While there wasn’t any snow to escape from in New Jersey, a February mini-vacation cycling the Florida Keys warmed unused muscles, anticipating spring riding.
Key Largo Bikes arranged the luggage transfers and suggested the hotels. (We broke the trip in half). The cue sheet is quite simple: it’s a straight, flat 106 –miles on US Route 1 from Key Largo to Key West. Paved bike paths cover about 70 miles of the route; wide shoulders accommodate cyclists where the path is under construction. You cross many bridges, including the Seven-Mile Bridge linking Marathon, in the Middle Keys to Little Duck Key in the Lower Keys. Remnants of the original railroad bridge parallels the bridge now shared by cars and cyclists.
Blazing sun and palm trees, clear and temperate water, swooping pelicans and sunbathing iguanas, minty mojitos, alligator tenders (taste like chicken), conch fritters, grilled mahi-mahi, and Key Lime pie. Delightful.