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“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike.” — John F Kennedy
Writer Susan Portnoy recently included one of our favorite pasttimes in her article “8 Cool Outdoor Adventures in Florida That Aren’t on a Beach,” recently published on TheInsatiableTraveler.com.
Sanibel Island is famous for beachcombing, something about the curve of the coastline washing up more shells than anywhere else in Florida. But away from the shore, you’ll find 25 miles of bike trails on this scenic island, over two-thirds of which is protected land.
Biking seems to be the preferred mode of transit for outdoor adventures. There are plenty of places to rent a set of wheels. Bike racks are everywhere. Cars look out for bikers. No one seems in a rush.
The flat, wide trails made cycling easy, and I passed several bikers on my way to the shell museum, historic village, and the general store where I bought a delicious, budget-friendly lunch. Along the way, I pedaled past the massive J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, worth a day on its own, especially if you enjoy birding.