After a rest day with Jim & Ju, it was time to head up to Miami. I spent the morning relaxing and giving some thought to the next few weeks. I’m at a stage of the trip which is a little difficult to plan for. Being in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area, I’m strongly tempted to try to find my way over to the Caribbean, and at least the Bahamas. It’s an idea that I’ve had off and on since talking with Pete
Waking up to a headwind I knew I wouldn’t be cycling up to Homestead in a day. I was about 110 miles away and so, as I’m still taking things easily, knew I was either getting somewhere around the Islamorada area or taking the bus. Either way, it meant I could take my time to get up to Marathon to meet up with Jeffrey again.
I knew I only had to get to Marathon for about 12 so the ride up was relaxing. I stopped at a couple of little beaches and worked on finishing the book
After a lovely rest day in Key West, I decided to bounce back north to Big Pine. Sandy, my host, was a great guy and I could have easily stayed longer, but it felt right. Jeffrey, the guy I’d met in Marathon was also cycling north and it would mean that I’d have someone to ride with. Having someone to talk to for the 30ish miles would make it more enjoyable than just listening to my iPod.
Before heading off though, I had two things to do. I needed another free slice of Key Lime Pie
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
Even though it had been a windy night, I’d been able to stake my tent doors down, and the 30mph winds had barely caused a rustle. It meant I’d got a good sleep and woke up energised and ready for the 30ish miles to get me to Key West, the southernmost point of the Continental US.
Riding the rest of the way down the Keys was pretty similar to how it had been up to Big Pine. An intermittent bike path and shoulders of varying quality. Some of the bridges had separate bridges that you could