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Day 10 Florida City to Long Key
Day 11 Long Key to Bahia Honda Key
Day 12 Bahia Honda Key to Key West
Day 10 Stormy morning with headwinds from the south. Due to an accident, US1 traffic was diverted onto Card Sound Road but FHP gave us permission to pass. It was amazing having a whole divided highway to ourselves for 1/2 hour. Very high humidity once we hit Key Largo. Off-and-on bike trail and US1 took us to Long Key State Park and a BEAUTIFUL campsite on the water. Exciting wind and rainstorm that evening!
Day 11 Late start and deliberately slow progress, only 30+ miles to do today. While buying dinner food for camp, we met Jeanette, a part-time local in Marathon, who wanted to meet us at camp tonight. We didn’t know whether she was serious or not. Over the famous 7 mile bridge and eventually in to camp at Bahia Honda State Park. Site was hot and without breezes but all others were taken. After our dinner Jeanette indeed did arrive and we all watched the sun set and shared stories. For a good while we all sat on the beach with 40,000 little whitish beach bugs that jumped but did not bite (they are called beach fleas).
Day 12 Early start, then 8 mile ride to Big Pine Key for a snorkeling trip out to Looe Key Marine Reserve. Thousands of moon jellyfish made the snorkelling challenging – Jack and I both took a few mild stings. We then went to a different reef without jellies and really enjoyed it. Afternoon winds about 15 knots from the SW made our final 30 miles into Key West a labor. But we made it! Celebrated with beverages at Louie’s Backdoor bar only a block or two from the southernmost point in Florida! Woo-hoo!
A wonderful tour, just over 600 miles Tougher than I thought it would be, due to heat, humidity, and headwinds. But interlaced with some really great riding days and fantastic scenery. A full taste of Florida!
Below: Camping at Long Key State Park
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