Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Florida City

Currently in Florida City Florida, 9794 miles into the trip. Hot, strong headwinds and an overall tough riding day.

Left Naples this morning and continued to ride through cattle country in Southwestern Florida. After about 35 miles, entered Big Cypress National Preserve, part of the National Park System that borders the Everglades National Park. It is a 720,000 acre preserve that originally was to be part of the Everglades but the Federal government did not acquire the property from private owners in time to be included as part of the Everglades National Park. It is home to the Miccosukee and Seminole Native American Indian tribes.

Florida City was originally a land promotion during the early 1900's and it was known as Detroit. It is the Southernmost city in the U.S. that isn't an island and is the last stop on the mainland before entering the Florida Keys. It is on the Eastern edge of the Everglades and is on the only road that leads into the Everglades. Today, it is a major tourist stopping point before embarking for the Keys and has become a major agriculture center for Southern Florida.

I found the cat referred to in yesterday's photo of a roadside sign!!!!! Saw numerous alligators that had been run over by traffic along the road today as well as countless tourist stops for airboat tours.

Tomorrow, I will take a side trip into the Everglades and on Thursday plan on heading South into the Keys.


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