beach and the shops. Had we continued
north, we would have had beach on one side
and Hugh Taylor Birch State Park on the
other. The park drive is 1.9 miles of one-way
road, and it is very popular with bicyclists.
However, be forewarned: while some trails do
accommodate bikes, the park’s trails are not
of;cially designated as biking trails.
After reconnoitering the beach area and
;nding some needed lunch, we aimed inland
on East Las Olas Boulevard. That required the
largest climb of the ride, over a tall bridge with
a center drawbridge section for ships too tall to
make it under while navigating the Intracoastal
Waterway. The area has 100 marinas housing
45,000 resident yachts. We spent a fair amount
of our ride time just checking out the yachts
of every imaginable (and unimaginable) size.
In addition to having them packed into the
marinas, nearly 10 percent of the city area is
water. Fort Lauderdale is known for its 165-
mile network of canals and waterways within
the city limits. Many of those waterways and
canals allow homeowners to tie up the family
yacht in the backyard. We detoured into the
Venice area, part of the hundreds of miles
of canals and waterways, for some quieter
streets, but these are almost all dead ends.
Mark Lechter and Lisa Marie Jones show off members
of the EBikesOnDemand.com rental ;eet.