food find for this trip, diet Jupiña pineapple soda.
|Riding on the Speedway|
|Quiet Rural Miami Dade Roads|
|Rest Stop in Hammock of Everglades National Park|
The last 5 miles were smack into the wind, and the wind kicked up substantially. We envied the bike clubs riding in their pace lines, drafting behind their lead rider. It wasn't a pretty 5 miles for us, but nobody ever said it had to be pretty. You just have to make it to the end of the ride.
This is definitely a ride that we will attend every year.