Lake Okeechobee bike ride

A couple of reliable old bikes

A couple of reliable old bikes

We finally rode the famous Lake Okeechobee’s rim last week. Janet and Mike Pryor let us borrow their bicycles, a couple of mountain bike “Got Milk?” specials. As my sports buddies constantly tell each other, it’s not the arrow, it’s the Indian. So we weren’t afraid of these iron horses. We rode these two experienced bicycles out of the park and up to the rim of the levee.

A pair of Sand Cranes are digging worms for breakfast

A pair of Sand Cranes are digging worms for breakfast

The morning was windy and the day beautiful. We rode into a strong enough headwind we thought we might not need to pedal home after reversing course. At the three-mile mark we stopped and sat awhile at a covered bench. Within a few minutes we heard the loud honking (almost like a donkey braying) noise of Sandhill Cranes and, looking up to our right, we saw two Sandhill Cranes coming in for a landing. They ignored us, digging (more like piercing) with their long pointed beaks for their food.

Nice view of canal properties from lakeside

Nice view of canal properties from lakeside

It was nice to cruise along the canal from the side opposite U.S. Highway 441 (for you Georgia and NC readers, this is the same Hwy 441 connecting Gatlinburg, TN to Franklin, NC, to Commerce, GA). We have traveled up and down this local section of 441 and seen the businesses and homes along the canal. This time we were able to view it all from the other side. We didn’t know the canal was as wide as it is, and we saw again Lake Okeechobee is absolutely huge. And yes, we did pedal much less to return home from this ride.

Look over the vast Lake Okeechobee

Look over the vast Lake Okeechobee

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3 responses to “Lake Okeechobee bike ride

  1. Glad you got to see the lake from the rim!
    We were warned by those in the know to ride into the wind going, as pedaling back against it after a several mile ride is tough.
    Seeing the cranes was extra special.

  2. How was the return trip? Did you have the wind on your side? Thanks for those birds (sandhill cranes though). It must have been really interesting to see a flood management system in detail riding through it.

    • Bea,
      Thanks so much for the crane i.d. Correcting tonight. The wind was indeed at our backs so we pedaled very little to return to starting point. I’ve been interested seeing different parts of the flood management system, including the canals and spillways and locks on Lake Okeechobee.

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