BEST RURAL BIKE RIDE (2005)
Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41) approximately 35 miles west of downtown Miami
www.nps.gov/ever/visit/tramroad If you've never biked the fifteen-mile loop road at Shark Valley, you have a treat in store. But we're guessing you have. You may even have done it early in the morning, before the park officially opens and when wildlife activity is at its best (having left your car on the swale near Tamiami Trail). But it's less likely you've done what we're recommending: at night, after the park officially closes, when the moon is near full. In the interest of not spoiling a truly exhilarating experience, we'll say only this: In addition to insect repellent and drinking water, bring headlamps or flashlights, watch carefully where you're going, and be prepared to see some very interesting things.
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