Southern Tier: Tampa to Weston, FL

Miles fly by and I get restless as I get closer to my destination. Florida roads are flat and that helps too. Weather is cooperating as I see no rain on the forecast. Google Maps route sends me to a dead end on a dirt road blocked by ranch gates; fortunately it’s just a few miles detour back to highway.

image

I have half an hour left before sunset to reach Lake Arbuckle after I pass through Frostproof the town.

image

The pink hue of the sunset is beautiful, but I am going to be in the dark soon. I’ve got a litre of water left and it turns out there is no running water at the campsite. When I open the wooden box to retrieve a registration envelope, cockroaches scramble to hide. I close the lid and proceed to one of the empty sites.

image

Next day, I reach the Kissimmee River area and stay at the Hickory Hammock Park where I meet another fellow cyclist who is taking it slow.

image

Lake Okeechobee and Kissimmee are the main geographical features around here. Okeechobee is surrounded by a dyke system to control its water level. It feeds many canals around it.

image

East side of the lake is populated by numerous RV towns. The dyke serves as an excellent cycling platform.

image

Pahokee City Park is my last campsite. I pay the exorbitant fee for a patch of grass and just enjoy the sunset.

image

The last 40-mile stretch on highway 27 is quite boring and I can’t wait to reach my younger brother’s house in Weston. Then I have a flat tire — my third since I started touring this year. Nobody is home but Gandalf. He looks surprised, or maybe a bit worried.

59 days, 3419 miles.

st10View the full route

Date Destination Miles Duration
2014-12-16 Lake Arbuckle Forest Park 92 07:39
2014-12-17 Hickory Hammock Park 53 04:16
2014-12-18 Pahokee City Park 68 05:51
2014-12-19 Ali’s place 70 06:05

Leave a Reply