Bike Charlotte

Biking in Charlotte, NC

South Beach

After a few years hiatus, I’m back on the bike.

Little Havana

Currently residing in Little Havana, the heart of Miami. It’s a 15 mile ride to any part of this town from my location. Bicycle paths are more in abundance these days, cars for the most part honor them.

South Beach

Took off in the afternoon, no particular direction, ended up in South Beach.

Trek Fuel 70 in South Beach

The above picture is courtesy of Night Sight mode on my Pixel 4a. The Pixel is an incredible phone, the camera is amazing, the shots I’ve been taking with it are just breathtaking.

Ocean Drive

The Police closed all roads leading onto South Beach, so it was like a carnival along Ocean Drive. The roads were filled with tables, under huge tents and fire breathing heaters. A cigar girl hawking her wares at each entrance, the people inside sitting in front of oversized fruity drinks.

Pandemic, what Pandemic?

distance 27.11 miles

Ocean Reef

Found my training route, a 24 mile round trip to Ocean Reef via 905.

Staying on the east side of the road, heading north, it’s a shady ride due to the wall of mangroves. On the way back, I’m opposite traffic, but there’s not much activity on this road.

Even though this is the first post in almost 2 years, I’ve been riding my mountain bike all over South Florida. This is the first true training ride worth even mentioning, or else you’re hearing about when I go get groceries at Publix, which is only a 5 mile round trip.

Key Largo is my new home, I do miss Charlotte and the McAlpine.

distance 23.73 miles, average speed 14.2 mph.

McAlpine Weir Bridge

McAlpine Weir Bridge

Pictured is one of the weir bridges that’s preventing the asphalt from being laid down on the main trail between Sardis and Monroe roads. As soon as the bridges are completed, the asphalt trucks will start dumping their loads.

Can’t wait for the construction to finish, it’s been tough to ride, so I’ve been walking the trails instead. Everyday brought a different set of obstacles to overcome, so I hung up my spandex in favor of hiking boots.

Fall is here, the McAlpine is looking rather colorful.

Cooler weather ahead

What, no more heat?

In the last week, the weather has gone from unbearably hot, to nice and cool. Just like that, the air conditioners can take a break, till next summer.

The McAlpine is still a greenway looking to be finished. They were digging up the main trail between Sardis and Monroe today, then they were laying down gravel, passing over it with a heavy roller.

The excavator driver said that we were looking at 2 months to have a nicely paved walking trail. He also confirmed that 10 feet of dirt will follow the asphalt on either side for us dirt enthusiasts.

By Thanksgiving, fingers crossed, we’re walking off the turkey dinner on freshly paved trails.

distance 16.6 miles, average speed 13.0 mph.

Labor Day Rain

Rain on Labor Day, never fails.

Finishing up my first lap around the McAlpine and it started to rain. On a hot day like today it was a welcome event, cooled me down and gave me impetus to pedal faster on the main trail.

There’s not much more speed I can conjure up, the main trail is rather bumpy and the inner trails, with all the new growth, makes it really hard to see around the bends.

Feeling really good, all the work I’ve put in doing yard work has paid off, my legs muscles are well formed by now, the quads are defined.

distance 14.7 miles, average speed 13.5 mph.