atljohn said...What are some good 60-70 mile routes?
Off Las Olas near the beach might mean you'll be along N Birch Road and its cross streets, where most of the gay resorts are. From there you might take AIA north along the beach, which maintains a bike lane both North & South for a few miles. But then it gets dicey.
I've pedaled that way a number of times, and frankly, most of South Florida is not bike-friendly. Heavy traffic, narrow lanes, endless traffic lights, dangerous drivers. Legally motor vehicles in Florida must share the road with bikes, but few drivers honor that, and the police never enforce it. Hence we have lots of accidents & fatalities. One of my group rides along that stretch of A1A was a memorial ride for a biker fatality. South Florida is known as one of the most bike-hostile metro areas in the US, with few bike lanes, and road designs that can be simply impassable for bikes.
I'd say your goal of 60-70 miles is virtually impossible, without a car to take you out of that area. Even when I pedal down to Key West it's scary and difficult. But tomorrow I'll phone some bike shops I know, see if they have any route suggestions. I'm not aware that any rent bikes, but I'll check that, too. Those places I've seen that rent have mainly beach cruisers and MX-style bikes.
I'll also check if there'll be a group ride you can join near you, as some go along A1A. They're usually no more than 40 miles, and have no formal traffic control, but they are typically on Sunday mornings, when traffic's light, and there's safety in numbers. Will get back with you...