St. Augustine, FL - West Palm Beach, FL (507.8 miles)
Adventure Cycling Association
The Florida peninsula is honeycombed by underground springs which have caused numerous sink holes. Some of these "sinks" get to be fairly large. For example, Thrill Hill Rd. passes in and out of a 100-foot deep sink hole north of Mount Dora. Disney World is located south of Oakland and Winter Garden. Many campgrounds and motels offer shuttle service into Disney World, which would be the best way to reach this fun spot. Ranches, open scrub, and grassland near Wauchula and Arcadia lead to a (slightly) downhill ride along the tea-colored Peace River. The route is rural and well away from tourist corridors from north of Cape Coral through Ft. Myers to Ft. Lauderdale. Florida's west coast is often swampy and ringed with low-lying mangrove jungles. The route skirts the southern banks of Lake Okeechobee and access is available to ride around it on a path built by the Corps of Engineers. Historic Ft. Myers, a transportation center and access point to the famous Everglades, serves as a pivot point of the route with its ferry services.
I notice that all but one of the previous reviews were by people who did not actually travel the route. We tried to follow this route from around Fort Lauderdale to Fort Myers. We found 2 problems: parts of the route were along very busy highways,and the other problem was that the actual safe (and less ugly) parts of the route were closed for construction (and had been for some time). We spent 5 years traveling around different parts of the world on our bikes, and our opinion is that if want to cycle, don't do it in Florida.
Flordia Connector Map Review
A customer from Mooresville, North Carolina on 11/1/12
I haven't actually traveled the Florida connector as of yet. However, I have been using the Adventure Cycling Connector map (along with other resources) to plan a trip in January 2013. For planning purposes, I find the map to be very helpful. However, to provide a more accurate review of the map, I should return after my trip and submit another review.
Robert Colvin on 4/7/11
As always a good map. I'm planning my trip, so have not used it, but have good reference points and so am researching my ride.
A customer from Southampton UK on 1/12/10
Have used the ACA maps for a couple of trips and well worth getting, this one answered my question about getting from Celebration to the east coast. Looks an interesting route. I use the ACA maps as a guide for planning - don't always stick to them but they are a good start and great help for getting through/round big cities.
Florida Connector and Atlantic Coast Section 7 Maps Review
A customer from Windsor, Ontario, Canada on 12/25/06
We used the Adventure Cycling Association's Florida Connector map and started in Port Charlotte. We traveled to Fort Myers Beach, then headed east across the state to Fort Lauderdale where we continued with the ACA Atlantic Coast Section 7 map and made our way to Key West. We stayed there for a couple of days then took the ferry service back to Fort Myers Beach. From there we retraced one leg of our route back to our car in Port Charlotte. This was an interesting loop to travel.
The Adventure Cycling Association maps were very helpful. The only snags that we had were on the I 75 ramps at Weston ( see http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=RrzKj&page_id=143685&v=3h for a full description of our problems) and the heavy traffic and dangerous, narrow road conditions on Card Sound Road outside of Florida City ( see http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=RrzKj&page_id=144023&v=3B ).
Thanks for the helpful maps. If the above mentioned problems were fixed in future publications of these maps, the entire route for bicycle tourists doing the Florida Loop would be more enjoyable and much safer.