This four-day bicycle ride brings together rail-trail enthusiasts from across the country, utilizing mainly bicycle trails, canal-side service gravel/grass roads and some roads. Get ready to ride with a group of fellow cyclists!
Participants should bring bikes in great condition and need to be equipped with blinking rear lights, bike locks, water bottles and/or hydration packs. We recommend hybrid, cross or mountain bikes. Road bikes are not recommended for this tour. While you will be on paved surface for some of the route, other sections along the canal ways have areas of rough surfaces. Minimum tire size is 32mm width.
Riders should carry spare inner tubes and equipment to repair a flat tire, plus sunscreen and insect repellant. Helmets are required. This is a camping tour; however, nearby hotels could be used for overnight lodging. Some hotels provide free shuttle service. If you have previously partaken in sojourns, this will be a new experience, as it’s an urban ride. There are sections along roads between the trails and canal-side paths we are riding. We recommend being comfortable riding with vehicles and wearing brightly colored clothing.
Please contact Comfy Campers to reserve a tent package if you do not have your own tent. They also offer coffee service (highly recommended if you are a serious coffee drinker!), towel service and other a-la-carte options.
South Dade Trail
Homestead Bayfront Park
Larry and Penny Thompson Park Campground
Southern Comfort Campground
Approximately 35 miles of bike riding after initial motorcoach shuttle
Park your car at the Homestead-Miami Speedway and board a motorcoach for Key Biscayne where the real fun begins! On the first day you will see several trails that are key parts of this dynamic urban trail system. At Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, your bikes will be unloaded and you will transfer your two pieces of luggage (weighing no more than 40 pounds from your motor coach to the luggage truck.
The ride will begin with a welcome from Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. Then you will bike through park trails and along some roads, and ride the Rickenbacker Trail on the key and on the causeway back to the mainland. There are several water overlooks along the way as you leave Key Biscayne that feature downtown skyline views! Enjoy crossing a great pedestrian/bicycle bridge above US ,1 and then connect to the M-Path and ride to the Dadeland North MetroRail Station. Venture off the M-Path to see new trail development at Ludlam Trail, and meet some of the folks that made the project possible. Continue back on the M-Path and onto the South Dade Trail. Take the Black Creek Trail and some roads to campsites at the Larry and Penny Thompson Park Campground.
Evening program to be announced.
Meals included: Lunch & Dinner
Approximately 30 miles of riding
Pack up your camping gear, and load the luggage truck. Then the fun continues. We will follow park trails and return to the Black Creek Trail, riding for 9 miles to Black Point Park on the ocean. Be sure to ride out on the 1.5-mile, mangrove-lined jetty, which extends 1.5 miles into the Bay, enabling riders a great Biscayne Bay water view. We’ll then take sections of the Biscayne Trail and the Old Cutler Trail back to South Dade Trail and to lodging at the Southern Comfort Campground in Florida City, next to Homestead, Florida.
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Approximately 40 miles of riding
Switching gears from an urban/residential view, we will ride low-volume roads through varied agricultural operations. Then we get on a canal-side service road just near Everglades National Park. We leave the canal-side service roads and will ride to the Everglades National Park Edward Coe Visitor Center. This is on the boundary of the 1.5-million-acre Everglades National Park. You’ll want to plan another visit to see more of this amazing place. We will return to another canal-side service road, which is being developed as part of the Biscayne Everglades Greenway (BEG). The route continues on roads back to the South Dade Trail—back to lodging at the Southern Comfort Campground.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Approximately 18 miles of riding
Pack and load the luggage truck, and follow the route of trails and roads back to the Biscayne Everglades Greenway to ride on different canal-side service roads as we head east to the headquarters of Biscayne National Park and Homestead Bayfront Park. Plan to spend some time checking out these areas! Return on a canal-side service road to the road to Homestead-Miami Speedway for goodbyes.
Meals included: Breakfast
Before and after -Consider arriving early and/or staying late to venture deeper into Everglades National Park, visit Zoo Miami or the Gold Coast Railroad Museum, get a milkshake at the Robert is Here fruit stand, or explore some other keys or many other great attractions!!!
You’ll meet the group and park your car at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. The ride begins in Bill Baggs State Park on Key Biscayne, so upon arrival, you’ll be shuttled from the Speedway north with your fellow riders to the starting point. The ride terminates at the Speedway, where your car will be waiting for you.
You have two options: You can either meet us on the first morning at the Homestead Speedway or meet us at Bill Baggs State Park on Key Biscayne.
Airports: You should plan to fly into either the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport or Miami International.
From the airport, you’ll need to arrange transportation to Bill Baggs State Park on Key Biscayne. We recommend Super Shuttle or Yellow Cab. If arriving the night before, you may choose to stay in a Miami hotel and travel to Key Biscayne in the morning. We recommend the Hampton Inn & Suites, the Conrad Miami, or the Courtyard Miami Downtown.
The ride terminates at the Homestead Miami Speedway so you will also need to arrange transportation from there to the airport. Super Shuttle and Yellow Cab are good options. You could also rent a car with Enterprise or Budget Rent-a-Car.
Mack Cycles in Miami is the local bike shop providing rentals for the Sojourn. If you’re interested in renting, Mack Cycles asks that you email Ricardo at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact them via phone at 305-661-8363. Wilderness Voyageurs will pick up all rental bikes and deliver them to the starting point.
This is a camping trip. However, there are nearby hotels if you prefer not to camp.
Night 1: The group will camp at Larry and Penny Thompson Park. Contact Comfy Campers to register for camping equipment if you do not have your own. Their coffee service, towel or chair service is also highly recommended.
Hotel Option: The Holiday Inn Express is located 4.8 miles from the park. You can click here to reserve online. Use the booking code “wvb” for the special rate of $169. They do offer shuttle service.
Hotel Option: Adjacent to the campground is the Ramada Inn. Rooms are $116.99 per night. When booking, request the “Rails to Trails” room block. Riders wanting to reserve a room in this block must do so by 1/31/16. Call 305-247-8833 to reserve.
Average Miles Per Day
3 Breakfasts | 2 Lunches
*Per person cost includes parking for event, all meals, transportation to starting point, overnight camping costs and refreshments.