I chose to take my bike to the northern entrance of the Everglades NP because it was a beautiful day and this part of the park has a 15 mile paved loop, suitable for bike riding, walking, or tram riding for a fee. Plus, I wanted to see if I could handle the long bike ride in preparation for a full moon bike ride later this season.
Once I got past the first couple of miles, most of the park's visitors were behind me or on one of the trams I would meet along the way. Here, I was able to ride and listen to the wind blowing through the sawgrass and the birds communicating with each other. The alligators were quiet, which is a good thing, really.
The tower is at the halfway point and I was glad to get there after an hour of riding with very few short stops. I lingered there for about half an hour before continuing along the trail. This was the second time I've been here this year and both times I wasn't able to walk along a small dirt trail because of the alligators guarding the path. As I was leaving, a full tram was arriving, so I missed the crowd! Later I found out that my good friend Jeannie was on it with her friends visiting from out of town for the day.
It took another hour to complete the ride and at the end I didn't know if I was going to be able to get off the bike! My butt was that sore! But my legs are getting stronger from the swimming and walking I am doing almost daily here and they didn't bother me very much.