The 10th Annual Everglades Bike Ride will be held on Sunday, April 2, and cyclists will once again have an opportunity of experiencing the ride of their choice, at their own pace. There is a 15-mile route winding through historic Everglades City built in the 1920s, a visit to the Everglades National Park Gulf Coast Visitors Center, and then across the mangrove-dappled causeway to Chokoloskee Island which arguably has the most colorful history and attitude within all of Collier County before returning to McLeod Park.
For cyclists wanting a more challenging ride, you can choose from two longer distance routes. The 27-mile off-pavement route includes Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, an intimate encounter with nature through pristine cypress forest famous for its orchids and bromeliads. The 62-mile paved route takes cyclists 17 miles along US 41 in Big Cypress National Preserve through quintessential Everglades with scenes of cypress forests juxtaposed by stunning prairies, then a stretch along CR 29 to view the wilds of Fakahatchee, a tour the historic fishing village of Everglades City, all topped off by a stint to Chokoloskee Island with its refreshing sea breeze.
In addition to the bicycle ride, all participants will be provided a continental breakfast beginning at 7:30 AM, free bike repairs compliments of Bikes for Tykes of Naples, SAG support for the ride, tour of the historic Smallwood Store Museum in Chokoloskee, a seafood lunch with a special treat of homemade desserts including calamondin cake. All rides start/end in “downtown” Everglades City near City Hall.
Participants from our previous rides have named this event one of the best cycling experiences in South Florida. Although we cannot guarantee the wildlife you may see during your ride, it will certainly be fun with lots of camaraderie.
This event focuses on safety, environmental education and stewardship for those hiking, walking, or cycling through South Florida and the Everglades. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the South Florida National and State Parks.
To register and for more information, visit website www.evergladesrogg.org (click on “Events”) or call Patty Huff at 239-695-2397.