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Longshot question about Destin(6 posts)

Longshot question about Destinscottfree
Jul 16, 2002 6:49 AM
Vacationing there next week. Anyone know of a good ride(s) in the area?

It'll be interesting to bike FLAT country for a change!
I live therespookyload
Jul 16, 2002 7:18 AM
Bring your bike, but you will want to get out of Destin to ride. The main road that goes through Destin is Highway 98 and it is scary to say the least. If you are able to transport your bike by car to a different starting location I would reccomend going to Navarre Beach which is 20 miles to the west, cross the bridge and park right across the bridge at the beach parking lot. You can take the road that parralells the beach for 16 miles to Pensacola beach,and it is breath taking. It is a state park with 45mph speed limit so nobody drives it much, but the view is awesome. If you keep going through Pensacola beach on the same road you will go another 5 miles to Ft Pickens, which is a civil war fort that guarded the mouth of Pensacola bay. If you decide to ride from Destin, definately go east toward Pnanma City. The traffic will be much less that way.

Lastly, if you take the Danny Weurful bridge north out of Destin, you will get to Highway 20 which is also a good ride to the east. Once again less traffic than highway 98. I am leaving for Maryland for the weekend, or I would be happy to be a guide here.
I live therescottfree
Jul 16, 2002 7:52 AM
Perfect! The Pensacola Beach/Ft. Pickens ride sounds just about right. Thanks.
been theretarwheel
Jul 16, 2002 12:37 PM
I just spent a week at Pensacola Beach and generally visit there once a year, as my wife's family is from the area. The road from Pensacola Beach to Navarre Beach is great for riding, and now has a paved bike path that parallels the highway almost the entire route. I generally ride on the main road through the Santa Rosa Island National Seashore when I get out early in the mornings, but ride the bike path when traffic gets heavier. The bike path is very well constructed, but has gravel, sand and broken glass in places, so you need to watch where you're going. In the early morning, traffic is generally very light, but an occasional a**hole will honk or yell things. It is about 15-18 miles from Pensacola Beach to the Navarre bridge, depending on where you are starting from. There is often a stiff breeze that blows east to west (at least whenever I visit), so you generally go very slow when traveling east and literally fly with the tailwind going west. One day last week, I struggled to maintain a 13 mph average from Pensacola Beach east to Navarre Beach, but averaged 23 mph on the return leg. There is a nice rest stop about halfway between the towns at Opal Beach, with shelters, picnic tables, restrooms and water. Almost the entire road travels through national seashore, where there is no development except for park facilities.

The road from Pensacola to Fort Pickens has a paved bike trail for about the first 3 miles, and then you have to follow the main road. Since it is a park, most drivers are courteous. The round trip from Pensacola Beach to Fort Pickens is about 20-25 miles, depending on your starting point and how much you ride around on the side roads in the park. Fort Pickens is an interesting historic monument to visit, and the fishing pier there is a great place to watch birds. There is a $3 entrance fee for bicycles ($8 for cars), but it can be used for a week.

All in all, it's a great place to ride, although your routes are limited. The scenery is beatiful but stark -- the sand there is nearly as white as sugar and very bright, so make sure you wear sunglasses and plenty of sunscreen. If you're an early riser, the road is great for riding. If not, the bike path is a good alternative.
Must be a popular placetexfan
Jul 16, 2002 8:13 AM
We are going there in two weeks. Unfortunatly, I will not be able to take my bike.

Have fun
Go to Fudpuckers when you are there toospookyload
Jul 16, 2002 5:24 PM
It is a must when in Destin. Great food and a fun atmosphere.