Indian River Lagoon - Short Loop + ADD NEW ROUTE
9 in Florida Florida44 Miles
on January 1, 2008
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Fort Pierce Florida is intersected by four routes. I-95 (N-S) exit 131A, the Florida Turnpike (N-S) exit 152, Florida route 70 (East), US-1 (N-S). The starting point of this route can be found at the intersection of US-1 and A1A (South). From there, follow the directions listed throughout the description above and/or use the online map above.
For anyone who has just started cruising, this a great route to take. It has a great balance of open relaxing highway, and rural road that's just enough. For the experienced cruiser, this route offers the right amount of scenery and is just long enough! I've been running this route for thirty years and it's never gotten old. You'll love it!
Starting from Fort Pierce, at US-1 and Seaway Drive (A1A), go East to the beach. Turn right onto S. Ocean drive and you're on your way to a 12 mile run of unspoiled highway. (Once past a few beach-front homes,) this is "cruising"!
At about fifteen miles you come to the Jensen Beach "round-a-bout". (If you decide to head West here you shorten the route by about ten miles...) But keep going South. Just before the first bridge, (at the conv. store) you'll see the first traffic light in 21 miles. Head over the two new Bridges and turn right (North) on Indian River Drive.
(NOTE! the speed limit on this section is 35 MPH! People have been stopped, (but not ticketed) for going 38 MPH... And, ticketed for 40!
Once past there, you're going North, along the Indian River Lagoon for more than 18 miles. You'll pass through Jensen Beach, a few railroad "whistle stops" and come back into Fort Pierce and the beginning of the route..
Seaway Dr. is level and smooth with a few turns. - S. Ocean Dr. is re-surfacing from Ft. - Pierce Beach, S. to the St. Lucie power plant, brand new black top! - S. of the power plant, is original road, "Warn!". (Contrary to riding rules, the best ride is in the center of the lane.) - S. of the round-a-bout it's smooth and straight with new surfaces. - All of Indian River Dr. is new!
These are all two lane roads with minor hills and dips, lots of slight twists, turns and curves
(NOTE: The following does not endorse speeding!) Speed limits on these roads are different than "acceptable" travel speeds. - Seaway Drive-35, Accept.-35! -S. Ocean-35, Accept.-40. (Past city limits.) still 35, Accept. -45. -S. of the power plant to Sewalls Pt.-45, Accept.-50. -Sewalls Pt.-35! -Jensen-30! -Indian River Dr. -35, Accept. -42. -"The Drive" in Ft. Pierce, -35, Accept. 25 (too much to see and do ;-)
This is a great ride for anyone who's new to cruising! .
A1A takes you to the beach. Heading out early? Stop for coffee and a bite to eat at Angelina's (and gas at the Texaco or Cumberland), or Dave's Breakfast further East. But, the recommendation is on Ocean Dr. at Archie's Seabreeze, across from the beach, this is a very "Biker Friendly" place! (Guy's, No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem... Gals, No Shoes, No Shirt... Free Drink!)
There are a number of County Beaches, a few convenience stores, plenty of gas and at the Jensen round-a-bout there's a concession at the beach boardwalk too. Near the end of the beach run is the "Elliott Museum". (The "Elliott" has an original 1929 Indian Motorcycle along with quite a few cars and motorcycles!)
There are Nature Centers and quite a few shops and restaurants on the return run of this trip too. Sewall's Point, Jensen Beach and Fort Pierce all have plenty of shops, eating and sights.
If you decide to take this route on a Thursday, you'll be coming back into Fort Pierce for their weekly "Bike Night". They close off 2nd St. (except for bikes,) fire up the band and open the doors to the restaurants in town... It's great fun! Just remember it's not the destination... it's the journey!
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