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Florida bicycle touring January 2013

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1. Posted by Meenee (Budding Member, 11 posts) 12 Nov '12 17:09

Hi :)

I'm planing some short brake from work and decide to hit Florida for a month (can't go for more due my job). I still don't really have any exact plans on where exactly I wanna go (as planning of my trip started bout 3 hours ago), I'd say I'll just go with the flow and see what happens planing to start from Jacksonville, visiting family in High Springs then Orlando, Tampa, Palm Bay, Miami, Key West ... majority of the road I'm planing to do on my bicycle but will probably use public transport at some stages. As per accommodation Couch surfing, hostels and (maybe) camping. Planning to do max 60 km (37 mi) a day at average peace around 25 KPH/15,5 MPH. If anybody wants to join me on any part or even whole tour is more than welcome ;).
I will be great full for any tips regarding cycling roads, must see's, thing to do and where to stay. I will indeed try to gather as much info as possible but it's always good to hear from someone who experienced such a tour or locals living in the areas.
Thanks in advance ;)

2. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator, 1871 posts) 13 Nov '12 07:40

Well, probably the most important thing you need to know is that bicycles aren't allowed on the interstate highway system (quick way to get a ticket from the local police if you even try to take this for one mile). Since the major highways from Orlando to Tampa and from Tampa to Miami are interstates, and since the major road from Orlando to Miami (Florida Turnpike, which is state highway 91) is also closed to bicycles, you'll need to figure out other roads to take to get between places in Florida. Fortunately, US highways (for example, US 27) and most state highways (besides 91) are open to bikes, you should plan your trip by taking these as you travel across the state.

P.S. Enjoyed the quote on your profile page (which originally was from one of George Bernard Shaw's plays, Back to Methuselah, but which was made famous by John Kennedy's speech to the Irish Parliament in 1963).