55 Miles today 2286 Total miles
Our last day. The wind was favorable today. The ride over the seven mile bridge was one of the prettiest rides of the whole trip. The bridge is long and took us about 45 minutes to ride it. The view is worth the ride.
We had a lot of road construction and often both sides of the road were torn up. It was not bicycle friendly.
It was a very hot day and took us longer than we would have liked.
We ate lunch at another of our favorite places, Mangrove Mama's. It is mile marker 20 and a great place to eat.
We made it to the Southernmost Point around 2:00 and there were lots of people in line to get their pictures taken so we got in line.
Key West was packed due to Powerboat races going on and it is a busy time of the year.
We stayed at our favorite place to stay, The Pilot House, and ate dinner at our favorite restaurant, Blue Heaven, to celebrate.
We spent Friday relaxing and walking around until we caught the ferry from Key West to Fort Myers, where our son, Jason and his family, brought our car to us.
The ferry ride was very rough and they handed out lots of barf bags. We had prepared with Dramamine ahead of time so we were good.
We got home at 1:15 am and we were greeted by two very happy doggies.
It is good to be home.
Friday in Key West
54 Miles today 2231 Total miles
A nice ride with an awesome tailwind. We did have to dodge the rain a couple times but no big deal. Only a little more than 100 miles to go. We are familiar with the Key Largo to Key West ride as we have done it twice before. You really appreciate the beauty of the Keys when travelling on a bike.
We stopped at a bike shop, Backcountry Cowboy, to borrow an air pump and blow up our tires. We met the owners, Kristi and JC. They could not have been more helpful. Very nice folks.
We were staying with Jerry, a good friend of ours, who was nice enough to put us up and feed us lobster and steak. It was awesome. He has a beautiful home in Marathon on the water. He could not have been more accommodating.
We will be in Key West tomorrow – the last day of riding. Having mixed emotions – wanting to finish and not wanting to stop.
We are in Key West. We did not post last night - no WiFi. We are just posting this for now and we will post days 49 & 50 over the weekend when we get home. We are taking off the next few days from posting and are going to kick back and relax in Key West today and tomorrow. We catch the 6:00pm ferry tomorrow night and will be home late Friday night/early Saturday morning.
28 Miles today 2177 Total miles
A short ride today of only 28 miles but they were difficult to say the least. The wind was unreal – 23 mph with gusts over 30. It was coming from the east and we were riding south so it was a cross wind. We were on the highway from Florida City/Homestead to Key Largo with nothing to shield us from the wind. We walked over 2 miles (took almost an hour) on the road & over a big bridge when we did not feel it was safe to stay on the bikes. When we approached Key Largo we began to ride west and the wind was behind us and it was awesome. We rode faster than we have ridden the whole trip.
We got into the hotel around lunch time and had a great lunch at Mrs. Macs – great place to eat. This is our 3rd time riding from Key Largo to Key West so we have some favorite places we like to eat. We will ride to Marathon tomorrow which is about 50 miles and stay with a good friend of ours, Jerry Wynn, who was kind enough to put us up for the night. We are looking forward to the east wind tomorrow as it is supposed to be a strong as it was today. As long as the wind is at our backs or in our face, we can ride safely. It’s the cross wind you have to watch out for.
35 Miles today 2149 Total miles
The word of the morning would be traffic. It was hectic getting out of downtown Miami on Monday morning. Our GPS got confused with all the one way streets so we improvised. The traffic was really heavy all day but we found ourselves in some beautiful neighborhoods and on great bike paths. The bike paths shielded us from the unbelievable traffic and rude drivers. There was actually a bike path built under the elevated train rails. Great use of space and it provided us some awesome shade. Being on bike paths most of the day really made the ride more enjoyable and the time went quickly.
We will reach the Florida Keys tomorrow and stay In Key Largo for the night. From there to Marathon and finally Key West.
41 Miles today 2114 Total miles
Great weather this morning. It was cooler and no humidity. It was pretty windy but was from the north so it was a tail wind most of the time.
We left Ft. Lauderdale and rode into downtown Miami. We were by the ocean some of the time. The traffic was unreal. We encountered some of the rudest drivers we have ever met.
Ft. Lauderdale was having a huge international boat show. Judging by the traffic around us, it was very well attended. There were some unbelievable boats everywhere.
It was a good days ride and one day closer to the keys.
Roads we traveled today............
35 Miles today 2073 Total miles
Beautiful ride today. We were on A1A almost all day. What a wonderful state we live in. It was nice to just meander down the road. We only had about 35 miles today so no rush to get anywhere.
We ran into a really nice family, from New Jersey, in Boca Raton. They were here for a surprise 80th birthday party for an uncle. They were very curious about our ride. There are so many really wonderful people.
There was a charity ride for cancer going on around Deerfield Beach. We saw hundreds of cyclist riding.
Today was the hottest day we have had so far. We took lots of water breaks (and ice cream of course) and stopped to restock on sunscreen. We were glad to get to the hotel and some air conditioning.
Roads we traveled today............
120 Miles today 2,038 Total miles
After our long day yesterday, we decided we needed a rest. We rented a van and drove south to Lantana, Fl. This will give us much more enjoyable rides for the rest of the trip. Instead of 60 mile days, we will ride around 35 miles a day until we hit the keys. We also avoided 16 mile per hour headwinds today. It was good to take a break and we will hit the road again, on our bikes, tomorrow.