The original idea had been to arrive in Key West, stay a night and then bounce back out. Having arrived, I decided that was a terrible plan and I should have a full day exploring. Thankfully, Sandy, my host, was good with the idea and so I got a day to explore. It confirmed Key West as the definite highlight of the Keys.
I went on a trolley tour and got to hear about the history of the Keys including about more about the Keys seceding which Jim had mentioned before. Apparently it’s possible to get Conch Republic passports and so I’m claiming this as the third country of my trip! I’ve still got 190 countries that I’ve not cycled around but 3/193 sounds better than 2/192.
My highlight of the day was cashing in a coupon for free Key Lime pie at the Southernmost Beach Café. If you’re down this way definitely look out for the coupon and get yourself some free pie. It wasn’t as delicious as the stuff I tried up at the Seafood Festival but it was definitely sizeable.
It was followed up by heading to the Southernmost Point where there is a large buoy that says 90 miles to Cuba. Lots of people were waiting in line to get their pictures taken, including a group of 7 cyclists. I spoke to them and they were really happy as they’d finished a 3 day ride from Miami to Key West. They were from all over the country and had flown to Miami on Friday, ridden Saturday-Monday and would be flying home on Tuesday. A short trip, but you could see just how proud of themselves they were.
My last stop for the day was at the Key West Cemetery. There is a walking map that you can pick up to show the ‘highlights’. It reminded me of the cemetery in New Orleans in that it had both street signs and above ground tombs.
View from Mallory Square
Looking around the weather