Day 7-Marathon to Key Largo-46 miles

A great last night party and awoke to 16-20 mph wind that seemed to be in our faces all day with the exception on the some protected bike paths away from the road. 

A stop at Layton Key for some Gatorade and shade. 

Heading over Channel #5 bridge and coming down ran over a plate with screws in it and instantly flatted. I had everything and Coach and Beth stopped with a flooor pump and away I went. 

A steady slog into Key Largo and Mrs. Mac’s for lunch. Many sagged into Key Largo but Rich and I did not. Head down and talking to the front tire but it is in the books. Peace out. Tres dog

Day 6-Stock Island to Marathon-50 miles

One of the truisms of this ride is that the wind blows you down the Keys southwest at this time of year and it seems to come at you head first northbound on the way back. Today was no exception. I started fresh after a good rest in the Keys. The scenery was great and the wind 15-18 mph. 

A stop at Baby’s Coffee and another at the Walgreens in Big Pine Key for Gatorade. It seems that Big Pine Key got a lot of what Irma had to offer. 

Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge. A classic car camping spot of Mariella and I. 

Rich and I rode steady as she goes and then it was on to 7 mile bridge. It was probably the toughest northbound crossing of 7 mile that I had done EVER. Unrelenting wind and always some debris oh, and no where to hide, baby. 

Fish and chips at Sunset Grill after 7 mile. Marathon revived a lot of damage as well. Holiday Inn tonight. 

Day 5 Social ride around Key West

A nice roll out to town after breakfast. The bayfront/multiuser path was great.

 First stop was the Key West Cemetery. Mariella and I saw this 20+ years ago. 

The Martyrs of Cuba. 

Went back out and saw the Key West Armory a wood building. 

Went down to Conch Coffee Queen the to Ft. Zachary and saw the cigarette  boats. 

Had lunch with Chrysa and Rachel. Back to camp for swim and dinner. It was a great day. 48 miles to Marathon tomorrow. 

Day 4-Rest day in Key West

The sunrise was beautiful this morning.

My St. Louis or Owensville, Missouri based flight crew were renting a 4 seat street legal golf cart for our wounded compadre, Chrysa.

The wildlife in camp was cool. 

We headed down to old town Key West with Rich during and Chrysa’s leg propped up. 

We stopped at Southernmost point and mile 0 for obligatory photo ops. Very few people around. 

We then meandered around old town until we got to Cuban Coffee Queen. Tremendo. 

There was cigarette boat race in Key West today and everyone linedup at Mallory Square to watch. 

Scurried out to Key West Garden Club to find a huge Banyan tree over. The real centerpiece. Then to la grigote for the best quiche and salad AND a 9 on the shared Key Lime pie.

Back to camp for swim break, shower than the exquisite Blue Heaven for dinner. Peace out. Tres dog 

Day 3 Stock Island

Beautiful sunrise. 50+ volunteers walked and rode to Key West Botanical Garden and Tropical Forest. 

We worked for 3+ hours in three different crews. The locals were so appreciative. I was on the heavy lifting crew with tree service and small building demo. 

I was lopperman. We really did some extensive  work much quicker than expected and anticipated. 

Our crew seemed to enjoy demo. We got a huge tree off a shed with hand tools. 

A champion tree that was killed. 

The place was beautiful. 

We also raised two trees. A cinnamon bark tree. 

The staff was just grateful. Lunch. Zombies  bike shop. 

Key West tonight. Peace out Wewa 

Scout Key to Boyd’s Campground, Stock Island, Key West

Beautiful sunset last night after big sleep. Left camp and went to Key Deer wildlife refuge. 

Another beautiful day in the keys with some humidity and it increased as we came down. Big Pine Key had suffered huge damage.

Anything you can imagine. We rolled down the lower keys and it was beautiful. 

Chrysa had swerved to miss some debris and could not unclip. Her ankle was very bruised and it was casted. Still unsure it was broken. At Boyd’s after 37 miles. Time to go swimming. 

Day 2-Key Largo to Scout Key

It was a great roll out of Key Largo with the ever present massive damage of Hurricane Irma pretty much everywhere in varying degrees and amounts of damage. 

We stopped Backcountry Cowboy. Greatest little yak and bike outfitter in Keys. We then went to Robbie’s to feed the tarpon

I and Rachel Niewald fed the tarpon.

There was some beautiful water at Channel #5 bridge. 

Then going to Marathon and the damage was very bad.

Then after 7 mile bridge 

We made it into Camp Sawyer and it was a big relief. There was a lot of debris. It was kind of like cycling in Beirut. Peace out Wewa. 

Day 1 of Boobafest

This is a shout out to friend and fellow 2014 Bubbafest rider, Cici Roberts. She liked to call Bubba, Booba. It was funny and great like Cici. I had yak so a morning paddle at Black water Sound was the plan.

I went to Florida Bay Outfitter and Caribbean Club, site of movie Key Largo, to put in. Windy and kind of choppy but headed out.

10 minutes later realized it was rougher than I like and turned around and headed for John Pennekamp.

Pennekamp was only partially open but was still beautiful with lots of propogules and leaves in the water. Put in was where Paddle Florida put in for Key Largo to Key West paddle.

The water was beautiful.

I got to go down to Harriet’s restaurant for a “real” cheeseburger in paradise. First view of upper keys looks valiant but rough. I am going to pig roast and kick off dinner. My C2C buds Rich and Chrysa are here with there daughter. Peace out. T dog wewa