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Old Apr 1st, 2009, 1:54 pm Thread Starter
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Florida coastal highways with oyster shell into the pavement

As a semi-newbie to the Florida area, I was poking around on the web for suggested rides around Florida and found the following on a web site with Great Florida Bike Routes:

"On many coastal highways the State of Florida has incorporated oyster shell into the pavement. For the first 15 minutes after it starts raining oil seeps from the roads and makes it like driving on ice."

Now I know all about how greasy roads get when it's been awhile since a decent rain and it's a good idea to take a rest when it just starts to rain to see if it will rain longer than a few minutes, maybe zip up the air vents in the jacket, let the rain wash the road and then head out.

But, is this oyster shell in pavement seeps oil thing true?

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Re: Florida coastal highways with oyster shell into the pavement

On Guam the asphalt is coral based and grows alge. When it rained there (just about every day) it would get slipperier than snot. I would suspect the oyster shell would do the same. All roads get oil on them and get slippery when it first rains.

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"On many coastal highways the State of Florida has incorporated oyster shell into the pavement. For the first 15 minutes after it starts raining oil seeps from the roads and makes it like driving on ice."

let the rain wash the road and then head out.

But, is this oyster shell in pavement seeps oil thing true?
Yes it is very true and very dangerous,
wet roads in Florida are a lot more slippery than the northern roads,
especially in high traffic (oil/fuel) areas.

asphalt is made from available materials, hence seashell.

There are going to be times when you'll have to ride in the rain, butt.......

The best advice I can give you is ......... be patient and avoid it.
it usually only rains for 20-30 minutes at a time (usually)
when it does you'll think "the bottom fell out of the sky"

ten minutes later the pavement will be dry and a lot safer.


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Re: Florida coastal highways with oyster shell into the pavement

I agree the roads can get slick just after the rain starts if it hasn't rained in a few days. I also find road markings are even worse when wet. I have also had my foot slip on the asphalt when I stopped at a busy intersection with a little rain.

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Yes it is very true and very dangerous,
wet roads in Florida are a lot more slippery than the northern roads,
especially in high traffic (oil/fuel) areas.

asphalt is made from available materials, hence seashell.

...best advice I can give you is be patient and avoid it.
it usually only rains for 20-30 minutes at a time (usually)
when it does you'll think "the bottom fell out of the sky"

ten minutes later the pavement will be dry and a lot safer.
Thanks for the warning Hans (and John and Dave too)! Makes sense to use local materials if possible. I have seashells in the concrete of my driveway and sidewalk (which I thought was pretty neat).

Being patient and wait it out a few is a good habit. Too easy to forget that with how well the LT and good riding gear provides!

I have noticed the volume of water that drops out of the sky these past few afternoon rains and I guess this is probably nothing to what normally happens down here? Also heard how more electrically active the storms can be down here.

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As I have heard many people say since I moved to So. Fla. "If you don't like the weather, just wait 10 minutes and it will change"
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Re: Florida coastal highways with oyster shell into the pavement

Another thing worth mentioning,
because of the volume of water that falls from the sky,
hydroplaning is another concern during our rainstorms.

Like big Harold said wait ten minutes and it will change,
what he didn't tell you is:
ten minutes after that refreshing rainstorm it will be even hotter!


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Old Apr 3rd, 2009, 8:08 am
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Yes, and the humidity well defy belief by getting even HIGHER !!!

But I am still very happy to be able to ride 12 months a year here as opposed to the more limited riding season in NY...
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