The Florida Coast: Bike Overnighting the A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway
The Florida Atlantic Coast: Bike Overnighting the A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway with its beautiful sunrises and evenings surrounded by palms and palmettos.
Bicycle Adventurer: Rich Porter
When: January 2016, New Year's Eve weekend
Distance: 280 miles in four days.
- Courteous drivers. Every time a car passed by, they left plenty of room.
- The beautiful beach sunrise while leaving Jacksonville.
- Heading down Palm Coast Blvd. through Ponte Vedra and the seeing the Tournament Players Club, perhaps the world’s most famous golf course.
- Heading south towards St. Augustine and enjoying a breakfast special at Happy Cakes.
- The Bridge of Lyons, a half way point for the days ride.
I always start with a morning cup of tea and oatmeal, but the oatmeal is only enough to get you to Alfies Diner for a great breakfast. A1A continues south through Daytona Beach and some great beach excitement. Depending on how far you want to push, there are several campgrounds and I ended up at the Titusville/Kennedy Space Center KOA with plenty of room for a bikepacker.
On my final day, I started the ride back to Gamble Rogers State Park and the trip home.
Your favorite local bike shop? Cycle Spectrum. Reggae music on all day long and Freddy is the main man.
Bike overnight tips and tricks? A good blow up mattress and sleeping bag make for a comfortable evening after a long ride.
Author Biography: I started out riding along the beach, then rode Florida State Park's mountain bike trails, and eventually became very interested in bikepacking. I've been gathering up gear and setting up the bike and planning routes and trips. Planning the routes are half the fun.
Inspired? Adventure Cycling has two Florida tours still available:
Photo Karen Brooks.
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