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

Accomodations: Gamble Rogers State Park in Flagler and the Titusville/Kennedy Space Center KOA

Distance: 280 miles in four days.

Adventure Bonuses: 

  • 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.

Day One:

I traveled south, down the A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway, through beautiful beach towns and ocean scenery, then spent the night camping at Gamble Rogers State Park.

Day Two:

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.

Day Three:

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. 

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Inspired? Adventure Cycling has two Florida tours still available:

 

 

Intro to Road Touring, FL | Apr 10-15 | $629.00 | Education

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Florida Keys II | Nov 05-15 | $1,729.00 | Self Contained

Photo Karen Brooks.

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4 responses so far ↓

clint bows - Feb 1, 2016 at 2:12 PM

I rode from Daytona to fort clinch state park a few weeks ago campimg most of the way, it is a great area to tour

Denis - Feb 1, 2016 at 3:09 PM

My wife Heide and I biked from Jacksonville to Key West in April 2014. It was a great trip 620 friendly miles. Be warned that if state parks are full, they make no exceptions for bike campers. So if you don't have reservations be sure to have alternatives.

Rich Porter - Feb 1, 2016 at 3:32 PM

Hi Clint. Ft Clinch is Awesome. I go there often. I'll be riding Jax beach to Peters Point in Fernandina Feb 13th and Jax to Gamble Rodgers on April 16th. I'm also booked for my Adverture ride Denis. Ft Meyers Via Ferry to Key West with the bike then up through the Keys and Everglades back to Ft Meyers. November 12th thru the 18th. Hotels and Campsites are booked. 3 people are going.

Denis - Feb 1, 2016 at 4:11 PM

Rich, thanks for info. My wife and I are thinking of a trip from KW to Ft Meyers. I didn't know about the ferry. Great idea. Thanks

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