Greg Rice - Travel_Man

Lake Okeechobee 1000

November 18, 2017

Ride Around Lake Okeechobee

A couple friends including Dan Thaler and I are going to attempt to ride a IBA SS1000 around Lake Okeechobee in Florida. The route around Lake Okeechobee is 116 miles so it will take 9 laps around the lake to complete the SS1000 riding a total of 1035 miles. I have been planning to attempt this ride for the last two years but I finally got time to give it a shot. I decided to invite some friends along to make it more fun.

Our route will take us on roads that circle the lake and we will have the lake in view most of the time. The roads we will be riding on include US 27, Florida 78, US441, US 98 and Florida 715. Most of the route will be two lane roads with a good amount of traffic during the daylight hours.

This is going to be a tough ride as the speed limits are between 45 MPH and 55 MPH and there are 8 small towns we have to pass through with traffic lights and stop signs. It also gets damn dark at night there and there are a lot of critters around the lake that will force us to be paying attention. It is not unheard off to see an alligator crossing the road during the night.

From October to April the sugar cane producers burn their grassy fields to expose sugar-filled stalks targeted during harvesting the sugar cane and there will be some smoke along the route. We will use scarfs to protect us from the smoke.

Currently the weather looks dry and temperatures in the 70's during the day and the low 60's at night, so great riding weather.

Here is a link to the ride GPX file, right click and download. LO1000.GPX

Below are interactive maps of our route, Spotwalla location and weather radar.

Interactive Maps

The Google route map and the Spotwalla tracking map allow you to zoom in and out using the + and - buttons in the bottom right of the maps and you can drag the map with a mouse. You can also zoom in and out of the maps with a mouse that has a wheel. They show my planned route ( Google Maps ) and below that map is a map of my current location with the use of a SPOT satellite tracking device and Spotwalla.com ( thanks Jason Jonas ). The last map below is a national weather radar map where you can see the weather along our route.

I use the following states DOT websites for traffic and construction information during our ride planning. If I see large scale construction zones I will mark them with custom POI's in my GPS's so I get alerted when I am getting close to them. This information helps me understand why traffic may be slow in those areas.

Lap Around Lake Okeechobee

My Current Location From Spotwalla.Com

Current US Weather Radar

 

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