Sunday, April 10, 2016

I'll Think Of A Reason Later (Country Western Song, Lee Ann Womack)

We just needed to get away from Miami. Anywhere would do. We picked Okeechobee, Florida.

Okeechobee is a quiet agricultural town on the northern edge of Lake Okeechobee. It is unpretentious and unsophisticated. Cattle graze a few hundred feet from our motel. Snowbirds fill RV resorts during the winter. The big sport here is fishing.

It is easy to access the longest paved segments of the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail (the L.O.S.T.) from Okeechobee. We checked into a motel near one of the L.O.S.T.'s access points. But from our motel we could also pedal over to the unpaved part of the trail.

It's mainly double track gravel. We aren't gravel grinders. To me, that is a faster more competitive ride. What we are is gravel ramblers.

Today we pedaled the double track until the grass got mid-calf high as we pedaled and pollen filled the air. We started to sneeze. We started to cough. We turned around and headed out of the grasses. We finished our ride on the paved trail, hopping off the trail when we got to the access point near our motel.

Even with too much pollen, it's all good on a double track ramble.


4 comments:

  1. I haven't been riding in that area for over a year. Actually I've been putting some pounds... not riding much at all. Last time I went there, the dyke was under construction and closed at different points. I tried Belle Glade, Pahokee, Canal Point and Port Mayaca. After a few miles, I had to go back. A little frustrating. Back in 2011, when I did my route #27 around the lake, I did it on asphalt. I started in Pahokee and it was 115 miles. I ended up doing 136 when I missed the turn at Canal Point and started going back to West Palm Beach...

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    1. Nice to hear from you! We've done the lake several times in the past, too. We always enjoyed the long stretches up on the dike. We didn't even mind hopping on and off around the water control structures. It's going to be great, IF they ever get it finished.
      Love your blog. Hope to see new posts when you find time to ride more again!

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  2. Thanks! I have dozens of planned routes right now and of course, the #100 is coming anytime soon. What I've been doing lately is replacing some of them with new content because many of the first ones were in Dade County and had a lot of redundancies. At this precise moment I'm on writing the new #8, which I just did last weekend. I have to replace four more. Some of the new ones are #2, #5 or #7.

    Besides this, I have to find time to start translating everything. As the matter of fact, the future blog in English is ready here http://bicycleroutesflorida.blogspot.com/ but so far, is empty!

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    1. Very nice to hear! I share your blog with everyone I know who likes to cycle and travel Florida. As soon as your English blog gets going, I'll let everyone know. Your routes are great!

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