Day 11. Monday, May 1 – Cutler Bay to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Monday 1 May 2017

Last night’s rain had cooled the air and washed away some of the humidity, but the wind was still blowing.  We enjoyed yesterday’s wonderful trail along the bus lanes for another eight miles, thankfully with the wind on our shoulder.  When that trail ended, we still had a dedicated and well marked path that took us through Coral Gables and into Downtown Miami; only encountering rush hour at the intersections.  With this easy bike path through downtown, we missed our turn, but the backtrack was worth it.  Out on the streets we ambled along through the gorgeous waterfront area of Brickell Bay, past the American Airlines Arena, the Port of Miami and to the Venetian Parkway.  A bicycle is definitely the way to travel the six islands of exclusive homes between Miami and South Beach….up close and personal.  Having visited this area several times in the past, our pictures were few.

With our early start, 11:00 seemed like a good time to stop.  Found a great Cuban cafe for a little bite to eat, this breakfast came with a plate full of fries and bread and fresh squeezed orange juice.

Back on Collins Avenue (aka: A1A) the opulence was staggering, even mind-boggling and very difficult to capture on camera.  Taking it all in was exhausting, looking up, right, left while trying to avoid the traffic we rode beside.  Even the few miles of the boardwalk we biked, had the camera going non-stop.Close to Ft. Lauderdale, we had to take an inland turn to navigate around Port Everglades and the airport.  We had not realized how cooling the ocean breeze had been, until we were off the sea.  It was a long, hot few miles before we turned back on to our highway and into our hotel.  Though the 58 mile ride was longer than originally expected it was well worth it.  Jerry’s brother and wife were traveling south (not on bicycles) as we were heading north and we managed to connect here for drinks and dinner.  It was a good day!

4 Responses to “Day 11. Monday, May 1 – Cutler Bay to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Cooling ocean breezes and beautiful Miami, what a great day for a ride!

  2. Jim Says:

    Watching your progress today. Lunch with the Trump’s?

  3. Justin Says:

    Glad you were able to meet up and have dinner with your brother! Lot of money on land and on the water for almost all of your ride.

  4. Mary-Ellen Says:

    All I can say is WOW – great pics! And dinner looked delicious!

Leave a Reply