Key West -> Big Pine Key

Key West -> Big Pine Key

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

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Key West

Key West

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

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Big Pine Key -> Key West

Big Pine Key -> Key West

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

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Grassy Key -> Big Pine Key

Grassy Key -> Big Pine Key

After a fairly decent night of sleep I was up and ready to pack my tent by 7. It’s much easier to get out on the road early when you’re camping and especially when you aren’t in an official camping place. From waking up to getting on the road it took less than 30 minutes, an improvement of my usual time which is closer to an hour. Not quite as fast as in a motel, but up there.




The first goal for the day was to get to Marathon. There was a Warmshowers guy down there called Jeffrey

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Homestead -> Grassy Key

Homestead -> Grassy Key

I had arrived at Jim & Ju’s and time had flown by. It was definitely a case of meeting as strangers and things just feeling natural straight off. When I had turned up, they had told me to make myself at home and I definitely did. It had taken me three straight nights of thinking that I’d leave the next day to actually do so.

Jim, being the webmaster of Florida-Keys-Guide.com, had been able to provide me with plenty of interesting information

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