In a series of meetings beginning next week, Miami’s public officials will consider plans for MTB trails on Virginia Key. If built, these trails could become the second of a double whammy of great trail networks in South Florida–along with the 10-plus miles of singletrack at Oleta River State Park.
A bike ride along Levee 40 at Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge is one of the best ways to take in the everglades. During a seven-mile ride today, I saw dozens of Tri-colored herons, egrets, several Red-winged Blackbirds, a Red-bellied Woodpecker and one baby gator swimming along in the creek east of the levee.
About halfway through the Beautyberry Trail loop at Delray Oaks Natural Area, I wandered off to a narrow, less traveled trail. Sun dripped down between the thick branches of a 60-foot tall, fern-lined Virginia Live Oak. The morning was still cool. A butterfly hovered around a saw palmetto. This is the proper way to start a day.
Thoreau was a hiker; he was a man who loved to hike. But if he had a mountain bike, he would have zipped around the hills and mountains of New England, climbing up to that perfect lookout over the rolling land. This is what I thought as I rounded the twisty-turns at Oleta State Park Thursday.