12/20/13

Florida Part 2: The Keys

I read on the FL Bicycle Association website there are 3 ways to get to the Keys.  First is route 1 straight to Key West, second is Card Sound Rd.  to Rte 1 in Key Largo, and third is to take your bike on the bus.  Route 1 has a shoulder but very heavy fast moving traffic.  Card Sound Rd. is low traffic, no shoulder, but longer and supposedly crawling with crocodiles.  The article warned crocodiles can move at 30 mph and cyclists should be ready to sprint for their lives.  I only saw one crocodile, and 3 manatees, in the mangrove river along the road.  None of them chased me.

Card Sound from Card Sound Rd. 

12/9/13

FLorida Part 1: Daytona Beach to Miami

FL is a big and diverse state. I am still in FL, writing from Tallahassee, and have done over 1,200 miles of riding here. I haven't been keeping the blog updated, but that was for the best now that I have a more complete picture of FL. Before I got north of Tampa I was sure FL was a giant over developed over landscaped beach town with too many Publix grocery stores.  That turns out not to be the case.  The east coast beach towns,  the southwest beach towns, the greater Miami area mostly fit that description, but the Keys, and especially north FL are much different. First, the east coast beach towns and Miami.