Sunday, February 5, 2012

A Classic Rural Florida Touring Memory

To return to our home from points north, we either do a 10-mile ride on pavement around Lake June-In-Winter--or we take a 1-mile unpaved route across Lake June Scrub State Park. The shortcut route is sand. You can ride it, but you need to have your cardio fitness up nice and high. Slow down pedalling, and you go down fast.

We did this on fully-loaded touring bikes a few years back. It was pouring rain, and we were finishing the last day of a 10-day tour. Both Al and I decided it was better to burn a ton of energy on the shortcut rather than ride in pouring rain for 10 more miles. It was a really memorable and exciting way to end a tour!

The track to Placid Lakes through Lake June Scrub State Park

5 comments:

  1. That sounds a great way to end you tour.....good job you had enough energy left with which to do it......

    -Trevor

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    1. It's the old carrot on a stick trick: just thinking about that soon-to-come hot shower followed by a big mug of hot coffee GIVES you energy! -Marsha

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    2. I do a lot of touring with my folding bike and I totally agree that it is the best way to get around pretty much anywhere. Between the sandy shortcut though and the 10 mile detour - that's a tough one.

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  2. I would have taken the shortcut too. Afterall, if riding failed, you could always push the bike for whatever was left of the mile.

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    1. You'd enjoy some of the backroads touring here in Florida then, Colleen. Some of the most wonderful views of wildlife and scenery lie on backroads that locals call "hardpack". On a bike, these roads are best described as hardpacked sand washboards and soft but not insane sand roads. Last year I saw a HUGE python eating a large dog size critter. And alligators? LOTS!

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