We liked Sanibel so much, we took another bike ride through the homes along the west shore before departing up the Caloosahatchee River for Fort Myers. This is the route loopers take as a shortcut across Florida through the Okeechobee Waterway. We chose this side trip, going only as far as Fort Myers, primarily to see the Edison and Ford Winter Estates.
The river is wide with many small islands and many slow, no wake, manatee zones. In between, the go-fast boats came tight alongside, seemingly ignoring us, and threw large enough wakes to spill things off counters and cause us to have to grab handrails to keep from loosing our balance. This is just the opposite of the behavior we experienced in the Midwest rivers. There were some very large estates interspersed with the other homes. How would you feel living in the white home next door to this one?
|Caloosahatchee River estate|
|Fort Myers skyline|
|Downtown Fort Myers|
|The Ford's Garage Restaurant and Bar (the car is a nice touch)|
|Sunset over the causeway bridge|