Day 5-Stock Island to Marathon-50.5 miles

Our C2C 2016 alums gathered up to ride together because we knew it would be a hard windy day. Sharing pulls out to Baby’s Coffee.

It seemed like the wind gusted up to 25+ mph in our faces. Niles Channel bridge was a taste of what to expect on 7 mile bridge.

We had a C store stop in Big Pine Key and we headed for Bahia Honda.

As you can see from the picture there were some clouds forming. We crossed the fairly flat bridge and the heavens opened up with the rain and the wind continued to whistle making the rain feel like smashing bugs on a windshield. We got to the end of the bridge and the rain stopped but we were soaked.

A really tough crossing of 7 mile bridge due to a hard, unrelenting wind pretty much right at us all the way across. Taking pulls on the bridge helped but, we stopped about a mile or so before the end to just stop the wind. A health food store lunch of salad and organic 3 bean chili. There is talk of forecasted rain tomorrow. Peace out Tres Dog

Day 4 Layover day in Stock Island

I had my kayak and Florida Keys Paddling Atlas and decided to go to Geiger Key off Big Coppit Key for a paddle. Windy but much better conditions than Tuesday.

Great paddle and here are the pics. There is a small RV resort right on the water.

I went into a mangrove tunnel and had to back out.

Got out of there and began to see all the wildlife. Blue tail needlefish, Black tipped shark, finger mullet dancing across the water in groups, other fish, all kind of birds and swimming iguanas.

Great lunch at Geiger Key Fish Camp and Marina. Hogfish. Killer.

Went out to the end of Geiger Key to its Beach, small, next to Naval Air Station. Blue Heaven tonight. Peace out Tres dog

Day 3 Bubbafest-Knight’s Key to Stock Island-45 miles

Early up for faster and safer start over 7 mile bridge. Wind blew us down the keys all day.

Moser Channel bridge easier either wind. Seemed like we got to Big Pine Key before we knew.

Bike shop in Big Pine Key

Lower Keys change in physical character.

Stock Island

Ocean’s Edge Resort in Stock Island. Key West layover day tomorrow. Peace out Tres dog

Bubbafest Day 2- Layover day on Knight’s Key

The Isla Bella Resort is fantastic. I walked around last night and got some great pics.

Big, super breakfast this morning. I had my kayak on my car and was to paddle on my layover day. The wind from the resort was 20+ mph so no playing in the water around 7 mile bridge and Molasses Key. Thought I might find some shelter at the tip of Sombrero Beach so away I went. I did find some mangroves to paddle around in and hide

Sombrero Beach is beautiful. Tom from our group rode down to the beach. We hung out a little while.

Stopped Crane Point Hammock Area and picked up Black Mangrove honey and post cards.

Easy afternoon at the resort. Swim. Riding tomorrow to Stock Island. Peace out Tres

Day 1-Bubbafest-Islamorada to Knight’s Key-38 miles

A great shrimp meal from Islamorada Shrimp Shack with C2C folks. Islander Resort was very nice.

A great roll out over Tea Table.

First stop this morning, ROBBIE’S.

Fed the tarpon and my friends have the pics. Channel #5 bridge had a 20 plus mph crosswind that tightens you up. The trail and bridges were great.

It was cloudy when we rolled out.

Grassy Key into Marathon.

Fish tacos for lunch and into Isla Bella Beach Resort for 2 nights.

Somebody has to do this. Peace out Tres dog

Blowing Rock part 2

I went the next day to Rough Ridge Overlook so that it would not be so crowded . It was a Tuesday. It was tremendous.

I then went to Grandfather Mtn.

Other random pics from the trip. I will blog my Keys ride. Peace out Tres

Historic Orchard at Altapass
Boone Greenway Trail
Moses Cone Park
Winding Stairs Gap
Blairsville, GA

Blowing Rock, NC

I went to BR via Atlanta and stopped a my friends house in ATL. Every time I go there they spoil me. My favorite stop. Darren and I have friends for almost 30 years. Big time WC rugby ref. Cici, his wife, is so great. Roberts house!

I got to Blowing Rock in the afternoon and it was busy. I went by our old family home.

Bluegrass music in the park

The next day I went to Lake Watuaga in Eastern Tennessee.

I went to Elk River and the Original Mast General Store after lunch.

I was unable to blog and it seems my wife has fixed it. I hope to blog more later as I ride the Florida Keys. Peace out Tres.

Sunday kayak paddle

The commish and I were to paddle the 27 year old refurbished tandem into the Little Manatee River, Little Cockroach Bay and Tampa Bay.

Photo credit: Russ Pepper, neighbor

Nice swim and paddle home. Wow.