80.5 Mile Marker Overseas Hwy
Florida Keys, FL 33036
tel: (305) 879-0390
Bicyclists have a unique opportunity to learn about the history of the Upper Keys while getting some exercise and sunshine. An Islamorada Historical Bicycle Tour is scheduled each Saturday and Sunday through the summer and early fall months. The free tour, set for 10 a.m. to noon, starts next door to the famed Hurricane Monument at MM 81.6.
Highlights along the six-mile tour include Matecumbe Methodist Church, the first church established in Islamorada, information about three pioneer families — the Russells, Pinders and Parkers — and how they homesteaded Matecumbe Key in the 1800s, island life during the era that led up to the development of the Overseas Railroad and how the railroad established Islamorada as a tourist location.
Among other attractions, participating riders tour two local homes, stop at the historic Green Turtle for refreshments, visit the first location in Florida where a fishing tournament was held and learn about Ponce De Leon's discovery of the Florida Keys.
Each tour is limited to 16 riders, and participants can bring their own bikes or arrange for rentals. To sign up for the tour, contact Mark Terrill at 305-879-0390. To rent a bike, contact Backcountry Cowboy at 305-511-4177.