Once again, bicycling enthusiasts will have an opportunity to experience the “real” Everglades during the annual Everglades Bike Ride with registration beginning at 7:30 AM on Sunday, April 12 (discounted rate prior to April 4). Again, this year the ride will include options for both road and off-road cyclists with a “smooth ride” of 62 miles (starting at 8 AM) or 16 miles (starting at 9 AM). Opportunities to customize the distance of your ride are also available. The 27-mile “bumpy ride”, starting at 8:30 AM, will take cyclists down beautiful Janes Scenic Drive into the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. A seafood lunch provided by Triad Seafood Café at McLeod Park is included in the registration fee as well as entrance into the historic Smallwood Store & Museum in Chokoloskee. This event is being organized by Naples Pathways Coalition and benefits the River of Grass Greenway (www. evergladesROGG.org) and the Friends of Fakahatchee (www.orchidswamp. org). To register and for more information, visit website www.naplespathways.org and under “Events” click on “2015 Everglades Ride” or call Patty Huff at 239-695-2397.