The narrow way keeps on going, one lane in each direction, as well as the also narrow berm that will disappear later. Midweek traffic is dense and therefore dangerous, so it’s not recommended to use our bikes here. Among the forest there are as many wild animals as developments of recent constructions and some sections in full work. We’ll get to the County Road 675, also called Waterbury Road due to the ghost town created by James Waterbury in the pre-depression era. For this reason, it never grew and today it remains a vast area of small cattle-filled ranches. The same thing can be said about Lorraine, which is hidden among large plantations. Housing density is more palpable although the lots are large and multi acre. Here we’ll find Lakewood Ranch, a community conceived on planes in what was an old lumber ranch.
However, the luxurious mansions and private clubs are not directly visible from the road as they are scattered among the vegetation covering their margins. But there is a dozen entrances to the different housing complexes. As we cross Interstate 75, we will have traveled about twelve and a half miles. At this point the road will be expanded to three lanes in each direction and major shopping centers will appear more frequently. We are getting closer to the capital of the county, even though we won't actually get to it. Now we are journeying by Elwood Park, one of many Census Designated Places in the region, enclaves that are not part of any city or incorporated municipality. This area consists of modern housing estates located on the roadside and older, quiet but spacious farms that are further north.
Now we are in Oneco, a place whose name comes from Native Americans. Then the US 301 crosses for the last time some lands that haven't been swallowed up by the city and is diverted to the northwest. Then we will first enter an industrial area where we’ll see a broad scenery of warehouses, chimneys and numerous branches and freight cars lined up in long lines.
Then, the road descends, coming together with the Tamiami Trail between Samoset and West Samoset, two communities that are home to about 9,000 residents. We are already close to the city. The name has its origin in the culture of the Algonquin people and specifically in one of its past leaders, Osamoset or just Samoset, of the Abenaki tribe. It means "He who walks over much".
Finally, from Avenue 17 West, having already covered about 21 miles, we must climb back to the 301 to return to the SR 70 and return to Verna, thus concluding our cycling route at the point where it all began.
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